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The Curse of the WIP

27 Feb

I have promised myself (and my husband) that I will finish at least three works in progress this week before I start my next project. I got them all out to see what I should crack on with and oh my gosh, there is definitely more than I thought….




I shall keep you updated on how I get on :s


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.


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

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

Book Review: Baby and Toddler Knits

10 Aug

Baby and Toddler Knits Made Easy.


I went to my book shelf for inspiration of what to knit with that fabulous wool I bought last week.  I came across the book that originally inspired me to start this blog so I thought I would do a quick review on it.

It does exactly what  it says on the front.  All the patterns in there are modern, cute and reasonably simple.  This is a brilliant book for a beginner like myself.  The patterns are not daunting in the slightest and are broken up by photographs so you know you are on the right track with your project.  There is even a section at the back which explains anything that you may not know with easy step by step pictures.


…And I found the perfect project for the wool I bought last week…


Happy Reading xx


What to Knit?

9 Aug

What to Knit?

Whilst on holiday, went to a wool shop with the Mother-in-Law and bought way too much wool with nothing to knit, buttons for no reason and a bag with a sheep on to hold my unnecessary purchases. Now to find something interesting to make…

Knitted Card

13 May
apologies for the awful little booties but I saw them in Covent Garden and thought they actually were quite cute

Apologies for the awful little booties but I saw them in Covent Garden and thought they actually were quite cute

Tonight my husband is out on a works night out so I have the perfect opportunity to get started on his birthday card/card from baby when she arrives (not sure yet, depends what comes first, hopefully baby)

I’ve always wanted to attempt knitted greeting cards but never really had the time.  I knitted a heart once and stuck it to a bit of card and that was what kick started the idea, but like most ideas, never came of anything.  Now is a perfect excuse to try a second card out.

I google imaged “free knitted letter patterns” of which there are a tonne, picked the letters I liked, then drew out the pattern on squared paper.  I drew out the first letter then the long word to get my spacing right (I’m not going to lie, this took a couple of attempts).


Now onto the knitting….

I try and keep all the end bits of wool i have left over, they are perfect for this sort of project.  I have used size 5.5 needles (UK) but i probably should have used a size smaller just to make the end product look a bit tighter and a little smaller but thats not that important i don’t think.


When I am knitting, as I am not that great, i find it easier to keep all the small balls of wall in their little balls using kirby grips so they don’t all get tangled – a little tip for you there.

IMG_1991   photo-17

Once I had knitted the patter, I ironed the piece on the back ( I originally ironed the front but the iron was too hot so burnt it a bit and decided it was wiser to iron the back).  I then “prit stick-ed” it to a piece of paper to get its shape and shift it about a bit to make it all straight and the letters in the right position.

The final piece is then stuck to a big piece of strong card and put aside ready to be written.  I’m hoping this will be a “Congratulations on Becoming My Dad” card rather than a birthday card as I am now over due and really want to see my little baby.

Happy Knitting…