Friday, 17 August 2018

Little Knitted Friends - Part Two

The ladies in the Knit and Natter group come and go but there is a core of regulars I have got to know quite well. Being able to create these ladies at home with only a memory of them in my head I have created little comic strip character of each of them, including myself.

The great unveiling of them was this week and thankfully no one was upset, although one lady thought her hair needed restyling! I shall attempt to do that for her.
We all laughed at ourselves and also each other, especially when one lady made a late entrance and we saw she was wearing the very outfit I'd knitted!
Here are all the girls together.

I really couldn't be bothered with shoes, I only made one pair and as for glasses - only one of us doesn't wear them, so I decided not to bother as the project was intended to be knitted. I didn't want to get into polymer clay, cardboard or wire.
For the same reason, I didn't make handbags.
 This is the glamorous owner of the tea shop. She allows our Knit and Natter group to take over part of her shop once a week with positively more nattering than knitting!

 This is me!

 This lady tries to knit and natter but can't do both together so she has given up the knitting part!

 This is the lovely lady who arrived today in this very outfit!

 The lady who can't afford a decent pair of jeans!

 We love the colourful outfits worn by this lady.

 Mauves and blues are this lady's favourite colours.

 Colourful skirts and chunky jewellery are this lady's choice.

Maybe the glasses, shoes and handbags will come later when I need something to do on a cold winter's day but until then, they are finished.
It's the weekend, I hope you have a good one,


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Little Knitted Friends

Having crocheted just about anything and everything for a long while I thought I would never knit again but the need to knit just crept up on me one day.

Like an addict for a quick fix, I bought a giant ball of wool to knit an aran cardigan but soon gave up. Too much concentration was needed to work on it at the Knit and Natter group especially as there is often more nattering than knitting.
And I didn't like the way the cheap yarn fuzzed up so much.
So that is now living in the bag in my 'wool cupboard' with some of my stash.

It's the miniaturist in me that says 'Make small, make small'. I heard that little voice and thought of little people.
A long while ago my daughter bought me a book, some years ago actually, it is William and Kate's wedding.
I decided to create the K and N group, using up some of my mountain of stashed wool.
Using the Queen and Camilla as models I began but soon realised, as usual, the stash was not going to provide me with enough bodies so I had to buy more yarn!


Then, of course, the colours were not right for the clothes I needed to make. Aha, yes, buy more yarn!
I chose Ricorumi DK 100% cotton partly because it comes in tiny 25gm balls. It's also lovely and firm for the bodies, unlike an acrylic mix I used for one poor lady who might have to endure pipe cleaner insertion.
A sneak peak of the first lady I made and have finished.
Others in various stages, like this one in her leggings, getting her hair done!
The hair, I found is the hardest to get right. The book gives instructions for wigs, but without a hat on top, they looked as though they were wearing helmets so I have rooted my ladies' hair using a crochet hook.

Hopefully more to show soon




Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Clothes for Dolls - The First Dress

Since I finished the last shawl, I have been a bit distracted by the heatwave we are having here!
Until the temperature drops, I shall have hands too clammy and brain to fuggy to concentrate on a cosy, warm shawl.

Thinking back to Christmas, a bit crazy in this heat, I know, but I had put an 18" doll on my wish list, just because I'm still a kid at heart and I love making clothes for dolls.

Christmas Day I was presented with Rose and I was so pleased but as I had some other projects started and I've been trying very hard to finish things, I put her in my queue to wait her turn!

After a couple of months, I started to be asked 'Have you made any clothes for your doll yet? And they kept asking, so despite having a work table covered in various works in progress, I spread to the dining table with fabric and sewing machine, as you do, and came up with this dress.
I had plans to make a matching hairband but time was getting on and I had to clear away all signs of having broken my self-discipline and spread to other rooms.
She will get a hairband and more clothes once I finish the new knitting project I've started and am really excited about!
I am making tiny things so can do them in the evenings as the temperature cools a bit. More about that another time.

Rose is very well made and a dream to fit as the clothes are not too tiny or fiddley, although they do take more fabric than I expected but then I'm used to making tiny miniatures that use just scraps.

A little tip I've found very helpful when sitting outside place both feet in a bowl of cold water. It cools the blood nicely!

Stay cool and carry on!


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Double Pointed Needle Cases

The sets of double pointed needles I have are usually rolling around somewhere they shouldn't. There is always one missing. They are too short for the needle case I made and they fall out of the cardboard pack they are sold in.
I have made individual pouches for each set and have made three so far.

They simply fold over and fasten with a fancy button.
I will now be able to find a set quickly and easily - that's the plan, anyway!









The Finished Perranporth Shawl

It was an incredible feat for me, to finish yet another project!
The pattern was easy but with enough counting to keep my brain active!
The Sheejies yarn is lovely and soft so worked nicely and didn't make my hands ache.
It was a warm day last Thursday when I took it to my daughter but she loved it, thank goodness, and wrapped herself inside it.
The shape is a triangle with one elongated end so can be worn in several different ways.
I'm looking forward to making the next one in the 'Crochet Along' but I'm enjoying the warm weather we have here this week and not really thinking of warm things. I hope you have some sunshine, too.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Knitting Needle Wrap

The drawstring sack holding my knitting needles wasn't working. Having to tip out all the needles to find a pair had exasperated me for years!
A wet Easter holiday gave me the time I needed to construct a wrap for my most used needles, 2mm to 5 mm. I had green fabric left over from a cushion I made my granddaughter and used a small red gingham for the lining. I sandwiched a piece of thin batting between them.
 I can now find a pair of needles I need quickly as I have sewn compartments in the bottom keeping the needles separated into sized groups.
Making the strap across the middle stops the needles sliding sideways when wrapping them up.
I had toyed with the idea of snap fasteners to close it but I'd made far more bias strip than I needed so made some ties which are sewn in place.
All the seldom used, larger needles remain in the sack at the back of the cupboard.
A perfect resolve!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Update on the Crochet Along

My second Praze an Beeble shawl was finished last week.
The colours remind me of the beach, one of my favourite places to be.

As the yarn had arrived from Deramores for the second shawl I moved swiftly on and started the Perranporth Shawl by Diana of The Crochet Chain
I'm using Sheepjes this time. I was immediately impressed with the softness but the brilliant tag on the start of the yarn is so simple but such a massive help to find the end, inside the ball as I like to use it this way.

 And here is my work snuggled inside the new work bag which has room for all the yarn and the pouch I made to carry hooks, scissors, markers etc.
Happy Easter and enjoy!