Four seasons quilt

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Loom beanie


I bought a pack of these looms last year and they have just sat there because I became so busy making other things. Last night I found this video, got out my smallest loom and am now happily making a baby beanie. It is easy, enjoyable, short term quick reward and I am liking how it all looks. I chose this pattern because it puts a nice edge on the beanie. I am grateful to people who share their skills on the internet. 

My first mistake was to get he tension too tight so I couldn't lift the stitches over. I righted that tension quite quickly. I also found the metal hook is very good for shifting the stitches down because there is a groove in the pegs. I am not sure I like the idea of just sewing the last stitches to finish the hat. I may well finish it on DPNs for a more secure finish - for me! 

I am looking forward to making good use of my looms now that I have broken the silence with them. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crocheted and knitted poppies

There has been a call to action in Australia to make poppies for Remembrance Day. We have been asked in our spinners group to make contributions to this and so I am looking for patterns. The video shows a beautiful poppy which could make a lovely decoration for anything, hat, band, scarf, bag. I am then going to give some links to some free patterns you can download to make knitted ones. I'll try the crochet one and one of the knitted ones. For Remembrance Day making them has meaning. To use them as decorations to things you have made will lift the look of your home made articles. 

Knitted poppy  patterns 

Free Ravelry poppy pattern

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Knit a patchwork square

Love the music on this! This video guides you through an interesting little patchwork square you can make . It would be a good way to use up odd bits of wool. You can vary it by doing two rows of one colour and two rows of another. Depending on the colours you can get some really amazing effects with something as simple as this. It makes you look good! As with anything else, you need that little bit of practice to get the square looking its best. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Crochet your own buttons

Buttons can be functional and decorative. I have seen some lovely hand made buttons on Instagram so I am going to blog about how to make buttons. I like these ones because they include upcycling plastic. I like to do my bit for the environment too. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pink rose rainbow booties

I made these booties from the easy baby booties pattern on size 10 needles and one white variegated bay yarn and one pink bay yarn. I double crocheted  around the booties on the fourth garter stitch row from the cast on row so that the booties would have a proper sole. When I decreased for the top of the booties I did 6 rows of stocking stitch and then cast off. That gives a nice roll at the top. I crocheted two single chains for the ties and then sewed on some pink ribbon roses. So cute. They are 9cm long and 5cm wide. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Navajo plying

I am now spinning thinly enough that I shall be able to try Navajo plying. The spinners in the group I go to are all very positive about Navajo plying and how it can really add a good look to the yarn you have spun. It is handy because you don't need to spin two lots of yarn so you can ply two together. Until now that is what I have been doing and practising. I have control of my Ashford and my double drive wheels now and have had a chance to learn how to control how I am drafting and spinning. Now I think I can move myself forward a bit and learn Navajo plying. Sarah Anderson's video is so easy to follow. I know now that I shall just have to put the time and effort in. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Knitted headband

I loved my blue headband so much I made the green one. The blue one is a wool mix and so warmer . It stretches out on your head when you put it on and it certainly keeps your ears warm! The green one is acrylic yarn  and so lighter and not quite so warm. It's 8 ply equivalent and 6mm needles but you could try thicker wool or some of the textured yarns. 

It is double rib.

Cast on 22 stitches

Knit 2, purl 2 until the end of the row
Purl 2 , knit 2 until the end of the row

Carry on like that for 46 rows of rib.

On the blue one I did a small cable in the middle of two of the knit ridges...so , patterning 4 stitches behind.

On the green one I cabled 8 stitches behind. Keep the rib pattern going. You need 4 stitches on wither side of the cabling. 

You could do a cable pattern the whole headband if you wanted to or you could leave it plain. 

Rib another 46 rows and then cast off. Stitch the ends together and weave the yarn ends in.

The headband uses less than a ball of  wool and so is a good way to use leftover yarn.