Patons Colour Block Jacket Book 3756

With another baby due to be born in to our family we had a think about what would be nice for the baby, Peregrine’s nest decided to make a dress and I thought I would knit up a cardigan, I already had a few things on the go with a deadline so thought, for now at least, something simple would be best. I opted for this lovely patons jacket/cardi.

In the original pattern it is knitted in lots of colours which I love! But decided to go with a soft pink/purple colour throughout.

I ended up using stylecraft special DK, I love this yarn, I use it for a lot of projects, it is soft, good quality and comes in loads of colours!

This pattern is REALLY good for beginners as it has little (no) shoulder shaping and simple decreases for the front and sleeves. One thing I did find is that I didn’t need as many buttons and I chose not to add the top one.

Also because it was for a new born baby I wanted as few seams as possible so I joined the shoulders with Kitchener stitch and made seamless (in the round) sleeves

It wasn’t long befog I had knitted up this cute tiny cardi!

patons colour block jacket book 3756

I also made this blanket (patons fab DK)

vertical stripe baby blanket 2

I have made a few of these and posted about them before.

 

 

Still Clicking Away

Things have been busy here so I have been rather quiet on the blogging front, we have been lucky with fantastic weather so we have been here, there and everywhere, but the needles have been clicking.

We took a trip to Glastonbury a few weeks ago, I sat at the bottom of the Tor knitting while my tribe climbed up it with some friends we bumped into. With the odd knit here and there and some work on my WIP’s (work in progress) I have kept clicking.

baby cardi pink

pixie faery knit

pixie faery fairy autumn cardi
pixie faery autumn cardi

lace flower knit

New Forest Fairy Festival 2016

we had another lovely weekend at The New Forest Fairy Festival, lots of fun learning new skills with Gypsy Pyskeys, meeting great fairy’s and elfs, basking in the sun, and so much more, just the right spot to be in on such a lovely weekend

Most of our outfits were made by Peregrine’s Nest, …little fae fairy dress, skirt, trousers and yes that tail…

petle skirt

pic for faery ferlicity

When we were packing up the car my little fae drew this for fairy Felicity

hooping

hooping work shop Gypsy Pyksy

hooping sucess

double hoops

great fun hooping with Gypsy Pyksy’s

kitty tail

Lovely furry tail (made by me…trousers made by peregrine’s nest)

fairies

tree man

Lunch break
Lunch break

peddle power
peddle power

ribbon

ribbon fun

Ribbon fun

mermaid

fun on stilts
fun on banana boots!

uni cycle

snail race
snail race

woodland folk
woodland folk

pixie faery

people cleaners
cleaned with people cleaners

fairy wishing

hare
saying our goodbyes

wolf

new forest fairy Fest day
great weekend with fairies

Purple Lacy Cardigan

A good few months back I knitted up a couple of cardigan’s with lots of babies arriving and babies due I have been clicking away at more cardi’s, my latest one is in purple the same design as a pink one I did back in April, I love getting into the rhythm of a lace work pattern, this only has a little lace work and it repeats, so is very easy. I may do another one of these as I like the turnout and love the colour!

For now I do have a different cardigan on the needles!

Purple lace work cardigan

Learning To Ride A Bike, Low Motor Skills

My son is 10 years old, he has EDS (elhers-danlos-syndrome) also under the category of HMS (hypermobility syndrome) he has had motor skills problems all of his life, he has worked hard and adapted well so that they do not affect him too much.

Riding a bike is something a lot of children have learnt by the age of 10, he has tried so many times and it has been clear that he REALLY wanted to ride a bike, we have had so many new bikes in an attempt to get him going but we never quite got there. He did give it his all, and always did so well, as with other things he struggled with we found that arms and legs working together along with balancing and watching where he was going was just too overwhelming for him, so each time, battered, bruised and feeling deflated, he gave up!

And every time he tried again I was very proud, I didn’t know if he would do it this time, but he was willing to give it his all, again, after so many attempts in the past

This month he learnt to ride a bike, he had a trip coming up, he did some good extracurricular work and as a reward he gets to go on a trip, they are looking at ways to travel that are good for the environment, this is right up his ally, being druids and we even have an electric car!

This trip involved riding a bike, and this time he was DETERMINED!

learn to ride bike

We took the peddles off his new bike and off he went learning to balance, once he got the hang of this he asked for one peddle to be put back on, this was the peddle that he felt was for his strongest leg, the one to get him going and give him momentum.

This seemed quite scary to start with, starting off at a bit of speed, but once it clicked that speed actually meant he was more likely to stay upright, it got easier for him.

So then the other peddle went on and although a bit shaky to start he was off managing to peddle and stay on for a few meters, I was so proud of him, he spent days outside on his bike, practising, then the day came that he rode peddled and turned around without falling off, very, very proud, he had only been trying for a few days!

The day after this, the day we consider he could actually ride a bike, he went off on a training day for his trip, and did a 10 mile+ bike ride, I am just so so so super proud, he went from just about riding a few meters to a 10mile bike ride over night!

riding a bike eds

The week after this we packed the bikes (and my wheelchair) into the leaf (car) and took him on a bike ride to see for ourselves what he could do, we only had one tantrum, on a big hill that even my husband couldn’t ride up! We had a good day out and I was confident he can ride his bike well.

bike ride EDS

Today our son is on his trip, he has spent the day riding a bike, about 2 weeks after he learnt to ride, he camped last night and will be camping again tonight, he is doing well, and is super pleased he could join in, and just be a normal active 10 year old 😀

It really is hard for children with EDS or children with any other low motor skill problem to ride a bike, and loosing confidence is understandable, one thing we did do was make sure he did have his meds for managing his condition!

Our son usually gets to choose (within reason) if he has his meds, if he isn’t expecting to do much activity he doesn’t always need any, but if he starts feeling that he does then he can change his mind and have some, and I can often tell if he needs them as I can see he is shifting his weight to compensate for pain that he hasn’t noticed yet. One thing with learning a new skill that is active is that pain meds really are our friends, it allows us to exercise without feeling as battered and beaten as we usually would, this is more so than most for people with EDS, my son gets loads of bruises when being active too, he is pickled with them at the moment! And although I don’t want him to become reliant on pain meds keeping on top of the pain when learning something new helps with this a lot!

Fabric Painting Mermaid Shells!

I posted the other day the fabric painted shell tops they were really simple and easy to do

this is how I did it

keep in mind when it drys these do NOT stretch!! I made a top for my self, I didn’t stretch it when painting so the shells came out smaller then I had intended and did not stretch!

I have used other paints in the past that do stretch, but I think these ones are better for colour and a much wider range too!

I made a shell template

fabric pen

Then drew around it with a fabric pen

mermaid shell

These are the paints I used

fabric paints

Then just paint away

fabric paint afro!

I had to take a picture at this point because i think it kinda looks like an Afro!

afro shell
SEE!

I just filled it in with the blue one, then with the other bottles (the taller ones) I added to it

The taller bottles are designed to draw & write straight on to things however because I wanted an all over glitter effect so I just painted in on over the blue 😀

mermaid shell fabric paint a

And for this one put some green with the writing one over the top edge!

For the other shell I think I used a little green on the shells too, you can mix them together you don’t just have to use it do draw, they mix really well with the ‘normal’ fabric paints 😀

Then with the glitter one I drew shell lines on, which worked quite well

mermaid shell b

I think I will add more detail to this one, maybe both but for now we are happy with them.

With my eds it isn’t the greatest and I did find it hard squeezing the bottles to draw, however I did find, with the glitter one, that if I went wrong I just removed that line with a paint brush and started again, as I had glitter all over anyway it worked out ok,

here are my shells, as you can see not quite in the right place and too small!

mermaid shells wonkey

I do think I will still wear this around the house – why not 😉

End shells

mermaid shell c

mermaid shell d

Easy Garter Stitch Shawl

I have started a shawl for the summer, I knitted a black one for the WW1 film ‘Tell Them Of Us’

It was really snug and warm and I am told the film crew passed it around on very cold days to keep them warm!

It being summer I have gone with a looser knit but still very warm. Keeping the same pattern but the Larger needles giving a different look, and I will be using a different boarder.

It is all knitted in garter stitch so is a great and effective pattern for beginners, you knit a few rows in small needles then every few rows (you can pick how many you want to go with) you use a needle a good few sizes bigger, for this one I have gone for 2mm bigger but I think I would have liked to go a little larger!

I thought I would share a picture!

garter stitch shawl pattern

This knit is currently measuring about 46 inches and I still have a way to go! but it is very enjoyable and easy, iIhave found it a great knit to take out and about.

Give it a go, you can decide how wide you would like it I currently have about 90 stitches and it is quite wide, which is what I wanted, you can use any wool and by checking the gauge band you can work out how many stitches you would like to get your desired width, it will say Xst for 10cm (sometimes for 15)

Good Luck

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