Giveaway Winners

Thanks so much to everyone for their lovely comments on the new pattern, the Stripy Stashbuster Vest,  I released yesterday.

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I drew the winners thanks to  random.org and have already sent the patterns off to the winners on Ravelry. Congratulations to:

SAHM

Eb/Blacknut

Sezzaknits

Khai

Lori Howlett

I hope to see some cute stripey vests in lots of different colours springing up on your Ravelry pages in the coming weeks!

Links don’t seem to be working on quickpost tonight, but you can see projects and purchase the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stripy-stashbuster-vest

New Pattern: Stripy Stashbuster Vest

I’ve just uploaded a new pattern for sale on Ravelry, a cute wee baby vest.  It’s an ideal project for a new baby: cute, easy to make, and can be made in any combination of yarn colours you choose: perfect for stashbusting those scrap yarns. I loved being able to pick up a selection of colours, lie them against each other and then just go for it.  I loved all three samples that I made, with the brown and orange one probably my favourite, as they are such an awesome combination for a wee boy.

I had such fun making this pattern, which is so super easy: knit from the top down, it is seamless, although you work the armholes back and forth so it’s not entirely in the round.

The pattern caters for these sizes:

Newborn – 15 inches/38cm 0-3 months – 15.5 inches/39.5cm 3 months – 16 inches/40.5cm 6 months – 17 inches/43cm

There is a little bit of positive ease built in, the amount of which increases as the size increases.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry, here.

OR, I’m in a giving mood, so, if you want to win one of five copies of the pattern, simply enter by making a comment below. You may get a second entry by linking to my blog on your own blog, or on your Twitter account or Facebook page. I’ll close off entries at 6pm Friday night NZ time – short and sweet. Please make sure that you leave a way for me to gift you the pattern too – a Ravelry name is perfect.

At our place: the garden

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When we first moved into our new house in October last year, the gardens were rather weedy, not neglected exactly, just in need of some TLC. We’ve been busy trying to get them into some sort of shape since then – my mother spent a week solid weeding when we first got here, and we shifted a large number of things so I could claim the back garden for my blueberries, rhubarb and herb garden.  That has thrived there, and the roses we moved have done okay in the front garden, which is good. Other things moved forward or along, or were split up to cover some empty spaces.

When my parents in law came to stay, the first round of trimming and taking out happened – a feat repeated when my sister visited – are you sensing  a theme here?? Even our neighbour has been in on the act, removing an aging hedge between our properties, and then replanting the border. It has meant a reduction in privacy for them, but the long-term gain in better view and healthier plants will be well worth it. Our girls are rather pleased as they adore playing with their (older) girls.  Now it’s easier access. And I’m discovering it’s rather easy to pop through the garden for a cup of tea too :)

The weekend after the garden got replanted we also got given a huge load of mulch, so had to race out and get plants for along the driveway which we had denuded of old, ugly shrubs, falling down trees, and ancient stumps.  Looks sooo much better now.

There is heaps more to do - the veggie patch is underway but needs a huge amount more done, including finishing the boxes, and doing something about the greenhouse which blew down in the massive gale we had a few months ago. With winter approaching, there’s a lack of urgency, but it’d be great to have it all ready to go in the spring – and I’m looking forward to having the paths down so that we have less weeding and upkeep to do!

I’ll post more pictures later when we make some more changes – I’m terrible at remembering progress pictures, so often I forget ‘before’ pictures, so these will have to suffice for now!

FO: Brambles Beret

After a bit of a delay at the final hurdle, I’ve finally finished knitting, blocking AND sewing in the ends of this beautiful beret. A  darning needle was the missing piece in the puzzle, and in the end I gave in and bought a new one – I still hope to find my old favourite faithful one somewhere yet!

Anyway, enough about my domestic dramas – onto the hat… Isn’t it lovely?  This is the lovely Brambles Beret which is a free pattern available on Knitty.com.  The hat comes in three sizes, and not content to knit one of the ones available, I combined the medium band with the large body.  It was an idea blatantly copied from another Raveler’s project, along with the idea of starting the seed stitch at the cast on rather than where the body begins. I think it makes for a cute alteration, and the flow from the rib to the cables works well too.

This yarn is from my lovely magic yarn ball from Olive&Emma yarns.  I had thought I’d only get one project out of it, but I got two… The second is a sample for a new cowl pattern, but you’ll just have to wait to see that one. I need to get the pattern written up properly and onto testing before you can see it properly.

FO: Colour Me Pretty Hats

Winter’s coming!  Must be time for new hats.

Well, it’s Autumn anyway, and you know that I’m a total hat addict, any excuse for a hat knit… And while knitting a hat is fun, knitting two is better.

Hard to believe, but these two cute Colour Me Pretty hats are my first time knitting any of Elena Nodel’s gorgeous patterns. Surprising mostly because she designs gorgeous patterns, mostly for little girls. And I do love to knit for my girls! I have quite a few on my want list for this winter, and I have serious difficulties deciding which ones I love the best. I think Paprika might win out for the next cast on for Miss 5.

I had lots of fun knitting these hats. First up was one for Miss 5.  I made hers from some bright pink Spotlight Moda Vera DK weight yarn, with white contrast. The pattern suggests that you can use multiple colours for the different colourwork parts in the hat, with even a rainbow of colours shown in the chart. But having looked at the projects on Ravelry, I decided a simple contrast would be effective. Also I wanted to knit this from stash. I managed to get this out of one ball of yarn – just!  I had nothing at all to spare when I cast off.

**note my attempt to get a photo of Miss 5′s four missing front teeth being foiled by a cheeky tongue!**

I followed all of the instructions but I got the first bit of colourwork a little bit tight. I’m pleased to say that the rest is okay, and the second hat was fine.

Of course no sooner had I knit this than a second hat was required. In green. Some children are SO predicable!  But with no cute greens in stash, I needed a quick trip to the yarn shop… I grabbed some lovely Naturally Loyal DK in a lovely light green, which Miss 3 loves. She knew exactly what it was for when I unwrapped it. And insisted I cast on right away.

 

Each of the hats took 2 nights of full on chart following to knit, plus a bit more time for the easy bits. I did enjoy it despite this – I’ve rated it as Medium on Ravelry – nothing especially difficult is involved, but it does take a lot of chart following to get this done.  That said, I’d do it again if I was asked. But I am all out of small girls to knit for!  Ah well, there’s always the matching sweater I could knit…

FO: Mockingjay Dishcloth

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When I was putting together my package for our recent magic yarn ball swap, I got assigned a swap partner who is adores The Hunger Games. I figured that I could put together a parcel that was Hunger Games related. A quick Ravelry search came up with some Mockingjay charts, which seemed like the perfect idea for a dishcloth.

The chart that I used was intended for colourwork, but instead I used it to make a reverse stocking stitch pattern on the dishcloth, as I didn’t think that the reverse side of colourwork would be that practical for in the kitchen.

I worked it double stranded using Dk weight bamboo yarn, Patons Serenity, which was a stashed yarn, leftovers from a project more than two years ago, and I used 5.5mm needles. 

I could have centred the design slightly better – but when I had finished the chart the cloth was very rectangular, and so I kept knitting until it was more square.

I matched it with some ‘nightlock berries’ stitch markers, a little felt pouch, and some gorgeous China Glaze Hunger Games nailpolish.  It didn’t feel like a lot of goodies for a magic yarn ball, but I was fresh out of themed ideas, time, and budget.  But, my recipient ended up winding the yarn rather than knitting it out, so I don’t feel quite so badly about it now!

This was a fun little project, and I have always enjoyed the gratification of quick project, and this was no different – that said, it did take a couple of nights of chart following, but I think it was worth the result.

 

Blocking Difficulties

Do you ever have blocking difficulties like this?

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Just as well she’s cute really eh. Not that you’d know it from this picture. So, here’s a better picture :)

ImageAny clue what she was doing here? Harrassing us while we were trying to take pictures of the newly blocked, de-cat-furred beret… 

 


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