Sunday 30 December 2007

Handmade for Christmas

This year I decided to try and make as many presents as I could. Well... it did not quite work out as planned. Next year I will start a lot earlier! But I did manage to make some presents.

I was commissioned (by my mum) to make a present for my aunt in America. I will post a photo as soon as I know she has received it.

I knitted a scarf for my Mum. I knitted a scarf for my niece. This is in big wool. I found the pattern in a charity shop. It uses a twisted rib. I enjoyed knitting it so much that I decided to use the pattern for my mum's scarf but in a finer yarn. It was a lot finer and took me ages to knit. But I am happy with how it turned out.

I also knitted a scarf for my sister using the same yarn but I made up the pattern using motifs from an excellent book I bought called 'The New Knitting Stitch Library' by Lesley Stanfield. I recommend this book to anyone who loves knitting. The patterns are lovely and the charts easy to understand.

However, I have not finished the scarf so it will be a late present.

I did finish a bag for my niece. I wanted to make a messenger bag. I used a fleece fabric with a cotton fabric in owl design that I bought from etsy. I designed it myself (sort of as I went along which involved much deep thinking on my part). It turned out reversible Yes!! I am very pleased with it and so was my niece.

The photos are of me wearing the scarf for my niece and the bag I made for another niece.

Sunday 9 December 2007

Flowers growing everywhere...

I have posted my big blue flower brooch on etsy. This is there large one made out of Rowan Big Wool Tuft and then felted. I had trouble getting a good shot of it though.
Whilst I was there I retook some photos of my purple flower brooch hopefully in a better light. It is difficult to get good natural light here at the moment with the rain clouds constantly overhead.

Tuesday 4 December 2007

The photo

I forgot to add the photo for the purple flower so here it is.

More Flowers

I really enjoyed making the little red flower brooch so I have made another one only this time I used cream doubleknit cotton and purple embroidery thread. I knitted the two together.
I think that I can do the pattern now without thinking!!
I went to a flea market last Sunday and bought some knitting wool so I have plans for my flowers in different sizes.