I've just wrapped up the last of our handmade gifts for Christmas, so I thought it was time to start thinking gift ideas for 2014. Next year I'm really hoping to extend my knitting skills a little bit more, so I thought this patchwork knitted tortoise was a good place to start, ready for a little 1 year old's birthday early in the year.
Recently I signed up for Jodie's Christmas swap and was a bit busting to get started, so had my goodies ready to post before our swap partners were allocated. It felt really nice to be able to pop them in the mail last week.
This week I've been busy finishing off a few projects, including this Dalek cotton dishcloth. I also completed a basic diamond cloth, which I really enjoyed knitting and I just LOVE how the pattern turned out. Unfortunately I can't share the link for this one though, as it's out of the 'Leisure Arts Kitchen Dishcloth' book that my sister kindly gave me.
My creative space this week has been pretty much filled with this current project and all being well, I hope to be casting it off my needles by the end of the weekend. This baby blanket business has my fingers itching to try some different knitting projects in the future and I'm already bookmarking ideas over on Ravelry. It's so easy to get lost in all the creativeness over there and spend hours searching for patterns.
I forgot to share photos of Bella's finished leg warmers. Yes, I did say finished - go me, I actually finished a project.
Don't let the above photo deceive you, they really are the same length.
I was super happy with the finished result and they were such a lovely and easy knit.
Bella was pretty happy with them too!
The pattern details are over on my Ravelry page. If you have a little person in mind for these, I'd definitely recommend knitting up a pair. Now, back to my other pile of unfinished projects...
A very good friend of ours is having a baby, so I've decided to pull out my knitting needles and create a tiny stash of knitted goodness for their little bundle.
I've mentioned before that I'm not a very good knitter. I don't ever branch out of my comfort zone and attempt anything much greater than a plain pattern on two needles. If I drop a stitch I never know how to fix it and have to ask my Mum to help. But lately I've been thinking a lot about sock knitting and learning to use circular needles, so baby knits seem like a good place to start. Yes?
After a bit of deciding about which pattern to attempt, I chose the Puerperium Cardigan and it's been relatively easy. Oh and fast, I do love fast!
I want to attempt a different pattern after I finish this - do you have any easy recommendations for babies? What are you 'go to' designs and fast knits that are suitable for a beginner? I'd love some knitting recommendations!
Bella put out a call for a pair of winter leg warmers yesterday. There were a few frantic moments while I wondered if I should start yet another project. We all know that the uncompleted list is creeping upwards - x3 crochet blankets, Tunisian crochet pillow, my sampler embroidery, the bird needlepoint and the hexagon pillow that really only needs half an hour of machine stitching to finish it off.
There could be more unfinished projects, but I've lost track....
.....and we could have bought a pair in town, but the lure of starting another little something was just too much for me to stand. So we hot footed it to Spotlight, bought new yarn (on sale - woohoo!) and last night I cast on that new pair of leg warmers.
The pattern called for each leg warmer to be knitted in the round, but I'm just doing them on normal old needles. Easy peasy! I'm also squishing both warmers on the same pair of needles.
If you want to join me and cast on your own set for that little someone, you can find all the (free!) pattern link details on my Ravelry page HERE. It's a very simple pattern and available in sizes 1 - 12.
One of my lovely Aunties offered me a big bag of squares a couple of weeks back, that had all been knitted by my Grandma several years ago. I think I may have let out a mini squeal when she asked if I'd like them? Like them? - LOVE!
Some of them are a little bit odd in shape, a few are too wonky to include or have some imperfections, most of them are slightly different in size, but I really don't care! I'm going to sew these beauties together into a new caravan blanket and marvel at the hours my Grandma spent knitting each and every single one.
I'll share photos when I find the time to whip these all together - it could be a little while away, but all good things come to those who wait. Yes?!
Have a lovely weekend lovelies - nothing special happening here, just chilling and tidying up a bit around home. What about you?
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, go camping in our vintage caravan, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & veg out at home.