Saturday, 27 June 2015

Fancy a cuppa?

I have made the pattern affectionately known as the Sheepot!

Oooh, I love a tea cosy. I usually make them with the intention of giving them away, but when I've finished them, I like them so much, I want to keep them.

This one is a spectacular learning opportunity. The sheep are knitted in the round in stranded colourwork and the spout and handle opening are then steeked (cut open!).

I was a little anxious about taking scissors to my knitting, but following Kate Davies's excellent instructions for crochet reinforcements means I will have no qualms at all about doing this in future. It's easy, in fact!

The pattern also had corrugated rib, provisional cast on, vikkel braid and icord bind off. Advanced techniques in a tea cosy. It's a lovely knit, and so if you feel like making it, you can find the pattern on Ravelry. You have to pay for it, but I assure you, it's worth it!

I used about 97 yards of 4-ply, in case you're wondering about the yarn requirements.

More tea, vicar?

Friday, 26 June 2015

Summertime knitting

Ever feel like your completed projects are really complementary to the season?

That plate I used for background to these little knitted toys belonged to my granny. Bridlington was a favourite place of hers. I'd love to take the little bunnies on holiday there myself. 

This picture was spotted on Rav by the editor of the magazine from which I used the pattern, and was featured in their magazine. So if it looks familiar, perhaps you saw it in Knit Now?

I'm also back on the minihats! Here's two I made in early June:

The ice cream minihat is a free pattern, although I have to say, sewing that icord in place (for the whippy ice cream effect) is quite fiddly.

Gratuitous photo of ice cream being eaten at the seaside! This was at Boscastle in Cornwall in April.

Wish I was back there! I'm having to work extremely hard at present, hence the lack of regular blogging service.

Stashdown #5: May 2015

Like Alice's rabbit, I'm late! Here's a quick summary for May stashdown.

During May, I knitted a hat for dh, using up most of my first skein of holiday yarn I bought in Cornwall, and made a couple of little toys out of Rico cotton in my stash.

I also bought two balls of KP Palette, again for my OWL plans for Spring term.

Yarn in

Yarn out:
176 yards on hat
53 yards on toys
Total out 229

Year to date:
CF from last month +585
+462 in
-229 out
Net YTD +818.

I need to get that down by 1500 yards approx to meet my year target, and I'm nearly half way through the year. Must knit more...