Friday, 11 December 2009
I've been very busy working lots of hours lately, but still managed to finish this in under a week. It's a knitted version of my sister's new pony, Hope. I have made one of these before, in January, and it seemed to take forever, mainly because my increases were really tight which made for hard work for my fingers. This one's turned out better, mainly because I used less stuffing (the legs are still a bit stretched though) and because I've got better at knitting and seaming.
I used less than one ball of the Mystery Mohair I bought in Abakhan Fabrics, I am going to have to make a lot of monkeys to use up the rest... the pattern is Claire Garland's Basic Horse, which I found via Ravelry.
Here's the previous version, done in cheap yarn from the market:
now just another labrador and to finish off a knitted cat for Christmas and I can kick back with some mince pies and crap telly.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
I got asked by a girl at work to knit a labrador. I tried looking for labrador patterns everywhere but all I could find was Alan Dart's gorgeous labrador puppy- great pattern but a big commitment this close to Christmas for someone who isn't family!
So I improvised this little guy.
I'm planning to type up the pattern to publish on Ravelry... when I find time between my two jobs and all my Xmas knitting. All comments and suggestions welcome!
Saturday, 14 November 2009
So I still have a load of Xmas decs to finish, also a labrador puppy for someone at work (the only pattern I could find was Alan Dart's and they need longer than a week in my experience, so I am making it up as I go along EEK!). Still got to Swiss darn the markings on to Binford the Cat, and haven't even started knitting ponies yet.
Still, this time last year I'd never have thought I'd still be knitting now- here's what I was making then:
These were some of my first knitted toys, really simple jelly babies. They ended up being included in a present for my friend's 40th birthday- as he lives in Florida the package didn't arrive until well after his birthday because I am really disorganised when it comes to posting stuff in time. He's a pilot so I also made this plane (couldn't find a pattern, so had to improvise)
Managed to get a total of 40 things for his 40th birthday- not all knitted- and the package cost an absolute fortune to post, but it was well worth it when I got his thankyou- he is a big kid and was especially pleased with the crocheted 'juggling boobs' which I won't post here as they were incredibly crap.
So anyway, going to try to knit tonight when my hand's hopefully not quite as sting-y, got stacks to do!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
So here's something I made (much) earlier:
It was my first ever no-pattern toy (other than tiny dolls) and it's supposed to be a boxer dog, that looks like my sister's giant slobbering bundle of love. It's a bit crap but makes me smile every time I see it.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
So, back to knitting Xmas decs. I knitted all 24 of Alan Dart's Advent Calendar decs and a friend took them off my hands- having posted pics on Facebook I got an order for another 31 assorted decs, so here is my progress so far:
They are lovely to knit, but some of them are a bit fiddly and have 6 or more little parts! So I've got the fiddliest ones out of the way first.
It's finally got cold here, after some unseasonably mild weather and then a week of pouring rain. Have a couple of chores to do today (baking bread for one) but then I think some serious knitting. I have a labrador to knit as well as some ponies once the decorations are done!
Found a shop in Liverpool that had some knitted toys for sale- a couple of Jean Greenhowe clowns, some Alan Dart dickensian mice, and some cakes and fruit and veg. Sadly the owner was on the phone the whole time we were there and we didn't have time to wait so didn't get to ask about them. I don't know what the copyright rules are about selling in shops, but there weren't hundreds of them! I think it was this shop- Retro 49 Lark Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 8UW. e-mail: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Also, I've spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms over the last year. Knitting is so much better than reading for hanging around- I find myself hoping that I'll get another 5 minutes rather than wishing the doc would hurry the FiretrUCK up. If I could, I'd travel to work by public transport for more knitting time. And knitting at work at lunchtime has ended up bagging me some commissions that have earned me YARN MONEY!
I now carry some needles and yarn everywhere. A trip back home to Scotland resulted in a lovely stuffed elephant, which I will post pics of when I have the laptop back (my OH has it with him at rehearsal).
In the meantime here's a pic of my adorable, sorry evil, cat Nuno with an unfinished knitted version of my Dad in the background. He ended up looking like Susan Boyle in a boilersuit but that's for another day.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
I can't guarantee the results as I've only knitted him once, but it doesn't take long so won't waste much of your time!
Monday, 26 October 2009
Disclaimer- this is my first attempt at setting down a pattern I made up. Sorry about that- and the rubbish picture! I'm only doing this because Sallie asked- I am soooo not a designer.
KNITTED HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN
UK size 9 or 10 needles
Small amount orange DK
Small amount black DK
Stocking stitch throughout
Cast on 9 sts, leaving a long tail, and ss 2 rows
Row 3: inc 1 into every st (18 sts)
P 1 row
Row 5: (inc 1, K1) to end (27 sts)
Ss 3 rows
Row 9: (inc 1, K2) to end (36 sts)
Ss 9 rows
Row 19: (K2 tog, K2) to end (27 sts)
Ss 3 rows
Row 23: (K2 tog, K1) to end (18 sts)
P 1 row
Row 25: (K2 tog) to end. Break off yarn, leaving a long tail. Sew thread through all sts on needle, draw up tightly and fasten off.
To make up:
Using the long tail from the drawn-up end, mattress-stitch edges together leaving a gap large enough to put stuffing in. Stuff fairly tightly (not so much that the stuffing shows through) and mattress stitch rest of side seam. Sew through every stitch on cast-on edge and draw up tightly and fasten off.
Now, using the long tails sew through from top drawn up edge through pumpkin to bottom and draw up tightly enough to form a segment. Repeat until you’ve used up all the long tails, or have enough segments to look suitably pumpkin-y. Fasten off yarn securely.
With black yarn and using satin stitch (or whatever you feel like) sew facial features. This is not my strong point, but for pumpkins it doesn’t matter so much!
Continue until heartily sick of orange and black.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
The halloween knitting continues to overtake the Xmas knitting, of course halloween is closer but really I think I like knitting scary stuff. Sorry for the poor quality pic, I took a quick snap on my mobile.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
OK, my friends on Facebook are getting really bored of me posting about knitting, and Ravelry (while it's fantastic) has its limitations, so I'm going to start recording my obsession on a blog.