Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Bunny in the Brambles Tea Cosy

After commandeering our friend Mark and his van to help us move into our new place - I was tasked with the thank you present creation! I decided on a tea cosy, after hearing that their tea cosy was all naked - plus a perfect excuse to browse Ravelry for new tea cosy patterns.  I found this lovely one by Linsay Mudd and went ahead and bought my first pattern! She also has many more tea cosy patterns, that I will be sure to purchase and knit in time.

This was my first knitting from a chart - and it was mostly successful  although there are a couple of stitches round the wrong way! It knitted up rather quickly and I couldn't wait to go out and find beads for the blackberries, so I embroidered them instead with two strands of wool, one purple and one silvery black.  As usual I also knitted a lining, knitting plain matching pieces to the sides and top - thinks this makes a big difference and means Mr Bunny is flopping about!  For the eyes I used two white buttons with a tiny circle of black felt.

The bunny went down well and also fitted its destined tea pot (phew!)  Now to crack on with the Christmas knitting .  . .

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Cafe au Lait Hand Warmers

So my first free pattern download from Raverly were a lovely pair of Hand Warmers - I did wonder if I was attempting something too tricky - as the lacy pattern looks rather complicated.  Thankfully it looks impressive, but was easy to understand and notice when I had gone wrong!!

* triumphant fanfare* I have finally worked out how to ensure that I don't end up knitting inside-out and back-to-front when using the magic loop method!  I make sure when I tie the first stitch on the left-hand needle I have a long tail - then I use this tail to cast on the number of stitches  leaving the 'working end' in the right place for the first row.  I'm not sure if this is the correct way to cast on - but its works for me, so I am going to continue to use it!  Especially as the first glove was unravelled not once, but twice before I was happy with it - so soul destroying that I almost gave up.

The only problem with knitting things in pairs, is that after knitting the first one you still have the second one to knit - it's probably a good job these were a present with a deadline to finish them, as otherwise I may still only have the one!