Bamboo Washcloth

April 21st, 2008

I fancied having a go at using bamboo yarn and decided a washcloth would be a good first project as it’s easy, small, quick and useful!

I used garter stitch as a border round the whole thing then moss stitch for the rest of it and I even crocheted (yes you heard (or should that be read) right) a little loop to hang it up! Though it seems I can crochet chains only, which is ok if all I want to make is loops.. or chains.. :p  The yarn used was Sirdar Just Bamboo in a nice shade of pink on 5.5mm needles.

Introducing Bernard..

April 15th, 2008

I made him for Chris yesterday afternoon (I’m off work ill with a throat infection at the mo). I totally made him up as I went along and I think he turned out well and Chris seemed to like him :D

Here he is….

On a roll..

February 10th, 2008

I seem to have been making things for the past few days and not just making them but actually finishing them which is an achievement for me.  On Friday I made a hat which was going to be for myself as it looked so lovely in the magazine (and once I made it too) but it just doesn’t suit me, which is quite odd as most hats do! Oh well.. it was a nice quick and easy project to do :) (the hat not suiting me is the reason why the armchair is modelling it! hehe)

Today I made another cushion cover to match the one I made just after Christmas and also a cuff/bracelet thing.  Oh and me and Chris also made a computer desk which took ages and involved quite a bit of cursing and sighing.  After all this hard work I’ve been sitting down looking through websites that make labels (that i can sew onto handmade stuff), seem to have a found a really good one but am having great difficulty in trying to decide what colour scheme to have them made in!

Socks & Books

February 7th, 2008

Well not exactly as it says in the title as there’s still only one sock! I did some more work on my first sock yesterday at the Stitch N’ Bitch group I go to, I was up to the point where I was to start the heel flap and was very lost (as I’m not a very experienced knitter…. yet!) but Ann (our resident sock expert) helped me out and pointed me in the right direction, now it’s going fine (tho the sock in general could be neater in parts, but looking pretty good for a first go I think) and looks like it will continue until I get to the gusset when it’ll be time to call on the lovely Ann again :)

Today in my lunch break I decided to treat myself to a couple of craft-y books, so I bought one on how to make your own clothes and another one which has all sorts of various craft items/idea’s/patterns in it. The range of knitting books wasn’t very inspiring so I didn’t buy any of those. I was naughty tho and ordered a couple more books when I got home from work as Waterstones didn’t have the book I’d had my eye on on Amazon the night before. I’ll post pics of these once they arrive.

And so I’ll leave you with a picture of the sock so far and the 2 books I got.

Some knitting & not knitting!

November 14th, 2007

Firstly, today i bought….

A lady at work advertised them on the intranet noticeboard and I spotted the ad yesterday and went to buy them today :) A bargain at £8!

Secondly I thought I’d a post a few photo’s of what I’ve been making lately. I’m still working on the sock, and I’m finishing off the scarf to match the little hat posted a while ago. I bought some huge knitting needles a few weeks ago and thought I’d have a go at knitting with quite a thin yarn so I used some of that fashion “eyelash” yarn and made this little bag which we used to put Chris’ mum’s birthday present in (she seemed to like it!)

Now for some non knitting craft. During one lunch hour a few weeks ago I went to The Works to buy some cookery/cocktail books and spotted a “make your own Christmas cards” set, it was a couple of quid so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve only made these two so far (and couldn’t get the right lighting to take a good pic)..

And that’s it for today!

Sock Update

September 23rd, 2007

I thought I’d post a photo of my progress on the 1st ever sock. I think it’s coming along ok, well good enough for a first try anyway :)

I’m still on the easy bit right now, I think I’m gonna struggle when it gets to the heel flap!!

Hot Head

September 11th, 2007

After the success of the baby hat I decided to make an adult one for Chris using the “Hot Head” pattern from Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitters Handbook.

I used Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Bulky in Brite Blue and Seafoam (I let him choose his own colours). The result, I think was pretty good :) The seam at the back isn’t the best ever (but not the worst) and it’s at the back anyway.. I impressed myself with how quickly and easily I knitted this up. I think Chris was impressed too!

My next project (which I’m 9 rows in to as we speak) is the Sock It To ‘Em Starter Kit (ordered from Get Knitted along with the Lambs Pride). It’s my first time using DPN’s and I found it VERY tricky and awkward at first but it is getting easier. I have started to think maybe socks/using DPN’s is a bit over ambitious for a 3rd project (and for me being the beginner that I am) but I’m going to give it go and luckily I do have the help of my Mum (an experienced knitter) to hand if I really get stuck!

Books!

February 25th, 2007


Just ordered these two Stitch N Bitch books off Amazon, I was looking at buying the knitting one a few months ago but never got round to it. Today I felt like treating myself (was payday on Fri :p) and there was a deal on buy the 2 for £12.99 or something, so I got both :) (click on the pics for links).