Tuesday, 31 July 2012

New Knits

So, I thought I'd introduce you to what's currently on my needles this month.  As its soon to be my birthday I treated myself to the above knitting pattern book, its from bergere de france who, are my favourite pattern designers!

If we take a little peek at the inside (sorry I pinched the photo from cocoon knits website, hence the watermark) I'm making the little top with bow on it, shown with stripey pants!  It's not been very easy going though I have to admit.  The pattern is quite abbreviated so I've had to read it through a few times before casting on to make sure I have the instructions right in my head, so far I've knitted the front section and I'm in the middle of the right back.  It took me forever to make the pleats on the front, and I'm still not sure I've done them right, oh well, its all good practice! :)

I'm using rico design baby classic dk in hell blau.  This yarn is lovely to work with, and feels so soft and squishy.  It comes in a good range of colours and very reasonably priced.  I bought mine from my lys, but it's readily available on the net if you should want to try it out.  It doesn't give blocking instructions though on either the yarn or the pattern book so i'm not sure whether to block or not? I've been desperately scrabbling about on the net to see if I can find anything but I've had no joy so far. Any of you lovely ladies have any tips?

I think next time I make something from this book I might try the bergere yarn, I love the colours it comes in, although its not as nice feeling as the rico (in my humble oppinion).  It will probably take an age to make this top though with it being the school holidays, most of my time has been taken up with entertaining the boys!

We FINALLY - as in yesterday got a new cooker delivered, and my very clever hubby installed it so we can eat normal food! I'm celebrating by cooking a nice cooked dinner tonight, with sausages - my sons favourite! I can't tell you how nice it is not to have to eat microwaved food :)
next time we go shopping I'm going to get flour and eggs and do some cake making!!!

well, I hope to keep you all updated with my new knittin,
Happy crafting,
Danielle xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Hopity, Hopity, Bunny slips

So, last time we spoke I showed you the uber-cute owl bag that I hooked up as a gift, well I was also asked to make something short notice for a newborn baby, this was thursday night at 6pm on the phone to my mum ".....oh, by the way, I know its short notice but could you make me a few gifts for a friend at work, she's leaving on monday to start maternity leave so I'll need them by the weekend, (without waiting for an answer) thanks love!".......er, yeah, sure thing mum!

It's a good thing babies are small so making them things doesn't take very long!
It's also a good thing that I have a reasonable yarn stash although not as large as this one :) so hooking could commence straight away!

And so, this is what I came up with ::

Cute Bunny slips! I know, I know they are sooo adorable! These are definateley going to be featured in my new etsy shop, but its not quite ready yet! So, the bottoms/soles of the bunny slippers are made from a vintage rose colour also from the stylecraft yarn range and the white is a baby wool from eons ago which I bought to make crochet granny stars one year at christmas.  They took a couple of hours to hook up but eeek they are cute! I can almost hear them going hoppity hoppity around the room.  I've already had a request for some more which will be my hooky project for tonight.

I also made these ::

Cute Bear Slips!! They lady in question doesn't know what sex the baby is going to be, so I thought something a bit more boyish was in order too, just in case! Oh, and the bear does have eyes although you can't see them too well on the pic! I wasn't sure how this would turn out because I adapted the bunny slippers pattern to come up with this, but I'm quite pleased with the result!  The soles a lighter brown/caramely colour in dk and the bear body is a super duper soft merino, perfect for tiny toes to snuggle into! They will also be featured in my new etsy shop......
I had to hook these up using a smaller hook than I usually use so you get a tighter stitch that holds its shape.  I'm currently exploring different patterns for baby things so I can stock my new shop up with what looks good and works, huzzah!
Happy hooking,
loves danielle x

Saturday, 14 July 2012

The Cute Owl Bag

So, this is just a quick post a) to remind you all that I AM still alive and kicking, even if my blogging voice has been a bit lacking of late and b) So that I could Brag tell you about the cute little owl bag that I hooked up on thursday evening :)

I made this for my mum to gift to a friend whos leaving work on monday to have a baby, obviously the bag's not for the baby, or the mum, but she has a little girl already whos about 3 so mum thought it would be nice for her to have a gift as well as the new baby! I'm making the baby some cute little slippers but I haven't started them yet so I thought I'd just show you this instead.

This awesome bag pattern was a free pattern from mama G's crafty blog, which was super kind of her to share it with the world, so if you do make anything be sure to share the love and link back to her lovely blog! The pattern was easy peasy to follow, I made mine in some leftover dk (stylecraft special dk left over from the famous 'lucy pack') although I think it might be better if you could work it in cotton so it keeps it shape a bit more, and I managed to hook it all up on the thursday night while the hubby was out playing cricket - ahhhh for hookey time! and sewed it all together on the friday morning.

Quick, Simple, and verrry cute hookey, that's what its all about!

*please excuse the bin and my toaster lurking in the background to the photo, it was taken hastily so I could show my mum*

I have been hard at work creating my new etsy shop and knitting baby clothes, more posts to follow
ttfn friends,
Danielle xxxxxx

Monday, 2 July 2012

 So, last time we spoke I think I told you all about my sudden spate of jewellery making and my joy jealousy of relatives and friends who had recently started their own crafty ventures?! The jewellery making has continued.....and I really love some of the stuff I've made just recently :) I also decided that maybe the baby-clothes-scenario was not a bad idea after all, after all people do have babies all the time.......in fact alot of my friends have had babies (including myself) within the past two years.  So I trundled up into the attic to retrieve my box boxes (and boxes) of knitting patterns and was quite suprised at what I'd been hoarding up there! I came across this lovely little book by sublime and thought it was a good place to start..........the patterns are very beautiful but not altogether too technical (I thought I'd better practise a bit first before I start anything too lacy) flicking through the book, I wanted to make all the patterns straight away (naturally) but I finally settled on this one ::

The very cutesome Sunday jacket! I also had lots of lovely baby wool left over from some projects I had started before my youngest son was born, so needles in hand I give it a go! I was pleasantly suprised when I knit the tension square at the beginning and found that for once my tension was almost spot on barring a couple of rows (its normally waaaayy out, I have a tight tension) so I could get clickety clicking straight way.  Three days later and I've finished the back and two fronts, which I think is pretty good going.  (i'm quite slow at knitting) The pattern is easy to understand so far which makes it easier - there's nothing worse than selecting a pattern trying to follow as hard as you might and then the knitting you produce looks nothing like the actual pattern you are supposed to be following.  I've knitted it in white size 3-6 months (so its big enough for people to get an idea of what the jacket looks like properly) and I'm seriously thinking of opening a new etsy shop just concerntrating on the baby stuff and having my other shop for my home and jewellery bits.  Do you guys think it would be a good idea? I read in the etsy seller handbook that they don't encourage people to have more than one shop, but I think people get a bit overwhelmed when your shop has EvErYthIng in it.......sort of higgledy piggeldy and people might get a bit lost trawling through the listings (I find it very irksome to have to trawl through a gazillion listings just to find one teensy tiny thing).
So, a new  etsy shop maybe on the horizon, or I may use one of my other outlets to sell the baby things, folksy or lilyshop.

That's taken the most part of my weeks up, making things :) I LOVE to be able to say that! The weather has been too yucky and tempramental to do much else, Thursday we had big massive rainstorms with lots of rain and it was flooded at my sons school.  One good side effect though was that the flowers in the garden are positively blooming::

 Our lavinia rose that we bought not so long ago has really blossomed, lovely pink luscious fairytale roses and I was presented with a bloom from each of my sons on sunday afternoon when they were helping their dad in the garden <3  They smell as good as they look too.

Ive also recently become addicted to this book::

Don't worry, it isn't the 50 shades of grey series that seems to have woman all over swooning about  To be honest I'm a bit sick of hearing about it now! No, this my friends is the amazing Game of Thrones series.  It's been out a while now and I think those of you lucky enough to have sky may have watched the tv series too, but the books are awesome! My mum has been harping on at me for ages to read them (we have very similar reading tastes) so I finally succomed and borrowed the first in the series from the library! Its sort of set in a time similar to the medieval or dark ages about families warring over the throne to rule the 'seven kingdoms' but I love the honor, deceit, betrayal and intrigue of it all.  It's one of those books where you truly dont know whats going to happen next, and the instant you start to like a character they go and do something so utterly opposite.......I'm gripped! unfortunately, I've finished the first part and my local library has been shut until further notice because of all the rain damage so I'm biiting fingernails waiting for the next part!!!
Truly, truly would recommend this to anyone, even those who enjoy 50 shades of grey ;)