Monday, 28 January 2008

Babyborn's soaker

Easy download here.

Lizzie’s Babyborn Soaker.

Fits a Babyborn doll of 43 cm.

Materials needed

30 gram Blue Faced Leicester Aran weight 167 metre/100 grams

Circular needle 4.5mm/ 40 cm

For the legs: 4 DPN’s/ 4.5mm or circular needle 4.5 mm) 60 mm (or more) if you’re planning magic loop.

Stitch marker

Darning needle

Optional: stitch holder

Explanation slip slip knit

Slip one stitch, then slip the next. Insert left needle into the front loops of the slipped stitches and knit them together from this position (through the back loops).

Knitting the soaker

Cast on 52 stitches. Place marker as beginning of round.

First round: Knit 2, Purl 2

Repeat this the next 6 rounds

Next round: Knit all stitches for one round.

Working short row

Knit 10, turn, Slip 1 Purl 19, turn

Slip 1, Knit 18, Slip next stitch to right needle, pick up stitch below with your left needle, put slipped stitch back on left needle, K1 (that is the slipped stitch), Knit picked up stitch and the next stitch together. Pull the yarn tight (not too tight) to avoid holes. Knit 30, slip next stitch to the right needle, pick up stitch below the next stitch with right needle. Put picked up stitch and slipped stitch back on the left needle, knit these 2 stitches together. Pull on yarn again. Knit 10.

Knit all stitches next round.

Work another short row

Knit 12 stitches from marker, turn

Slip 1, purl 23, turn.

Knit 22, Slip next stitch to right needle, pick up stitch below with your left needle, put slipped stitch back on left needle, Knit1 (that is the slipped stitch), knit picked up stitch and the next stitch together. Pull the yarn tight (not too tight) to avoid holes. Knit 26, slip next stitch to the right needle, pick up stitch below the next stitch with right needle. Put picked up stitch and slipped stitch back on the left needle, knit these 2 stitches together. Pull on yarn again. Knit 12

Knit until the front part measures 7 cm from the cast on stitches. End round at stitch marker.

From stitch marker: knit 15, bind off 4, knit 14, bind off 4, knit 15.

Working the back

Next round: knit 13, knit 2 together, turn

Purl 28 stitches, turn.

Round 1: slip slip knit, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together, turn

Round 2: purl all stitches

Repeat round 1 and 2 until 10 stitches are left, end with knit round. Break off yarn. Leave stitches on needle or put them on a stitch holder.

Working the front

With right side facing join yarn. Knit 14, turn

Purl 14, turn.

Round 1: Slip slip knit, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together, turn

Round 2: Purl all stitches, turn.

Repeat round 1 and 2 once more.

Then knit next row, turn

Purl next row, turn

Repeat these 2 rows 3 times. Break yarn, leaving long tail (20 cm).

Use the tail to graft together the back and front stitches.


Pick up 28 stitches with DPN or long circular ate leg opening. Knit 1 round.

Next 7 rounds: 2 knit, 2 purl.

Last round: bind off.

Weave in ends. Make an I-cord to your preference, thread the cord through the waistband.

Have fun with this soaker!


Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Rollicks again and a Tri-Peak hat

They are finished!

Easy peasy to knit and they fit well. Although if I do them again I won't go for the seed-stitch heelflap, it makes the heels a bit too wide.

And then a Tri-Peak hat. Easily knitted and kitchenered,I think it took not 3 hours. The wool is the handspun Corriedale I got from Sarah, brilliantly hand dyed by Dory. When I saw the Tri-Peak I suddenly knew this wool was perfect for it.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

A dolls hat, the end of the Magic Ball

This Watermelon Magic Ball was a Christmas gift from Darcy. I started to knit almost immediately and made a pair of mittens, in the meanwhile discovering the most precious gifts. When the mittens were done, there was enough magic left for a bag and more presents fell out.
With the leftover I have knit a dolls hat, actually I had to add some other sock yarn to complete it. All presents revealed now. Here is a photo of the hat with that special Ravelry button (now on my coat).

And these sheep markers are too cute!

Darcy, thanks so much, you rock!

Sunday, 20 January 2008


Or a great example of pooling... The upper parts of the socks were knitted on a 2.25 mm needle. It pooled badly, I considered to frog the whole thing and restart this pattern with another yarn or knit another sock pattern with this yarn. But the working needle cracked. Happened of course when I was in the train to Birmingham... any idea how frustrating it is to be in a train for over an hour, have to wait another hour at the railway station due of a cancelled train and sitting in the train back for one hour and a half WITHOUT any knitting to do?! Well, let's not ramble about these things in life (in future I'll always have a spare needle with me).
Anyhow, I don't have any other 2.25 mm needles, so I switched to a 2.5 mm. And the pools became stripes.

The Rollicks are fun and easy to knit. The yarn in use is Stroud Wool SuperSock yarn, colourway Pink and Rust.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

We all stand together

It's more 'hang together' here. On the sofa. Dory not feeling well, me neither. Having some kind of a cold. Or a flu. So we did some browsing on youtube for nice video's and stumbled upon this one.

She loves it! We have seen and heard all versions of 'the frog song' several times now... rabbit, rabbit!

Monday, 14 January 2008

Magic ball: almost there!

I thought knitting a tote would do the trick. But it seems this is kind of a never ending ball :-), so there is still a bit left to reveal. I did find the most lovely things hidden in the ball.

A sheepy tape measure, so very cute! I have to hide it from Dory, as she thinks all sheep are hers. More sheep stitch markers (also to be kept away from little hands), a French guy and more tea (most of it is already gone).

Want to see the tote? After knitting I tried to felt it, not much felted though. As you can see I tried to use more yarn in the crocheted flowers. The bag is lined with cotton twill.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

My special Vintage Socks

Arrived Friday! Of course one of those hectic days, no time to blog. I was in luck, the parcel was delivered when I was not home, but the postman left it in the porch instead of taking it to the delivery office. Complete wit a friendly note he left it there to save me a trip. Yes!
The package came from Norway, from Johanna. Oh my, she did spoil me!

And not only me, for Dory there was a colouring book with some stickers inside. 'Hello Kitty.' She loves it.
With the book removed, the box was still filled to the nose...

with hazelnut coffee beans (delicious!) and yummy dark chocolate...

Regia blue sock yarn. Excellent to cast on another pair of Vintage Socks... if I could find that book! Where could a knitting book hide? The grey sock wool is the leftover from my socks (later this post). I think it might be enough for a pair of socks for Dory.

A candle with a lovely smell, darning needles and a tape measure.

These stitch markers are brilliant. Johanna did make them herself.

A lovely notecard and some cards of places of interest of Trondheim . I really want to visit Norway someday and she knows that. Trondheim might be a good choice when planning our next holidays.

The whole lot together. Gorgeous, I felt overwhelmed when everything was unwrapped!

And the best thing of course: the socks! I truly love them, the are very comfortable, have a perfect fit and are beautiful knitted with Regia Silk. First time I have something silky in my socks :-)The pattern used is Gentleman's Fancy Sock with some alterations.

Johanna, you have done a beautiful job, thanks so much!

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

UK Swap questionnaire

Part One: Crafting

Do you knit, crochet, or both?
I’m a knitter. Sometimes I do crochet, I’m plotting to make a Lacy's Child Top.

What do you like to make? Do you have a favourite project?
Actually I like almost everything. Clothing, bags, toys. I like to vary in my projects. Scarves are not really my thing, although I have seen some pretty ones lately, so I might change my mind about that.

Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn?
I love wool. BFL, Treliske Organic Merino, Jitterbug, Lorna’s Laces. Recently I got some bamboo yarns, they have a lovely soft feel and I’m looking forward to knit it.

Do you have a least favourite type of yarn?
Don’t like the novelty yarns too much.

Do you do any other crafts?
I'm a yarn dyer and I started spinning with a hand spindle.

What knitting do you bring ‘on the go’?
Smaller projects, 'no-brainers' like socks, soakers, bags…

What do you carry your ‘on the go’ knitting in? Do you want something new?
I’ve a few ‘small project totes’. And I’m always in for something new.

Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over?
Oh yes!

Part Two: Your Favourites

What is your favourite colour? What is your least favourite colour?
I like most colours, purples the best. Dislike… difficult to answer. Solid orange, solid black.

What scents/smells do you like? What don’t you like?
I like the more fruity smells, not too strong. And I hate the smell of jasmin.

How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure)
Always hand creams as they are very useful. Second lip balms.

What goodies to you like to treat your tummy with? (chocolate, biscuits, truffles, etc.)
I try not to…

Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Any particular kind? Favourite mug/cup?
I’m a coffee addict, though I drink tea every now and then. I have some mugs I like more than others

Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts)
I like to watch dvd’s. TV shows? Is there anything I need to watch?

Part Three: Living & Past-times

Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address)
Mid-Cheshire, Northwich area.

Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?
I did grow up in the Netherlands and moved to England 3 years ago.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to visit my friend Darcy in California. Countrywise I’d love to travel to Norway, Sweden or New Zealand.

If you couldn’t go to a knitting group, what other kind of gathering would you go to? (book club, tea party, yoga class, jewelery class, etc.)
Maybe a book club. I like to read.

What’s your style? (elegant, traditional, glamourous, girly, natural, sporty, outgoing, etc.)
Don't know. I'd like to think I'm unique :-)!

Final Part

Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?

Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know?
Not that I can think of.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Is this a beginning?

Having 3 handspindles there's no excuse left. I have to learn spinning. To be honest, I tried several times, using online tutorials, but I did not get the hang of it. My big problem is to get the spindle twisting in the right direction. It just did not work out. Kind of frustrating. In the end I decided to look in that 'Spin it' book I have for some time now (and never looked at). There was one sentence about rolling the spindle on the leg towards the hip. I tried... and it worked! As there is some yarn around the shaft now, even the spinning itself seems to work.

Okay, the spun yarn looks very very slubby and I really hope it will improve.

Use the fluff...

And some of my stash. In fact there is some (December) addition to my stash since the last picture of it, but I don't want to talk about that now ;-). I am using that stash, far more important.
From Riggwelter I got some yarn in the caffeine addicts swap. The caffeine (coffee) is long gone (delicious) and half of the yarn is knit into a dolls outfit.

Modelling here is Dory's dolly, the clothes are meant for Alora's doll. The yarn used is Rowan Holiday, one ball for the top and one for the pants. No scrap yarn left. The edgings are done with that fluffy how-is-it-called plastic yarn that Dory loves so much.

And I made some dish cloths using the Bernat Handicrafter cotton.

I'm pretty content with this cotton, it is a nice cotton to knit.

As well finished some more serious knitting.