Friday, 24 April 2015

Mother's Day tea cosy

Mum mentioned that she would like a new tea cosy sometime before Mother's Day. I listened, remembered the gorgeous tea cosy found on Ravelry and ordered suitable wool. The tea cosy was this crochet delight by Leah of whydidn'tanyonetellme blog. And then Mum casually mentioned that what she likes is a double thickness tea cosy, and in fact if I was to make her a tea cosy she really rather likes the one I made a few years ago now, but in different colours please. Oh.

The original pattern (from a book given to me by Mum as a non too subtle hint just before her birthday one year) suggested quite different wool from that recently purchased for the job, but happily there was something similar in the book - imaginatively called Tea Cozies if anyone is wondering. A collection of odd (the sort of cosy which might be used by the Gogglebox lady. Have you noticed how she has a different cosy each week?) and slightly odder tea cosies. I used the snappy sounding Contemporary Cool pattern for the size but not for the look. With the addition of some lovely roses and leaves - as the original crochet delight - the finished cosy looked more Granny cool than contemporary cool
 The main colour is Cascade 220 Superwash in smoke blue, with a lining made up of many different blues from the basket, and roses in Drops Karisma in the suitable dark old rose.

So maybe not the cosy I intended but I love it... as does my Mum!

Friday, 17 April 2015

And then I made some child size welly warmers

I was certainly in a everybody needs welly warmers mood when it came to making gifts earlier this year, and when I saw the leg warmers pattern in Kat Goldin's Crochet at Play I realised that this could continue for the smaller size gifts too
 I made the size 4+ for a five year old, seen here in Patch's eight year old wellies (the child, not the wellies) and they were a good fit for P. I am unsure about the wool I used as it was from the basket, though I do think it may be Rico Design Fashion Nature DK. The pattern suggests a 4ply and as I find this wool knits up smaller than a DK it worked just fine. So now both Flo and her Mummy have welly warmers
This book is a recent buy for me, found oh so cheap I could not resist. Such a shame I didn't purchase earlier as there are some sweet patterns  (P would have loved the Beastie feet, I would have loved him in the Wolf cardy) that sadly now too small for P. I may have to have a go at increasing the size of those Beastie feet though...

Monday, 13 April 2015


 Eastertime has been lovely... Treaty days, lazy days, wearing pyjamas, watching films, seeing friends, playing so many board games. Patch's request for holiday time was to go to Pump Street Bakery - or Pump Treat Bakery as he has renamed it. We were happy to oblige. Yum. Rhubarb jam doughnut...

There have been a few makes too
 This sweet bunny egg cosy was made for P's Easter breakfast. The pattern is from a recent Simply Crochet - issue 28 I think. I had to change the pattern slightly to accommodate a large size egg... I do like a make that uses balls of wool from the basket!

And look at that bunny tail
P and I made some delicious fudge for grandparent's Easter treats using the fudge for cheats recipe in Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood's Sweets made Simple. So moreish
Right, I'm off to enjoy the last day of the holidays with P!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Welly warmers

If you know me, and have had a birthday this winter, then the chances are I have knitted you some welly warmers. I do hope that it's not just me that loves the idea of these - my wellies gape a little around my legs, and yet I couldn't fit a super chunky pair of socks on, so the welly warmer is just the thing as it stops before the foot. I love them!
 This is a Ravelry pattern - the sweatshop of love's welly warmers. I used the same wool recommended in the pattern, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. A good choice of colours, it really does knit up quick on those chunky needles, and they only use one ball of wool
So far I have used citron, cranberry, denim and grey marble
 Once you have chosen which colour to use then there is the joy of the buttons... Now I just have to decide which colour to knit for myself...

Friday, 27 March 2015

This really is the last wooly hat

Following a rather lovely look through my knitting and crochet books, I decided to make this, the lace beret from Claire Montgomerie's easy kids knits, for a little girl's eighth birthday. Otherwise known as the strawberry beret
but I think that may be because of my colour choices! I already had this pretty green wool - the never ending ball of  Rico Design Fashion Country Aran in pistachio - and was looking for something pretty to go with. As I stood in the shop dreaming of all the things oh I must make right now, I saw this beautiful dusky pink wool and thought it was just the thing to go with the green. The pink is Sublime extra fine merino wool dk in the yum sounding toffee apple.

A sweet and gentle knit and the Sublime wool a joy to knit with. This  hat does come up rather large, it almost fitted me. Oh, after just measuring my head that is because the size I choose - large - fits a head up to 22inches. Which mine is. I really should have measured that earlier... I just thought that as the book is for 3-10 year olds, that the largest size would be best for a soon to be eight year old. Let us hope that Lucy is embracing the slouchy look.

And then because the ball of green wool is never ending, another pair of half pint fingerless gloves. Each pair of these mitts knitted so far has looked different, not sure which part of the pattern I'm not paying attention to, though I did intentionally increase the length of the ribbing and added a few more rows along the top edge. The largest child size did fit P when he tried them on but I felt a few extra rows at either end would add extra snugness
Hope you had a happy birthday, Lucy!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

There was one more wooly hat...

How could I forget this fun make? 

I followed Ashlee Marie's crochet striped beanie and bobble beard patterns. Made for a friend's little one's sixth birthday in a teen size beanie with a medium beard. 

I first made Patch and his Daddy matching bearded hats last year (see here) and then for Reuben and Casper's birthday presents - which remain photo-less as they were finished and swiftly wrapped one eve before my parents were off to the Netherlands. I realised during the first two hats that they are slightly small and certainly are rather shallow. Is that what I mean? They seem to finish quite a way above the ear - which I find not so snuggly for a hat. I suppose the addition of a beard makes this not such a problem, but I still like a hat to be able to cover an ear or two. So for this one I added more rows, oh and attached the beard with buttons sewn onto the inside rib of the hat in case the wearer wishes to go beardless.

Continuing with my nice-pattern-can-I-use-Drops-wool theme (the price, the washability, the softness - yum) this hat was made with Drops Big Merino in navy blue, orange and off white with mocha for the beard. Hope you had a happy birthday, Logan! 

Friday, 20 March 2015

It's cold out there still... just the thing for some more wooly hats

And I can't promise that this is the end of the wooly hats made, though it may well be... have I made any others? Hmmm, not sure. I shall look through the photographs. But anyway part of me (a rather small part) is glad that it is chilly still so I can show you my seasonally appropriate makes.

As it seems to be the year of knitting hats, I decided to continue with the theme for some birthday makes for Patch's friends, and I even tried a new to me pattern
 This is Barley by tin can knits and I love it. The garter stitch section... ooo, I may have another favourite hat (the purl bee classic cuff hat being the other contender). Knitted in Rico Design Essentials soft merino aran in mouse grey with the trim in Jarol heritage DK in teal. And a pom pom, of course. The garter stitch section of the hat meant that it really needed a garter stitch scarf which always look delicious on children
Same wools as the hat with the addition of a ball of cinnamon from the basket.
And then I knitted another hat, but now I have no idea which pattern I used. I do know it is knitted in Rowan pure wool worsted in granite with some Jarol heritage DK in gold and Rico Design Essentials soft merino aran in navy
Happy birthdays Harry and Eddie!