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Be Careful What You Wish For….

I have been a little naughty recently, haven’t made time for my blogging, so I thought I better get on with it.

When I first started knitting again, I was quite dejected as things weren’t selling quite how I imagined. I knew it couldn’t be my amazing knitting so there had to be some other other reason, so I sent my gorgeous grandson out on an undercover mission…

Off he went on the bus with his mum and before long someone enquired where she got his knitted hat and cardigan, the lady was hooked and that afternoon said she would like to order 3 cardigans with matching hats. I just so happened to be working on an outfit in the right size and posted a pic of it…..not only did she want it but lots of other people did too.
Now that was great, I was over the moon, my knitting was for a real purpose again instead of sitting here mocking me..the only problem was the hat. Never have I had such trouble with a pattern. It’s not the pattern that was complicated, but the maths involved in it, whatever I tried the numbers just didn’t work. I managed to make it work, with a little fiddling but I am not friendly with that pattern anymore and face the prospect of knitting many more!

Here is the offending outfit pretending to look all innocent

I’ve named it The “Ethan” set after the grandson of the lovely Maria from Made By Maz.

Well I showed my new customer Emma another pattern I had and she was happy to have one of these as part of her order, I’ve named this set “Alfie” after her cute little boy and she was nice enough to send me this pic of him wearing it.. It’s made in Stylecraft “Life Chunky” and is really soft and snuggly.

Doesn’t he look as snug as a bug in a rug?

Well Emma has ordered two more of these sets, and matching mitts for them all.Therein lay another problem, try as I might I couldn’t find a a pattern for mittens in chunky or Aran yarn and had to adjust an old double knit pattern I had. I was very pleased as the second attempt worked and so I now have a template for others.

In between all these sets, I’ve managed to squeeze in some more hats

Some scarves…

The scarves were made to order, I think these would make great Christmas gifts and they come in lots of different styles and colours. This customer had 3 and I have a funny feeling she’ll be back for more ūüėČ

I also managed to sneak in a present I have made for Christmas for a lovely little man..

I also received my business cards

and my fantastic sister Marie of Baileyrosy made these amazing tags for me, they are so beautiful I don’t want to attach them to my outfits. What a talent she has, I love her to bits.

So like I say, be careful what you wish for, I’m rushed off my feet now, but I absolutely love it and I’m making some lovely new friends along the way and doing my bit to make the babies of Britain all warm and snuggly for the winter.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting, you can visit my Etsy shop for some ready knitted items or if you would like I can add you to my waiting list. Just send me a message X

The Mad Hatter

Those of you who follow my blog will remember last week I was off to rehab because of my knitting addiction. Well I promise I didn’t knit while I was there, but I did knit on the way on the way there and back in the car….
Rehab was great but it didn’t cure me and in fact it may have sent me mad.

I started by knitting a bonnet before I went, because it would be quick,

it’s quite pretty, I sewed on some pretty pink and lilac pearls (I have to confess, I did sew them on in the hotel room) to compliment the beautiful wool, which is really soft and tactile, but it started an alarming trend…

I then knitted this version

I thought, oh well I’ll knit another hat before I start my next project and so I made this cute ¬†little Tea-Bag hat and added navy “pearls” for a bit of interest

Well I was on a roll by now and so I decided to make this little cutie using Patons Smoothie yarn

Then my daughter asked me to knit a hat for her gorgeous son Leo, she had seen a hat I had made previously but we decided on a few alterations and until I could get the yarn I wanted I made this prototype..

I sent a pic of it to my friend Maria, the wonderful Made by Maz, and she promptly ordered one for her beautiful grandson Ethan, and when my daughter saw it she said she might have fallen in love with it but wanted one in grey….I posted a pic of ¬†it on my facebook page and then several people wanted it in different colours so I ended up knitting this

and the same in a very similar colour, which my daughter chose instead of the grey one. In his honour I called the hat the ¬†“Little Leo ”

and then someone asked if I could knit one for a girl and I came up with this

This is so soft and cuddly and has diamante buttons instead of the wooden ones.

Finally I made these

and the dog got jealous, so he had to wear one too…. (don’t worry this one’s not really for the dog and not for sale either!)

The hat craze seems to have eased off for the moment and so I’m working on a normal project, don’t think the madness will ease though.

I’ve tried to add a link to my Etsy shop, but I can’t get it to work, any of you who are interested in my knits, its at

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TrickyLittleStitches

Thanks for popping by and happy crafting!

Back from holiday….but I was a busy knitter

Well I’ve been off to North Yorkshire for a wonderfully relaxing holiday with my hubby and my teenage son. Funnily enough and not at all planned (hehe) I just happened to “find” the most amazing wool shop in the town nearest to where we were staying. If you get the chance pop in to www.craftsofthirsk.co.uk¬†either the website or the actual shop, which is run by a lovely helpful couple. My initial reason for popping in was to see if I could find some King Cole Galaxy yarn in dk, this has sequins running through the yarn and which I thankfully did find along with a lovely pattern and I used these to make this pretty baby bolero which I think would be lovely for a wedding, christening or other special occasion…

In between our lovely days out, usually early in the morning or in the evenings, whilst keeping one eye on The Olympics, I managed to finish off the project I took with me, this was knitted using Sirdar Crofter dk, only one 50g ball made this pretty 0-6 month baby jacket. I just love the colours…

I also made a cute little mouse to match and stuffed it when I came home, its sitting on the shoulder of the jacket.

Before I left for holiday and in between the packing for us all, (as we all know boys don’t pack,) I managed to finish the little cardigan I started at the end of my last post. I think it’s so cute and surprisingly it didn’t involve the use of a cable needle.

I also took some Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn with me that I bought from my local knitting shop, and using the same pattern as the little fairisle type jacket above I made another 0-6 month jacket, and finished it with a pretty heart shaped button. This yarn is so lovely to knit with as it just glides through your fingers and has a lovely sheen to it when finished.

Baby Bamboo Pink S/S Jacket 0-6 months

On another of my trips to the wool shop in Thirsk I came across the beautiful Baby Speckle yarn from Sirdar and another gorgeous little pattern, it is quite expensive yarn but once again it’s a dream to knit with and the results were well worth it, I almost finished this before we came home and got the buttons back here and finished this off within a couple of hours of being home, after all who needs to unpack?

Again this was knitted in age 0-6 months. I just wish I could shrink my grandson to fit this…but since I couldn’t I decided I had to knit a little something for him. I’ve only just finished it and will take some photo’s for my next post.

I also managed to knit another of my little crowns, this time in silver with pink beads, but again no photo’s as of yet since it’s hard to get it to stand up!

So as you can see it’s been a busy week, I had a wonderful holiday, did lots of lovely things like hold an owl at a falconry centre and sampled some lovely beers at the Theakstons brewery in Masham, met lots and lots of very friendly people and ate lots and lots of lovely grub. Now it’s back to reality, but at least I’ve got lots more nice yarns and patterns in my stash which I’m sure will soon be knitted up and photographed for you all to see.

I hope to add all the above to my Etsy shop in a short while, why not pop over and have a look. www.etsy.com/shop/trickylittlestitches

Thanks for wading through all the pics and I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

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