Posted in Crochet, Garments, Ideas, Knitting, Uncategorized

Work in progress

As always, I have couple of projects going on at the same time. So, here is a quick review of what you can expect to see here in the nearest future.

Easy Lavender Shawl

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I lost the ball band so I can’t tell the brand of yarn. Weight is dk but I am using hook 5.0 mm to obtain loose tension for this shawl.  Nearly there, just need to figure out what edging to add to make it look complete.

Toddler Peach Vest

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Again, lost the ball band, so not sure on the brand. Using 4.0 mm hook and dk yarn.

Tee “Amanda” by Adriafil

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This is going to be a Tee in size M. I am using knitting needles size 4 mm and Adriafil Kimera in green shades. This is mercerized Egyptian cotton, really lovely to work with.

Posted in Ideas, Yarns

In search for inspiration…

Whenever I need a little inspiration on what to knit or crochet next I like to visit my favourite local yarn shop Purly Yarns. They are small family run shop that offers friendly atmosphere and lots of inspiration – come and see, you won’t be disappointed!

As usual, when I visited last week I got myself new balls of yarn that I can’t wait to try and already have couple of ideas on what to make.

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I am sure that kids socks made of ColourLab will look great! I am planning on using Vauvan Sukka pattern by Kerttu Latvala.

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I am very curious about Batik Swirl by Stylecraft. I got it in shade Meadow, bright and colorful, with the purpose of making a scarf to cheer me up during winter days to come. Quite possibly I will use free pattern that is included on reverse of the ball band.
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I really enjoyed working with Creative Cotton Print when I was making my Buggy Bag and Tunisian Pot Holder. This cotton is so versatile and has lovely colours too, this time I got it in pink and orange. It will be perfect for making heat packs like these Rice Bags.
Posted in Baby, Garments, Knitting

Sirdar Doodle jumper

Very proud of this make – jumper made for my baby girl using Sirdar pattern and Sirdar Snuggly Doodle dk yarn.

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The pattern was easy to follow and the jumper knitted quickly, yarn gave it lovely texture and I loved working with these colors.

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work in progress

 

Below is my girl in a finished piece ❤

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Fair Isle Vest

Below is a vest I knitted last year for my son – my first attempt at Fair Isle knitting.

It was challenging make, especially when it comes to weaving in ends, which I absolutely hate. And this time there were too many! It took my long time to finish this off.

I feel like this vest could’ve been a bit longer, it looks rather squarish. But given that it was my first attempt I am rather pleased with myself.

I am not sure, however, if I will ever do something in Fair Isle again. I know effects can be stunning when done right but I don’t think I have the patience to do it, ha ha ha 🙂

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Posted in Baby, Blankets, Knitting

Candy Cane Baby Blanket

I recently fell in love in Sirdar Pattercake yarn cakes. When I saw Candy Cane, I knew I had to make a baby blanket out of it. The yarn cake even comes with simple pattern on the back of the band. I decided to try this out.

The pattern was very easy to follow. Blanket is made from corner to corner by adding and then decreasing stitches on each side of the blanket. It has nice thick texture as it’s made with garter stitch. I have decided to add a little bit of crochet edging as I can’t live without finishing blankets with crab stitch.

I am totally in love with the colors of Candy Cane. The bonus is that it is self-striping yarn so you only need to buy one ball!

What do you think of my Candy Cane Baby Blanket?

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Ellie the Elephant Lovey

Today I am proud to show you lovey blankie I made for my baby girl. I didn’t have a particular pattern or design, just an idea in my mind and I added some bits as I went through violet Rico yarn. I started knitting small blanket in basket weave to give it nice texture and finished in crochet picot edge. I still had a small ball of yarn left so I decided to try amigurumi elephant, it was just enough to make head and arms and to sew all bits together. I was really pleased with the effect and my baby seemed to like it too. At some point she couldn’t fall asleep without her lovey.

Without further ado, I present to you Ellie the Elephant.

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Ellie makes really nice cuddly toy, can go for a walk as stroller companion or can even keep your wriggly baby warm at night if made big enough. My girl was a bit startled by me taking a photo but still held her lovey 🙂

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How about making a lovey tonight?

 

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Baby jumper “McDreamy” by Drops

I am happy to present one of my first projects: baby jumper made for my son. I followed Drops pattern “McDreamy” available here.

I used cheap baby soft yarn available in my local shop (like the one here) as I was not sure of the outcome of the pattern. It came out really lovely, so if I ever knit this again I will definitely go for high quality cashmere merino, like this.

 

 

 

The baby jumper has textured pattern and raglan sleeve. It is done from bottom to top. As I don’t enjoy sewing finished pieces I used circular needles for body and sleeves. It was a bit tricky joining it all together and working through yolk, it was challenging my patience every minute, but it was all worth it. I had only small sewing to do under arms. To finish, I used wooden painted buttons, ordered from here. I absolutely love these buttons and use them whenever I can as they come in different patterns and colors.

What do you think of this jumper? Do I get thumbs up?