Monday, 10 November 2008

Felted bag pattern

I've been meaning to write up some more patterns recently so here is the pattern for my little felted bag. It takes no time at all and is ideal for a last minute gift!

Yarn: Debbie Bliss SoHo (1 ball)

Needles: 1 pair 6mm for bag and 1 pair 5.5mm for handle

Other materials: Button or toggle


Cast on 30 sts.

Knit 6 rows

K14, YO, K2 tog, K to end of row (creates buttonhole)

Continue in garter stitch (Knit every row) until knitting measures approx 26 cm or desired length. NB make sure you have enough yarn left for the strap.


Using 5.5mm needles, cast on 3 sts. Knit until strap measures approx 50 cm.

To make up:

Fold up about 10cm from bottom of bag. Sew up sides and turn right side out. Sew ends of strap
to either side of bag.

Place inside a pillow case in the washing machine with an old towel or pair of jeans. Wash on short cycle at 40 or 50 degrees. NB felting is a trial and error process! This worked for me. It left some stitch definition but made the bag much more sturdy.
Attach button when bag has dried out. I placed newspaper inside the bag to help it dry.


The blue bag was knitted using the same pattern but I omitted the buttonhole. Instead, I added a loop afterwards and attached the button this way. I also forgot to use different needles for the strap so the whole bag uses 6mm needles.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Hello again!

I'm back.

I have been so extremely, absolutely very busy (as Lola might say).

The month of October was crazy! Work was crazy - but things should be calming down now though so that's good. And I also went on holiday with my Brownies - very silly time of year but it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. A huge amount of work went into planning and organising the trip but I think it was all worth it. I am just SO glad it's all over with now! I caught up on sleep quite quickly (I am used to a certain amount of sleep deprivation these days) and have picked up the needles again.

I was doing brilliantly finishing off projects but have unfortunately cast on a couple more now. I can't seem to help myself! I even started and finished a scarf for my sister's birthday yesterday. I didn't even get time to take photos of it.

I also started a couple of halloween bags. One was a little pumpkin purse which I finished and the other was a black and green striped bag but I haven't finished that one.

I now have Christmas thoughts in my head but am not quite sure where to start. I really wanted to knit lots of little stockings for an advent calendar type thing so I suppose I should start on that first. There are a few presents I want to knit but I must remember not to get too ambitious because I will never have the time to get all my ideas done otherwise!

Anyway, apologies for the lack of photos. I hope to be back with more soon.

Oh yes, forgot to say I am thrilled with the responses to my bobble-less tea cosy pattern. It is now in 74 queues on Ravelry!

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Another one down

I'm getting into the swing of this! Another WIP has been completed. This one is another of my felted bags but in blues. Instead of making a buttonhole in the flap, I added a loop afterwards and attached the button that way.

I'm also about 10 seconds away from finishing my mobile phone case. i just need to attach the handle.

I've been in the finishing off sort of mood this week. Sometimes I just want to start new things but recently I have felt like tying up all my loose ends which is good because I would never get anything finished otherwise. I like the sense of completion but I don't think I could ever be the sort of person who works on one project at a time and doesn't start a new one until the last one is finished. Is anyone like that?

Having said all that, I couldn't resist starting one new project this week! I cast on a jumper for my son. I just wanted to see what it would be like before I decide to go ahead and knit it.

Monday, 29 September 2008

2 down, ??? to go!

My WIPs are getting silly now so I've decided it's time to finish some off. Already this morning I've finished 2. They literally took a minute each which makes it all the more silly that I haven't finished them before.

According to Ravelry I have 8 more WIPs and 5 projects that are hibernating. I should be able to finish a couple more off quite quickly hopefully. Others will take a bit more time. I finally found an extra ball of Debbie Bliss SoHo to finish my cable bag off that I started in February! If I get a few more projects finished I won't feel so guilty about starting new ones either!

Check out my gallery to see pics of my FOs.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


As I mentioned last time, I was a little disappointed that not everyone likes my patterns! I entered two of my knitted creations in a local flower show. It was just for a bit of fun but unfortunately I didn't even get 3rd prize - boo hoo :(

My bag (re-lined as the first lining was awful) was in a category for any article that was sewn, knitted or crocheted. The item that won was a small teddy bear in some sort of little pocket. I didn't look too closely so didn't quite see what it was. A Jean Greenhowe clown came 2nd and I can't remember what came 3rd. I think there were only 6 entries altogether. There were 2 other teddy bears (not knitted). I think one of them came 3rd and there was also a blue fluffy thing. It may have been a scarf or a bag. I couldn't see and you were not allowed to touch the items. So my poor old bag sat there amongst the other items looking very lonely!

I also decided to enter a knitted brooch at the last minute. I had knitted some of this ages ago and decided to add the bottom layer and turn it into a brooch for the competition. This was in a class for a brooch made from any medium. I think there were only 3 or 4 entries. The brooches that won looked very intricate and well made but I'm not sure what they were made out of. I think one of them was heart-shaped but that's all I can remember.

Anyway, it was quite exciting entering a competition for the first time and I think I will have another go next year. My next event is a local craft show. I am hoping to exhibit some felted items and see what sort of response I get. Hopefully a little better than the flower show!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008


I was really excited last Tuesday when I typed my tea cosy pattern up and posted it on my blog. I also added it as a free pattern on Ravelry.

I was even more excited when I checked my pattern, to see that people had added it to their queues! When I last checked, it was in no less than 36 queues! I am amazed and will be very interested to see if anyone actually knits it. Being in 36 queues just means 36 people have put it on a list of things they want to knit and if they are anything like me, that list never gets any shorter - just longer. Oh well, I am just so pleased that fellow knitters have liked it enough to even do that. Which is more than I can say of 2 of my other knitted designs - more about that next time!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Tea Cosy pattern freebie

Here is the pattern for the tea cosy I made my friend. She asked me to knit her a tea cosy which was green and didn't have a bobble on the top! After searching among patterns, I couldn't find anything suitable so decided to create my own. The knitted fabric is lovely and thick and the lid is detachable. Here it is:

Size: to fit large tea pot. My tea pot measures approx 52cm round widest part and approx 34 cm round base.

Needles: 1 pair 5.5mm (straight)

Yarn: 1 strand of each of the following:

Sirdar Click chunky
Patons Studio Mohair (dk)

Other materials: 4 beads or buttons
Row counter

inc = increase (by knitting into front and back of stitch)
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
sts = stitches
tbl = through back of loop
tog = together

Sides (make 2)

Using 1 strand of each of the yarns together, cast on 24sts

Rows 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: k3, inc 1, k4, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k4, inc 1, k3 (28 sts)
Row 4: k3, p to last 3 sts, k3
Row 5: k3, inc 1, k5, inc 1, k8, inc 1, k5, inc 1, k3 (32 sts)
Row 6: As row 4
Row 7: k3, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k10, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k3 (36 sts)
Row 8: As row 4
Row 9: k3, inc 1, k7, inc 1, k12, inc 1, k7, inc 1, k3 (40 sts)
Row 10: As row 4
Row 11: knit
Row 12: As row 4
Rows 13 & 14: rep last 2 rows
Rows 15 & 16: knit
Rows 17 & 18: Rep rows 11 & 12
Row 19: k3, k2tog tbl, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (38 sts)
Row 20: knit
Row 21: As row 19 (36 sts)
Row 22: As row 4
Row 23: As row 19 (34 sts)
Row 24: knit
Row 25: knit
Row 26: As row 4
Next 4 rows: knit
Cast off

Lid (make 1)
Using 1 strand of each of the yarns together, cast on 15 sts
Knit 2 rows
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: k2, p to last 2 sts, k2
Repeat last 2 rows three times more
Next row: k6, cast off 3 sts, k6
Next row: k2, p4, cast on 3 sts, p4, k2
Rep rows 3 & 4 four times more
Knit 2 rows
Cast off
Make a loop on each of the 4 corners of the lid to fit over bead/button

To make up:
Using 2 sides of tea cosy and with wrong sides facing, sew row ends together for approx 3cm from cast on and cast off edges. Sew in ends. Turn right side out and place on tea pot with cast on edge at top. Place knitted lid on tea pot and mark positions to sew beads (or buttons). The knitted lid should be slightly stretched when loops are placed over the beads. Attach beads securely. Fit loops over the beads to secure lid in place.

Any queries, comments, errata, please email me. Address on right.

One year on...

I cannot believe I have had this blog for a year! I cannot believe I missed my blogiversary! Definition in Urban Dictionary here. It was on 19th August and I had no idea I started my blog so long ago. I had a vague memory that I started this blog towards the end of last Summer but it really doesn't feel like a year.

I always imagined I would have a big celebration with giveaways, competitions, freebies etc. but I don't think I have blogged enough for all that hype! I still feel quite pleased with myself for keeping going though, so I think I will type up a couple of patterns as freebies. It is always nice to discover a free pattern through someone's blog and I would feel amazed if even just one person used one of my patterns. I'll start with a tea cosy I designed for a friend's birthday last week. I would also like to type up the pattern for a bag I made in July but I'm not sure if I wrote it down anywhere.

Anyway, a belated happy blogiversary to myself and anyone else out there!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Back so soon!

I'm making the most of an evening to myself even though I really should get to bed early. I usually find that blogging seems like a waste of an evening's knitting but tonight I am at a bit of a loose end with the knitting. I have started way too many things and can't seem to finish any of them off. Spending time on the computer is a way of ensuring I don't go and start another project off on a complete whim.

I have started a new blog which I am calling my gallery. It's just a bit of a trial and at the moment seems to be just repeating information I have put on Ravelry. I think the logical, ordered side of me feels the need to display my knitted projects in some sort of sensible way. It is counteracting the chaotic side of my knitting which is a million items on the needles, a million more ideas in my head and a knitting basket that is getting stupidly out of control! It is good to see that I have completed 20 projects this year though. I have a bit of backtracking to do but I'll try and keep it up to date (I will try).

For some unknown reason I am having a knitted toy craving this month. I used to knit toys all the time - in fact I only knitted toys. It is only very recently that I got into knitting other stuff at all. Anyway, I have been digging my Jean Greenhowe books out again and browsing through them. I was bought Little Dumpling Dolls (the village men) for Christmas but haven't knitted any of them yet. I have just learnt on Ravelry that this pattern is out of print and pretty difficult to come by so I really fancy knitting one of these cute little men. I also treated myself to Part 1 (the village ladies) yesterday. I want to knit them all but I'm not sure who to start with. I'm also not entirely sure what I would do with them once they were finished.

Well, that's it for today (and maybe for the rest of the month, who knows?!). Let's hope that's it for rain this month too but I doubt it very much.

Monday, 11 August 2008


I feel so ridiculously behind with this blog that I just don't know where to start!

It is one of those times when I just need to sit down and get on with it - then it won't be so bad. I seem to be comparing writing my blog to eating vegetables which is not good! In truth I don't really know why I have this blog. I think I like the idea of it but haven't really got into it properly. I have thought about stopping it but in my usual stubborn way, I think I'll battle on and see if things improve.

Anyway, what have I been doing?

1. I have a new baby nephew and managed to finish his blanket.

2. I've been to Cornwall and had a lovely, if a little wet, time.

3. I've bought a book to learn how to crochet but have yet to start.

4. I've broken up from school - hooray!

5. I have used up nearly half of my holidays already.

6. I have done quite a bit of knitting.

7. I've taken up running (a slight exaggeration). I've been for a very short jog 4 times! It's horrible but I really need to do some exercise.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Ok, so I lied...

... but I am back in less than 2 months! A week to be precise. I just find it very difficult to find the time to blog. Any precious time I have for myself I prefer to spend knitting to be totally honest. I WANT to blog but the reality of it is a little different. My head is full of so many ideas for my knitting which I would love to share. I don't get around to ever starting most of them. Some people say they have a problem with starting projects and not finishing them (I have that problem too) but I also have the problem of thinking up a million projects and never getting them underway at all.

I have been constantly knitting though. I am in the middle of a blanket for my children's first baby cousin which is due to arrive next month. I thought I should start early to give me a bit of a chance to finish it on time.

I've also completed a pair of baby socks for a colleague at work who is expecting a little boy soon. They were actually my first ever socks I've knitted.

My next post will be catching up on the knit a bag a month project! I really need to sort out where I am!

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Oh dear...

... I was aware I hadn't done much posting but almost 2 months? That's bad!

And today I came across a blog that had been participating in 'a post a day for May'. I think I was trying to achieve the opposite - 'zero posting for the whole of May'.

I'm going to vanish now as well! But I will definitely be back tomorrow...

or definitely by the end of the week...


Monday, 14 April 2008

FO #8

Catching up on my FO list, number 8 is a pair of little Mary Jane bootees. I have made them twice before but am most pleased with this pair. I used Sirdar luxury soft cotton beofre but this time I used Rowan RYC cashcotton DK. It knitted up much sturdier this time. I made them for a relation of mine who has just had a baby girl.

Pattern: Sublime Mary Jane's, leaflet 6000

Yarn: Rowan RYC cashcotton DK

Needles: 4 mm

Size made: 3 - 6 months

Monday, 7 April 2008

More on my recycled bag

I have been wanting to knit something with recycled materials for quite a while. I saw a feature in Simply Knitting last year about knitting with plastic bags and tape from old videos but haven't got around to it yet. I also have a pile of old t-shirts waiting to be cut up and knitted into bags inspired by the wonderful bags like this one created by Sharon from Laughing Purple Goldfish designs.

I have got around to buying some recycled sari silk though. I got it from Angel Yarns and was initially surprised that it had so much black in it. However, I really like the way it has knitted up even though it has been tough on the fingers!

The pattern I am using is Unbiased from Knitty. I was going to give the bag as a present but I'm now thinking I may keep it myself - I'll wait and see what the finished bag looks like!

Sunday, 6 April 2008

FO #7

I've been meaning to catch up on all my finished objects this year so far. With the help of Ravelry, I've discovered I have completed 8 projects since January.

FO # 7 is my entrelac cushion which I gave to my friend for her birthday last week. I was very pleased with my first attempt at entrelac but I did think it was a bit holey! Probably not picking up the stitches very evenly. I loved the yarn which was Patons Jet in reds, browns, pinks and oranges.

Pattern: Entrelac cushions by Kirstie McLeod, Simply Knitting Essential Home leaflet

Yarn: Patons Jet Multi, shade 8

Needles: 5.5mm

Size made: Medium (16")

The colours are a bit better in these photos I took at the beginning.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Where to start!?

I have been so busy lately and done loads of knitting that I just don't know where to start. I really need to take some photos as well. In brief this is what I have been up to on the knitting front:

1. Made a cushion in entrelac style (my first go at this and quite pleased with myself)

2. Bought some recycled sari silk and started knitting this bag with it (it's amazing but a little difficult to knit with)

3. Finished my bunny

4. Started Clementine by Emma King at last (been on my list for ages)

5. Bought some organic cotton and started a little bag

6. Made a pair of little pink Mary Jane's by Sublime for a cousin's baby.

I think that's about it.

7. Just remembered - added some finishing touches to my little pink cable bag from Let's Knit.

Really hoping to finish off lots of projects ASAP and take some photos. I will be on holiday from school after Friday so may have a little more free time (just a little!)

Saturday, 8 March 2008

Bunny progress report

Here is the large bunny I previously mentioned I've been working on. The pattern is by Jody Long and is featured in Let's Knit magazine issue 4. As you can see she is nearly ready. I have knitted the cardigan and arms but not the basket or flowers yet. I was actually thinking of not doing the flowers as I can imagine they will be quite fiddly and time consuming and as it is supposed to be ready by next Saturday, I might not have the time!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Easter Baskets

Here are my little Easter baskets I made. I used cotton yarn doubled up. They will also hold a chocolate egg (or a real one).

I am thinking of writing up the pattern as a little freebie.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Thanks, Mum!

My Mum has been busy knitting for an Easter fundraising event that me and a friend are organising for our Brownie packs.
They will all have a chocolate egg inside them and she's also working on some chicks. I'm working on some little baskets and also a large bunny.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008


...I have cast on a bag for February. It is a chunky cable and moss stitch bag by Debbie Bliss from her 'Home' book. I am using Debbie Bliss SoHo which I bought in the sale after Christmas but unfortunately I have ran out and still have 1 and a bit handles to do. It is so frustrating but I think it is probably my fault for knitting a bit too loosely. Anyway, here are some photos:

Friday, 1 February 2008

Reasons to love January #2 & 3

Yes, I know it's February! Reasons 2 and 3 are now 1 year older. My gorgeous girl is 3 and my beautiful boy is 1!

Needless to say, January has been slightly busy and always will be! We have wrapped and unwrapped rather a lot of presents; put up and taken down rather a lot of cards and made and eaten quite a few cakes. I've also squeezed in working 2 and a half days a week and a fair bit of knitting (although not as much of the latter as I'd've liked).

I now need to get on with thinking about my February bag for my Knit a Bag a Month project. My Debbie Bliss SoHo is still waiting patiently to be transformed into a wonderful bag and my poor pink and red cotton bag remains squashed at the bottom of my knitting basket. I really must finish that this year.

Another idea for a bag is a laptop cosy as I now have my own brand new laptop from school! I will get thinking and hopefully make a decision soon.

The only other knitting news I have is that I have started a draught excluder! Boring to knit but very much needed as we have a large draughty window on the side of our house.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

More bag pics

Here are the pictures of my January bag for the Knit a bag a month project. I used 8mm needles and 1 ball of Rowan Spray and I made up the pattern as I went along. Don't want to repeat myself so see yesterday's post for more details!

Monday, 21 January 2008

January bag(s)

Having thought for ages about what bag to knit for January for the Knit a Bag a Month project, I have finally started one (well two actually).

I absolutely could not resist 'Audrey' from issue 3 of Let's Knit. It's a cute little cable and moss stitch bag - perfect for my first attempt with cabling. I was really pleased with how the cables came out and they were really easy too. I just need to add a handle and find some sort of felted beads as suggested in the pattern.

The other bag I have started is one I have made up myself. I would say it's one of my own designs but to be honest I just picked up the needles and started knitting - there was very little designing actually going on. I used the Rowan Spray I received from my swap partner in December. Just need to sort handle/fastenings. Will post pics soon.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

First FO of 2008

My second FO was finished about a week ago and the recipient was very pleased. In fact he was forced to admit he was impressed (which is a lot better than what he said about the chunky scarf I knitted him last year which ended up going to charity)! Anyway, here it is:

Pattern: My Own
Yarn: Sublime Extra fine merino silk
Size made: Large

The other man in my life wore his classic jacket I made him yesterday. Keeping him to keep still was something of an impossibility though. This was in fact my first FO of 2008 (I finished it on January 1st after starting it several months ago). I made tons of mistakes but am quite pleased with how it looks. I'm the only who knows about all the bits that went wrong!