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

Pirate Knitted Crossover

A few weeks ago we went to pirate day, we had lots of fun doing pirate things and doing treasure hunts, but it was cold, very cold, I wore a lovely shawl I knitted and some arm warmers, unfortunately none of us thought to take a photo of me!

We did however get to take a photo of my son wearing his knitted crossover!

I knitted one of these for the film “tell them of us” a WW1 film and we love them, I did a blog post about how they are good items to ‘grow into’

This is a really easy knit, all in garter stitch making it a great pattern for beginners.

What I hadn’t realised is how well this looks when it is part of a pirate costume!

pirate knitted crossover

It does fit down snuggly over his arms covering his shoulders but Pretzel boy had been flinging his arms around so it bunched up, he was happy with it that way though

pirate knitted crossover costume

Going back to last summer my little faery borrowed this when we were at the new forest faery festival, she was 4 and it fitted her really well, she chose to wear is a little differnly and this is another great way to wear it!

knitted crossover shawl

knitted crossover shawl a

as you can imagine it was hard to get a picture as she was on the go!

knitted crossover shawl b

I will be making her her own one of these, I have bought some lovely Rowan wool for it, but finding the time is a whole other thing!

 

boy’s knitted WW1 jumper ready to go

As some of you know I have been knitting for the tell the of us project,

I have just completed this boys jumper, I think this is for other things planned along side the film, for ww1 events, i think this jumper is for a boys choir who will be singing songs from the past!

I really enjoyed this I love the way that the jumper can be put on any way, there is no front or back, so they got more wear out of it! I think we would love jumpers like this these days as it will stop child confusion and more ware is always good!

here is the finished jumper!

WW1 boy's knitted jumper

for more knits and info on this project have a peek at the Orkney to Omaha blog

 

Some Children’s Knits

As you can imagine it gets a little chilly in the evenings so when we were at the 3 wishes faery feat we wrapped up warmer to listen to the great music in the evenings

Here is a matching set I made,knitted  tunic, leg warmers and arm warmers

matching set knitted tunic,knitted leg warmers and knitted arm warmers

And this is a jumper (blue/green) with hand warmers over them

knitted jumper (blue/green) with hand warmers over them

Then just one barmy step further! (on another night)

Wrist warmers too!

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All snug and warm listening to fab music 😀

These sets are great and can be made in almost any colours and last many seasons just ask me if you have something in mind 😀

Back With Human Kind!

It has taken a few days and we have been feeling rather ‘festival drunk’ and had ‘festival fever’ it is so unbelievable how chilled out we have been since coming home from 3 wishes faery fest, I feel so much more centered and balanced, it was just what we needed, for all of us!

my hubby has been so over worked with caring for all of us and working enough to keep a roof over our heads, we can’t complain we have all we need, but getting away from the city and the every day ‘human’ life was just the thing to bring us all back together and remind us of just why (and how) life should be enjoyed! I guess we didn’t really realize how much we needed a break until we were away with the faeries and they worked there magic!

Now we are back with human kind we are adjusting, but will never fully get used to it 😀

I thought some photos showing the amazing atmosphere of the festival would be just what everyone would like to see! these picture show how relaxing the festival is 😀

bubbles!

bubbles! (I didn’t take this picture!)

 

pretty stage

pretty stage

i see fairy's

i see fairy’s

 3 wishes faery fest 2014

hula hoops!

hula hoops!

 3 wishes faery fest 2014

treasure hunt

Treasure hunt! (go on! ‘click’ this one!)

 

There will be more pictures of the people who make the atmosphere so special ones were everywhere you look there is a burst of colour, and some lovely mermaids, faery’s, pirates elves….and so much more!

I really could just go on about the festival for months!

Knitting Needles For EDS & Pain

When you are a keen knitter (or any thing else) and you are faced with a condition which over time means you struggle with hobbies you once loved, it can be difficult to accept. This is the case for people with Ehlers-Danols syndrome (EDS) <that’s me! hypermobility syndrome (HMS) and arthritis as well as many other conditions!

I struggled on for a while with my metal needles and I wondered why I was not enjoying it and getting so achy,I knew this day would come and as with so many other things I knew it was the beginning of the end to my knitting, though hard to accept it was just one of those thing with EDS, you make the most of what you can do and you struggle on as much as you can until you either do it a lot less or have to stop altogether. Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying at the first hint of a problem I give up, I would like to think I keep going until the choice is made for me, but I think when I start to struggle with things the little me in the back of my head says it is nearly the time to put this hobby aside.

Well, me not being the type to give up on what I love quite so easily, and  me just being stubborn! thought that if I had to give up knitting it would not be without a fight!

It wasn’t long before I learned that metal needles send vibrations up your arm and reach your neck and back, so not all that surprising I had very sore achy shoulders and neck then…so off I trotted to buy some bamboo needles, lovely!

I really did like them, and i did feel quite a bit of benefit using them, but there were a few problems, the thinner ones broke a lot, the amount of 4mm needles I went trough!… and my arms still ached!

Although there was some relief the main problem now was the amount of arm movement I was doing. I tried all sorts of things, knitting continental style (holding yarn in other hand) putting the needle under my arm, or between my legs, but it was all so awkward! And I still had all that weight to hold!

As I was assessing what the problem was I realized that the weight of what I was knitting was an awful lot, it is rather heavy on the needles and as it grows it just gets heaver!

So with a bit of a search on my laptop (a lot of searching about) and some research, I found that circular needles take the weight really well, it’s not all about knitting in the round and in my case I use them for both flat and circular, it is about taking the weight of what you are knitting to give your muscles and joints a rest, and shorter needles so arms aren’t flapping around like a chicken (you all know what I mean!)

The circular needles that most shops sell are metal ones, and as I had already ruled this out I had a search for bamboo and acrylic, this is when I came across the knit-pro range, they had such a good range of straight needles, DPN’s, circular needles…everything! woohoo!

And then the best discovery of all…a whole range of interchangeable circular needles 😮

This means you can choose the type of ‘tips’ you want and the length of cable and screw the needle size you want on to the cable length you want to use, there are even really short cables and needles so you can knit small things in the round, I really like the super short ones, in the round or not! and the thin (3.25-4mm) ones don’t break easily like my old long bamboo ones! The sets are a reasonable price and you get lots of needle tips and some cables, adding to he set is much cheaper too as you only need to buy the tips, my husband also bought me some connectors that attach cables together so you an have one really long cable to knit on.

The cable is much thinner than the needles, this is because once you have knitted onto your needle the size of the stitch has been made and when it drops off the needle tip it doesn’t get smaller it stays to the size of the needle you have been using.

They do so many different types of tips, most have great reviews and I have chatted to a lot of people about them who also love them, one or two tips people are not so keen on but others are, I guess it depends on what you are looking for in your needles! best thing to do it give them a try and make your won decision, they do starter packs with a few different tips (made of different material) and since I first discovered knit-pro they have started selling cubic needles which are said to help with grip so sound perfect for people like me!

Also as a little side note, my son has HMS and he can knit, he has always struggled more than other children I have taught but I one day he picked up my needles cast on and knitted away so I bought him his own fixed circular needles and he is away with the knitting 🙂

As with anything new it takes a little while to get the hang of but not only have I found that my pain is much better I have also found I am much quicker too!

Knit-pro aren’t the only company who sell interchangeable knitting needles but I have spoken to  a lot of people about them and they say they like them the most, some people have even switched over to them from other interchangeable sets.

A few years ago I really thought I would be turning my back on knitting, another hobby along with horse riding, hiking, cycling, yoga…you get my drift, another hobby I felt had come to an end and I was (and just about am) still in my 20’s.

Thanks to knit-pro I am knitting away, making things for schools, charity’s and films, and weddings, I am designing and returning to the artistic side of me, I would really like to sell more knitting to people, give me a purpose and not let my EDS take over my whole life!

So anyone out there feeling the need to give up, have a search around, find something that can be adapted to your needs, not just in knitting or crochet (they do great hooks too!) but for lots of hobbies there are many items that can help with the problems we are having, a little time and research and you may just find the thing you need.

Thank you to hyper-mobility association for giving me something to think about xx

 

Artist Before Knitter!

I am not sure if this is a surprise or not and I would think it is fairly safe to say that most knitters are very crafty, the knitters I have met often like many other crafts such as paper crafts, needle point, painting, working with clay….I could go on endlessly bout you get my drift…

Well I always think I was an artist first! my real passion is Batik, l love everything from getting the wax right for the project to the way you can work with colours, and along side that I love painting too, often my paintings and batiks would be in a set, one of each, and often a big set of different colours…

There is a way of working with dyes that you just cant get with anything else and I can sit for hours and hours working with them!

Another craft i love is sewing but the artist in me always used my sewing skills to produce art rather than making clothes!

The problem for me came when having children, hot wax and children really don’t mix well, and always on the go art no longer fitted into my lifestyle 😦

And this was when I took up knitting again,Knitting really did fit into that on-the-go parenting and i took it everywhere with me, i even breastfed while knitting and i am sure the motion helped sooth my little one,

I started with garments and moved onto creating my own things on the needles, I love it and I get board easily if I’m not making patterns or working in colour!

The last few months have gotten me thinking, I have felt the artist in me awakening, and ideas coming into my head, popping up when I least expect it…then out came the ‘old’ art works and off my little mind went with splashes of colour and fab designs, paintings and batiks inspired by artists, nature, and architecture…

I love making garments and they are really practical, and you can do so much with the yarn available to us but I feel like I am being held back and not stretching myself, my creativity is being held back and it is a constant battle to stop myself getting carried away!

I feel it really shouldn’t be this way, I am always the first to say,

just pick up your needles and yarns and see where they take you

The possibility’s are endless and I do believe that going with the flow will produce something amazing

I have a jam packed knitting year this year, I am making things ww1 related, knitting for a wedding, general knits for family members (dressing gown and jumpers) and over 80 knits for a charity project I suggested, and with other Charity items and things people are asking me to knit I have little time to be artistic, don’t get me wrong I am loving doing these things and I have to admit I am in my element.

I absolutely love being busy with knitting!

However being this busy doesn’t have to mean that I can’t make plans and come up with ideas, and by the time next year is here I think the artist in me will be fully awakened,

And I know just what my first project will be!

Learning To Knit & Choosing Yarn!

My son has been able to knit for a while, however as he has low motor skills he has found it very hard. Doing a row at a time then leaving it for a day or two, and although he likes the change of purling he found it harder, 10 stitches was about his limit.

There was something telling me it was possibly the yarn, so we had a play about over the months with different yarns, I bought a cheap chunky for him to knit with, thinking as it was cheap, it wouldn’t matter, he was quite good with this but he kept splitting it as he knitted, so we went back to a double knit, I found the colours made a big difference as it meant he could see them easier, to my great surprise he did really well with a multi colour one, which I had read many times is a big no no for teaching children! He asked and I though why not give it a try? It was good as he could see the individual stitches easier than a whole row the same colour!

But still he was struggling on, we bought him some orange DK in December but it was, to me, more like a 4ply and quite thin, so that went out the window quite quickly!

so the hunt was on for a good yarn to suit his needs, one that did not split easily and was not too thin!

Then my daughter (3years) was knitting with some super chunky and I noticed that it didn’t split easily and was quite a good yarn to knit with, so we took a trip out and hunted some down… we bought Patons Fab Big.

He decided that he wanted 30cm so by looking at the band he worked out he needed to times the number of stitches by 3, this was great as I have been looking for something to help him learn his times tables, and now he sees there is a reason for them he is keen to learn them!

Off he went on his 24 stitches, kitting, quite quickly, I was sure he would stop half way but not only did he do that row he went on to do the whole purl row, I cant remember if he did more but I can remember feeling soooo proud!

I am glad he stuck with it and carried on and that even though it was hard for him he didn’t give up!

As for me, I have just been knitting the same old thing… and loving it!!

Over 250 stitches on my needles!

Over 250 stitches on my needles!

I’m Glad That Week Is Over!

It’s a brand new week and a fresh new start, last week was a hectic one for me, one of those weeks were it gets to the Sunday and you just think to yourself ‘i am glad that week is over with!’ I know this next week will be a busy one but the end is in sight and then I can relax into doing the things I want to do, or NEED to do! without lots of other distractions!

As you may know I had my daughters birthday on beginning of the week, I had managed to put to put together a cake, a quick and easy butterfly cake, but this was also the day that the car decided it would stop working! so, much of the week was taken up with school runs…two schools about 40mins walk apart,I am grateful for my husband for doing this most days and i have a good friend who dropped one or both of them home. also we were searching for a new car, ours was beyond repair!

butterfly cake, not so sure the marshmallows make good antenna!?

butterfly cake, not so sure the marshmallows make good antennae!?

I made a few knits for my daughter, a hat, and that pixie! I really enjoyed making it! and my daughter now comes and sits next to me with her knitting! she still needs a little help but is really coming along!, she is knitting a scarf and the other day I asked her what she was knitting and she looked up wide eyed and replied with “a boat!” that’s my girl, aim for the impossible! I just hope she does take after me and one day produces me with her own knitted boat! haha

At the end of the week it was my son’s birthday so more cake baking and decorating but between looking at cars and phoning around family to organize transport for this week I couldn’t do the cake I had wanted to do, my son was having a sleep over and that meant picking up a friend from school and making them walk home! they were very good but getting me in a wheel chair home was hard! I had a few ideas for his cake my original idea would just take too long and I have to admit I just went for the quickest and easiest one, this ended up being a Triforce from the Nintendo game Zelda

Cake - Nintendo the Legend of Zelda

Cake – Nintendo the Legend of Zelda

Now I am very lucky to have a lovely husband to help with the cake mixing,Ii am just not up to it these days, but icing and decorating I can still do with a little help, even if half asleep! as you can tell my husband earned quite a few brownie points this week!

This week is another long week for me, another cake to bake and unfortunately a funeral to attend, it struck me that even when it is expected and you feel prepared it is still such a sadness when someone passes, but what I can take out of this is to keep my close ones so very close!

And I will try to plough through this knitting as right now I have far to many WIP’s so feel the need to get some finished! The only problem with that is that right now I want to design and create…get something on those needles that I can just play about with! but for now am happy just to get the time to knit!

I may have had a long hard week but it was helped by eating cake 😀

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