I went to stay with my daughter’s family over Christmas and I decided to make everyone a small ‘stocking filler’ present. For my son-in law I made a pair of knitted fingerless gloves to match the hat I had made previously. It was a useful way to use up the yarn I had left over… Read More Christmas Knitting
Some of you may have noticed that I had a bit of a break in December. Did my wrists good but now I am hoping to get back to more regular posting. Looking back at things that were completed in 2021. There was less variety and less new items than in 2020. I seem to… Read More An Old Year – A New Year!
I finally took the time to finish my second sock. I showed you the first one. and just the beginning of the second. I have worked on the second sock gradually over the months and finally it is finished. So here is the pair. This pair of socks is a bit longer than many I… Read More Finally the second sock!
I mentioned that I had started knitting a hat. Well I have now finished it. So here are a few pictures. I did use a pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/clinton-2) that I found on Ravelry and had used before to make this hat. This latest hat has been made in the same yarn as before Rowan Brushed Fleece… Read More A Cosy Hat
A recent post by Sandra of Wild Daffodil – https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/ethical-socks/ looking for socks with ethical credentials started me thinking about how such considerations affect people who knit or crochet. I may have had a few issues with Stylecraft Special DK 100% acrylic yarn from time to time but I find myself returning to it again… Read More Ethical and environmental considerations for knitters and crochetters
I am adding in the bit about exercise as I thought the knitting on its own might be rather boring. Recently I’ve had hand pain, side pain and shoulder pain. All caused or aggravated, I fear, by the Tunisian crochet. So I will get back to it one day but will try to not do… Read More Exercise and Knitting
I have completed the first of my new socks and started the second. As you can see I wound off quite a bit of yarn with an eye to having the socks match but it is always hard to judge and you can also see that they won’t quite manage it. Of course I could… Read More Half a pair of Socks and some Yarn
What do you do when you are trying to avoid crochet? I say avoid because I do allow myself a little bit of crochet as I have an idea that I just want to try out but I can’t do much at a time before the discomfort comes back. Well you knit yourself another pair of… Read More What have I been up to lately?
WordPress told me yesterday that that was my eight year anniversary! So long. Finally got to be able to share the information below with you all. This post is especially for anyone who likes to make their socks with short row heels which involve wrapping stitches but find they have a problem with holes appearing… Read More Socks: Short Row Heels without Holes
I have finished the first sock and started the second. Here I am wearing it. I might have made it longer, because I so like this yarn and the effect it produces, except for these three reasons. If I made it longer I would probably have had to start increasing the number of stitches and… Read More A sock, a finalised phone closure and another project!
Recently I discovered that the first pair of socks I had made for myself all those years ago (over seven years!) had developed a hole. Oh no! Just one stitch missing sort of hole and when I am feeling very clear headed I will try to repair it. It is a bit sad but I… Read More I need more socks!
I’ve given in to the weather and taken the best photos I can of my new hat and scarf. I had to adjust the colours but it is almost impossible to reproduce the particular shade of blue green. I suppose it is somewhere between turquoise and peacock blue. I have made both of the patterns… Read More At last I have something to show you!
Some of you may remember almost four years ago, Yes! four years!, when I went to Hythe and bought a pattern to make a cardigan like one my mother had. https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/the-knitting-pattern-expedition/ This pattern. This wool. to copy this cardigan. Well the pattern isn’t exactly the same shape but I have done the best I could… Read More Two current projects
Finally got around to sharing photographs of the baby coat I made for a friend’s grandchild. The baby finally arrived and was a boy so I was able to finish the jacket by adding the button bands on the appropriate sides, after which I sewed up the sleeve and side seams and added the hood.… Read More That other Baby Coat
Quite a while ago when thinking about methods of knitting socks I came across Kitchener stitch but try as I might I couldn’t get my head round it and I found the instructions confusing. Now quite often I imagine making things in my head that may never get made but are fun to think about… Read More Kitchener stitch and Guess the Yarn
(Still very tired but feeling a lot better!) I called the subject of this post a fairy baby coat because Sandra made the pattern as a Sweet Pea Fairy baby coat (Pattern here – https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/free-knitting-patternflower-fairy-baby/) although because of the yarns I had available I made it as a rainbow coat. Here it is spread out… Read More Fairy Baby Coat and Pixie Hat
Some forget-me-nots I discovered at the front of my property that have self-seeded themselves from the ones in my pots. ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* ******* Yesterday I got a message from WordPress saying that I had been with them for seven… Read More Seven years!
I am unable to finish the baby coat I was making until I know if the baby is a girl or boy but I have a lot of baby yarn left over. Sandra from Wild Daffodil has generously shared a pattern for a beautiful baby coat on her blog. – https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/free-knitting-patternflower-fairy-baby/ Do go and look… Read More Delightful Baby Coat
This is how far I have got with the baby cardigan I showed you last week. I have joined the shoulder seams. I have to admit it took me several goes to get the spacing correct. (As I’ve said before: sewing is not my strong point.) However I persisted and eventually it was good enough.… Read More Baby cardigan – as far as I can go?
I seem to have only one project on the go at a time at present. I would have liked to show you a finished item but rather than not post anything this week I have photographed what I have got. One of my “Crafty Coffee” friends is about to be a grandmother for the first… Read More This is how far I have got!
My daughter suggested that her husband would appreciate a new hat as long as it was really soft! So of course I had to feel the wool before I bought it. I discovered some wool that sounded suitable in a shop called Closs and Hamblin in Winchester. I didn’t realise but they do have other stores.… Read More And Finally! A Soft Hat and Cowl
You may remember these slippers that I made for James. Well when it came to Christmas since I had his foot measurements I decided to make him a pair of socks. As he is a man I thought that maybe self stripping yarn might not be the best and decided on a plain colour with… Read More First Slippers now Socks
I have finished my cable jumper. And here are a couple of not very great photographs that someone at ‘Crafty Coffee’ took with my mobile phone on Friday.She also suggested taking one of me sitting down, so as it isn’t too bad I will share it too. This is where I normally sit, as I… Read More My New Jumper and casting off
Do you know how it is when you get bored? I have been working on my jumper for a while now and it was all fine till it came to the collar. I decided to work on circular needles to save me having to sew a seam. It is going to be a lovely collar… Read More Making improvements and some freebies
Here is my new fairy. A sister for my Blueberry fairy I had two little girls and they were as alike as chalk and cheese, and so are my fairies. (Not in the same way as my girls!). This time I wanted to make my fairy look a little more streetwise with boots, multi-coloured hair… Read More A Sister Fairy
My younger daughter bought me this book. I think it may have been last Christmas. As always when receiving a book like this I feel that I ought to make something from it, although I really didn’t like the look of the fairy on the cover. She had an air of menace about her. However… Read More Behold a Blueberry Fairy!
Especially when they are a present so you can’t wear them. But maybe you could try “Follow my leader” or the “Conversation” or “Why don’t you talk to me!” The other pair to these For my granddaughter.
Been busy so just a quick look at my latest finished project. Some of you may have remembered these. And how I said that as they were so short (as requested) that I had almost enough to make another pair. And so I bought this. Well here are the second pair! Delivered and appreciated!
I have really been procrastinating with regard to sewing up the two sides of my latest cushion.and Mainly because I am never confident when it comes to sewing and I thought that I ought to wait till I was feeling really strong and alert, however last Friday I had nothing to take to “Crafty Coffee”… Read More At Last! I finished my cushion
Had a bit of a funny week. On Monday I saw the consultant prior to my fourth and final chemo cycle. He decided that I should not have the infusion this time, only the tablets which left me both relieved and anxious. Relieved that I wouldn’t have to face the increasingly unpleasant side effects and… Read More Past and future!