Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Blue for a boy!

I love knitting blankets they are easy to make and you can use a variety of patterns to keep things interesting. Having all sorts of colours in my stash to use up I tend to make the blankets for cats colourful to use up the yarn I have.
This time I decided to use two strands of yarn using Purples and Blues creating a blanket more for a boy cat/kitten.
This is a simple pattern that is for preemie babies but works well for cat blankets as well.
Simple Blanket Patterns                                                      

This is the end result I went with Daphne's Blanket and really like the result it looks nice and cosy I lessened the amount of stitches as I wanted a small blanket that will fit into a cat carrying basket or used on a chair. Lets face cats will decide which chair is theirs and will allow you to share it if they are not using it.

Monday, June 6, 2016


I wanted to use up some of the stash that I have and decided to create balls of yarn in the same colour range. So now I have balls of yarn that are useable from odds and ends.

I made a series of 3.5 inch squares using 6.5mm needles and held two strands of DK yarn together. I cast on 13 stitches and knitted 18 rows and then bound off.

I alternated the squares so one was straight and the other on its side to create interest and to add to the patchwork effect. I finished it off by adding a simple crochet border.
This will be given to the Cat Protection Charity.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Not a great year so far

2016 is proving to be a challenge so far.
Our Disability Benefits were cut and the review did not go well. We had to get a new cooker as the old one packed up, the computer joined in the act but thankfully we got a new one with the Insurance we paid on it. Our cat Dylan had a problem with his teeth and needed to have a lot of them taken out. Then he had a really bad infection and was really ill with it. Sadly this was the start of his health going down hill rapidly, after a few more infections he had lost a huge amount of weight. Then Friday 27th may he was euthanized as there was nothing more they could do.
We miss him dreadfully, he was a rescue cat, no one wanted a four year old cat, but we did, that was 6 years ago and he was a lovely cat.

This was Dylan in January this year before he was ill.

So this year has been eventful but not in a nice way. I have been knitting and made some things for the Cat Protection Charity.
 This is a pink cat dish cloth that can be used as a potholder.
This yellow dishcloth is brighter than it looks here.

This leaf set was made for them to sell and a little different from the usual coasters, they can be used for drinks in the summer the larger one can be used to stand a jug of homemade lemonade on it.

Now I am knitting small squares to make a cat blanket. These a few that I made already.
It will take a while to make the blanket but it will be nice and soft as I am using two strands of DK yarn held together.
I will be posting more as I get more knitting done.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Garden and Tea cosies

I have been away for ages as I have had a lot going on. The garden needed a lot of attention and took up all summer to get it back under control
We grew this amazing Amazonian Lily and it has a wonderful scent then we had Nastitiums scrambling through the Wegilia bush

Colin ( my Husband ) tended the plants and we had a lovely crop of tomatoes as well as various herbs.
Strawberry plants provided deserts galore this year and slowly but surely the garden turned in to a jungle

It took us the rest of the summer and into autumn to get the garden back under control
It was worth every minute and now I can settle down to my crafting again.

I have been busy making Ta cosies for a friend in America. She loves a cup of tea and has a lovely teapot but no cosy. So I made her these.

Her pot is a 4-6 cup pot so I knitted this one as her kitchen is Green.

Then I made her this one
It is a thicker cosy and I added the rose on the top to give it a more personal touch and to brighten it up.
 I also made this one
Yes it is a tea cosy an Owl Tea Cosy. Why an owl? well she is a Harry Potter fan and what better than an owl. They are now on there way to her and I am hoping she will get them in time for Christmas.

I had some news a week ago that I was not expecting, I have Cataracts forming and Macular Degeneration. The cataracts will eventually be removed but even though it can be done any time they wait until they are 'ripe' and do them one at a time and you can wait 6 months between each eye being done. Macular Degeneration is different they can do nothing about it, however it takes a long time for it to rob you of your central vision. I will do all I can to help myself and still knit and craft, nothing is going to stop me even if I have to find new ways of doing things and take up a new crafting hobby. Life is a challenge and I am meeting it head on.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Slytherin SanDisk cover

I love my little SanDisk it holds my Audio books that I listen too and some music as well.

It is tiny and holds so much but I did not have a cover for it and wanted to make something that would keep it from being marked.

I belong to a Team on Sparkpeople.com that is Hogwarts based, yes we are all adults with families and jobs and some are retired but we all love Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Sparkpeople.com is all about Healthy Living and they have teams you can join to give you support as you get fit and shed the unwanted pounds.
In the Hogwarts team we are in the  Hogwart Houses of Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Gryffindor. We have various activities that include Creativity, Reading, Journaling, various exercise themes and learning to create meal plans and how to incorporate housework into your exercise plan. It is based on Hogwarts and has Terms and we also have some Role play which is great fun. Does it work? well for me it does I have lost 14 pounds since March 2015. and for me that is brilliant as I am making lifestyle changes rather than following a set diet.

I am in Slytherin House, last term I was in Ravenclaw, we change Houses so we can get to know new people in the Hogwarts team.
So I decided to make something for myself that shows my support for my House and is useful and made this.
The pattern is here
Ipod case

It is easy to make and I completed it in an evening I made the snake by making an I-cord. 

How to knit Icord

My I cord was made by casting on 2 stitches, I made the head like this once my Icord was long enough to create a nice snake I increased by knitting front and back in the first stitch and the second stitch. then I knitted the second row just as you would normally on straight needles.

Row 1 KFB in both stitches
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 KFB in first stitch knit to last stitch KFB
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 K2tog knit to last 2 sts K2tog
Row 6 Knit

When you end up with 2 stitches on the needle cut the yarn so you have a long length of yarn and using a darning needle thread the stitches onto the needle and pull tight sew in the ends.

You now have a snake add some red thread for a tongue and glue on some tiny goggle eyes and sew the snake to the cover.

This was an easy project and fun to do, I made one for my friend who is also in Slytherin House and has helped me find free audio books to download.
This is her case
You are never too old to have a bit of fun in life. These hold the SanDisk and the earphones easily so they no longer get tangled up and my SanDisk is always safe.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Early knitting for Christmas

Yes Christmas knitting has begun and I have one scarf done and one on the needles.

This is the first scarf completed

This is the pattern close up it is such an easy pattern to do and knits up so quickly.

I had some yarn that I liked but was not keen on how it knitted up I also had two lots 4ply yarn ( 1 yellow, 1 white) that I wanted to use up, so I wound all three yarns together to create one ball of yarn. This made the yarn a Chunky or Bulky yarn.
I found this pattern on Ravelry

Grandma's Curtains Scarf 

 To complete the scarf I did a single crochet row all the way around to neaten the edges. I also added a fringe and knotted each strand of the fringe so it will only fray up the  knot.

This is the second scarf that I started using two strands of yarn held together one is multi coloured yarn the other a pink. Again I wound it into one ball so it is easy to use.
The pattern is here
 One row lace scarf

Using  10mm needles the scarf grows really quickly. I have been knitting whilst listening to an audio book of H.G Wells war of the Worlds and it is already 32 inches at chapter 13.
I will have this scarf finished this weekend making two scarves done ready for Christmas.
Then onto the third which will take longer to knit as it a different pattern 

The Manly Scarf 

There are two versions of this scarf and I will be using version 1 the scarf will be for my Brother.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

For a Friend

I met a lovely lady through Sparkpeople and we met a little while ago and have stayed in contact. She has kindly sent me yarn a while back so I could knit baby blankets for the baby unit in my Hospital.
She is such a lovely lady and I count her as a good friend. Sadly she has undergone two operations for Breast Cancer after a lump was discovered during a Mammogram it was too deep for her to feel it. Thankfully after these two operations they were able to get a clear result now she will start Radiotherapy treatment on Tuesday 20th July 2015.
I have sent her little gifts during this difficult time as a way of showing I care and sending her emails and cards to brighten her day.
So as she is to start this phase of her treatment I made these.

This is a simple little keyring that I made by casting on 30 stitches and working in stocking stitch until I thought it was wide enough and bound off. I used a little wooden heat button to sew onto the ribbon that also holds it together, then I sewed this to the keyring. I made it from cotton yarn as it holds its shape better.

This is a little heart mascot also made in cotton yarn  Little Hearts
I added a mouth and a loop at the top. The loop is there for my friend to put over her finger so she can hold the little heart in the palm of her hand.
This is the back of the heart mascot
I know it will bring a smile to her face and that is what it was made for a little reminder she is thought about with love and a simple way to make her smile even though she will be nervous and the treatment will make her feel ill.
I may not be able to be with her but at least she knows I care. I also sent her a card with a tea bag in an envelope inside the card so she have a cup of tea with me.