Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cardigan for Darcie part 2

This is the second little cardigan I have knitted for my cousins daughter Darcie. The pattern is called relish by Kim Hargreaves from a book called Rowan Babies. I used Patons FAB varigated yarn, I adore the colours. The pattern was easy to follow although the sticky out bits on the cuffs and bottom of the cardigan were time consuming. This is knitted in size 2-3 years, ready for Darcie when she gets a bit bigger. For more details see my ravelry page.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cardigan for Darcie part 1

I wanted to knit a couple of cardigans for my cousins, daughter Darcie. The first pattern I wanted to try out is Maytime by Kim Hargreaves from a book called Rowan babies. It is knitted in James Brett supreme gentle 4ply. I am not a fan of acrylic but this one knits up well, it's really soft. It's a lovely combination of crochet and knit. I loved using crochet edging instead of picking up lots of knit stitches. For more details of the pattern and yarn see my Ravelry page

I love the crocheted picket edging around the neck and sleeves...

It was great fun making the little granny squares!

I love knitting small people's clothes, they are so cute!
I will follow this up with the second cardigan from the same pattern book, watch this space...

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Needle case with pockets

I was fed up of keeping my packets of needles seperate from the loose ones I keep needle case so I decided to make a new needle case with pockets so I could keep them altogether. I like keeping new ones in the boxes as it has all the info on sizes etc on the little box.

I layered up organza, did some decorative stitching with silver thread and used a soldering iron to make holes in the fabris so you could see the black organza. The pages are made of felt and the labels are sewn on the machine. I bound the edges using standard quilt technique and added a zip to make sure the needle boxes did not fall out. Finally I added some beads to the front. They were sewn by hand using invisible thread. I neatened end the edges of a little piece of ribbon with a soldering iron, a great tip if you need to stop ribbon from fraying. The ribbon was used as a zip tag to make it easier to hold the zip. I am really pleased with it!









Saturday, 28 February 2015

Rainshine at the Moulin Rouge

I bought this pattern as a ebook of 5 patterns called the close to you collection from Boo Knits on Ravelry. I absolutely love all the patterns in this ebook! This pattern is called Rainshine. I have made it in a deep red hence the name Moulin Rouge. The Yarn is from Solstice yarns, it is called Rivendell lace, consisting of 55% Blue faced leicester and 45% Silk. The colourway is called Dark secret, a gorgeous tone of very deep red with a hint of shading which gives it depth. This was a gift from my friend Tillytrout, Thanks Tilly! The pattern was so easy to follow. I would definitely knit it again! I used 70 grams of the 100 gram skein, so I still have some of this scrummy yarn left. Here it is...

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Messing about with free motion

I have been having a play with some of the free motion quilting patterns I have seen on Leah days website. She has so many different ideas for free motion patterns on the website, it is amazing! Here are some of the samples I have been making. These are not proper projects just little tests to see what I can do. I can use them as a reference later for ideas on what patterns to quilt. 

This is my favourite, it was quite time consuming but I am pleased with the end product.

I want to try the 'microcropic world' design, which insists of circles and tiny tiny vermicelli, next!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

New Roman Blinds and Bunting!

My New Years resolution was to make blinds for our conservatory, as our garden is overlooked. I needed to make 7 so I made them entirely with calico fabric.

Here's how I made the Roman blinds...
I used a piece of fabric exactly the size I wanted the blind as the backing. For the front I used a piece 10cm larger at the sides and 20cm longer. I used a sewing machine to stitch Velcro to the top edge and I folded and pinned the hems on all 4 sides using the lining fabric as a guild to the size. I double checked the edges were straight and corners were square using a ruler. I then hand sewed all hems. I used 3/4 inch cotton tape to make the rod pockets, sewing them in place with the machine. Fibreglass rods were slipped into these pockets and hand sewed shut. Small plastic loops were sewn at each end on the rod pockets. I used silicone sealant to attach wooden strips above the window, these had been painted white and Velcro attached using a staple gun. Once the sealant had dried overnight we attached eyelet screws to either end of the wood (bottom side). The blind was attached to the wood been by the Velcro. Cords were tied to the bottom plastic loop and threaded up through all loops on one side (including the eyelet screw in the wood). The same was repeated for the other side. The cord on one side was threaded through the eyelet on the other side so that both cords hung together and they could be pulled to lift the blind. The cord was secured by attaching a cleat hook to one side of the window. A pull cord weight was attached to tidy up the ends of the cord. For the wider blinds I used 3 rows for loops. 


The Bunting...
To brighten up the plain blinds I made some star bunting. They are just star shapes containing wadding sewn together in a row. I used Velcro to attach them, as I did for the blinds. This way I can change my colour scheme whenever I like. I am looking forward to having Christmas bunting!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Hat and cowl to keep off the winter chill!

I saw these patterns in the February edition of Simply knitting and immediately fell in love! I used the yarn called for in the pattern as I loved the colours! The patterns are called Hillside and Windbreak by Amanda Jones.

I started with the hat. This was very easy to knit, it is not real fair isle, it is just slipped stitches, amazing! 

I moved onto the cowl, which is real fair isle. I was easier than I thought to keep the tension correct. 

Really pleased with the finished items. The wools are fantastic colours from the Wendy Ramsdale range. They feel lovely to knit, although slightly scratchy to wear. I think I am probably over sensitive, but I will be lining the cowl and hat in some lovely fleece.