Saturday, 28 November 2015

Strawberries, Cream and Cupcakes.

No not a foodie post just a luscious little cardi made for a sweet little girl...

I'm so glad that I managed to get it finished in time to put into the box destined for knit for nowt and I hope that some little girl is going to love it and feel nice and warm while wearing it this winter.

As you know I like simple easy designs and this one certainly is that, I have used this pattern before here. Made in treble crochet (double treble US) it grows in no time.  The worst part for me as always is the sewing up and the careful placement of the buttonholes, I always get it wrong and have to do it again but this time I got it right first time which is just as well as I had little time to spare.
This is a 26 inch chest size and should fit a 5-7 year old. 
It took 250 grams of yarn, I used Stylecraft Special Aran in colours lipstick and cream.
You can find the pattern here
The cupcake pattern can be found here 

It's the end of the month so can you please link up your November projects in the November Stash Link Party and thank you to those who have done so already there are so many beautiful makes.
For those who are counting please leave me your totals here in a comment or in the totals section.
The December Link Party and your October favourites will be published on Tuesday the 1st.

I hope you are all having a great weekend, it's raining and blowing a gale here right now. :)

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Thursday, 26 November 2015


Another little set all complete...

Made with woolcraft Aran yarn which I had in my stash and .....

once again I used Marianna's lovely Skye pattern which can be found here

 The scarf was crocheted using front edge htr/hdc which gives a knitted look and a nice cosy rib like finish. I can't believe that it's over three years since I last made some of these you can see my previous makes here along with the pattern link.

I have really enjoyed making these little sets and to be quite honest I could go on making them forever but I have restricted myself to making four this time because I must move on to something else and these need to be sent away to Knit for nowt so that they can be handed out to needy children at their Christmas party, I am frantically trying to complete a little cardigan so it can also placed into the box before it's sent off.

My lovely friends at NELH have been busy making some too....

So that's nine altogether along with..
16 baby hats
6 newborn baby tops
3 toddler tops
7 kids hats
2 scarves
1 blanket
and a cardigan if I get it finished, I will I must!:)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely friends who are celebrating!

I will be around to visit you all hopefully this weekend but right now I have a cardy to finish and a box to pack. xxx

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

One More to Go!

Well it's been quite a week, it's that time of year when everything seems to accelerate and you don't seem to have the time to fit everything in.  It was my Birthday last Friday and that took me away from my crocheting/knitting in a very nice way of course while family and friends came to celebrate with me.

I'm also having to work extra shifts at work because my colleague is on holiday however I have still managed to make set number three....

This time made in crochet, I chose this pattern because I have used it before and I could remember how quickly it worked up and how easy it was. You can find the pattern here.

The mittens are knitted and I used Marianna's pattern here

I love crochet because it's fast but I prefer the finish of knitted hats and mittens, they stretch and give a nice cosy fit.

Only one more week to go before I need to get these sent to knit for nowt and I still have one more girly set to make and then I will have made two of each.

I doesn't end there either because knit for nowt has sent out yet another appeal they are asking for cardigans or jumpers for little girls, if possible in time for Christmas but because my box is going off at the end of next week I would have to make something before then, so do you think it's possible for me to make..
one hat
one pair of mittens
one scarf
one cardigan
before next Thursday? of course thats on top of going to work and the other million things that need doing Christmas is coming after all.  

I will try!!:)

I'm so sorry I haven't had time to visit your blogs but thank you so much for all the lovely comments and words of encouragement, I will be around to see you all as soon as I can, I hope that you are all well and have a great week! :) xxx

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A Set for the girls

It looks as though the making of these little sets is going to take me longer than I thought it would, it's definitely the scarves that take up the time the hat and mittens take no time at all.

This time a little girl set made with stash Aran yarn in pink, white and grey. Again I used Marianna's Skye pattern which can be found here

 I knitted the scarf too and it took me far longer than I wanted it to, made in a very easy garter stitch. Using the same colour sequence and then bordered in crochet with reversed dc/sc in pink to hide all the yarn changes and to neaten it off.

Next time it will be crochet just because it's quicker, I'm hoping to get four sets done before the end of the month so that they can be sent to knit for nowt.

Two down
                                                                                                 and two to go

Can I do it?

 I hope that you are all having a great week :)

Linking with

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Yarn Along

The Greg Mystery CAL continues with part five Bob

What I love about this CAL is it's in small parts so you don't feel too overwhelmed as it leaves you plenty of time to get on with other projects.

Bob is one of four large squares and we are making him a few rounds at a time so here's rounds 1-7 just one more round to go for this week..

I don't feel too guilty about leaving the charity knitting to make one of these a night so one down and three to go, part two of Bob will be out on the 16th November.

I'm really enjoying this Cal you can read all about it here

I finished reading this book last week, it's about a very mixed up girl who had a very traumatic experience in her childhood which has affected her whole life, she refuses to deal with what happened and it's left her very disturbed.  I read the book but I didn't really enjoy it that much, some of the story seems just a bit far fetched to me and the print was tiny so I could only read a few pages at a time.
Now I'm catching up on magazines but I'm hoping to take a trip to the library for the first time in ages to see if there's anything I fancy reading tomorrow.

I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn along and Jennifer's Winter Project Link Party, why don't you pop along and see what everyone else has been making and reading. :) 

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sometimes you just don't have the time and an easy peasy scarf pattern.

I'm getting so lazy with my blogging just lately, gone are the days when I used to blog three times a week those days may come back of course but at the moment I am far too busy with my yarny pursuits.

At this time of the year there is so much need with the onset of cooler weather and so many charity organisations asking for contributions, it's times like this when I wish that I had at least four pairs of hands to that I could get more done more quickly.

Knit for Nowt is one of the charities I am crafting for at the moment it's a Charity based in Yorkshire here in the UK you can read about them here they need warm knitted items for children and adults too especially hat, scarves gloves/mittens. This year they will be holding a christmas party and would love to hand out hat, mitt/glove/scarf sets to children aged 2 to 5 years , the deadline is the end of November.

This is the first one I've made it was really quick and easy using Aran weight yarn from my stash, sometimes I can't  remember where I got the yarn but in this case each ball of yarn tells a story so I'm reflecting back to the lovely people that donated it to me while I work with it.

I can highly recommend the hat and mitten pattern, it's one of Marianna's and you can find it here.

The scarf is not knitted because it would take me too long, added to which for some strange reason knitting seems to hurt my thumb joints more than crocheting does.  Here is how I made it for those who want to make a super quick scarf, it took me 2 hours.

Age 3 to 5 years
Length approximately 4ft 2 inches
Aran or worsted weight yarn 100 grams but much less if you aren't adding pom poms mine weighed in at 20 grams each.
5.5mm hook
English Terms (US Terms below)
Using colour A
chain 144
htr in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end change to colour B with a 1ch turn
*dc in all sts to end change to colour A and 2ch turn
htr to end change to colour B and 1 ch turn
dc to end  change to colour A 2 ch turn*
work three rows htr with A (or more if you want it wider but make sure its an uneven number so that the contrasting stripes start on the same side.)
repeat from * to *
work one row htr and then ss along the length of the scarf on final row only.

Add tassels or a pompom or just leave plain.

I just love pom poms

US Terms
chain 144
hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch to end change to colour B with a 1ch turn
*sc in all sts to end change to colour A and 2ch turn
hdc to end change to colour B and 1 ch turn
sc to end  change to colour A 2 ch turn*
work three rows hdc with A (or more if you want it wider but make sure its an uneven number so that the contrasting stripes start on the same side.)
repeat from * to *
work one row hdc and then ss along the length of the scarf on final row only.

Add tassels or a pompom or just leave plain.

Something else I have just managed to squeeze in are these snowflakes, Clare from Summerhouse by the sea blogged about them last week. These are for the snowflake appeal you can read about it here and the deadline for these is the 16th November so not much time at all really..

I wish that I'd heard about this before but every little snowflake helps I think.

Now I'm off to start on a little girls hat, scarf and mitten set in pink of course. :) 

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