Friday, October 17, 2014

Dream Pillows and Squares

I have wanted a new dream pillow for a while now but had got around to making one so I decided to get on with it and make one.

Striped Dream Pillow
All I did was knit a large square by casting on 50 stitches on 5mm needles and changed colours every two rows keeping white as the main colour and adding new colours as I knitted. I chose garter stitch as it creates a flat piece of work.
I created the pillow by folding the corners into the middle of the square and sewing the seams leaving one seam open. This will allow me to add the filler and the lavender. To close the opening I added plaited yarn that I tied into bows.

Envelope Dream Pillow
This Dream Pillow was created from a square that turned out too large for my project I used the wrong needle size by mistake. This time I folded the square so that it formed and envelope  using the blue as the envelope flap. Then I plaited some yarn and attached it to the point so that it was looped and the two ends pulled through the loop to secure it. I also added a plaited ring to the bottom of the square so that it closes by tying the two plaited strands into the ring.
My Husband says the tie looks like a long armed person with very short legs, that was not the plan but it does look a bit like a person I suppose. Again the stuffing can be added with the scent I want to the pillow.

With both of the Dream Pillows I will add the stuffing to a simple cotton pocket so that I can refresh the Lavender when I need to. Dream pillows go under your pillow on the bed or inside the pillow case and can be filled with Lavender or Rose Petals and even dried Hops. Lavender and Hops are good for relaxing and Roses always go well with Lavender.

No wasting knitted squares that turn out too large I can now make something from them like a Dream Pillow.

New Squares
So onto the new squares that I have made for the afghan that I will eventually complete. I say eventually as I get fed up knitting squares and make something else for a while and go back to the squares again.
Square 62 Interwoven
I love this it is so easy to do and looks really nice in a lighter colour, for this one I chose a soft light brown and used 4.5cm needles to get correct size. Some times I end up having to leave the last section of the pattern as the square is the correct size before that. So this was created repeating the the pattern as described  Repeat Rows 1-8 four more times ending with  Row 8. The last section Repeat Rows 1-6 once again was not needed as it was large enough, had I continued it would have been too large.

Square 145 Corner Square
This is yet another double decrease square with colour changes and I love making them it is such an easy pattern with endless possibilities for colour changes. This one needed 4mm needles to get the right size.

Square 129 titled Purple Haze
Okay not purple but a mix of greens, blue and yellow but it worked. Knitted using 4mm needles, I have found that you need to keep changing needle size for the squares to turn out the same size and sometimes decrease the amount of rows as well. 
That is probably just me as we all knit to different tensions but I have found that the squares look fine even if I do have to later things a bit.
Another square is on the needles and I will keep going until the end of the month as November will see the start of a Stash Buster Challenge on Spark people. I have already sorted out the pattern that I will use but have no idea of the yardage used to create it and so far unable to contact the person to find out. In the Challenge they use yardage rather than weight which can be a problem if the pattern does not have the yardage used. I will get around it though if I cannot find the yardage used in the pattern so what will I be making in November? This

 It will be something new for me to try and will make a nice colouful blanket and use up loads of scrap yarn in the process.



Sunday, October 12, 2014

New squares for an afghan

Wanting to use up more stash and create something as well I have started knitting squares again.
I am hoping to knit enough to create a new afghan  it will take a while and no doubt I will have break and make something else in between.
Using the book 200 Knitted blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton I have started my new project.

I have made these two so far so along way to go to make an afghan.

This is square 64 Pyramids
An easy pattern to follow and one that looks far more complex than it is, sadly the colour does not show up well I used a sort of petrol blue with a light blue yarn. For this one I used 4.5mm needles to get the correct width I needed.

This is square 101 Blue seas
I used a beige yarn with the same light blue in the Pyramids square a green and a yellow yarn. Again a nice easy pattern and the double decrease creates the ridge down the middle. 
For this square I used 4mm needles. I have found you need to use different size needles to get the same size squares, so I knit the first row and measure it to the square I have already to get the same width. Too wide and I drop down a size or half a size until I get the right width. Then I make sure I knit to correct size square, this some times means altering things as I have ended up with an oblong before now.

So onto the next square no idea which one I will pick as I want the afghan to be a mixture to give it added interest.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet Toby and Tina

I have two new characters to introduce you to Toby and Tina Bear. They have been made for the  Lincolnshire Police as they hand bears out to children who been in traumatic situations.

So meet Toby

He was knitted using the pattern for Teddies for Tragedies I gave him a waist as it helps small hands to grasp him easier. His scarf is sewn on at the back so it can not be lost.
 Teddy for Tragedies

Now meet Tina

She is what they call an Angel bear and very different from any bear I have ever knitted. You can find the pattern for these bears in the link below. This is an old post from November 2013 but I contacted the Police and they still accept bears but not putting out a public notice for them.
Angel Bear Patterns

I have never done the Loop stitch before so had to find out how to do it. There seems to be many different ways to accomplish this stitch and I found one that was easiest for me to do.
There are no spoken instructions with this video but I found this method the easiest to do

Here is another way of doing the Loop stitch, this link shows how to do the Loop stitch for Western and Continental knitters

So there are two more characters looking for someone to love them and one day I am sure they will be introduced to someone who will love them.
I always name my bears or any toy I make as I think a toy without a name is sad, yes I know it may be strange for a grown woman to name the toys but I am still a child at heart.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Miracle Scarf

Mrs Miracle and call me Mrs Miracle films are favourites of mine for the Christmas season. On my hunt for an easy lace scarf that was a little different I found this pattern
Miracle scarf

I added a picot crochet edge to the two ends to finish it off.

The pattern is so easy to do as there are no purl stitches all you do is Garter stitch ( knit every row) Knit, YO (yarn over) K2tog ( knit 2 together) that is it so even a beginner can master it.

Close up of pattern

Picot croched edge to finish the ends off

 I have washed the scarf and this has relaxed the stitches and made the yarn even softer. I am not good at blocking and have often found washing the item helps in most, not all cases.

If you a quick you will see a glimpse of the scarf in this trailer
Trailer to Call me Mrs Miracle 

From the yarn that I had I was able to make a pair of fingerless gloves as well.

These hand warmers knit up quick and I made this pair in one evening including the sewing up and the picot edge. This is the pattern:  Eyelet Hand warmers

It may not be the same pattern as the scarf but it does have elements of it I added the picot edge to the top of the hand warmers to match the scarf.

The scarf and hand warmers are nice and soft and will be lovely to wear on a cold winters day.



Monday, September 22, 2014

My Gifts and New Scarf started

Well my husband Colin came up trumps with my birthday gifts. I had hinted at a new bag and storage for my crochet hooks and cable needles with the possibility of some bamboo knitting needles.
The cases for crochet hooks are expensive so I was looking at spectacle cases as I was sure they would be large enough for the job.
So when I got all this for my birthday I was really pleased.

A new bag, Colin had found a bag that allowed you to choose the name you wanted to it. He chose The Nutty Knitter as it is the name of my blog.


This roll was something I had not expected and was thrilled to see it contained
Bamboo needles and they are lovely, nice and smooth and so feel nice to handle.











Spectacle cases that now contain







Cable needles and double pointed needles













Crochet hooks and stitch holders housed neatly.










I transferred the scarf I am knitting to my new bamboo needles and love them they are light and smooth and no more metallic clicking.
Now for the scarf.
 I love the films Mrs Miracle and Call me Mrs Miracle so when I was hunting for a simple pattern I was really happy to find this one.
  
Miracle Scarf

If you want a scarf that has no purl stitches and looks pretty then try this, it is easy to do and looks lovely as well. So I will have a Miracle scarf when it is done and will see if I have enough yarn for some fingerless gloves to go with it as well.

All in all a great birthday and I have just what I wanted and Colin did really well getting me a bag that is so personal. It now contains my folder with patterns in it that I want to knit, the cases I got along with the bamboo needle roll and my knitting project, perfect everything is now to hand and neat and tidy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lace Scarf and Hand warmers

Christmas is getting closer so time to knit a few items as gifts something easy but pretty for the ladies and something masculine for the gents.
So my first project is Lace scarf and hand warmers. I wanted to find a fairly easy pattern that still looked special, tall order as most lace patterns that have more of a design tend to have a lot of rows to count. I wanted an easy pattern that would be a no more than a four row repeat.
The hunt was on and I found lots that were nice but did not quite fit the bill, then I recalled a pattern that I had been given by an old lady who sadly is no longer alive her name was Sue.
She had sent me loads of stitch patterns and I have used a lot of them but not the lace knitting pattern she had sent me.
I met her during a swap on a knitting forum we often wrote to each other (snail mail) as she loved getting real letters. It was always a surprise when I got her letters as she would add stitch patterns that she liked and added a small gift as well little things like a new row counter, place markers or some point stoppers all of which I still use.
So I went to my trusty journal and found the pattern that Sue had sent me for a lace scarf and tried it out perfect just what I wanted, Thank you Sue your pattern is just right and the yarn I am using looks nice in this pattern.

So the pattern is this:

Needles 5mm
Yarn DK

SK2P = Slip 1 K2tog Pass slip stitch over

CO 46 stitches

Row 1: K3 Purl to last 3 sts Knit

Row 2: K3 * YO, K 1, SK2P, YO K1 repeat from* end K3

Row 3: K3 Purl to last 3 sts Knit

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until scarf is a long as you want it to be.
End with a Purl row and Bind off
I am slipping the first stitch on every row and kniting last stitch throgh back loop to give a neater edge.

Okay this is not a great picture and just the first few rows, I will add another picture as the scarf grows but I think you will get an idea of what the pattern is like.

The Hand warmers may be from a pattern I have used before it is nice and easy to do and the warmers look pretty as well
Like Lace Hand warmers

Not the same pattern but will still look nice with the scarf as they will be made in the same yarn.
I could try making the hand warmers using the same pattern but will have to lessen the amount of stitches to 36. I could add lace cuff then  stocking stitch then a few lace rows stocking stitch again and rib at the top. I will play around and see what it looks like. It would be nice to have matching patterns so I will see what I can do.
I think the lace pattern calls for an even amount of stitches so reducing to 36 should work, well I hope so.

 I give up my cat Dylan decided the scarf was perfect for him to not only unravel but to chew through the yarn as he played with  it. I found it when I got uo he had dragged it out of the bag, he has never done that before.
He has the look of 'I told you I did not like it so there'  So half way through the scarf it is all ruined and I do not have the heart to start it again. So I am going to make a different scarf. Not sure what yet as I don't feel like doing a lace one again. I am off to hunt the patterns.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

My Shawl is complete

Here is the completed Garter Stripe Shawl that I started on September 1st and completed today the 7th September. I made it as part of the September Stash buster Challenge on a Sparkpeople team that I belong to.
A total of 765 yards was used I cannot say that  you would use that amount of yarn as you may need more depending on the yarn you use and hoe tight you knit. I am told it makes a difference so use the yardage a a rough guide. Personally I always get more than I need that way I do not run out and the extra yarn is always useful for other projects.
Here is the result.


This picture shows the garter rib effect and the colours show up nicely as well.

This shows the fringe and the pattern

Here is the pattern again

This is my pattern:

Garter Stripe Shawl

Materials needed: DK yarn, 6mm Circular needles (the plastic bit between the needles is roughly 18 inches long (46cm) to accommodate the large number of stitches

CO 3 sts

Knit one row

K1, YO, knit to end of row (turn)

Repeat this row 5 more times (6 rows in total)

Start pattern

Row 1: K1, YO, Knit to end of row (turn)

Row 2 : K1, YO, K1, Purl to last 2 stitches K2 (turn)

Row 3: K1, YO, Knit to end of row (turn)

Row 4: K1, YO,Knit to end of row (turn)

Repeat these 4 rows until the shawl is as big as you want it leaving plenty of yarn to do the last 3 rows of  K1 YO Knit to the end of each row. Bind Off.
I added a fringe and knotted each single piece of yarn of the fringe to help it from fraying too much when it is washed.

The shawl measures 26 inches from point to top of the shawl and 45 inches across so a small shawl that would be suitable for someone sat in a chair or in bed. I am hoping that SIBOL will be able to use it, they did not mention if the shawls were to have a fringe or not.
If they cannot use it I will pass it onto someone else I am sure someone will want it if SIBOL cannot use it.
Now I need a new project for the September Stash buster Challenge and will sort one out so I can get it started tomorrow night.