Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Many weeks ago I decided to design a new pattern for a Christmas decoration. But what to do? It all seems to have been done before - stockings, baubles, snowmen etc. So I had the idea to research some more unusual symbols of Christmas from other countries. Did you know about the traditional Norwegian Christmas mouse? The Swedish Christmas goat? Or even the Christmas spider from Ukraine?
But even with this research I couldn't really come up with an idea that I thought would make a good decoration. So my next plan was to start a new Christmas tradition - The Christmas Elephant. Will it catch on? Probably not. Perhaps I could say it originates from the little-known fact that the Three Kings really travelled to Bethlehem on elephants.
So although I know this is completely the wrong time to bring out a Christmas pattern, here they are - Christmas Elephants. (I toyed with the idea of the Easter Elephant, but decided that was just a step too far!)
The pattern contains instructions for both large and small elephants. They have a felt backing, and my pattern contains photos and instructions on how to put the elephant together. You can also make it with or without the coloured seat section.
What is great about these elephants are that they really are a very quick make. I can knit several in an evening, so if you were looking to give the decorations as gifts it is ideal, as they are handmade and personal but not too time-consuming. You can use up oddments of wool that you have left over from other projects.
I think the elephants would also make a great hanging baby mobile toy. Perhaps I shouldn't say that - as I don't want to distract you from the real concept, The Traditional Christmas Elephant. Spread the word, I know this is going to be big!
The pattern is available on ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy, and will be on LoveKnitting shortly.
Friday, 17 March 2017
I just thought I would show you another of my 2CVs, made for someone in the UK, just a few weeks ago. I try really hard to get the colour of my knitted cars just right, but sometimes this is hard.
I wonder if there is a wool manufacturer somewhere who could specialize in metallic car wool? Perhaps there isn't really the demand. (I better explain that I mean this as a joke. My husband says that my dry sense of humour is not always apparent.)
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Saturday, 25 February 2017
I have knitted myself some fingerless mittens, and have gone for elegant black with a bit of sparkle. I just love this wool.
Two of my local wool shops have closed recently, and in the town where I live that does not leave a lot of choice. (I guess it is so easy to buy wool online these days.) There is still the famous "never knowingly undersold" department store, and although it has a fairly big choice, is not particularly good value.
So when I occasionally see wool in any other shop I always have a good look. This wool was from Poundland, although unusually I think it may have been £2 a ball. Totally acrylic, but for gloves something hard-wearing and washable seems like a good thing. What I love is the flecks of sparkle. Did you know it is really hard to photograph sparkle, but I hope you can see it.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Busy making some baby shoes and mittens. These were ordered to match a specific baby suit. I love green - my favourite colour. And so I have been waiting for the chance to go out and photograph some real snowdrops. One of my favourite flowers, and a sign that Spring is on its way.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
I made this Green 2CV for a customer in Spain. I have realised that most of my 2CV customers are from somewhere outside the UK and in Europe. It has now become much more unusual to even see a 2CV where I live.
It was fun to make this car, and I hope the customer liked it. If you want to make your own you can find the pattern here, or how to order me to make one through Etsy here.
Friday, 13 January 2017
I have finally got around to using the rest of the lavender from my mum's communal garden. You can see the first batch of lavender bags here. I started with a nice piece of natural looking linen, and the first attempt above was OK, but not very inspired. So I then decided to go for a leaf shape, and add a ribbon. This way they can be hung on a coat hanger to keep clothes fresh. I have kept the stitching quite simple, and the cream seemed to show up best.