Friday, 31 July 2009

Dear Blog ...

... I am sorry I neglected you for so long.

Life happens. And blogging knitting projects sometimes doesn't.

I have been knitting, mainly socks, which I discovered are addictive. I have also made a couple of cardigans for Little Cherub since I last posted.

Normal blogging service is now resumed. Or, at least, that is my intention!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Petal Dishcloth

I love this petal dishcloth made by Linh at A Girl in Georgia.

Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom is making one and has posted the pattern (which I couldn't find through the original links). I'm planning to knit a couple once I find some reasonably priced coloured cotton. Dishcloth cotton in the UK only seems to be available in white or natural.

Matching Pairs

I finished the pair of socks for myself. They are very plain - stocking stitch, using a free Regia pattern available with the yarn. I'm pleased with them and they are very cosy. The only slight downside is that I cast on a bit too tightly on the first sock, making it a little hard to pull on. Must remember to make a point of casting on more loosely next time.

I had some left over yarn, and just managed to squeeze a matching pair of socks for Little Cherub out of it. I had to scale the pattern down as the smallest size was still considerably larger than her little feet, but it came out well. I had all of about 18 inches of spare yarn when I finished!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Toddler Socks

I have discovered I am the opposite of a fair-weather knitter - I stop knitting in the summer and start again when it turns cold and wintry. I picked up my abandoned sweater and worked a few rows, and then had an urge to knit socks. I started with these mini basketweave toddler socks for Little Cherub:

Blue was her choice of colour. They are knitted in DK (worsted) yarn - I used some cheap acrylic yarn I had lying around, which will bobble a bit but is still nice and warm for her little toes. Here is a close up of the foot, though whether the photo is good enough to show the basketweave pattern I'm not sure. They were not difficult to knit, though the dp needles I used were really too long for such tiny socks which made them more fiddly than they needed to be.

They fit her little UK size 5 (US size 6?) feet perfectly. They would be fine for a slightly smaller foot, but a larger size would need a bit of extra length in the foot. A chubbier leg would need a looser cast on than I used. She is very pleased with them and says she wants a pink pair next.

I am now working on a pair for myself, using this self-patterning 75% wool Regia sock yarn.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Mary for May

I have been quiet not because I am not knitting, but because I am knitting three large projects simultaneously and haven't finished anything for a while. As well as the sweater and puppet theatre in my sidebar, I was distracted by a cable stitch sampler disguised as a blanket. You knit strips with a different cable pattern in the centre of each, using Aran wool and large needles, and then sew the strips together to make the blanket.

This week I took a quick detour from the large projects to make this little Mary figure. As Catholics we celebrate May as a month dedicated to Our Lady, and I wanted something to put into a May Basket for Little Cherub. I found a free nativity scene pattern online at Australian Women's Weekly (it can be downloaded as a PDF file here).

I may add the baby Jesus figure for Christmas and probably also Joseph, though I don't see myself knitting the whole scene. The light blue yarn was a bit paler than I wanted, but it was a case of using what I had to hand.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Learning to Crochet

I was helping my mother to clear out old photos, and found this picture of a very young Bookworm just mastering crochet ...

I wasn't normally this solemn as a child ... I think I was just concentrating very hard!

Wednesday, 19 March 2008


I got distracted by a couple of smaller projects.

Project Number 1 ... an Easter gift for Little Cherub

Project Number 2 ... a scarf for myself, from a pattern in The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques. I have never done anything more than basic crochet before and was inspired by the book (a library find) to try out this fan pattern, using a very old ball of brushed DK yarn I found at the back of a cupboard.