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I have a confession to make

Well since my last blog I have been having difficulty thinking about what this one would be about. enjoy my knitting but I’m sure that there are only so many times anyone who pops by can be entertained by the sight of yet another hat or knitted baby coat. So I’ve just plodded on with my knitting as usual, trying to think of inspiration for the next instalment of my blog.

Whilst I was plodding I managed to make this

 

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Its a jacket in white (honest it’s white, the lighting makes it look a weird colour.)

With its matching bonnet, I had to thread 10 metres of lilac ribbon through, and then sew it all in place. 

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The pic above shows it with its matching bonnet. I sewed on pretty lilac “pearl” beads around the hem of the jacket, the sleeve edges and the bonnet edge, and also added some white lace to the bonnet and edge of the coat. I added  matching ribbon ties to the bonnet and finished these with white rosebuds.

Still contemplating my topic, I also whipped up this ballerina type wrap in age 1-2 using the lovely Debbie Bliss Prima yarn, it really is a pleasure to knit with and the finished result is lovely. 

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I wasn’t sure where to place the ribbon bow, but I think it looks ok where it is?

 

Still pondering, I knitted this snuggly winter set, which is suitable for aged 3-6 baby boys, using Robin Jelli-Been yarn

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It has a lovely texture and the pattern is quite simple but I think it’s effective too

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All this knitting and still no inspiration and so I forced myself to use up a bit of my spare yarn and made this pretty bonnet, which is in the same pattern as the first set I made

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and here is the back

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and then it hit me like a bolt of lightning (though not quite so painfully.)

 

When I started knitting again a few months ago, I had one ball of wool and 2 pairs of needles, of course I’ve had to add to my needle collection because of the different projects I have been working on. 

But my bureau which was once filled with cross stitching equipment has been invaded by yarn, the side of my sofa is  packed with yarn, I have tins filled with accessories including my newest addition which is a row counter I can wear around my neck and just click when I finish a row, sounds dull and boring but I love it! I have a box full of beads, another full of ribbons, containers brimming with buttons….you get the drift? My dining room now has a huge washing basket full of yarn for future projects and yesterday I had to go a buy another sort of tall thin wicker container to put in my hall to fit yet more yarn in. This morning I have been planning another trip to the fantastic Black Sheep Craft Barn and that’s when I realised the truth….

MY NAME IS KAREN AND I’M A KNITAHOLIC

There, I’ve said it now, it’s out there in the open and a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I just can’t help myself though, yarn and all its related goodies hold a strange and evil power over me. I can’t help myself when I’m near them and so I have to go to rehab….

Hubby is whisking me away to a hotel for the night, he’s decided to try and wine me and dine me on the proviso that I don’t take the knitting needles with me, wondering if I can sneak some in some there somewhere.

Just the thought of being without my beloved knitting is making me shake and sweat a little, but we’re not going till later, so I’m off to get my fix.

WIsh me luck and happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

Finished knitting the dream, next please!

In my last post I mentioned that I had started knitting my dream outfit and finally after 10 days of hard slog, knitting and embellishing, she’s finished. I spent so much time with this project that I feel I had to give her a name, she became like part of the family (well that’s a bit over the top, but you get the idea?)

This set is from a Sublime knitting pattern book, the outfit itself is called “Little Vintage Christening Set” and was knitted using Sublime Bamboo & Pearls in what I would call winter white. This is a beautifully soft yarn, it literally glides along the knitting needles, and the pattern itself was really easy, basically reverse stocking stitch.

 

I started by knitting some of the 64 little “bells” that were to be sewn on as embellishments at the bottom of the coat and hat, in between finishing off another project and after knitting several parts of the coat, as I didn’t want to get to the end and have to knit them all at once. I had already decided that the outfit wouldn’t be my own without some extra additions and had bought some teardrop pearls which I sewed onto each of the bells, and I was really happy with how they looked.

What I hadn’t realised was that one it was knitted I would have to embroider chain stitch all over it. I was a bit apprehensive to say the least as I hadn’t embroidered onto knitting before and I really didn’t want to ruin my knitting, the yarn is £5 a ball and I had used 7, so it was with trepidation that I got out the embroidery needle, and of course a quick visit to the trusty youtube for a quick lesson!

Here is the detail on the back and sleeves

 

I also decided to do the embroidery etc on each part of the coat as I went along, this helped me visualise how the outfit would look when complete. Of course being me, I decided that I really needed something to make this extra special and ordered some diamantes, I wasn’t sure where they would be used and after a while finally decided that they would be sewn on to the tiny bobbles at the bottom of the coat and hat. They arrived just before I went to my knit and natter group and so I took them with me. I had to buy some beading needles as the holes on the diamantes were so small. Now I am normally the queen of threading needles, but I swear these didn’t seem to even have an eye to thread, I even asked if there was thinner cotton I could buy. Cath, the wool shop owner gave me a needle threader and the whole group set to work trying to thread them, we had one broken needle and everyone gave up apart from Brenda, who sat and threaded all 4 needles for me several times so that I could keep on sewing them on. Brenda even came to live with me until the project was finished…..ok so she didn’t and I did manage when I went home but she was a great help.

Here is the completed front.

 

and the detail on one of the sleeves…

I chose some beautiful iridescent buttons for the coat, you can’t see how they catch the light, but I think they really add to the vintage feel. I also had some woven labels made and of course had to sew in one of those.

 

I also had to knit a matching bonnet, and whilst doing this decided that both this and the coat needed a little something more, so being a real glutton for punishment I decided to sew some silver bugle beads onto the stem of the leaves at the bottom of the coat and bonnet. Thankfully the beading needle came into its own here.

Here’s a close up of the detail on the bonnet

And for those of you who are still awake, the whole outfit together.

The whole thing is really heavy, it took 7 balls of yarn and with the addition of all the bling, its going to take one strong baby to wear this hehe.

I did make this to sell and I know the price of £65 plus p&p might initially put some people off, but involved a LOT of hard work and creativity and not to mention the cost of the materials, I know that someone will fall in love with it and hope that maybe it becomes something that gets passed down from generation to generation. That’s a really lovely thought.

Now, back off to my knitting, happy blogging everyone and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

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