Monday, 27 January 2014

a finished project

I have finished a project, yeah! I have lots of projects on the go at once, who doesn’t? But I am trying very hard to finish the ones that I’ve started. It’s not a new year’s resolution, just something each month I keep thinking about. I find it hard, very hard not to start something new. There are so many free patterns on Pinterest and so many ideas I pin daily. So many yarns I want to work with, but for now I am very content with my granny stripe blanket. It’s funny how the Style Craft yarn is so reasonable but yet so fantastic to work with. The colour range is brilliant and you can crochet a blanket for around £25, depending on the actual size. At the moment I’m on row 32 so hopefully will get this blanket finished before we have a really cold spell.
You can find the pattern here for the Blackberry stitch beanie. It’s lovely to knit and not too complicated once you get the hang of it. And with a four row pattern it knits up quickly. I sourced my wool on eBay and it was around £8 for two balls delivered.


Sunday, 26 January 2014

crochet a coat hanger (free pattern)

This afternoon I took a little bag of scrap Debbie Bliss Rialto wool left over from my first crochet blanket - and turned them into a pretty and useful coat hanger. There isn't much light at 4:30pm so the picture doesn't do the little project justice, the colours are very pretty and bright. I don't have any vintage coat hangers but I recently purchased new padded ones from a local shop. They look so much better with a little crochet jacket don't you think?

Saturday, 25 January 2014

A little bit of what you fancy does you good

Today this meant a brisk stroll that turned into a two hour walk because Moss loves swimming in the stream near our house. Followed by wading in the flooded fields and puddles.

I managed to plant my garlic (in between the curly kale I planted in the autumn) to ward off any nasties lurking in the soil. With a mild winter (so far) the ground was lovely to work on.

Now for some crochet and knitting time in front of the tv, I love Saturday afternoons don't you? I'm going to finish the heart scarf (above) and block it tomorrow night then finish my blackberry stitch beanie, maybe complete another row of my granny stripe blanket and find time to sew and felt my little hearts. So many projects so little time ;-)

Enjoy your weekend whatever takes your fancy!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Lace Heart Scarf (free knitting pattern)

I started this scarf pattern last night and completed 4 pattern counts which is approx. 40 cms, not bad for a lace pattern started late at night! It knits up quickly but the yarn I'm using curls so it will have to be blocked. But it should be finished on Friday night. (this isn't my actual scarf)

Lace Heart Scarf
two balls of double knit or yarn in your stash
 US size 7 or size to get gauge
Gauge: 4 stitches per 1”
k2tog-knit two stitches together
k2tog tbl-knit two stitches together through the back loop
P: purl
rs-right side
ws-wrong side
sk2p-slip 1, knit 2 together, pass the slipped stitch over

All even rows are RS
All odd rows are WS
Cast on 24 stitches
Row 1: k across row

Row 2: k across row

Row 3: k2, *yo, K2tog, repeat from * to last 4 stitches, k2tog,yo, k2

Row 4: k2, p across row, k2 (repeat for all even rows)

Row 5: k2, yo, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 7: k2, yo, k2tog, k7, yo, K2tog tbl, k7; k2tog, yo, k2

Row 9: k2, yo, k2tog; k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, K2tog tbl, k6, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 11: k2, yo, k2tog, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, K2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 13: k2, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, K2tog tbl, k4, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 15: k2, yo, k2tog, k2, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, K2tog tbl, k3, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 17: k2, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, K2tog tbl, k2, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 19: k2, yo, k2tog, k2, yo, K2tog tbl, k2, yo, sk2p, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 21: k2, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k 4, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 23: k2, yo, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, yo, k2

Row 25: k2, yo, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, yo, k2

Repeat above from Row 4 until desired length;
Repeat Row 3 and knit 2 more rows (garter) and cast off.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

free knitting pattern (Debbie Bliss blackberry stitch beanie)

I was asked to write a small interesting piece on a topic of my choice for this month’s Iwade Observer. Normally I would have chosen gardening but at this time of year there isn’t much going on especially if we have snow/ice on the ground. The ground is too frozen to work on and you don’t feel like being outside in the cold unless it’s to build a snowman! I did buy some garlic but that's as far as I got and its not planted out yet. For now I am just jotting down what to grow in my veg patch and choosing seeds from catalogues in the warmth of my kitchen with a hot cup of tea.

In the winter months I switch to my other passion, knitting and more recently crochet. Most gardeners split their time between gardening in the warmer months with knitting, sewing and crochet during the winter months. I tend to combine both all year round, but concentrate on knitting and crochet during the winter months.

I’m not sure where it all started but my earliest memories are off my grandmother and my granddads cigar box full of odd buttons and helping her wind oddments of wool into neat little balls. My first real jumper was made for my son now 21 and I guess that’s when it took over. Sewing and knitting was also something taught in my junior school and the revival is about to start in the UK again this year. These skills follow you in your life and are handy when you need to sew button back on, sew a scout badge on your child’s kits or knit a quick scarf for a friend’s birthday.

There are a lot of talented crafters in Iwade where I| live, some with old skills and some who have mastered new skills more recently with the help of a friend or neighbour. It’s not just for your grandma; many of us new to knitting/crochet are using this pastime as the antidote to our stressful workaholic lives making it great for your health too! Most evenings I am putting another row onto my new granny stripe blanket but last night I did start a new project, just a quick one! It is a slouchy hat using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in sage colour. The stitch is new to me, Blackberry but once you've knitted 4 rows of the pattern you see the pattern emerge and its quite exiting. Hopefully by the end od this week it will be finished. Here is the link to the pattern