Tuesday, 22 March 2016



I received a request to make a new car, and have adapted my mini cooper knitting pattern to make a BMWi3. Although it is the same basic structure, I had to completely alter the shape of the side panels, as well as making the front windscreen much deeper, and adding an extra raised bonnet. The parts I am most happy with are the wheels, the bonnet and the back view. 

I have now got pretty good at spotting a BMWi3 on the roads. I'm not quite sure where this fits into my idea of eventually having enough knitting patterns for a book of vintage vehicles, but it was a fun challenge.

So I have been reading about the BMWi3 on some review sites. (Am I turning into a sort of knitting Jeremy Clarkson?) It is an electric car, and does seem to be comparable in size to a mini cooper. I can see why owners love it, as it is instantly recognisable and very stylish.

The knitting pattern will be for sale on ravelry. It is all typed up, but I am just going to test knit one more car to check there are no typos. This first unique car was for sale in my Etsy shop, but has already been purchased. Please message me if you are interested in buying one.

P.S. I have slightly lost my enthusiasm for this project when I saw the original pattern customer had put my car photo on a BMW facebook page as if it was her own creation, and saying it would be for sale in her shop. (It is a closed group, and I guess she thought I wouldn't see it.) Got a sort of apology, saying she hadn't been careful with the wording. Still fuming, and have resumed my teddy bear project.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Eggstreme Sports

Once again it is time for the school Easter Egg competition. I think my daughter has done rather well this year. This is all her own work, and the only part I have had is providing stuff, as well as my husband doing a dash into town to look for quail's eggs, as the normal eggs wouldn't fit in the canoe.

Still no knitting you will notice. There is some on the way. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Pirate Noodler

The school production of Peter Pan is next week. My daughter has the part of Noodler, one of Captain Hook's crew. So I just thought you might like to see her costume. She is wearing one of my blouses, and a handmade waistcoat. I sewed it from a suedette fabric (not real suede). It was not too difficult to fit the metal eyelets. They came with a tool, and you had to bash with a hammer. (Very satisfying.) And the tie is just a really long shoelace. You might also notice that Noodler is wearing a Canadian bandana, but I am hoping that by the time she is on the stage it will give the right effect.

I told her that she looks a bit more medieval serving wench than pirate, but she was very happy with the look. You can't see the bottom half unfortunately, but we found a long pair of boots in a charity shop, to add to the costume.  

She turned down my other suggestions. You know the sort of thing: beard, eyepatch, parrot etc. Probably just as well as she has to make a quick change and become a lost boy later in the show, which I forgot to photograph. But maybe I will be able to get some photos at the show.

Thank you for the all the kind messages last week.  I am very much recovered, and back to my needles.

Sunday, 6 March 2016


I have been poorly this week, and in fact have felt too ill to knit. (Hard to imagine, I know!) So no progress with the bear, or the socks that I have started. This is my only knitting this week, which are some wheels for a specially commissioned car. I am rather pleased with them though, as they are spot on for the real car.