Archive | August, 2013

RIP Monkey

31 Aug


Monkey lived a happy life of just one week. Sadly taken from us too young, a fate that meets all soft toys in our house, the dog….forever in our memories.


Quick Sewing Tip

27 Aug


Put a piece of masking tape so that it’s easier to see where to put your material to create the right sized seem allowance.


26 Aug

I’m not entirely sure what “Bloglovin” is but I was finding that I wanted to follow other blogs, not just WordPress ones and this seems to be the way to do it.  If like me you don’t really know what you are doing, you sign up to Bloglovin and attach your blog to it.  When you open Bloglovin, you search blogs to follow and they go onto your feed, the same as how WordPress works.  I think I am doing it all right.  Now to try and add the widget…..(worried face)


Follow my blog with Bloglovin???

Happy Bloggin’


Fez Stitch

25 Aug


Last night I learnt this new stitch so instantly started to make a little sweater for Sausage baby. Can’t wait to show you the finished jumper

Cheeky Monkey

24 Aug

I found the perfect project for that lovely wool I didn’t know what to knit with it.  This monkey was a pattern I found in “Baby and Toddler Knits” (read my review here) and I still have plenty of the wool left.  Hurray!Image

You should definitely give this little chap a go.  He was really quite easy and took next to no time.

Happy Knitting x

Turban Hat

24 Aug


As the autumn is drawing in and the rain is starting to fall, this week I have been thinking about pullovers, scarves and hats. I found this pattern a while ago and saved it in my “to-do” folder. It is the cutest little 1920’s inspired turban. I absolutely love Pickles, the company it is from. Their patterns are beautiful and the colours they use are delicious. I just wish they printed their book in English. You can find their patterns free in the internet though. It’s taken me a bit longer than planned as initially I followed the pattern exactly and ended up with a really long sausage hat so had to start again. I think I must have used the wrong sized needle. Now it’s finished, I’m so pleased with it as Sausage baby looks so incredibly cute in it and coral is definitely her colour.

This is the original pattern…
(The pattern is at the bottom of the page)

This is how I did it…

I used the wrong sized needle, thats where I went wrong but what I made fits Iris fine and she’s 3 months old.

Cast on 60 stitches on a small 5mm circular needles. Knit in the round.
K 1 round, P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round
K 7 rounds
P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round
K 7 rounds
P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round
K 30. Wind the wool tightly around the work (all of what you’ve knitted so far) between the left and the right needle. Wind it about 10 times to make a knot.
K 6 rounds
Now start to decrease…
(P8 knit2tog)x6 (54)
Knit row
( P7 knit2tog) x6 (48)
Knit row
( P6 knit2tog) x6 (42)
Knit row
( K5 knit2tog) x6 (36)
( k4 knit2tog) x6 (30)
( k3 knit2tog) x6 (24)
( k2 knit2tog) x6 (18)
( k1 knit2tog) x6 (12)
(K2tog) x6 (6)
Cut the wool and thread it through the remaining hoops on the needle. Remove the needle and pull the wool tight, securing with a knot on the inside the finished hat.

Happy Knitting


Brave or Mad?

16 Aug

Brave or Mad?

These arrived today as I plan to make my winter coat this year. I have only attempted to make something from a pattern once but the cat destroyed the pattern before I even had chance to cut out all the bits. Don’t tell the Husband, but I plan to make the dog a matching coat, he’ll hate that on Family Walk, the husband not the dog.