Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Swap.

Today in the mail I received my Christmas swap we are doing over on Woolaholics.

Look what I got from Mazadaz. Just such a beautiful mixture of goodies.......

Mazadaz knew I had bought my first sewing machine and so along with a knitted angel that is already on our tree, a lovely collection of sewing goodies.

Plus a book on sewing...... I'll be using that for sure.....

Thank you so much for your Christmas swap gift, Mazadaz. mrgreen

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Another Dishcloth

Another dishcloth knitted up for Amy to take when she leaves home in a fortnight. This one is a beautiful Vera Moda purple bamboo/cotton colourway. Knitted with 6.5 mm needles.

Figured if I knit the 4th and last dish cloth next weekend..... I'll have all 4 finished and ready for Amy to use. Three down and 1 to go.

This pattern is on Ravelry , which has so many cool patterns for free.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sugar Plum Dress

Now that the back or front of the sugar plum dress is finished I thought you would like to see it.

This dress has a yoke and after all 4 pieces are knitted, the yoke will complete the dress. Such a pretty pattern and the front and back part of the dress are identical.

The yarn I am knitting with is a stunning 4 ply "cocoon" brand by Cleckheaton. I have fallen I love with this yarn as its so soft and holds the pattern perfectly. The material in this yarn is 70% merino wool and 30% nylon. Love the pink colourway, its so pretty.

Pattern is 8 rows, very easy to read and not complicated to follow.

Here is the dress from the knitting book. There is a jacket/coat in this style as well.

Pattern is taken from this knitting book.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Two More Blocks

With me ironing this morning, I ironed two more blocks for my lizard ridge. Turned my back and look what happened. eek

I knew there would be a few arguments when the afghan is finished, but not so while being knitted. I was packing away the ironing and came back into the room and look who I found trying out the blocks.

Lucky is such a sucker for wool and as soon as she sees Pat or I wearing a woolen jumper, she's our best buddy.

Trust me, she didn't stay long. lol

Blocked and now packed away from prying paws. Love how these colours are working together in these 2 blocks. I have now 6 blocks knitted up.

Couple of other items I'd like to bring to your attention.

  • I have a new poll on the right of my blog. Love for you to take time to vote, if you do....thank you so much.
  • Also I have another blog eek as I am buying a sewing machine in the next week or two. So I have started a blog up about me learning to sew. Never used a sewing machine, so this should make for some interesting reading and more so interesting photos. As you know I post photos of the good, the bad & the down right ugly things that happens in my journey.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Stitch Marker Swap

Joey-n has received her stitch markers I made for her in the Woolaholics "swap. So now I can show them off here.

I have never made them before, after asking some questions at the shop, I picked out what I wanted.

Loved the silver hearts with the pink bead on them. Had trouble getting the heart to sit properly and after swapping and changing the beads/heart around, I can up with these.

Took me all of Days Of Our Lives and Judge Judy to get the first one made.

I prettied up a craft bag for them to be stored in and into the mail they went.

I've heard from Joey and she's pleased with them.

My stitch markers came from Kelli and aren't they just FAB TAB??? I love how they are all able to be stored in the little bag. The pictures are on both sides and the little black cat is so cute. I think they are all cute and will love using them with my knitting.

Thanks so much Kelli.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Four Blocks Knitted

This project is by far the most enjoyable I have done in a long time. Just can't get over how using 3 balls of different colourway has given me 4 different blocks.

While out shopping yesterday I picked up another 5 balls of this colourway.

Picked these up at Spotlight at $2.99 a ball. I was told by one woman a few weeks back, this was going to be sold for $6.00 a ball. Still no price on the wire baskets and so I decided to see if they would match Kmart's price. Imagine my delight when I was told they sell the yarn at $2.99 a ball.

So I picked up 5 balls that visit and will buy more next fortnight.

One thing I will be learning with the Lizard Ridge is how to block. Never done this and I am guessing to get the best affective result on the eye, it'll need blocking.

Already planning on knitting a Lizard Ridge for Amy, so I'll just keep collecting a few balls each payday.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

While Your Knitting.

Last night when I started knitting my Lizard Ridge I set "the scene" for knitting.

Learning a new pattern, I like to have the TV on with a DVD playing quietly in the background. Usually one I have watched enough, that I don't need to watch it, just listen. I find this to be relaxing for me as I get accustomed to a new pattern or technique.

Gone With The Wind kept me company as I started the afghan.

Do you have a special place where you like to knit or start a new project?

At times I also will stay up late into the night, to finish off an item. Just can't put it down, have to see what it looks like. Even been known to wake Pat up and show off the finished item.

Knitting can take over your life and drive you nuts....... great isn't it?

My cat Lucky has a wool fetish and loves winter time. She loves to snuggle up to Pat or myself when we have a pure wool knit on. I can see a few fights over my Lizard Ridge when it's finished.

Because I can.

Until next time....hoo roo

Lizard Ridge Started

After fart arsing round last night I finally got to start my Lizard Ridge. The pattern is easier than what I thought it was going to be and in my first night I managed to knit half a block.

Very pleased with the look of the block. I can see this taking over my life lol and I must remember not to neglect my other UFOs.

I am wondering how it would go knitted in 8 ply as I have a pile of different colourways of green and cream yarn for a different blanket. Somehow I have lost interest in that style of blanket.....thank goodness I haven't started it yet. mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Two More Dishcloths

Due to there being a failed holdup and the robber being killed by police in the street next to us, I didn't start my Lizard Ridge last night.

Police were everywhere and we weren't allowed outside our houses. Very scary and very full on here.

So I finished off my pink dishcloth and tidied up Amy's as well. Just couldn't get myself to settle enough to look at the pattern.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Blue Ruffled Booties Pattern

Melissa asked me where I sourced the pattern for those little pink & blue ruffled booties I knitted up.

It's from a book that I was given to me when mum died back in 1994. I inherited all my mum's knitting books & needles. So it is an old pattern book. So old it doesn't have an IBN number.

I popped a scan of the book cover up to help you Melissa and other people who are interested in this booties pattern.

Melissa if you have problems finding the pattern, email me at my ducksrus address and I help you out.

From now on, when I start a pattern from one of my books, I'll pop as much info as possible with the cover to help you ID the book.

These little booties have attracted some attention here and on the knitting forums I post in.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Lizard Ridge

For a long time, so long I can't remember when I first saw this pattern and fell in love with the whole idea of knitting one for myself.

I would often visit the websites that had photos of it and dream about me kitting it as well.

Dream no more. For today that dream has become reality.

Lizard Ridge is the pattern I have been drooling over.

I have picked vintage hue yarn to knit the afghan with. Fell in love with this yarn even more so when I saw it in the shops. Pays to look round when pricing the yarn as Spotlight was double the price of Kmart. Some of the yarn is on layby and will be picked up in the next few weeks.

Feeling very excited and at some part over whelmed that I can actually able to cast on. Going to have a good read of the pattern and jump in feet first.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fairy Floss Coat Finished

Finally finished the little coat yesterday. I have spent countless hours today, sewing it together. I think I knitted the sleeves quicker than what I sewed the coat up.

This coat is for sale and if not sold before the stall next year, I'll sell it there.

Close up of the lace pattern and picot edging.

Very proud of this little coat and I am sure it'll make a mum & dad very happy to see their baby wearing it.

Knitted in 4 ply Patons Dreamtime pure wool. Taking 2.5 balls of 50 gram wool.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

White Ruffled Booties

This afternoon, I was able to sew up and finish off the white ruffled baby booties. These are the same as the pink ruffles I knitted early this month.

Pat took this photo of me sewing up the booties. I needed a light as babies wool and 2 different colours sewn together.... needs all the help it can get.

Used Pat's macro lens to show you the seam join of the booties. I don't usually pat myself on the back in public, but I will here.

Just so stoked and proud of my sewing efforts when it comes to my knitting. I take a lot of pride in my knitting. Just wanted to show the sewing side off to you.

Not bad for someone who refuses to sew buttons on her shorts and uses safety pins instead.

Finished booties. These will either be given to a baby boy when I meet him or the stall Debbie & I are having next year.

Enjoying these quick knits I have been knitting lately.

Until next time....hoo roo

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For Amy

Our daughter Amy moves out in 6 weeks mrgreen and I want to give her a fun house warming gift. Four hand made dish cloths will remind her of me as she washes her and Ben's dishes.

Starfish was knitted up last night watching a DVD and tidied up this morning. I used some cotton yarn that was sent to me.

Very easy to knit and looks "funky" as Amy would say.

Pattern can be found over on Ravelry

I am enjoying the idea of looking at yarn in my "left over" knitting box and using some of it up.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Outside My Square

Have you ever thought to step out of your square? I don't do it all that often and when I do.....I think why didn't I do this earlier?

Over on woolaholics we are having a "stitch marker" swap and I was nervous about joining in, as I haven't ever done anything with beads before.

But I thought, why not give it a try and I added my name to the swap.

On Tuesday while in the city I had a look for some beads and came away with some goodies.

I have a couple of photos of the completed stitch markers and after my swapper has them, I'll post the photos.

Look what Pat found for me...... a set of 5 pliers with girlie coloured handles and a container for keeping my beads safe in.

Took me a bit to make my first stitch marker (thank goodness the bags of beads came with extras) eek After a couple of trial markers and learning I can do this, I had fun.

First marker took all of Days Of Our Lives and 15 mins of Judge Judy to make. The rest fell into place.

I think I have another craft passion lol

Until next time....hoo roo

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