Monday, 28 December 2009

Whistler Headband

After knitting the Dulce Neck Cozy Pattern (single stranded), I wanted a matching headband so I wrote this pattern for the "Whistler Headband"



Measure your head circumference. You may want to do a small test swatch to see just how much the yarn will give. If your yarn is stretchy, allow a couple of inches or so for the stretch (i.e. subtract two-4 inches from the circumference measurement).This is the length you will want to knit to.

Yarn: Any DK (8ply) yarn of your choosing. I used The Knittery silk/merino for the one pictured.
Needle Size: 5.5mm (US9) needles
Gauge: 4sts per inch, 4.5rows per inch in garter (not completely crucial as I measured this after the fact).

Abbreviations:
KFAB: Knit front and Back, Knit into the front and then the back of the same stitch. Increases one stitch.
PSSO: Pass slipped stitch over. Pick up the stitch you slipped from the right needle and pass it back over the other stitches.
SSK: Slip Slip Knit. Slip the stitches one at a time onto the other needle. Slip them back to the left needle then knit through the back of the loops. See tutorial here: http://www.purlbee.com/decrease-tutorial/

Please check youtube or google if unsure :)

CO 6 sts
Knit 7 rows
A: Knit 3 rows
B: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Rpt A and B twice more so you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 1 row
D: K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
Rpt C and D until you have 16 sts on the needles
Knit 4 more rows.

Switch to pattern: 1: K3, *[Slip 1st, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 3 sts, K3
2: K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
Rpt Rows 1 and 2 until 10cm from desired length
Rpt Row 1 once more.

Next 2 rows: Knit all sts
Begin decreases
A: Knit 1 row
B: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt A and B until you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 3 rows
D: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt C and D until there are 6 sts on the needles.
Knit 7 rows
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, K2tog, K2
Knit 2 rows
BO in knit.

Sew in ends, attach a button to the first strap and you are done :)

Goodbye 2009

December has been a very eventful month for me. I started it trying to make many a Christmas present and filling a big custom order. Half way through the month was my 10 year wedding anniversary. Which was then followed by a week of food poisoning including high grade fever, vomiting etc etc. which set my crafty plans way back. The Christmas parties then kicked off and in the end I had to concede I just couldn't make all the gifts I had planned and went and bought a few I knew I wouldn't be able to make in time.

I did however manage to make:

Skirts for both my new little nieces
A Christmas skirt for Isla
A knitted cotton shrug to match Islas skirt - which has now gone missing :( -> update I found it!
Notebook covers with pen holders for my SILs

Gee, when I type it out it looks like I didn't accomplish much at all....then again I really didn't have a lot of time.

I have just finished knitting myself a beautiful neck warmer for our forthcoming trip to Canada. I used the Dulce Neck Cozy pattern and it looks great whilst being a quick knit. I didn't think I'd finish in time but it is done and I've written a pattern for a matching headband which I will do in a separate post. Pics will come later once the sun comes up and I find the camera etc....and here is the neckwarmer, headband in next post.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Softies for Mirabel - Part 2

So I knitted a bunny to go with the elephant in the last post but Isla claimed it before I had even finished it (and it doesn't have clothes). So I needed something to replace Mirabunny for the Softies for Mirabel drive as I really want to send 2 toys. Ned had asked me for a pirate toy so I made one up according to his instructions but then he changed his mind on what he wanted so I am sending "Billy" to the Mirabel Foundation instead:

Ned will be getting a new pirate as requested with a Yellow Shirt and "Pink eye"..... LOL.

"Billy" has a few siblings who have all been made for sale in my madeit store from a Bit of Whimsy Dolls Patterns.

These are great fun to make and I love customising each so they seem to have their own personality.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Softies for Mirabel

Softies for Mirabel is an annual appeal to benefit the kids supported by They send word out via the internet, inviting people like you to make a soft toy (or two!) The toys are gifted to the Mirabel Foundation's Toy Drive.

I found out about this after it was posted on one of the group forums on Ravelry (thanks Kelly). I've been meaning to make this little guy for ages but my kids have soooo many toys it isn't funny so I really had no one to knit it for. I was really happy to read the post about the Softies for Mirabel toy drive as it gave me an excuse to finally make Eli Elephante.


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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

So much to do....so little time

in the mad dash to Christmas that is. I have so many things I want to finish between now and then. I still have Islas "Eco-dress" on the needles, I have the cuffs of another Juliette to finish and I'm currently knitting a few toys (some for charity, some for presents etc.).

I have, however, finally had an FO for the first time in months. I reworked a soaker I knit which I hated the waistband and cuffs on because they didn't perfectly match (they were originally green). So I frogged the contrast and re-knit with BWM Luxury in 8ply (Frost). I also decided to add the skirty part rather than hoard the remaining yarn as I have enough in my stash . Anyway here it is:

I've also finished another pair of baby shoes for my newest niece to go with the blanket and an outfit in the last post:

I just need to recover my BF pillow which I'm giving to someone else and then make a hole heap more Xmas presents, toys etc though I have a feeling I may end up needing to just buy a whole heap this year as I have a lot to do and there is less than 10 weeks to go....eeeeek

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

New Nieces :)

I have 2 new nieces born within a month of each other. So I've been sewing up a few little things to add to their presents:

For Niece born in Sep, some cute little baby shoes with hearts hand appliqu├ęd and super soft chenille on the inner sole for comfort:

I am almost finished a baby block for her too.

For niece born this week in Oct:

I will also be making some little shoes for her too. I love them and feel I may have to make lots and lots of them.

Still knitting Islas dress. I've lost the knitting love atm. I'm sure it will come back soon though. I'm waiting for my overlocker to come back so I can get cracking on some summer clothes for both kids....they desperately need some, particularly miss grubby.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Islas Nappies

I have just finished a couple of nappies with two more almost complete (hopefully this week). Here is my favourite one so far:


Of course it does help that little miss is just adorable :)

Mr 3 has asked for his own wallet for his "money" so I am making him that next. I will post pics of it once I am done.

I am also part way through knitting a new summer dress dress in Eco-yarn (cotton/acrylic) for Isla using a pattern I have had in my head for a while. I am so far liking how it is looking but there are things I would change the next time I knit it. It is a 12 ply yarn I am using but I will re-write the pattern for 8 ply as well since I tend to use more 8 ply and have heaps of it sitting in boxes waiting to be used.....


Monday, 28 September 2009

Patterns

I just found a new site with some great patterns here: http://www.youcanmakethis.com/index.htm I've just bought a few and can't wait to start sewing again shortly. I still have a few more knitted things I am working on (and probably will never not have something on the needles, I can't help myself), but I'd love my kids to have some new summer clothes that are unique. I'll post some pics of some new nappies I'm making later in the week too.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

New favourite and hard work....

I have a new favourite pair of longies now


They are Size Medium and made using Cestari Colombia (Concordia) in "Tiffany's Chocolates" colourway by Jolly Jumbuck. Contrast is Woolganics Grapefruit Moon. I love, love, love the colourway, especially when combined with the woolganics, but I'm not all that in love with the Cestari. My gauge was way off (very weird, normally I'm spot on) so I knit it up on 4.5mm needles as the pattern called for but used stitch no.s for bulky rather than worsted/aran. In addition, I found it a bit hard to knit with; it made my hands hurt. But it is beautifully thick and soft so maybe it can redeem itself during wear.

I have started the cot bumper. All main pieces are cut and sewn (if needed). I just need to pin them together with the batting, add in the ties (I'm doing Velcro backed strips so this is going to take some time) and then sew it all together. I think it will look fab when done. Here's a sneak peak (hahaha):
Better get back to the kidlets.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

More sewing...yippee

I have my sewing mojo back at the moment...hooray! Since I've moved furniture etc around in our place I can now set the kids up with toys, TV and get some sewing done whilst being able to watch them all the time. It isn't uninterrupted but it's better than before.

I've sewn Ned some more cord pants, but since he's worn them already and they're pretty boring to look at I have no photos. I did, however, finish some overalls for Isla today and they look fab (if I do say so myself). I used snaps instead of buttons as I hate fiddling with buttons but since she is sleeping I need to wait for her to wake up so I can see if I need to add another socket to the straps (ETA: she did and they've been added). Here they are (colours aren't quite right, flowers are pale pink and lilac, studs are also lilac to match and they are even they just aren't sitting perfectly flat):


I also went and bought a whole heap of quilting fabrics today. Isla has a musical play mat in her room and I want to make some cot bumpers and a cot quilt to match since she hits the bars and wakes herself up. Here's the playmat and here are the fabrics I bought today:


I also bought a cot panel with winnie the pooh and piglet on it for the cot quilt off ebay. I think it will look really good when finished and tie the room together. Not to mention stop the cot from looking messy all the time like it does now.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

A few things

I've finished lately:

An Oriental Lily for Isla (I call it Oriental Isla):

olfront

I am currently knitting a head scarf in plain garter stitch (a bit boring) but I need it finished before Thursday (head surgery).

I have also got a pic of a pair of corduroy pants I made Isla last week (sorry pic not great as she wasn't lying still for me, she wanted to get up and crawl everywhere):

btdpants

I am going to try ad finish a pair of overalls for her next an another pair of pants for Ned before I start making some other items for sale. I don'tplan on making a heap of money, I just want to use up some of the monstrous pile of fabric and yarn I seem to have accumulated....oops.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

See my gloves..

see my gloves, see my gloves.....



They match my calorimetry and I loves them I do. Lots of knitting happening here atm. I am knitting Isla a gorgeous Oriental Lily Jumper/Dress, Ned a jumper (it's hibernating at the moment though), and lots of headscarves/headbands for myself so I can wear them after I have some minor head surgery next week.

I am also about to sew up a couple more pairs of pants (one for each child). Then I am going to start to make some items for my new Madeit Store. Lets hope the kidlets allow me some time to do so (I'm thinking mostly knitteds to begin with).

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Finally...some sewing

We have just been driving around the Kimberley for a holiday so you would think I haven't had time for much sewing lately. On one hand you wold be right but on another I NEEDED to sew some nappies for Isla before we left and then I wanted to make some clothes when we got back. With two kiddies to look after I am a bit short on time these days but I did manage to finally make a few pants lately.

I recycled some old jeans of mine to make Isla a new pair and they turned out great. I love them so if anyone has some old jeans they want to part with I'll gladly take them! I also made a couple of pairs of PJ pants for both kids this morning. I was only planning on making Isla some but Ned insisted he wanted his made so he could wear them right now. Here is my cheeky monkey (now 3, *sob*):



I have been doing a fair bit of knitting lately. I knitted a present (which I can't show pics of yet), and a couple of calorimetries for myself. Here's my fave:



I still have another one in black I want to make. I am currently knitting a pair of gloves to match the calorimetry above (one down, one to go) and will post a pic next time. I am also knitting a jumper for Ned but since starting I have realised he doesn't really need one...oh well. I have also started a new jumper for Isla but I need to go to spotlight to grab a matching yarn for a garter band under the bodice. I then want to knit Isla some more longies. At the moment she has two pairs, one I knit earlier and an old pair of Neds which are still going strong. As you can see, my knitting obsession hasn't died down.

I also dyed some silk merino for a friends Bday present yesterday. It is currently drying so will take pics when it is reskeined/balled. It is destined to be a Magic Yarn Ball.

Anyway, that's enough, think I better have some lunch before Isla wakes up and whilst Ned is eating his...

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Knitting Beserko

So I have been knitting lots and not sewing much these days. Here is the ridinghood sweater I finished for Isla recently:


I dyed the yarn (8ply merino from the knittery) with landscapes and knitted it up in 12-24 month size so she will get a long wear out of it. I LOVE IT!

I finally finished the bag I was knitting and felted it twice to get the size I wanted. I'm not particularly happy with the flap but its OK. I still need to line it but here is the outside:



So I went in a Magic Ball Swap with the girls on the Aussie MCN Knitters group on Rav. I had a ball (haha) making my swapees gift. The yarn was 8ply BFL in Mont Martre colourway from the Yarn Cafe. Here is a pic of everything before and after it was wound into a ball (notice the hairclip):





I have also developed another craft skill to add to my ever ending addictions, girls hair clips. Lucky I now have a girl who can use them.....eventually :)

And here is mine that arrived this morning. I can't wait to knit everything out:



I must get back to sewing though. I need to make some things for my nieces/nephews due at the end of the year!

Sunday, 22 February 2009

I have been very very busy

Lots of knitting and other crafts happening. I am about to open a madeit store in order to sell some of my excess crafty stuff. I aim to reduce my excess stashes of fabric, yarn, and jewellery making stuff this year so what a great way to do it (hopefully I won't be tempted to buy more). I will post some pics soonish....:)