Tricky Little Stitches

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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