I usually have a few projects going at any one time. Over the last few months a few of our friends are preparing to welcome new babies into their family for the first time. These have recently been gifted, so I can now reveal them on my blog.
First up is a picture of items I have finally conquered. I have had so many versions of this ‘gym boots’ pattern, and this is the first time I am happy with the result. I used Bendigo Wool Mills 5ply cotton, and a 3.25mm hook to make these. The pattern is from an Annie’s Attic Collection book.
The second picture below is of some of my favourite items to knit. There is an in-threes cardigan, made in Bendigo Wool Mills 8 ply Bold Bamboo, with a co-ordinating Milo vest/dress. The second Milo Dress is made in 8ply Bendigo Wool Mills Savanna, which is an Alpaca wool blend, and it has a matching head band from a modified Muki Crafts paid pattern. Of course, I had to make a pair of the little Mary-jane style shoes and socks, in 5ply acrylic, as I knew this recipient is having a baby girl.
I am really enjoying knitting and crocheting these small items. I especially like the top down, seam free items, as the patterns are so clever with very few ends to weave in.
I wonder what kinds of items you like to knit or crochet for babies?
Until next time, happy crafting,
A couple of weeks ago I finished this blanket I was making for my son. I began the blanket last year, it took approximately 18 months to complete. I didn’t work on it everyday, but would make some squares here and there while zoning out in front of the TV.
Completing a project like this looked pretty simple, but needed a fair amount of planning before I started, and as I progressed, to bring it together.
I started by looking online for a 15x 15 pixelated image. I was using an 8ply pure wool yarn. I ended up settling on this image, and reduced the colour pallet to six shades, instead of nine:
Then I had to locate a crochet square pattern. I wanted more of a solid block pattern rather than granny square style. I looked online for free patterns and found one that I felt would give a pixelated effect. I used rounds 1-3 of the April square: https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Granny-Square-Patterns/April-Square and made each square for my blanket in a single colour. I ended up adding a boarder to the blanket with additional grey squares, making this blanket 17 x17, 7 cm squares.
I attached the main coloured squares into rows, and periodically checked that the placement would work. Here are some images of the blanket ‘in progress’. I tracked rows against the pixelated diagram using post-it notes which were numbers with columns, and attached using bull dog clips.
289 squares later, I was done 🙂
It took a long time to hide all of the ends from the individual squares and from the row seaming too. While I am pleased with how it looks, I wont be making another one any time soon 🙂
Now I don’t have any big projects on my shuttle, hook or needles…I wonder what will take my eye next?
Until next time, happy crafting.
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few weeks as I have been busy finishing Christmas presents and studying too. The two gifts have now been given to their new owners so I can show you them now.
The first one was quite quick to make. I used Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton 10ply to make this in threes cardigan for my niece.
The second one took a little longer as I hadn’t made a collar like this before. The vintage pattern is from a Coats learn tatting book no 660, and made is in Milford Mercerised cotton size 40, purple. I experimented with using crochet to attach the tatted collar as I went, and this required a little bit of retro-crocheting to make it sit properly and not pucker. The recipient loved it, and I hope she enjoys wearing it. I hope to blog soon about the process I used to make this collar.
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season.
Until next time happy tatting,
A few weeks ago I took a craft lesson on how to knit cable stitches and in the round using the magic loop method. I have never ventured into using cable patterns and thought this was a good way to learn the technique. The magic loop method was one I had never heard of before- so I was surprised at how cleverly it uses the cable to allow you to work on small peices in the round. The lesson took place at one of my favourite places- Unwind Craft Cafe in Keilor East. I used the lovely cable needles I got for my birthday and some Bendigo Wool Mills milky way (blend of wool and milk fibres).
I was pretty pleased with how quickly this knitted up, and how nice the wool was to work with. The pattern is from ravelry- main street by tin can knits.
Until next time, happy crafting
It seems my neice has outgrown many of the shoes I made for her.
My sister loved the little Mary Janes the best, so I wanted to make a larger size. Unfortunately the pattern books I have only go up to 6 month size. So this week I sat with the original pattern and attempted to scale it up. I used the ratio of stitch increases from the smaller sized patterns and wrote out my own version. Today I finished knitting the first prototype, and I will hopefully visit my neice soon to try it on for size.
The proportion of shoe to sock looks to balance, so if this fits ok I will make a few pairs for her winter wardrobe…is getting very chilly in Melbourne!
Until next time happy crafting
I have recently been buying and downloading a few different patterns from ravelry, etsy and craftsy. This is the first one I have actually made. The hat is for me, so it is in purple (not cream like in the pattern), and I am pleased the owls still stand out. I frogged this pattern a few times, the 3D effect was a bit confusing, with layers of stitches in some sections a bit hard for me to count. I’m happy to say that perseverance had paid off, and I finished the last section today. The pattern is by Carlinda Lewis at TheHookHound on Etsy.
With winter on the way I am looking forward to wearing this hat very soon.
I wonder if you have made anything for yourself lately?
Until next time,
The winner of the 1,000 likers on facebook prize, Janis, received her craft pack recently. Here is a quick picture of what ended up in the pack. I included a purple birch ‘joke’ shuttle and a few other little surprises too. It is lovely to share the crafting fun with everyone. Next giveaway will be at 1,500 likers. Again- thanks to everyone for following – it is so much fun to have you with me on my crafting journey 🙂
Around the time of my own 1,000 likes giveaway recently, I entered a giveaway on Dearest Debi’s facebook page. I was one of the winners, and was given a code to select three of Debi’s crochet patterns from ravelry for free! I was really excited- she has some lovely patterns. Here is one I selected- flower bud granny octagon. I have just sat down and made this now, and the pattern was pretty easy to follow (I made the usual substitutions from US pattern terms to the ones I am familiar with), and I am really pleased with the results.
Thanks for the patterns Debi, I look forward to trying the others I downloaded very soon.
Until next time, happy crafting
I have only recently gotten back to tatting after the last few months of knitting and crocheting for the arrival of our newest family member, our Neice. I wanted to keep the work I was doing a secret until it was finished, and presented to my sister. Now I have given these to my sister I can share then with you all too!
Here they are, my niece’s first hatbox and shoe box.
In the hatbox there were 6 hats. The lady bird and “kitty” hats were bought from a small hand craft shop when we visited Tambourine Mountain in Queensland earlier this year. The others I made- pixie hood in mauve and black (vintage pattern from my own collection), cabbage patch hat (ravellry pattern), princess leia (etsy pattern), and a “bee hive” (my own design).
In the shoe box I had made a variety of “Mary Jane” style shoes and socks, from a vintage pattern in my own collection. I made a variety of sizes, from 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-9 months, so hopefully there are lots of opportunities for her to wear these over the coming year.
Now I’m back to tatting, using a beautiful hand dyed thread and an Iris Niebach pattern… I will share that in my next post.
Until next time, happy crafting.
As well as knitting, I have been crocheting kid’s hats. In the past I have made some for my son, including the R2D2 hat http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/star-wars-droid-beanies and some slouchy beanies. The most recent one I can share is the frog hat I made for my youngest nephew. The pattern is from http://amray1976.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/crochet-frog-child-hat.html and was quite quick to make. Australian and UK crocheters should note that this is an American pattern, and uses the US terms for stitches. At her blog Amy has many other easy to follow crochet patterns too- so do pop over and have a look. I wonder if there is a novelty item that you have enjoyed crafting?
Until next time, happy crafting 🙂
Here is a link to my post over at My Paperless PhD with a quick bit of eye candy for the Neural Knitworks Science week project 🙂 Enjoy
This year I have embraced Neural Knitworks again, and with a more timely introduction for my students we have had a good response this year. Today I finished hanging our display in our Science Foyer, and am excited to share this with you. Thanks to the students and staff who contributed- one learning to crochet to participate! If you would like to see what is happening on a bigger scale, or participate- here is a link to the Neural Knitworks site- and it’s call to crowd sourced making to improve our understanding and skills 🙂
This kind of hands on project and modelling of Biology can be a welcome invitation for teachers and students alike to develop new skills and contribute to a community project. There are no-knit options too, so there are differentiated entry points for anyone willing to give it a try. Oh- and it is fun too!
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