Friday, 29 June 2007

Nursery rhymes part 6

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

The end.

Nursery rhymes part 5

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown,
Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,
"Are the children in their beds, for now it's eight o'clock?"

Nursery rhymes part 4

Goosey, goosey, gander,
Whither shall I wander?
Upstairs, and downstairs,
And in my lady's chamber.
There I met an old man
Who wouldn't say his prayers!
I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Socks of this week

First of all the pink socks are finished. I used a leftover of 50 grams of this self patterning Opal, enough for a pair of trainer socks. There is even some wool left. I'm not very content how they turned out however, I used needle size 2.5 mm and I find the stitches are too loose and therefor a bit irregular. Size 2 mm knit a bit to tight though, so I guess 2.25 mm would be best with this yarn. Alas I don't have them. And I haven't seen Addi 100 cm circulars that size. So if anyone knows where they are available or do know a good alternative, please let me know ;).

Oh, I like unequal patterned socks :).

And then I felted a pair of socks into slippers for D. That was not my intention, I knew I had to wash them by hand. The socks were in a pile of wash I put in the machine without sorting it first. A bad thing to skip, everyone knows, but it happened. After a 40 degrees cycle, the came out a lot smaller than they were before. After 2 more cycles they are nearly Doortjes size, so she has got herself a pair of new slippers. She does not want to wear them though, she is not fond of slippers.

Third sock project this week are the Elfine socks. A very nice project to knit. I use the Opal sock wool I purchased some weeks ago and they are turning out very neat. This time I'm using a 2 mm circular. The stitches are very even now, but it is a bit to stiff.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Nursery rhymes part 3


Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes

To be continued...

Nursery rhymes part 2


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Nursery rhymes part 1


Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Another knitting bag

My friend Darcy thinks I don't have enough knitting bags. She is right. Until she sent me a felted bag, I stored and carried my work in plastic bags. Today a package arrived with a brand new knitting bag. Castles and dragons, I love phantasy themes!

Within the bag I found this dishcloth she made me.

There was also a bar of dark chocolate, but that didn't make it to the photo. Thanks so much Darcy!

"You can knit them later, mum!"

An advantage of knitting toe up socks is one can try them on while still on the needles. We were in the garden, Doortje playing and me knitting when I tried the socks on. She likes to imitate, so she wanted to fit them too. And she wanted too leave them on her feet for almost half an hour, no way of getting back my work :-).

No need to say she loves the colours!

Friday, 15 June 2007

Wash mitt and more mice

Also a gift for a new born baby, together with a bar of organic baby soap. With fabric paint baby's name is written on the other side of the mitten. Easy to knit, all in the round, with two threads together of DK weight cotton.
This is how:
Cast on 48 stitches, (or a multiple of six) leaving a long tail on a 30 cm 4 mm circular needle. Knit in the round 2 rows garter stitch. Place stitch marker between the first and last stitch.
Then start the pattern:
row 1: * k3, p1, k1, p1 * repeat from *
row 2: * k3, p3 * repeat from *
row 3: * k3, p1, k1, p1 * repeat from *
row 4: knit all stitches
row 5: * p1, k1, p1, k3 * repeat from *
row 6: * p3, k3 * repeat from *
row 7: * p1, k1, p1, k3 * repeat from *
row 8: knit all stitches
Repeat these 8 rows until the desired length. Graft stitches together.
Strap at bottom: crochet 10 stitches and fasten of the end of yarn.

And two more mice will leave this home soon ;-).

More stitch markers

Aren't they lovely? My friend Darcy made the for me. What a precious gift! Thanks Darcy!

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Purple cat and mouse

The cat is a cuddling toy, only the head is stuffed. I made this as a birth present, but as I am terribly behind with making those, the baby is almost a toddler :). The mouse is for her big brother.
I have browsed Internet for a good pattern, but could not find one. In the end I decided it would save me time to start knitting and designing the pattern myself meanwhile. So I started well, wrote down what I did after almost every row. When the body was knitted I was not content with it, it was too big for my purpose and the knitting itself was too loose and therefor ugly. I used needle size 4 mm, as recommended at the label of the yarn. I frogged the whole thing and started again with needle size 3 mm. And forgot to write down anything while knitting. I did afterwards and I hope it will make any sense. I am absolute rubbish in following patterns myself. I have tried to put it down as clear as it can be, but I will fully understand if you don't catch it :). Please feel free to let me know if you find any obscurities. Brings me to the question: should I translate this pattern in Dutch?

Purple cat pattern

Abbreviations used:

incr: increase/increases/increasing
K or k: knit
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
skp: slip, knit, pass stitch over- one stitch decreased

Used Materials:
100 cm circular needle 3 mm
DK Washed Haze of Patons, 1 ball of each color. Any yarn of DK weight will do however, I needed about 20 grams of each.
Scratch (dark coloured) yarn to do the face.
Toy filling.

Body and head
Use main colour: cast 8 stitches on each needle of the circular (16 stitches total), using one of these methods:
knitty magic cast on
queen Kahuna Aloha cast on

K one row.
Second row: inc in every stitch to 32 stitches
Third and next rows: *incr first stitch on needle, knit to last stitch on that same needle, incr that last stitch*
Turn to other needle and repeat from *

Repeat this round, increasing 4 stitches every round, to a total of 48 (24 per needle) stitches has been reached or to the desired amount.

Knit one or two rows. Change to other colour(B). Work now in two row stripes of both colours for the body.

Knit to a height of 10 cm.

*decrease by k2tog the first stitches an skp the last two stitch of each needle. Next row knit *
Repeat from * until 24 (12 each needle) stitches are left.

Change to main colour. Knit one row. Break of yarn of colour-B, leaving a long tail. Use this to graft together the neckline: graft the bumps of colour-B below the stitches on each needle. Weave in the ends.
Knit 1 row more with main colour.

Begin the shaping of the head: *k1 incr next stitch * repeat from * this row.

Continue knitting for 19 rows

Shape top of head: * k2tog the first 2 stitches, knit to the last to stitches on the needle and skp. Turn to other needle and repeat. Next row K *
Repeat 2 times more.

Next row: k2tog to end of row.
Next row: k2tog to end of row.

While leaving the remaining stitches on the cord of the needle, stuff the head. Break off yarn, leaving a long tail and use this to graft the remaining stitches together.

Arms (make 2).
Using main colour: cast on 5 stitches on each needle (see above).
Knit 1 row
Second row: increase in every stitch.

Knit 4 rows, than change color. Work now in 2 row stripes.

Knit to a height of 5 cm.
*decrease by knitting together 2 stitches, knit all other stitches on needle. Turn needle, knit to last two stitches on that one, then skp. Knit next row * Repeat from * until there are 6 stitches left in total. Cast off.

Ears (make 2).
Using main colour: cast on 5 stitches on each needle (as above). Knit 1 row. Next row: increase in every stitch. Knit 3 rows.
Next row: * knit together first 2 stitches. Knit 6 stitches and then skp. Turn and same on other needle. Knit next row *

Repeat from * until 4 stitches (each needle) remain. Graft graft them together.

Sew the arms to the body. Shape the ears a bit and sew them to the head. Embroider a cats face on the head, using black or dark coloured yarn. Work thread ends away.

More about the mouse: I found this book in our local charity shop...

Fifty lovable toys, the instructions are clear written. I used a pattern from this book to do the mouse, I only converted it to knit on a circular needle. I used the same yarn as for the cat.

Friday, 8 June 2007


DD is a typical 3 year old who loves modelling, sticking, cutting, painting and scribbling. The effort counts more to her then the result. With an empty cone, pieces of fabric and thread cuts she created a lovely 'princess'.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Toe up socks finished.

I know, the ribbed legs look very tight, but this fits DS-15's slim feet and legs best. Don't ask silly questions about the size, I really don't know. We tried them on his feet as we go! He is very pleased with them and will wear them most in weekends or during the holidays as he needs plain black or charcoal grey socks for school.

I used Opal sock yarn. Don't know what type since the label is missing. DS-12 wants a pair of socks too now, something 'with red'.