Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sadie's Tiny Owl's

Made using vintage Op-Shop wool and scraps of stash splendour.

Mt darling grand-daughter loved my tiny owl knits Robin-Wristee's (orhere at Ravelry) that I had to make her some. They are so little and boopy it brings a tear to my eye! (The top pic is a closer colour to true).

I cast on 38 stitches, worked 6cm then did a 2x2 rib for 2.25cm. I decreased 3 stitches (total) either side and in the middle of a row before the ribbing. Easy! Excepting that I almost finished the second one but hadn't mirror-imaged it. Der.

 tiny owl knits are so cute!

The bird I just scribbled onto some graph paper but I'd rather not give you a pattern (sorry) since it's Tiny Owl's design really and I've just squished it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Granny's Christmas Card Box For Samar


Note the join in the plastic? I thought I may as well accentuate it rather than try to hide it.

Base



If you print this out on A4 paper, you'll have the right size. See that you have to further draw the pattern for the lid? Just measure 1.5cm all round, as shown partially done.
Th images I have used come from pillpat (agence eureka) over at Flickr. I have used her uploads loads of times for loads of purposes. Yay pillpat! You really are a star!

The TUTORIAL from a previous project remains the same as for this one.

Materials:

**The plastic I use is available at Officeworks. It's some kind of Project Cover stuff. I just had a look on the website but can't find it. Ask. It comes in packets of 25 or 100 I think. Stiffish plastic.
**Thread: I found some Nylon Knitting Ribbon at the Op Shop, but had to buy more to finish. Unfortunately the colours were different but here is where I bought it in any case. Usually I use Crochet Cotton or a combination of ordinary sewing threads mixed together. Bits of string found on the side of the road will do.
** I print the images on 200g card, but it could be a bit thicker. So long as it has a little flexibility. There's some pizza box inside the lid because it's slightly larger than A4. Hope it doesn't go mouldy! Alternative to printing, I cut out images from old books and paste them onto some kind of card/pizza lid.
** The PUNCH. This is the hardest thing to find. The link there is to my happy discovery. These are terrific and suit this particular craft. Those bought at Scrapbooking supplies don't manage the task and collapse crying after ten minutes.





Please message me if you find a fault or difficulty in these or the tutorial's instructions, ok?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tiny Owl's Again



Nearly finished! I wrote about the wool etc., over at Ravelry. You can find a link there to the pattern.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

My Miaow Mitts





These are the cutest things ever. Go and check out tinyowl at Ravelry.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Bobby's Conglomerate Cuffs





Inspired by fanalaine's version of the elf clobber cuffs, but based pretty well on tiny owl's white rabbit wrist-ees, both ala Ravelry...

Using some vintage Op-Shop mohair (which I am erroneously going to call 4-5ply) and size 2.75mm DPN's:
Cast On 49 stitches in Main Colour
Join into round (place marker at join) and K1, P1 rib for 2 rows MC.
4 rows (all Knit rows now) MC,
3 rows Contrast Colour.
4 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
4 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
Change to 2.25mm needles:
7 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
9 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
11 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
3 rows MC, then:
Knit and BACK and FORTH... ala FLAT. i.e. Knit one row, purl the next and no longer in the round.
10 rows MC (making a total of 13 MC rows in this stripe),
3 rows CC,
4 rows MC,
3 rows CC,
4 rows MC, then 2 rows K1, P1 rib.
Cast Off in rib.
Join the seam for the first 15-ish mm. Re-inforce the base of the opening by either seaming a tiny bit or just going over and over the place where it splits open for your Tom Thumb.

Nuffin to it.

P.S. I can't decide whether or not to add crochet? Maybe not? Maybe next time?









Friday, November 02, 2012

This Is What I Bought Today

I hate new machinery... but this DC6030 is so intuitive, and feels kind of similar to my dear old SR2100, that I'm coping quite well. This is a work-horse, not a show pony (I believe). Not carried away with fancy extra's. A dressmaker's machine.
Dear SR2100, after 26-27 years of rampant, hearty service, you are now entering tension dementia land. I love you. I LERVE you.
I'll have to keep it for a while before I can let go.