HUGE apologies - we should have been making a vst and pants set for our dolly - between the poorly doggie and my stinking cold - I am running late. It's in work - but I can't see me getting to finish it this week. - - The world is just not on my side at the moment
There have always been 2 knitting stitches that have fascinated me and I have wanted to try out. This is teddy bear stitch - I just could not fathom how the loops were created and how they stayed there with out snagging everywhere.
actually - it's not all that hard! It is a bit fiddly - yes - got to admit that - and you have to concentrate and watch the needles - but it's all done with a knit stitch - looping the yarn round your thumb and there is a brilliant way you 'lock' the loop in place so it stays secure. 1 - knit the first stitch 2 - knit the next stitch - but don't take the stitch off the left hand needle 3 - bring the yarn under the needle to the front 4 - wrap the yarn round your thumb 5 - knit into the same stitch again and slip it off the needle 6 - pick up the first knit stitch you worked and lift it over the second - this locks the loop. work a plain knit stitch repeat the loop stitch. work along the row alternating a loop with a plain knit stitch. work a plain knit row. work another loop row working the loop stitch over where you did a plain knit stitch before so you get a staggered fur effect. brilliant for teddies - sheep - hedgehog backs - etc. You can work it on any already written pattern because it's just an addition to the fabric - not a change in the actual workings. Love kitten
I have finally 'finished' my living space. Kind of cut corner as I decided not to strip the window ledge and repaint it at the moment - perhaps later in the summer when I have a bit more strength. So - last wall - everything washed and back in place. it's so cosy and snug - and it's such a boost to be all fresh and clean after living in a tip for all this time.
I get a lot of people asking - what have you got to thread something on? - - So today I thought we would try to break that down a bit for you. Waxed Cotton (and hemp) - this is the cheapest option - and the most often used for all the 'hippie' - 'Indian' - 'ethnic' - 'native' type jewellery. Nothing wrong with it - it's a natural product with a rustic look and feel - comfortable to wear - and for the maker - cheap to buy and easy to use. It comes in loads of colours - is very soft to use and thread with - and is usually about 1mm in thickness (you can plait 3 strands together for a thicker strand). It is fairly consistent in it's quality - bear in mind - it is a natural product so there will be the odd variation or a bit of fluffing along the thread occasionally. The down side - it does wear through quite quickly, it will not stand up to continual, everyday, heavy wear, and it is not suitable for threading rough stones, metal or agates onto. But you can turn that into an add on selling opportunity by offering a re-threading service. Repair / re-thread xx price - and re-service items bought from you at a discount. Super strong - so what options do you have for beads with smaller holes, rough stones, and strands that take a lot of wear? Then you go with a synthetic thread. They are a little more of a fiddle as they fray - so you will need a threader of some sort - but they do come in several thicknesses - right down to sewing thread type thickness. The thread may look fragile when it's this thin - but trust me - if it's a proper synthetic beading thread - it will be super strong. I sell it to hobby upholsterers because they can pull on it so hard and it won't break! These types of thread are mostly white as the thread is not designed to shop - but there is black and a few other colour options available Leather / suede thonging- basically posh ethnic threading - usually black, brown or tan - several thicknesses good for large statement pieces of glass, metal, ceramics. Down falls - pricy and can wear through surprisingly quickly. silk - very expensive, very hard to find these days - mostly used for string cultured pearls because it is soft enough not to damage them. Only available in white these days - and a couple of thicknesses. tiger tail - simple put tiger tail is a thin strand of wire (comes in different thicknesses) with a plastic coating over it ( comes in loads of colours) - used mostly with crimp beads for invisible / floating necklaces and window hangers where you want the threading to show. elastic - it always makes me giggle - coloured, clear elastic - if it's coloured - it's not clear! Used for stretchy bracelets - the round clear is the best - comes in a couple of thicknesses. There is coloured available - not such a good quality - and fairly thin - use several strands together. rat tail / mouse tail - a bit like the woven cords on blinds - but very soft and silky. Rat tail is thicker than mouse - used for macrame - friendship bracelets - shamballa etc and other odd stuff - ribbons - fine chain - bakers twine - stranded embroidery thread finally one tiny tip. - seal any end knotting with a bit of clear nail varnish - or a tiny spot of uhu type glue - NEVER use superglues Any questions - just email me Love kitten
It's been a really tough week one way or another this week. I am very sore and tired - it has been very quiet in the town - and the dog is still stressed out. So all-in-all - not the most productive time. I have done another direction on my journal page. I am really surprised that the ink has not run into itself more - normally it is so reactive to any damp about that makes it spread. I have only done 2 verses today - my arms are so sore I can't face anymore.
The idea behind this series is to expand your knowledge and build your
confidence by tackling new techniques with small, simple projects. Each square knits up to the same size and has
the same border frame so that you can sew them together and make larger
projects. 4 sewn in a square make the
front of a cushion – back with another 4 squares or plain fabric. Several in a row will make a scarf – 3 x 3 or
4 will make a baby blanket – 4 x 6 or 8 will make a lap throw - or go the whole
hog and make a bed throw. You can make
each square the same pattern – you can make each square different – you can
create your own design by placing the squares in a pattern – knit in 1 colour –
knit the rainbow - just experiment – shout me if you get stuck – and have fun.
The squares worked in DK measure about 4 ½” square – and the larger ones
8” square. You could use 3 strands of DK
together – working on 8mm knitting needles – and the square will be bigger
You will need;
1 strand of double knitting to be worked on 4mm knitting needles – about
Or 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be
worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g
·If you are using the double knitting weight of
yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then
use 1 strand throughout.
·Remember to count all the rows as you work up the
Cast on 28 stitches.
Row 1: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat
from * to end of row.
Work row 1: 3 more times
Row 5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1,
purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 6: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl
to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 7: *knit 1, purl 1 – repeat
from * to end of row.
Row 8: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, * knit 1 working into the centre
of the stitch loop 2 rows below the next stitch – gently pull all loops off the
needle, purl 1 – repeat to last 5 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 9: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 10: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 11: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 12: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 14: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 * knit 1 working into the
centre of the stitch loop 2 rows below the next stitch – gently pull all loops
off the needle, purl 1 – repeat to last 5 stitches, knit 1
knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1
Row 15: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 3, purl 1, knit 1,
Row 16: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl
repeat rows 5: through 16: once more
Row 29: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 30: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 31: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 32: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for
all my knitting work. If you are using
pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.
**** This is my own original work. Use it for your own use or for charity
selling. Use it to inspire you, and to
lead you on to other projects. But,
please do not resell the pattern as your own workings. It takes me years of learning, and months of
work to produce a final pattern.
Bit of a muddle here in kitten's world at the moment - the little guy is a bit poorly and - or course - everything else has stopped!!! Henry has a bad tooth. I know something has been bothering him for a couple of weeks - but he kept saying it was all fine and eating his Bonios - and I could not find anything. Well - he totally went off all his food except his Caesar and his Bonio - and then I finally spotted it - his very last tooth on his top jaw has a cavity. so we are off to the vet in the morning to get it sorted. Wish him luck Love kitten
In all my sewing life I have never made a pair of gloves. Actually - I don't even think that it was a realistic thing to do! I was asked by So-Sew-Easy to test run their new glove pattern - how cool is that!!! This is a free pattern from the So-Sew-Easy team so you can see how they work and test out the ideas This is the glove pattern I used - Easy Glove Pattern - there are 3 sizes and you can make the gloves is either a fleece or a cotton spandex fabric - hay fleece is what we do all the time and it's our anniversary - so I decided to make the large size - in a real 'bloke' looking fleece. I made these -
Hands up - the pattern terrified me!!!! But actually - if you just follow along and do what it says through all the steps - it actually works. It is a bit fiddly when you work round the ends of the fingers - but fitting the thumbs in was so easy. I got in a bit of a pickle when the cuffs were added and I did get confused - so I fitted them the same way that I fit the funnel necks on my fleece dog tops - yeah I know - cheating - but I was way out of my comfort zone to start with and managed to make the gloves! The old goat love them - and actually does wear them when he takes the dog out for the morning walk - result! Love kitten
The first project Tuesday on the month is the kit. This is my first jewellery type project - so it's a bit different. I have the kits with all the materials in the shop - but if you want to copy the instructions are below. This is the project.
I used - chain with clasp - around 30"
10 x pink felt circles
10 x gray felt circles
10 x turquoise felt circles
4 x white beads
open the ring on the end of the chain and remove so that you can thread all 4
of the white beads onto it – then replace the ring.
out all the pink circles (you may need to tidy up any places the felt catches).
all the circles in half – stack them up on top of each other – push a pin
through the bottom corners of the stack – then push one the other way in to
hold them together.
up the thread – knot one end and sew it through the corner close to the edge –
but make sure you catch in every piece.
the felt on the inside of the first bead - with the chain under the folds and
bring the sides together – secure the thread.
the felt pompom round evenly so the join is hidden.
up the other corner of the pieces – and join together in the same way.
a bead along – add the mint felt in the same way – then the grey.
Well it took several days days to get the phone line sorted - but we are back up and running again. It's been so frustrating not being able to work properly. I spent the afternoon working on my practice page. I have turned the page upside down - worked in turquoise
the ink is not bleeding into the new colour at all - which is really interesting - I had expected it to blot together.
I have erased all the guidelines and now I am working the long side of the page. I wanted to do a green - but this is the closest I have. It is a viridian from the winsor and newton drawing ink range - but it is very old so it has probably changed colour - but in the interests of decluttering and finishing up what we have - I resisted the urge to drop into Malcolm's (Iridium - 3 doors down from me) to pick up a bottle of green Diamine ink - I just adore this ink - it's the best I have ever used! - But we are using up stuff - so I have been good! GRRRRRRR.
It's really looking fun now. Next week I am going to go the other way with a different colour
Carrying on with our Tuesday Projects - the last Tuesday is our doll making theme. Last month we made the body now I want to add some hair. I had a big look at different ways of adding hair to our doll - there are loads of different options out there. The simplest is to cut felt shapes and sew them on - if you are feeling really adventurous you could make several styles - and change them about. I found a few example of this on Google images - just to show you what you an do.
I thought I would stay more traditional and add wool hair - so here's how too.
You can use any colour you fancy - or mix and match. I used cream, tan and a variegated browns. Wrap the yarn round something - depends how long you want the hair to be.
- and cut up one side to give you even lengths. Make a couple of inches at a time to keep it under control.
Lay the hair lengths across the top of the head - with a short length on the face if you want a fringe look. With a very sharp needle and thread - work across the yarns with tiny little back stitches.
Add another few inches of yarn and continue backstitching. You can add another layer on the top to build the hair up.
Lift the hair up - and add another line of yarn about half way down the back of the head.
I have not trimmed to neaten it yet - but it looks lovely and thick
And the back - needs a bit of a tidy but I don't have any sharp scissors on my lap
Something I am constantly asked in various ways is how to handle jump rings. Many people pull the ends apart and then can't get them back into the correct shape. There is a very simple little trick - and it is dead easy. The tools you will need are 2 pairs of pliers - it does not matter if they are Snipe / chain nose (pointed) ends or flat ends - they do need to be flat on the innerside of the plier jaws - not crimp pliers or cutters.
OR - you can use 1 pair of pliers and a jump ring opener
And this is what you do - - do NOT grab hold of each side and pull them apart.
Take hold each side of the open bit and twist sideways.
I am having a day of plain practice. I love to just scribe letters - it's very restful. The Lady of Shalott is still my favorite poem - and it's massively long! I thought I would scribe it in all 4 directions over the page - using a different colour each turn - and just keep building it up over it'sself and see what happens. I need to let the layer below dry well - it will still catch and run - but that is what might make it fun. Start of the first layer.
I had to get the old goat to sand the wall over - I don't have the breathing capacity for anything with big movements in - and I was worried about the dust and my bad throat. I have to admit that I did not redo the skirting boards - just too much extra work and dust - I just washed them. I have had the wall paper saved for about 3 or 4 years - I bought it half price in the sales. The paint I got last year when I started - so that was no extra cost. The only thing I bought was a lovely, snuggly fleece throw and several cushion covers in various textures and fabrics to match. It is a wonderful space - and I feel all clean and tidy. I matches the other side of the room that I did last spring.
Now I am going to have a couple of weeks break - then I am going to finish the bit in the middle. Should not be as nearly as much work as it's mostly done.