Christmas mini bobble hats

Today I took a trip to The Hive … A newly opened craft and wool shop which also has a fabulous cafe for knitters, stitchers and crafters to sit and chat among the gorgeous blends of woollen skeins, buttons and reels of cotton and reams of fabrics.
I went specifically to find some festive yarn to make a bobble hat garland – reason: we’ve decided not to put up a tree because the cat is so full of energy that she’s almost certain to pull it over – she’s already pulled the curtain pole out of the wall (we went through three trees with our previous cat one Christmas until she outgrew her kitten phase!). We’ve bought a six inch real tree for now, which might grow with Nikon

There was one ball of Christmas wool left when I reached the shop, which I thought was perfect for the garland. Traditional colours of red, white and green with the added touch of glitter… what do you think? I have a few more to make before I hang them up in a line across the living room ceiling and next year they may adorn the Christmas tree!

Nikon liked playing with the left overs from making fork pom poms too 🙂


Bangles and baubles!

I took a short break from the embroidery to knit.  I have to admit that knitting is not my favourite hobby or craft, although I do admire those who knit intricate patterns.  Many a time I’ve started and abandoned a knitting project, leaving it in better hands … my mum :). In fact, I took a knitting project off these needles just to do this tonight (mainly because I’ve forgotten where I got to on the pattern).  

Yes, I’m shaking my head, a little embarrassed.  The pink and purple was going so well!


So, I cast on 40 stitches and began to knit. I haven’t got far enough for you to see the end product, but I thought if I blogged about it, I might actually finish it :). After all, I have posted a knitted cat I designed and the pattern plus I also shared a knitted rose as part of a yarn bombing experience. I can knit, but I’m finding my embroidery is giving me much more satisfaction – maybe because I haven’t embroidered since I was 18 (not counting cross stitch). Any encouragement would be much appreciated! What’s my motivation, you may ask? I’m building up stock for a charity craft fair – the last one I did was to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice. The knitting will hopefully turn into a bag for a child and have bangles as handles.


Yarn Bombing!

As some of you are aware, I knitted and crocheted some flowers (roses) when I read about ‘yarn bombing’ and people were being urged to help take part in producing lots of flowers!  Well, today I drove twelve miles in search of a special Easter outdoor event in some beautiful grounds and these are just some of the pictures from it.  Next month sees a number of ‘unusual’ festivities happening near us and includes the flowers people have been knitting plus the possibility of an installation of a 90 metre waterslide filled with washing up liquid and water (of course).  My son’s registered for a ticket  … if he gets selected he will get one go on the slide.





Easter Egg Cosy – tulip or crown?

Created a knitting pattern today for an egg – well, it will soon be Easter!



if you would like to make one, this is the pattern:


cast on 36 stitches using size 6 needles and double knitting yarn (this will fit the circumference of a medium sized hen egg) 

row 1 – 5 knit 2; purl 2, knit 2 … Continue with pattern across each row

row 6 – row 9 knit

row 10 knit 6 turn 

row 11 knit 6 turn

cast off 1, knit, turn

cast off 1, knit, turn

continue until two stitches remain

Cast off, then pull yarn through last stitch.imageimage image
 Leave enough thread so that you can pull down from each point and stitch along the bottom to add further decoration to the crown.  Embellish with pompoms or glitter or sequins if desired.

Start knitting next six stitches and continue as above and complete circuit.  You will end up with 6 triangles.  Stitch up the side seam just up to the parting of the triangles.image imageimage




Follow the herring is a project that has intrigued me.  I saw a stunning photograph of some of the knitted fish, starfish, sea and other marine-type items on Facebook and wanted to take part.  I found some left-over yarn from another project and set to work.


I made two bodies.

Then made the various fins and a mouth, stuffed the fish with polyester and added a couple of buttons for eyes.


There is more information via this link as well as access to knitting patterns if any bloggers would also like to take part.
My little fish will be swimming its way to the project later this week :). Why don’t you have a go?

Wrist knitting a scarf

Craft 26/3/14

A friend of mine suggested I had a go at knitting with my wrists, so I followed the link she gave me, which led me to a Youtube video by Handimania at
– lots of really cool crafts on there! Handimania is also on Facebook 🙂

I cast on 12 stitches after starting with a slip knot and the scarf began to grow really quickly…


I bought some Denim yarn (loved the colour and the feel of it) and within 20 minutes my scarf was three foot long and already long enough to wrap around loosely twice.  The stitches are still around my left wrist as I type this and I’ve used up two balls of 100g Denim Ultra … Shall I stop knitting now or make a long Dr Who scarf?





This actually was touching the floor!  If I want an infinity scarf, I’ll need to leave enough wool to connect the ends.  I love this kind of knitting: now I think I will make another one for my mum ready for Mother’s Day – just need to find some wool in her favourite colour: green 🙂

Tying up loose ends!

Remember Rupert the cat? Well here is another member of the family, along with the pattern I promised I’d put on my blog.

I used sock yarn and number 6 needles

I made eight paws for Junior compared with four for Rupert as I wanted bigger, rounder pads.

K = knit
P = purl
Kfb = knit into front and back of stitch
St = stitch
K2tog = knit two stitches together

cast on 8 sts
Row 1 k
Row 2 kfb every st until final st. K1
Row 3 – 10 k
Row 11 k2tog every st until final st, k1
Row 12 – 21 k (or more rows if you want longer legs!)
Row 22 cast off


Cast on 4 st
R1 – k
R2 – kfb – 8st
R 3 – k
R4 kfb – 16st
R 5 – k
R 6 – kfb – 32st
R7 – k
R8 – kfb – 64st
R9 – k
R10 – k

Continuing shaping as follows:
64 st on needle, cast on one st at beginning of row (65 sts)
Kfb in first st (66 sts)
Then start decreasing
K2tog, k to final two sts then k2tog 64 st
K 8 rows
K2tog across (32 st)
K2tog across until you are left with 4 st (knit alternate rows)
Thread wool through remaining sts to cast off


Flatten the circular knitting so that there is a ‘hole’ at the centre like a doughnut! This will be the position of the nose. The knitted shape can then be sculpted by stuffing and sewing to form the ears. I sculpted Junior’s ears and when I was happy with the shape, I stitched them lightly with a running stitch.

The body and tail
Cast on 20 sts
1 -kfb each stitch. 40st
2 – cast of p wise, leave 2 sts (purl)

3 – k
4 – cast on 22 sts – 24 sts on needle

5 – k
6 – cast on 22 sts – 46 sts on needle
7 -22 k
23 – k20, k2tg, k2, k2tg, k20. (44 sts)
24 – k19, cast off 6, k19 (38 sts)
25 – slide sts tog on needle k18, k2tog, k18
Row 26 – 33 k
Row 34 – k2tog to last st, k1, thread wool through remaining sts (pull up threads and stitch and stuff, shaping the body at the same time.

Attach legs in suitable position and add cat features with knitting yarn.


Turner’s new clothes … Temporary model!

All over the news and through blogging, is pleas for the public to knit little sweaters for penguins.  Despite the website saying that the sweaters aren’t needed urgently, ‘Please know that we do not urgently require little penguin jumpers for rehabilitation, we have a good supply of these which we use on any rescued oiled penguins and in the event of an oil spill,’  They mention that ‘these jumpers are also sent to other wildlife rescue centres if to the required.’, so without hesitation, I knitted one.

I don’t happen to have a little cutie penguin waddling around my home to model the garment, however, I do have a Build A Bear Owl which my kiddies bought me for my graduation as it represents not only a wise old (less of the old, thanks) owl, but also was part of the UK Literacy Trust and was raising money for this worthwhile cause.  They named him Turner.  

So, Turner has hung up his graduation robe and mortar board for a moment and temporarily models the hand knitted penguin pullover before it’s posted off to the Wildlife rehabilitation people as part of ‘Knits for Nature program’. 


Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers

I just had to reblog this … Penguins! Awww. I’m going to have to knit one now…

And I’ve made a start by selecting some emerald green double knitting wool and 3 3/4mm knitting needles. The pattern states cast on 36 stitches and then continue in the pattern, knit one, purl one for eight rows. Tah dah!