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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Knitting The Dream

Hello again,

It’s been yet another busy week of knitting, family, and life in general. Last weekend I decided enough was enough and radical action had to be taken. I have the most gorgeous 16 month old grandson Leo, who for some reason absolutely adores his grandpa, nothing grandpa does is wrong, whereas poor old Nanny (that’s me) gets a brief smile and then he’s off back to adoring my husband. I adore my husband too, so I can see the attraction, BUT I decided to take matters into my own hands and went to spend some time without grandpa and it worked. He liked me, I did resort to bribery of course, a nice bag of white choccy buttons worked wonders and we had a lovely time playing and drawing.

On his next visit to our house I reinforced his liking of me, this time with cake! Who said grandpa knows best?

Of course I’ve been busy knitting too, this week finishing these projects. Firstly I knitted this 0-6 month cardigan with pretty edging using Sublime Baby Kapok, it is sooooo soft and was a dream to knit with. I sewed on some pretty pink pearls and found these adorable buttons while at my knit and natter group. I can never resist buying some things while I’m there, but shhh don’t tell the hubby!

I also completed this 0-6 month boys jacket using Debbie Bliss Prima, another designer yarn in a beautiful shade of green (I’m a real green freak, and when I say that I don’t mean I’m an alien, I mean I love green!) I added these lovely chunky toggles in cream and I’m really happy with the result, although I have to say this wasn’t a jacket I enjoyed knitting and I don’t know why…

Finally for my completed items I decided I would like to make something in a chunky yarn, and for some reason there aren’t that many baby patterns about but I found one for this and decided to make it in age 1-2.

I can really see this being a real winter favourite, the yarn which is Sirdar Snowdrops is soft and cuddly and the lilac is really pretty and delicate.

Once again thanks to the lovely Hannah from Little Hannah Photographyย for the pics ๐Ÿ˜‰

Onto my main project of the week though, and the reason behind this week’s title, I found a pattern that I absolutely fell in love with and just had to knit, it just jumped out and yelled knit me, which was a bit shocking :O

It’s described as a vintage style christening coat, with a very full “skirt” to it and some lovely edging and embroidery. It’s knitted using Sublime Bamboo and Pearls, which is quite an expensive yarn, but sometimes quality matters. I of course decided that I would add some embellishments and couldn’t wait to get started on this. I can see it in my head, I am just hoping and wishing that it turns out how I imagine. If I can complete this the way I want then I will be over the moon, it really should be the most beautiful piece of knitting I’ve worked on…..so no pressure there then.

I’m a fair way along with it already so fingers crossed I’ll have it ready for my next post.

I would like to thank everyone who takes them time to stop and read my blog and for those of you that bother to comment, thanks even more, I really appreciate it.

Don’t forget to pop over to my etsy shop and see what I have for sale.

Happy crafting everyone X

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