Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Ok so this week was a double whammy.
Not only did I design and make a cute Old English Sheepdog Cushion /pillow/toy,
but I wrote out the pattern for it too!
If you love him and want to make one the link to my pattern is here.
Rosco the sheepdog
You can download it for free as a PDF or a word document. I put in loads of photos to help you put him together. There is only some simple increase and decreasing so it makes a great "first big project" for someone quite new to knitting.
If you haven't the patience or time to make him, he is for sale in my Artfire shop at Eddy's Pressies
I'm feeling very proud of myself so...tickle my belly!
Monday, 26 January 2009
So give him a click and see what you think
Saturday, 24 January 2009
I used to have a hat-scarf (hooded scarf) like this when I was a kid (showing my age now).
So I made one last Autumn for my daughter Rhiannon to wear to school. The only problem was that I ended up having to make about 8 of them for all her friends in different colours.
I've been searching the web for a pattern like this but the only ones I can find are for those who can use the dreaded double pointed needles! Ooh scary.
So just for those of us who are only really comfortable with two needles and not four I've written out the pattern just for you.
You can get the pattern free here http://www.scribd.com/doc/9684141/Rhiannons-Hat-Scarf
Thursday, 22 January 2009
No. What really makes me laugh is the names hairdressers choose for their shops.
I've decided to make a list of my absolute favorites.
It's bound to make you giggle too.
- Curl up and Dye - it has to be a clear winner
- The Hairport - who says we drop h's?
- The Cutting Crew - 1980 pop band I believe
- Fringe Benefits - oh yes, made me laugh
- Headmasters - Great name
- The Snip - scary name for men
- Head junkie - crazy people
- The Lunatic Fringe - Not a local one but still funny
But it's not just hairdressers we have
- Curtains for you - yes it's a fabric shop not the headquarters of the mafia.
- Junk and disorderly - a House clearance and antiques shop
- Wok this way - a wonderful chinese takeaway
- lazy daisy - not terribly clever name for a flower shop, but I love it.
Take a wee walk down your highstreet and see what names you can find - it may surprise you.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
What a disaster this week's knitting has been.
I made a doll, but she was too small so I unravelled her and started again. The second doll I made, well, the head looks too small to me; so I will be re-making her again!
I got a lovely free pattern for a fluffy heart-shaped cushion with wings. Perfect for Valentines. I have got a ball of fun fur yarn in my stash so I thought I'd give it a go. Guess what? I ran out of yarn so very near the end! Do you think I can find a local shop that still sells that kind of yarn? No. They sold it last Summer but it has gone out of fashion now. Eek!
The one kind of knitting that I've never tried (because I was afraid of failing) is knitting on four double pointed needles. It looks great when it's made because there is no seam; the item is knitted as a tube. So I decided to give it a go. I picked a really simple pattern and got into alsorts of knots! As with anything new, it's slow going, but it is coming. I might have a baby hat knitted by next week. I know, I know, most people can knit up one of those in an evening but remember this is a new skill I'm learning; It's like learning to knit all over again!
Well, I did get something knitted this week, so I'm still in the challenge - hurrah! A pair of child's mittens. Even they did not go to plan, however, they are big enough for me! So much for kid's mittens.
Oh well next week will hopefully be more productive. It was just one of those weeks when you can't get the time to sit and knit. (and when I did, it went wrong)
But on a positive note, my son started a new school this week. It's a school for children with special needs (he has high-functioning Asberger's Syndrome) We have always kept him in mainstream education because he has no problems with the work, in fact, he is further along the curicullum than most as he loves to research for himself History, maths, and science. But his behaviour issues and his lack of self-control when it comes to his feelings have finally become too much for regular school. He is LOVING IT at his new school. And as I result I love it too. He hasn't been this happy in school for years. This new school has it's own swimming pool and lots of support staff so now he can do all the things he couldn't before. Like gym and playing with others at recess. (his last school kept him indoors at recess as they "couldn't guarentee his safety out with the other children" in other words, he got bullied alot and got into trouble whenever he hit back.) I can't wait to see him come home every day with a big grin on his face. He doesn't stop talking when he is happy, so I have a bit of a headache when he comes in but I'm happy to have it.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Originally uploaded by Eddy_G
So that's week 1 = success.
I'm hoping to make 52 projects in 52 weeks but they won't all be this big or complicated.
I made him entirely from yarn I had left over from last year's projects. He took 100 grams of cream DK and 50 grams of denim. I actually ran out of denim and had to make his mane and tail shorter than I would have liked)
He was actually a free pattern. So if you would like to make one yourself you can find the pattern at Lion Bran Yarn. They have lots of free patterns it's well worth joining just for that (free to join and you get deals on the yarn - if you want to buy it from them)
If I make another (which I probably will 'cos it's cute as a button) I will put it on my Artfire page to sell. But his one has been claimed by my daughter as a steed for her TY beanie baby doll. As you see they look quite good together.
Monday, 5 January 2009
You can upload your family picture into this card...
Friday, 2 January 2009
So I've made myself a promise
You see I have so many leftover balls of yarn; I could sink a ship! They just sort of mount up. So I'll only buy yarn if I need a certain type or colour otherwise I may have to move into a different bedroom as the yarn stash mounts up!
I'll let you know how I get on. If the patterns are free ones I'll link to where you can get them too. But I must warn you. I'm not so good at keeping resoloutions. Fingers Crossed for me.