Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Little Boxes, Little Boxes, Little Boxes Everywhere

Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green red one and a pink green one
And a blue one and a yellow white one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky Lamb's Pride
And they all look just the same.

or nearly.

Here are some of the felted boxes from recent endeavours. They were great fun to work on and came out really great.

Lamb's Pride Bulky.

Held double.

No trouble.

Aren't they lovely?

If you're wondering how many boxes I can make without having to change the pattern, the answer is 3.

The 4th box (in white) is according to spec, but the sides are in stocking stitch.

The results are a bit different, but the contrast with smooth side and the garter stitch base is pleasing.

There are more of these in my future.

I can tell.


Monday, December 15, 2008

I Love Me Too

The other day I was transferring Little Mouse from the house to the car seat in the middle of her nap, and trying to keep her asleep and dozy.

'Mmmmmm Little Mouse', I murmered. 'Mmmmmmm I love you.'

'You lub me?' murmered Little Mouse back. (She's at the age when everything is repeated several times over.)

'Yes I do my little pet. I love you' ses I.

'You lub me?' murmered Little Mouse (again).

'Yes my girlie, I love you' ses me (again).

'S'ok Mummy' sighs Little Mouse.

'I lub me too.'


In felting news, the boxes are coming out great. Will post soon with pics.

A Waiting Game

Oh Boy am I having fun with this pattern! (Rav link)

I was inspired to try some by Pumpkinknits's collection of boxes (Rav link) which are truely objects of wonder.

I picked up some Lamb's Pride Bulky ('nother Rav link) from TIK in a variety of colours and got started. Even tho' the instructions were clear enough on the subject, i.e. that you need 3 skeins for the biggest box size, I was still very surprised to run out of yarn after only 1 side and the base. With the yarn held doubled, it took no time at all.

Not so bright really, eh?

So I started the smaller size with some fabulous red. In the unfelted form, it's wonderful. It's in the washer right now. I can't wait!

Tum de dum de dum...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Knitty Serendipity


1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck:

I may have mentioned that I got some faboolous yarn from Stephanie recently to make a felted bag for a Christmas gift. The recipient requested that it be a pouch style, kinda medieval, like something Maid Marian would have kept her ivory comb and rosehip lippy in.

I WAS thinking of knitting a basic tube with eyelets at the top and a roundy base but was a little uninspired by this plan.

Along comes the Winter Knitty just this morning with this delightful bag in it.

Perfect! Now just have to calculate yardage and adjust measurements if necessary.

I may have said this before...

I love knitting!


Edited to add:

Yikes, pattern needs 380 yards and 1 skein Artesano Aran has only 144! I'm gonna need more!



Monday, December 8, 2008

Project Diving 2

More Project Diving at the weekend revealed this beauty.

It's a sleeveless top from Sirdar. Or at least so I believe. Stash diving has failed to produce the pattern tho' I know I have it somewhere.

The original pattern was entirely in plain stocking stitch, tho' it did have the eyelet ribbon row and the picot neck detail.

I really wanted to include some lace panels, and I think it works nicely with the leaf lace stitch below the eyelet row and the vertical eyelets to the shoulders above. (These may have been in the original pattern, can't remember.)

At the time I didn't know anything about waist shaping, or short-row bust shaping for the *ahem* assets, so it didn't actually look that great on.

I still liked it tho', and I immediately scored some variagated cotton in purple/cream for another one. I can always make some shaping adjustments if I ever get around to a 2nd version.

The colour is most accurate in this pic. It really is a beautiful green.

Wondering what else is hidden in the stash?

Stay tuned....


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Patchwork Baby Blanket

This is a patchwork style blanket I knitted for a craft fair, not in patches or strips,but in a single piece. Inspired by the intrepid Knitting Dad and his butterfly cardboard bobbins used in this project I ended up with 11 bobbins of separate yarn hanging from the project.

It was very challenging interesting to make, but it really wasn't worth wrangling all those yarns. Next time I'll make strips and seam 'em.

Basically I picked a variety of lace,texture and solid stitch patterns and just mixed 'em up.
On more than one occasion I had to drop all the stitches from a panel along the way and knit it all up again with crochet hooks, prayer and a lot of @&^*%$!! This did a lot to remove the fear of things going wrong in knitting. They're only loops and stitches after all.

Told ya it was a challenge!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008