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Chocks-away! Good friends and a craft fair

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I forgot to post a picture of the finished knitted baby hat made in in Sirdar DK speckle a couple of weeks ago.  To me it looks like a old fashioned pilot’s hat, thus the ‘chocks away’.  The pattern called for i-cords but I left them off as it’s a first size and I worry about ties tangling on new babies.  Not modelled on a baby makes the hat look a little lifeless so I hope you have vision!

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cardiI was having a little panic with the amount of knitting and crafting projects outstanding and a VERY good friend has sent me a pile of hand knitted items to gift as I wish.  What a FRIEND!  You know who you are xxx  Here’s just one, first size baby cardigan that is going to a very good home.  Knitted in self patterning Deramores Studio yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Saturday,  my weekly craft group took part in a Craft Fair in South London.  I wasn’t able to attend but some of my creations made it to the table courtesy of my fellow crafters.  (Last time I was there and helped promote our group on others’ behalfs.) A little snippet of what was of offer – ipad stands, vintage cotton reel keyrings, freehand embroidery pictures, felt mice, zentangle cards.  Creative Loops is our group name and there is such a variety of skills amongst us.  A couple of members are professionals and use their skills for their career, others are just hobbyists.

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Today is a day of rest for me, apart from making a huge pot of vege soup and taking a stroll in the autumn sunshine I have done little.  There is still a pile of WIPs…

 

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Knitted Wristies

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I just thought I’d pop a little knitting pattern on here.  These wristies were a little project from 2013 – I made several pairs for myself, a good friend and my sister in law.  I feel the cold a lot – so I love to keep my hands toastie, especially when driving and gloves with fingers get in the way. My good friend Jess was working at a primary school and needed a pair to keep her hands warm during winter playground duty, so gratefully received her pair.  And my sis in law commutes to London by train – BR trains aren’t always warm so gloves/wristies can be absolute necessity on board some days.  All in all fairly quick projects, gratefully received. 

 

The wristies have a scallop 4 row pattern, are knitted on straight needles , then sewn together with buttons for show only and a hole for your thumb to pop through.  I used a British 100% pure wool – Woolyknit Diggle DK.  These are very warm and cosy, practical for keeping your arm warm without compromising grip when your fingertips are needed.

 

Materials:  50g/122m Double knit yarn – I used Woolyknit Diggle DK, Pair of 4mm knitting needles,  10 small buttons,   Sewing Up Needle

                                               

 

Abbreviations/Special Notes:

K= knit

P = purl

K2tog = knit two stitches together

YO = bring yarn over before working next stitch (towards the knitter, not away from her/him)

St = stitches

 

Left Hand

** Break off 1m of yarn and keep it safe for future use. You will need this when making thumb hole halfway through wristie.

Working from the main ball of yarn, using appropriate needle size to yarn gauge, cast on 52 st

 

Pattern :

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *(K2tog,) x 2, (yo, k1) x 4), (k2tog) x 2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Row 4: Knit

 

Work 27 rows of pattern  finishing on a Row 3.  **

Now you make the hole for the thumb.  Knit 6st.  Cast off 9 sts . Knit to end.

Next Row: Knit to cast off stitches. Using spare yarn (first instruction for each Wristie!), cast on and knit 9 sts. Knit to end of row.

 

Continue as before in pattern, starting with a Row 2. Work 27 rows of pattern for double knit, ending on a Row 4.

Work 6 rows in knit stitch only.  Cast off loosely.

 

 

Right Hand

** Break off 1m of of yarn and keep it safe for future use .  You will need this when making thumb hole halfway through wristie.

Working from the main ball of yarn, cast on 52 st

 

Pattern :

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2, *(K2tog,) x 2, (yo, k1) x 4), (k2tog) x 2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2

Row 4: Knit

 

Work 27 rows of pattern finishing on a Row 3.  **

 

Now thumbhole row.  Knit to last 15st. Cast off Cast off 9 sts. Knit to end (6 st.)

 

Next row: Knit to cast off stitches. Using spare yarn (first instruction for each Wristie!), cast on and knit 9 sts .  Knit to end of row.

 

Continue as before in pattern, starting with a Row 2. Work 27 rows of pattern, ending on a Row 4.

Work 6 rows in knit stitch only.  Cast off loosely.

 

Finishing your wristies

Fold each wristie into a ‘tube’ (imagine it on your arm/hand), cast on edge overlaps cast off edge (the 6 rows of knit only are on the underside).  Pin to help you mark button positions. Sew a button on each scallop through both layers to hold the wristie together.   5 buttons per wristie.

Christmas was almost cancelled!

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Last week – what a ‘mare’ !  It seemed every time I spoke to someone, turned on my social media pages or checked emails that there was some different disaster happening to a friend or family member!  I could only foresee 25th December looming without any kind of celebration and to tell the truth began shouldering everyone else’s issues as well as my own.

I joined a sewing group this year.  We were a bunch of ladies who met once a month for a coffee, show and tell, sometimes learning a new sewing skill.  It was all quite casual for members, although I imagine more difficult for the leader to co-ordinate everyone.  I helped post things on the social media page, keeping the ‘chat’ going when we weren’t together.  Then, suddenly last week, the group shut down – no warning, no conversation – and the members I know started contacting me and asking me why, bemoaning the lack of notice,  telling me of their disappointment – including the cancellation of a delicious afternoon tea we were to partake in next weekend in lieu of a Christmas night out.  I too was disappointed. I could not contact the leader easily.  In the end I had a rather blunt message, from which I sense it had all just become too much and the sewing group was something that ‘had to go’.  After just a day I decided that perhaps I should resurrect the group, in perhaps a different format – so (for my sins) I have started to sound out members about still meeting up. I am hoping it is not too much hard work for me!  It was something I was really enjoying, away from family ‘life’ and I met likeminded people there.

Secondly, work…… well, there was a Christmas Fayre planned in the street where I work.  I had been unable to work out what the boss wanted out of me towards this exactly.  It was planned in a matter of just a few weeks.  It was planned by my boss and a new member of staff who was given the task after one day of being employed. I am not sure the new colleague was able to present what she promised.  I do not think my boss realized how much work could be involved.  I felt usurped as a member of staff at times.  Still, it went ahead, it seemed a success, although I am happy it is over.  I went, I worked, the boss seemed happy.

Thirdly, work …… well, it should be the busiest time of the year.  It does not seem as busy as last year, sadly.  I attempt to increase sales with different marketing ideas.  Many of my ideas are not accepted.  I feel frustrated often.

Fourthly, if you are still reading this …… my husband had a complete meltdown in his job.  Early in the week a colleague upset him which resulted in a couple of tense emails between them – they sit practically side by side!  Later in the week, the same colleague and two of his staff hid a work problem and when hubby found out he went crazy – saying words not usually uttered in the workplace and leaving a meeting room in a rage.  My husband is a really honest and hardworking man.  He does not suffer fools, and has so much loyalty to his employers and his customers that sometimes work takes priority over us at home.  He has been there for 32 years.  After a little cooling down, all was well, but I have never heard him so disappointed with anything at work.

Last (well second to last) – Workman and DIY at home.  Having stuff done at home is always a little testy!  We are not natural do-it-yourself-ers.  New door in by workman, unfortunately not fitted quite right.  Fixing has been delayed (well, almost having to fight with them to come back actually!).  Door painted by husband – cold climate, paint not drying very fast at all – can you imagine another day with the cold from the outside coming inside and the knowledge that when the door eventually closes we shall have it stuck into the doorframe? …….

Finally, lovely husband remembered he used to enjoy making Saturday night dinner. He decided to make sushi for the very first time.  We waited with baited breath.  We heard cross words, some slamming about from the kitchen, stomping along the hallway …. and a sad face around the lounge door telling us it was a bit of a disaster and we might be having cheese on toast instead!  Luckily with a bit of help (mine!) it could be rescued.  Sushi tasted lovely, just maybe not quite as tightly rolled as shop- bought.  It hasn’t put him off luckily – just needs a lot more practice! I love the fact Saturday night dinners made by hubby may be resurrected!

With all this going on I did manage to do a few nice things, knitwise.  The picture is showing off a cowl made as a gift.  I did not finish the wrap I had promised myself but I know as it’s for me that I can wait.  I also started a new baby cardigan.  I have plans to sell some of my wares.  This is a trial piece, and one I started in a café where I sat and knitted in a corner quietly  It was at a pretty place in a little town called Chislehurst in Kent, UK.  It appears quite ‘chic’ with a few tables with white linen and china cups and things around the whole shop to look at and buy. It is quite ‘chic’, I guess! I am not sure what they thought of me knitting for half an hour but two members of staff came and asked me what I was making and either feigned interest or were genuine!

Back to the grindstone. 

Beyond a granny square …

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attimowrapbluegreencowlFinished my latest WIP – a lovely chunky crochet cowl (20mm hook!).  This is my first crochet beyond a granny square.  It wasn’t as if I needed a new project, yet the yarn and mystery pattern was given to me so I felt obliged to start it – and then actually finish it in double time too! Wow

Now sitting here in my lounge I have forced myself to ‘rediscover’ a chunky knitted wrap I’d been working on in September.  I had the yarn very cheaply from an ‘end of bin sale’, started, then realized it wasn’t going to go as far as I’d hoped it would.  Of course (just my luck) it was out of manufacture so I searched on ebay and came across more, yet a different colourway.  I have put the two together to see if I like it, and it’s growing on me (and growing today in reality) yet I am not sure it will really be ‘me’.  I can’t bear to undo so much so I shall continue and hopefully finish it this week or at least by the weekend.

Having said that (I kind of promise myself to finish another WIP again ….. ha ha ….. so much temptation out there and so many other things I should be doing), I have a couple of projects I need to start and complete as gifts before Christmas.  My teenage son is desperately nurturing his furry upper lip, hoping a moustache would grow for ‘Mo-vember’ this year – it didn’t – so I want to make him a finger-tache for a jokey Christmas gift so he doesn’t worry next year!  Also, I fished out a lovely oldish pattern for a baby set from a charity shop the other day and fancy giving it a go. If I ever get round to it I shall try and sell some homemade on line, rather than do them for myself and for gifts!

So today, knit a bit, tidy a bit (hubby might be home a day early from a business trip – I must try and be more housewifey!), after another cup of coffee that is….

Striped Knitted Baby Hoodie

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Ta – dah! Here’s the photo of the finished article!