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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Humpty Bunny

My latest toy is a Humpty Bunny for my son. He uses his as a neck pillow.  I've been making them for years!

Here he is on his way to the Post Office.

...and here am I about to go with him, part of the way.  He's on his way to England. I always find it hard to part with the toys that I make, but this one is going to a very good home.

Monday, 10 October 2011

A Purple Bolero

This is my latest completed project - a lady's bolero in a bobbly wool.  I made the sleeves in a complementary purple by Sirdar because they would have been too thick otherwise.

The sleeves and the front have a lacy look edge.

The wool is so soft and light to the touch.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Crochet top

I've been crocheting with some very slippery yarn in a gorgeous beige colour.  The pictures on here don't really do the colour justice so you'll just have to take my word for it. hee hee

Here's a close-up of the stitches.

and the top is done in a slightly tighter stitch, still awaiting buttons.

These are the armholes.

and this is the wool.  I don't think it is possible to get it any more.  I bought it in a charity shop so goodness knows how old it is.  The yarn is very fine, 4 ply in English descriptions.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Keeping Warm

Back in May I decided to make the sleeping bag illustrated on this page of my baby book, to keep Dylan warm in his cot. I figured that it would be finished in time for the more chilly Autumn days to come. I chose red because it looks warmer than blue.

It does look warm doesn't it!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

A baby shawl I made for my grandson.

This is a cobweb shawl I made for my grandson, Dylan. I made it in a white, Sirdar 3 ply yarn, which washes and tumbles very well.  Here he is getting some warmth from it.  The first picture is misty because I took it through the window.

Shawls are special.  They take a long time to make and can get very tedious to do.  However, the patterns are often intricate and provide a real challenge for the knitter.

When you see a beautiful baby lying under one, it makes all the hard work worthwhile!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

A patchwork apron

While I was in America recently, I was inspired to buy some pretty American style fabric. It's hard to quantify just what makes it look so American, apart from the obvious wording on it, of course.  It is something to do with the colours perhaps.  I'm not quite sure.  Anyway, these colours and patterns appealed to me so they went in the shopping cart.

When I got home I wasn't sure what to make with the pieces.  Then I thought 'why not an apron'.  There was just enough fabric and I knew I wouldn't have time to do a full quilt before I returned to England.

So here it is.  It's reversible.  On the back it is plain and a nice rich maroon colour, which I think blended very well with the flowery pattern on the front.

I have an abstract mind so one pattern wasn't enough.  I had to have two and make them as complicated and interesting as I could, in an abstract way.

Do you like it?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A Giveaway from Rocknquilts

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Rocknquilts is celebrating her 100th posts with a giveaway with FOUR Mosiac patchwork patterns inspired by the Alhambra Palace.
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Monday, 21 March 2011

A Cobweb Shawl

This is my latest project, a cobweb shawl.  I'm about three quarters through it now and hoping to finish it before I go back to England.

When I'm not knitting, I put it away in this lovely basket, which I bought at Cracker Barrel.

The wool I am using is Pampas Linen Look. I don't think it's available anymore, but I like it.  It has a cotton feel about it so I thought it would be just perfect for the cool summer evenings.

The colour is more like the balls in the picture above.  The first two pictures make it look too dark.

I already have a waistcoat in this wool and these balls were left over.  I hope I have enough to finish it!  I'll let you know about that...

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Grandma doll

This is a grandma doll I am making for my friend.  We have known each other since we were five years old and now that we are both grandmas, I think it is time to mark the occasion.

First I made the body and then the clothes.

She has removable knickers, petticoat, skirt, blouse and apron and I've only just finished the mop cap.

I left some wrinkles in her cheeks!

Now she needs a hat.

and some shoes.

Now she's finished, she needs a home so I'm sending her off to England where my friend Sue has a birthday next week!

I think she looks happy enough to be going, don't you?

Friday, 21 January 2011

Balaclava Helmet

I made this Balaclava helmet for Larry to wear when he goes out star-gazing.  It gets very cold on the tops of those hills, under the stars!

Here is the back view.

The wool used is Sirdar's double knitting, which is a medium weight wool. Needles used were English, sizes 4mm and 3.25 mm.

Here is news of a Giveaway:

Stray Stitches giveaway - 400+ followers

Linda at Stray Stitches is having a 400+ followers giveaway. Lot of colors and flowers!

Have a lovely weekend folks.