Super fast and super fluffy, I started these slippers 6 days ago and despite having to work around the kids and school runs and so on they’re already done. This is the first time I’ve worked with thrums and it took a little bit to get into a rhythm. I enjoyed the pattern and making the thrums and think I’d make them again. The pattern goes from a child’s 9 (which is what my 4yo is wearing) up to large adults. I don’t know how easy it would be to size down, maybe best to change gauge and do it that way but it’d be easy enough to size up if you needed really huge ones
They are super fluffy inside and I’m looking forward to wearing them when they dry.
Pattern: Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague size f (5.5UK)
Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in Silver (73g) and Ashford Corriedale Sliver in Winter Nights (100g fibre)
Ravelry Page: here
Notes: I made no modifications, I would suggest only making a few thrums to start so that you can test out the sizing. I made my first ones too big. The sole is worked flat but then you pick up around the whole sole. The pattern suggested using dpns or magic loop for this but I ended up using a 21″ circular because the stitches were sliding off on dpns and I don’t like magic loop. I swapped to dpns after the toe cap when the number of stitches goes down. It was a little fiddly the first couple of rows but once you get further from the sole it’s easier to maneuver. I used knit 2, knit together tbl to bind off at the top, no problems getting them on or off. I’m blocking them upside down on my mannequin feet.
I started these last summer and they lived upstairs where they were worked on in stolen moments. When school started again, Pixie got mobile and stopped napping on her own and they generally didn’t get any love. In trying to get things complete I brought them downstairs after finishing the last blanket and have knit a sock and a half since then.
(Lighting was really bad today and the table was covered in blankets being a den, but bad photos in the utility room are better than no photos for record keeping.)
Pattern: My own mash up for vanilla socks (toe-up with a gusset heel)
Yarn: Flying Tiger sock yarn in a dark grey with multicoloured variegation (78g)
Needles: 2.25mm dpns
Ravelry page: here
We got caught by sickness bugs again, Wee Man had a cough then Pixie had a cold followed by a Husband with tonsillitis. But we are on school holidays now and nobody seems to be sick (today at least) and despite it snowing again yesterday today we have lovely sunshine.
I made rapid progress through the second Marley blanket thanks in part to sizing up the needles a bit. I’m happier with the size of this one and the fabric is still a good gauge. This is otherwise pretty similar to the previous version. I didn’t get as many repeats in each section but due to the gauge change the blanket is a bit bigger any way. It’s waiting now until the baby it’s intended for is a bit closer to arrival.
I’ve now turned my attention to my sneaky socks – they’d stopped getting any attention hiding away upstairs and I’d like to get them off the needles and onto my feet. I’ve turned the first heel in the last 24 hours so making progress, hopefully it will continue as next I get to cast on something new.
Pattern: Marley by TinCanKnits
Yarn: Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Blue Ocean
Modifications: I wanted a squarer blanket than the pattern is written for so worked extra repeats of the increase sections, weighed my yarn then worked straight repeats until I had only enough yarn left to complete the decrease section.
Ravelry page: here
There were two whole days of spring in a row at the beginning of the week so I hunted down the kids sunhats. Hobbit’s still fits, Wee Man’s is snug but will do for a bit longer and I couldn’t find the one that should fit the Pixie. Oliver and S bucket hat pattern and leftover fabric to the rescue.
Pattern: Oliver and S bucket hat (free download) in size S (she’s measuring 18.5″)
Fabric: leftover purple and polka dots
Modifications: I stitch together two hats then join them leaving a gap at the brim. Turn them in the right way then topstitch the brim.
Filed under Pixie, Sewing
Two years ago I put Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer on my wishlist for Christmas ideas. Husband bought it for me for this past Christmas. It sat for a bit while I thought about colours then I picked up 100 skeins of embroidery thread in random colours as a pack on Amazon which gave me plenty of options to do it in a rainbow of colours. I started with blue running stitches and have since moved on to green back stitches. I didn’t have a good place to store it so it ended up sitting on my desk and being shuffled around as I needed space so I started looking for bag ideas. I found this pattern on Craftsy which seemed like the perfect style but needed sizing up to fit a 6″ hoop in the top section. Slight modification to the pattern piece later and I had two bags cut out. They were fast to put together and the clear vinyl only stuck a little bit to the machine as I stitched it (mostly I could have the fabric pieces down). I made two inverted versions from a pair of fat quarters. I could have squeezed the binding for the top pocket out of the fat quarters too but chose to use bias binding scraps instead. I managed to have perfectly coloured zips, thread and snaps to match in my sewing drawer which was super handy. It fits really well and means it’s a bit more portable as I can tuck a few bobbins or skeins in the zip pocket along with a thread cutter and take it about.
Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pouch by SewCanShe free on Craftsy
Materials: Two fat quarters (half a fat quarter for each side), clear vinyl, 10″ plus zippers, thread, one snap per pouch – I used Kam Snaps and snap setter.
Modifications: Added an inch to each side of the pattern piece and re-drew the top curve to match, added two inches to the bottom. Clear vinyl pieces became 7″ by 10″. Used bais tape for the binding piece – need 10″.
This project was started in late 2016 with the intention of having it knit for Wee Man for that winter. It didn’t happen partly due to pregnancy and partly due to slow progress because of the pattern stitch. It’s been waiting for me and I decided rather than slogging through it I would aim for a quick win and work the rest of the cowl in plain stockinette. Three days later and it was all done.
Pattern: Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland for 3 inches then straight stockinette
Yarn: my handspun from blue merino fibre
Ravelry page: here