Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! May 2012 be a year of much happiness, laughter, good health, love and of course, lots of knitting!

Late in December we welcomed a little baby boy, Antonio into our extended family. I knitted this little hat below on the car trip coming back up from seeing our family in the South West for him. Antonio's hat is inspired by Dr Seuss to add a bit of fun and warmth to this beautiful addition to our family.

Big Ted was kind enough to model the hat. Unfortunately his head is not quite the right size!

All the very best wishes for a fabulous, happy and healthy 2012!

Friday, 23 December 2011

So Over Coasters...

One more coaster set to go before Christmas (doing the red, white and blue beer coasters for my dad). Or more precisely 2 and a bit more coasters to knit and the finishing up on 6 to go. So that is a grand total of about 10 sets of coasters this Christmas. Very useful quick things to do between others but very keen now to get stuck into something different! :-) Wonder what next year's Christmas gift of choice will be....

Merry Christmas to you and happy knitting!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Variation on a theme...

Another quick coaster...a variance on the Blue Romance ones below done in 8ply Bendigo Cotton. As you can see still blocking and drying but hopefully should be ready for tomorrow!  I think I like the definition and general feel better on these.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Another quickie Christmas gift

Hi everyone,

Another quick lace Christmas gift finished. This little lace pattern was done with Cleckheaton Bamboo and came out beautifully with shimmers a little. Only about 4 more gifts to go!

What are you knitting for Christmas?

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Knitting

Hi everyone,

It's the last minute rush for Christmas presents (due this Sunday for early Christmas lunch) and I'm frantically trying to finish a number of gifts yet. I really relate to the Yarn Harlot's most recent post! Here is the latest addition to the pile using Erica Patberg's Color Wheel pattern. These are for a more masculine take on the coaster theme entitled Red,White and Blue Colour Wheel Coasters.

Happy Christmas knitting!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Easy Funky Flower Coasters

Easy cotton coasters for the last minute gift or a cheerful addition to your table. Excellent for using up small odds and ends!

What you will need:

Yarn: Small quantities of 8ply Cotton (around 5g). Used Bendigo 8ply cotton in Daffodil, Honeydew, Light Teal, New Ochre, Blush and Papaya.

Needle:  4mm needles

Notions: 1 tapestry needle for weaving in the ends.

Gauge: Not important

To Make the Coaster:

Cast on 21 stitches.
Rows 1-2: 2 rows garter stitch.
Row 3: K8, P2, K11
Row 4: K2, P9, K2, P6, K2
Row 5: K8, P2, K11
Row 6: K2, P9, K2, P6, K2
Row 7: K8, P2, K11
Row 8: K2, P5, K2, P2, K2, P1, K2, P3, K2
Row 9: K4, P6, K1, P4, K6
Row 10: K2, P4, K11, P2, K2
Row 11: K6, P11, K4
Row 12: K2, P4, K11, P2, K2
Row 13: K5, P9, K1, P3, K3
Row 14: K9, P3, K3, P4, K2
Row 15: K3, P5, K5, P6, K2
Row 16: K8, P5, K8
Row 17: K2, P7, K3, P6, K2
Row 18: K2, P4, K15
Row 19: K6, P10, K5
Row 20: K2, P3, K11, P3, K2
Row 21: K5, P5, K1, P5, K5
Row 22: K2, P3, K4, P3, K4, P5
Row 23: K5, P3, K4, P4, K5
Row 24: K2, P4, K2, P11, K2
Row 25: Knit
Row 26: K2, P17, K2
Row 27-29: Knit 2 rows
Cast off. Block square and weave in ends.

You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Funky Flower Coasters by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to  the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Grrrrr.....One step forward, three steps back

Yesterday was a very frustrating knitting day. After my boys went for their afternoon sleep, I thought I'd relax a bit working on a new design for a baby blanket (about half way there). I was doing some of the lace pattern when I thought I'd made a mistake so tinked the row....and again.....and again. Finally got one row done and it was time to pack away as the boys were waking up...but horrors, in packing up, I realised I'd used one 4mm needle instead of a 3.75mm needle. Grrr... So yesterday evening, taking a deep breath and thinking that I just really needed to get a grip, I sat down to it again and tinked the row (the whole 130-odd stitches) and redid with the right size needle and continued on for a merry three more rows until looking at it more closely, I realised I'd made a massive error in a few rows down and had to undo 4 rows of work. Argghhh... Nothing like going to sleep on a feeling of accomplishment!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Countdown to Christmas

With a hot 34 degree day to welcome the start of the advent, the boys and I have started decorating our house. The Christmas tree is groaning under every possible bauble we could put on it and every bit of tinsel has now made its way into all other parts of the house...even in unexpected quarters, such as boys' teddies.

This time of year is also a little hard on the many other things such as Christmas cards to do. However, thought I'd share a little bit of a peak at my newest work in progress. It may be this way for quite some time given the attention it is getting ;-). I've always dreamed of having a lacy little wrap for the Christmas season. This is a beautiful silvery mauve in 3ply suri alpaca. Maybe it will be for Christmas next year!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Flames Cotton Scarf

 Hi everyone,

Here are a few pictures of my latest project, the Flames scarf in Bendigo Cotton 8 ply (Daffodil). I always wanted to try this pattern but didn't think I had the attention span to do it... Very surprised and happy at the result!

Friday, 18 November 2011

What to knit when you're dead tired?

So incredibly tired tonight (my youngest charmingly got up at 3am and then again around 5am - not going back to sleep) but feel the need to knit and zonk out. I'm wondering what the project should be. I've got a lace project on the go but that might be too brain consuming....Maybe a swatch might be the extent of it tonight!! I've got a French phildar yarn cotton/linen boucle my aunt gave me from her immense stash and I haven't got a purpose for it yet...maybe the inspiration will come.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Easy Lace Meadow Baby Blanket

An easy, quick lace baby blanket which works well in cotton for summer babies. This blanket works well as a pram blanket too.

This pattern uses the quatrefoil eyelet pattern from The Knitter’s Handbook by Hamlyn.

Finished size 85 cm in length once blocked.
8 ply Bendigo Cotton used (Honeydew pictured).
Gauge: 22 stitches to 30 cm for 10cm square.
The lace pattern is a multiple of 8.
Cast on 102 stitches.
Row 1: *K1,P1 repeat until end.
Row 2: *P1,K1 repeat until end.
Row 3: *K1,P1 repeat until end.
Row 4 and every alternate row (WS): K1, P1, K1, *P until last three stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 5: P1, K1, P1,*K until last three stitches, P1, K1, P1
Row 7: P1, K1, P1, K3, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, K6, ending last repeat K3 instead of K6, P1, K1, P1.
Row 9: P1, K1, P1, K1, *K2tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3, rep from *ending last repeat K2 instead of K3, P1, K1, P1.
Row 11: As Row 7.
Row 13: P1, K1, P1, K1,*K until three stitches from end, P1, K1, P1.
Row 15: P1, K1, P1, K7, *yf, sl1, K1, psso, K6, repeat from * to last four stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1.
Row 17: P1, K1, P1, K5, *K2 tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3, repeat from * to last 6 stitches, K3, P1, K1, P1.
Row 19: As Row 15.
Rows 4 to 19 constitute the pattern. Continue until you reach the desired length (suggested length 80cm).
Once desired length is achieved finish by repeating Rows 1-3.
Cast off loosely. Dampen the blanket and block. Weave in the ends.

Happy Knitting!

You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Meadow Lace Baby Blanket by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.

Second Post Ever

Hi everyone,

I'm a knitting enthusiast who fell in love with knitting about 3 years ago. I was on bedrest for a while towards the end of my second pregnancy and given I was going stir-crazy, decided to teach myself how to knit (one of those things that I'd always been meaning to do but didn't have time for). After one garter stitch scarf for my husband, I was entirely hooked.

This blog is for my Ravelry downloads.

Feel free to say hi and leave comments if you visit the site!

Easy Lace Cotton Headband

An easy, quick project for that extra birthday gift you might need! The headband ties at the back of the head.

8 ply Bendigo Cotton (Gauge: 22 stitches/30 rows for 10 cm square using 4mm needle or whatever size needle required to get gauge).
Photos shown in Honeydew and Light Teal in the children’s size.
For adults, cast on 126 stitches. (Finished size: approx. 62 cm by 4.5 cm blocked)
For children (4-6 years), cast on 110 stitches. (Finished size: 58 cm by 4.5 cm blocked)
Row 1: K1,P1 until end.
Row 2: P1, K1 until end.
Row 3: K1,P1, *Purl until last 2 stitches, K1,P1(This is the wrong side of the headband).
Row 4: P1, K1 * Knit until last 2 stitches, P1,K1.
Row 5: P1,K1, K8, *yf, sl1,K1, psso, K6 until last nine stitches K9.
Row 6: As Row 3
Row 7: P1,K1, K6, *K2tog, yf, K1, yf, sl1, K1, psso, K3 ending last repeat K7, P1, K1.
Row 8: As Row 3.
Row 9: As Row 4.
Row 10: As Row 5.
Row 11 and 12: Repeat Row 9 and 10.
Row 13: K1,P1 until end.
Row 14: P1, K1 until end.
Row 15: Cast off loosely. (Tip: if cast off is too tight, use a needle one size up to cast off).
Dampen the headband and block out into the desired shape.  Weave in the ends.

Happy Knitting!

You are free to sell items made by your own hands using this pattern if credit is given to the designer, but do not sell or distribute the pattern.

When crediting the designer please reference “Easy Lace Headband by Estelle McDonald” and where appropriate link to the A Passionate Yarn website for the pattern.