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Together in Electric Dreams April 22, 2012

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This week I had a commission from Monkey.  (I say commission, what I mean is a barefaced, non-negotiable demand but I like to be diplomatic.)  We have been watching more daytime TV than is good for our sanity recently and one of the adverts that keeps appearing again and again is for EDF Energy.  They have a new mascot which looks like it was the misbegotten chimera of a poo and a breast.  Yet, despite this, it is also rather sweet and appealing, especially when it’s dancing in a birdbath to the Hawaii Five-0 theme tune. Monkey was a little smitten and could see no reason why I shouldn’t crochet him up his own version at once.

I googled him to have a good look and a ponder only to find that Princess Delirium had beaten me to it with a completed pattern.  Huzzah for the internet!  Turns out his name is Zingy and he is supposed to be a flame.  I had trouble finding wool that was anywhere near the right shade but my LYS had a discontinued, slightly bobbly baby yarn which was close enough.

So behold:

Mr Zingy as Monkey is rather formally calling him.

His eyes are a bit wonky as I didn’t have any safety eyes to hand but Monkey doesn’t seem to mind.

Love is blind

All in all a successful project.  Even better from my point of view was the additional yarn which I accidentally paid for while I was shopping.  6 balls of Sirdar’s Raffaella

Pretty!

will hopefully become this jumper very shortly.

 

4 months of work in one small post March 29, 2012

I cannot believe I’ve let this blog sit silent for over 4 months.  I somehow got out of the habit of blogging and the weeks just ticked on by alarmingly quickly.  I thought the best thing to kick-start me posting again is to do one big round up of work and start again from there.

While my blog has been idle, I have completed a number of projects over the last 16 weeks.  As I mentioned last time, I got a little obsessed with knitting for a while and, generally, the results have been quite good.  To pick up where I left off, with true beginner’s bravado my third project was a cardigan.  The King Cole pattern was great and, at the time, I thought the King Cole Riot wool was brilliant. By the time I finished, I had sort of changed my mind about the yarn and I haven’t actually worn this outside the house nor do I think I will.

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I just don't think this is ever going to be a good look

Colour aside, the knitting practise itself was good and I managed to complete the whole project without any glaring errors. After that I went a bit scarf and cowl crazy. (It was winter after all).

Blue Cowl

Black and White Cowl

Short scarf from 101 One Skein Wonders

For Christmas I was given Vintage Knitwear For Modern Knitters by Lise-Lotte Lystrup.  I made another cardigan from this collection but I am still trying to track down the proper fasteners so will hold off posting a photo of that one now. I also made some simple stocking stitch socks on dpns but I forgot to take a photo before giving them as a gift.

After all that, I beginning to miss my crochet hooks so I went back to amigurumi for a quick satisfaction.  First came Mr Slug.

Sluggish but sweet

And then 5 hippos.  (I was only supposed to be making 2 for my niece and nephew but it turned into 5 after I tweeted a photo and started getting requests.)

I love how happy these hippos look. Pattern from Super Super Cute Crochet by Brigitte Read

In and amongst all this, I have started on a Wooleater blanket to try and reduce my stash to more reasonable levels.  I worked on it for a couple of weeks but, with the unseasonably warm weather, sitting with a blanket on my knee isn’t too appealing.

Quite garish again. I think I might be part magpie...

And finally, I am half way through a waistcoat which is in danger of bring frogged.  I like the pattern but am just not sure about the yarn.

Less tweedy and more stripy than I imagined.

So that is it.  4 months of work in one photo-heavy post.  I am still trying to get used to the idea of being a knitter as well a crocheter.  I can see that for clothes two sticks is really the best choice as the yarn drapes so much better.  For all other things I think I still prefer the hook.

 

Monkey Time December 14, 2010

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I have started a tradition of giving every new baby I know a monkey.  This is on the grounds that every child needs a monkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I like monkeys and enjoy making them. (Anyone who suggests otherwise is a bounder.)  A friend is due to give birth in the next month so this weekend was monkey making time.  I try not to give the same monkey twice and this time I used the excellent pattern from Knotty’s Amigurumi.

He only took a few hours to make up and any resemblance to a mouse is entirely due to my dodgy embroidery skills rather than deficiencies in the pattern.  I think with a safety nose and eyes he would have been a bit more simian but then he wouldn’t have been suitable for a newborn.  His new owner won’t be critical at any rate so he is now wrapped, ready to go out to his new home next month.

 

Mr Flibble is very cross. December 9, 2010

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We had the charity sale yesterday for which I had been producing Christmas decorations.  Rather stupidly I forgot to take a photo of the pile before sending them off to their fate.  There were about 30 when I finished and I am pleased to say that everything apart from the Granny Stars sold out.  I am guessing that the problem with the stars lay in the fact that yellow just isn’t a Christmassy colour.  I might have done better using gold or silver yarn rather than bright yellow.

The most popular item took me totally by suprise.  I had a stab at making a penguin but when I finished I wasn’t sure it was a total success.  I asked Mr Crochethook for his opinion and he pointed out that, although it looked liked a penguin, there was something about it that reminded him of Mr Flibble.  He had a point.   The people at the sale, however, seemed to be attracted to pissed off looking penguins.  I could have sold half a dozen of them – instead I took orders.

They've been very bad, Mr Flibble. What are we going to do with them?

If you would like your own flightless, narky bird for your tree, the pattern is as follows:

Beak

Row 1: With yellow yarn chain 6.  1 dc into each chain across.  2 stitches into the end of the chain. 1 dc back across the bottom of the chain. 2 dc into end of the chain.

Row 2: 1 dc into each stitch around.  Fasten off.

Eyes (make 2)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.  Fasten off.

White feathers (make 1)

Round 1 : With white yarn chain 2.   6 dc into second chain from the hook, join with a slip stitch in first dc.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round, join with a slip stitich in first dc.

Round 3: 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.

Round 4: 1 dc in first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.  Slip stitch into first dc.  Fasten off.

Wings (make 2)

Row 1: With black yarn chain 8.  Dc into second chain from the hook, 1 dc in each stitch across. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2-4: 1 dc into each stitch across. chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: 2 dc tog, 1 dc into next 3 stitched, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: 2 dc tog, 1 dc in centre stitch, 2 dc tog.  Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: 1 dc in each stitch across.  Fasten off.

Body

Round 1: Make magic loop.  6 dc into the loop.

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch round.

Round 3: 1 dc into first dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 4: 1 dc into first two dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 5: 1 dc into first three dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 6: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc into next dc.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 7-16: 1 dc into each stitch round. * At the end of round 16 sew on beak and wings.

Round 17: 1 dc into first four dc, 2 dc tog over the next two stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 18: 1 dc into first three stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 19: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.  *Stuff at the end of round 19.

Round 20: 1 dc into the first two stitches, 2 dc tog over the next 2 stitches.  Repeat to the end of the round.

Round 21: 2 dc tog over the first two stitches. Repeat to the end of the round and fasten off.

Finishing

Glue eyes and feathers into place.  Add two sequins to the centre of the eyes for pupils.  If you really want to recreate Mr Flibble and his hex vision, you could use red instead of green.  Add a hanging loop if required.

Side view. Sorry, the wings don't show up too well.

 

When I was a little girl I had a… August 19, 2010

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Knitted snake.  Way back in the late 70s I was at a local fete when I saw him and fell in love with him.  I seem to recall that the privilege of owning him cost me about 50p which was not only a bargain but well within my toddler budget.  I took him home, called him Bendy and he often kept me company in bed at night.

Be nice to him - he's about 30 years old.

Now I am a bit older and savvier, I have the sneaking suspicion that he may have actually been intended to be a draught excluder.  And it was only this evening when I got him out to photograph him that I noticed that the stitches in his seam are really quite wonky as well.  At the same time, however, there is a part of my brain that sees him only as Bendy and loves him regardless.

So why am I boring you with my misplaced affection and nostalgia for an ancient bit of not-so-handy crafts?  Well, this week I discovered The Toy Society.  This rather wonderful group encourages people to make a toy and leave it somewhere in public for another person to find and, hopefully, love enough to take home with them.  This is called a Toy Drop.  The only request made is that the finder gets in touch with The Toy Society website to say that the drop has been found.  Other than that, it is all done for the pleasure of giving someone somewhere a little bit of random joy when they weren’t expecting it.

I was fired with enthusiasm as soon as I read about it and callously threw aside the baby blanket I was hooking to make a toy so I could do my first toy drop.  It was when I was considering what home-made toys I had loved when I was little that I remembered dear Bendy and so I was inspired to make…

I can’t wait to set him free somewhere and I hope whoever finds him loves him as much as I loved my toy snake.

 

It’s me May 7, 2010

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I haven’t posted for a month or so as I have started a parquet stitch shrug which is coming out very well but taking a l-o-n-g time to complete. I estimate I still have a few weeks work ahead of me yet.

While watching the election results last night, I took a break from the slow moving work to take up the challenge set by Stitch London to stitch yourself for a display in the Science Museum, London.  On the event’s page there are links to knitting, crochet and sewing patterns to inspire you but I went with a free form body.  I would like to think I am not that tubby in real life but, other than that, I am happy with how I came out. I did, however, wuss out of making glasses from wire as I originally planned and went for the easier thread and glue option instead.

Deadline for submissions is 26th June 2010.  Grab the chance to immortalise yourself in yarn while you can.

 

Easter Chicks March 24, 2010

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I have spent a happy couple of evenings working up a half-dozen on Easter chicks to send as a gift. There are numerous patterns on the web for chicks. I was mainly inspired by this one but I ended up making my own version, mostly because I always think I know best. I would have used bead eyes and glued on felt for the beaks but, as these are going to small children, I had to embroider the features this time.

My version of the pattern allows the beak to be centred between the wings.  It also makes the wings less bulky and adjusted some of the proportions from the original pattern.  I used double-knit wool and 4.5mm hook but any adjustments for the scraps of yarn you have should work fine.  Each one took about half an hour to complete.

Round 1: Make a magic loop. 6 dc into loop
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch (12 dc)
Round 3: 2dc in first stitch, 2 dc in second stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch**, repeat *-** to end of round (19 dc)
Round 4-5: 1dc in each stitch (19 dc)
Round 6: 1 dc in first four stitches, in FLO of fifth stitch (1dc, 1htc, 1 tc, 1 htc, 1 dc – wing made), 1 dc in next 9 stitches, repeat (-) to make second wing, 1 dc in each stitch to the end of the round. (27 stitches)
Round 7: 1 dc in first four stitches, 1dc in unused back-loop of the wing stitch from round 7, 1dc in next 9 stitiches, 1 dc in unused back-loop of the wing stitch from round 7, 1 dc in next 4 stitches. (19 stitches)
Round 8-10: 1 dc in each stitch (19 stitches) Stuff and embroider eyes and beak if required at the end of round 10.
Round 11: decrease first 2 dc, decrease next 2 dc, *decrease next 2dc then dc in next stitch**, repeat to *-** to end of the round. (12 stitches)
Round 12: decrease 2 dc all round. Sew closed and weave in ends. (6 stitches)