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.