Monday, 11 November 2019

Up-cycle: Jeans to Jumper

My son's ripped irredeemably while on a recent visit. At my request, he left them behind. I made a jumper for my granddaughter using a very old pattern. 

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Yarn-bomb Maple Leaf #6 - Skaret, Norway

My friend Mardell took her leaf to Norway:
"I’m pleased to say that my leaf has found its home! It is hanging very near to the stone bridge that was built by my great-great-great-grandfather, Per Ottersen Skaret, around 1830. There is a river that runs through the farm and Per used to divert water from it to  his sawmill. He needed to build a bridge over one of his ditches to get to the mill. Supposedly, as he was finishing it, he got his trousers caught between the stones and was not at all happy about having to ruin his trousers to cut himself free." 

This isn't exactly the place, but it is close. 

Monday, 26 August 2019

Produce Bag

Produce bag pattern

- linen
- 4.5mm circular needles, 74 cm and 40cm
- 3.5mm circular needle, 60cm
- 4 markers
- crochet hook 1.65mm

Finished size, unstretched, approximately 23cm deep and 23cm wide. 

This is a size for 5-7 apples or tomatoes.... or whatever.

1) Chain 38 stitches. Double crochet 35 stitches starting in 3rd chain from hook.

2) Make 4 double crochets in last stitch. 

3) Double crochet in other side of chain loop back; 3 double crochets in lat stitch. Total of 72 stitches.

4) Using the crochet hook, pull a loop through each stitch onto the longer 4.5mm circular needle. Use the magic loop method to double back on the other side.

5) Knit one row.

6) YO, K2 tog
7) Knit one row

8) YO twice, K2 tog
9) Knit one row, knitting once in the YO twice.

10) YO twice, K2tog; YO 3 times, K2 tog (I found that the first YO ended up bigger than the others so if it only had 2 wraps when all the others had 3 wraps, it turned out even)
11) Knit one row, knitting one stitch in the 3 wraps.

Change to smaller 4.5 mm needle. It is just easier once you have a few rows to switch from the magic loop to plan knitting in a circle. 

Repeat rows 10 and 11 about 15 times or as deep as you want the bag.

Change to 3.5mm needles:
P one row, K one row 6-8 times, ending with a P row.

Divide number of stitches by 4 (if you have 72 stitches, you have 4 groups of 18 stitches)

12) K 18, Bind Off 18, K18, BO 18. (I BO by K2tog, slip stitch back onto needle, K2tog.....)

13) P18, turn work and using cable cast on, CO 36 stitches; turn work and P 18 stitches, CO 36 st.

K one row, P one row about 4 times each. 

Bind off and work in ends. 

Friday, 7 June 2019

Super M

I made my grandson a superhero cape today. My goal was to make it wearable without anything tying around his neck. I hope he is OK with 'Super M', because I made that up without consulting him. 

Friday, 24 May 2019

Book Sculpture - Ode to Pemberley

This idea was delivered to me in the middle of the night during a week I did not expect to be able to make something..... or anything. 

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Another Bird Swarm

I apologize for the shifting camera angle in the initial shots. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

House of Lords

This is the sweater my Dad had in high school from his residence house. He graduated from RJC in 1946.  

Now it is framed for my son. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

M is for .....

Monkey. For a boy who likes "m" things.

I didn't want the monkey to look quite so disgruntled.