Oh How Time Flies!!

Well, having looked back through my last posts I found myself shocked to see the last post was in January 2013!! Now I’m sitting here looking out on a very wet & dreary Autumnal almost October day, where has the time gone?

So my babies are now almost 2 (end November) & 4 (beg. August). I always think you can mark the passing of time by the age of children. I honestly can’t believe how fast they are growing. My not so little boy, thanks to his 6ft 3inch daddy, definately no longer resembles a baby bot anymore, and I have to admit shedding a tear or two about this. Yet I am also so very proud of him with the things he’s acheived over the last year, although I could really do without the attitude. Thankfully my baby girl is just about still my baby, for the time being…

Knitting has not been at the forefront over the last year, although I have managed to make a pair of socks

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(not the greatest photo) plus another pair on the needles, a babygrow for my girls’ baby doll plus a cute little dress in the making.

For my socks I took lots of mini skeins & leftovers and hand wound two balls of yarn so I could try ‘magic loop two at a time toe up socks’. I love this technique, it’s really good to see a pair of socks growing together. I used to suffer from ‘second sock syndrome’, but this is no longer the case now. I was suprised how much yarn was left, more than enough for a second pair, which I am currently knitting. There will be more pinks & purples this time. I have to admit not loving the colours in the first pair of socks, but it is nice to have a good fitting pair of socks that I made & they will certainly come in handy when the cold weather hits later in the year. I also learnt to do a very stretchy cast off – Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off – as I have wide feet & a high instep, so a normal cast off will not do.

I am hoping to do some more pattern designing in the coming year, I’m sure as the children grow older it will become easier to get stuff done?! I am slowly reclaiming my evenings, although I find that I barely have the energy to slump into the chair with a bowl of cereal & an episode of Hollyoaks…

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Production has started…

I’m so pleased as I finally have some hand made knitted items to sell. I wanted to design & knit a bonnet for a friend who is soon to have a new baby and the result is this pattern; vintage inspired with a stretchy lace pattern and integral neck strap. It is designed to fit from newborn to three months old. I am selling the pattern as a PDF on Ravelry (see buy it now below photo) and Etsy. I am also selling bonnets knitted to order in a variety of colours for those people who don’t knit. I will be adding more items to my Etsy shop in the coming weeks, please take a look here.

Click here Baby bonnet knitting pattern to download the PDF pattern

More knitting please!!

How lovely it is to be able to get stuck into some knitting, albeit for only a little while at a time. I have started a pair of socks for me, using dpns & my JellieBean spring medley yarn. The pattern I’m using is called Enigma from Let’s Knit January issue, it’s really good & as the title suggests the socks are different each time. You use multi-coloured yarn, and allocate certain colours from your yarn to purl stitches, so for mine I decided that all pink & purple stitches I came to would be purled. The effect is fun and each time the socks would knit up differently depending on how many colours you purled & which colours you purled. I like knitting on dpns although it did take me a while to get used all those needles flapping about (they don’t really, but you do have to careful that they don’t poke you!). I’m not sure how long they’ll take me to finish, but I’m doing a few rounds every day, so they shouldn’t take too long.

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Also on the needles is my own FairIsle/colour work design for a purse using Shilasdair Luxury DK. This is so soft to knit with & I don’t think it would take much effort to hand felt it – something else to add to the list of things to do. I’m now on to my second pattern repeat. The original design has changed to a heart pattern. I’m thinking of having the front panel knitted, then the back made from recycled felted jumper/blanket & the lining in a lovely cotton fabric. I can knit this fairly quickly, although I tend to do it when my son is at pre-school as he loves to pull on the bobbins. Trying not to discourage the interest, slightly difficult when he’s tugging at my knitting?!

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Inspired by vintage

Another of my passions at the moment is vintage. I am starting to design my own vintage inspired patterns, starting with this one – a pair of baby booties using left over Noro silk garden sock, for a very modern look. It’s lovely to knit with, and I had already knitted myself a pair of little bobby socks (like those cut off sport socks). I love Noro yarns and was so excited when we had our delivery with our order for the shop, click the picture below to see more.

Well the baby bootie is nearly finished, then just number two to complete…

New yarn from Shilasdair has arrived

I had a very exciting parcel yesterday, my order of beautiful hand dyed double knit from Shilasdair in the Isle of Skye. I was so inspired by these yarns that I took them out into the garden to photograph, it was such a really sunny afternoon. As all the yarns are dyed using traditional plants I thought how fitting it would be to photograph them in natural surroundings. So an enjoyable afternoon was spent with my little ‘helper’ (my son) taking pictures of the yarns against a backdrop of ivy & heather in my garden.

Shilasdair yarn

Shilasdair yarn

I have never knitted with these yarns before so have set myself a project for a small colour work purse. Colour work is fairly new to me so I thought I try something small & simple hence the floral/lace pattern in three colours. This is probably going to be another free pattern to add to my library of freebies & I would like to knit up a few of the purses to sell. So far I have a pattern & the yarn; I need to set about winding the yarn into balls & then little mini skeins. It is a bit like a military operation when my son is at pre-school all day, once my baby girl has settled to sleep I can then attempt to do a few of the things I can’t do when she needs me or my son is home. It does take much longer to complete things & it is a case of little and often & multi-tasking!

Talking about winding yarn – I’m in the process of trying to decide what to wind my balls with?! I am going to buy a yarn swift as using the back of a chair isn’t great. But I can’t quite decide on whether to buy a table top ball winder, use a nostepinne or cheap equivalent of a toilet roll inner tube, or carry on by hand. I think that’s a topic for another day.

Our new shop is now open!

We’re so excited! Our new shop is now open!! With lots of lovely products to choose from including yarns from Noro, Araucania, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss and coming soon beautiful hand dyed DK by Shilasdair from the Isle of Skye; knitting accessories; a selection of pattern books from Debbie Bliss including 2012 new season & Noro; and also beautiful knitting needles from Knit Pro.

We will be adding more products over the coming months and hope to add our own hand dyed yarns and ‘handmade by me’ range of jewellery, baby clothes & items for the home. We hope that you will find something you like.

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New pattern – Granny square crochet needlecase

Here’s a fun quick & easy idea that you could make with your children. Granny squares are so easy and come in such a variety of designs, but for beginners you can’t beat the classic simple ones.

Finish off with a couple of pretty beads, this would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day.

Download your free pattern sheet here

Crochet needlecase