Monday, 18 March 2013

My Knitted Garment - or not!

So I mentioned that I wanted to knit a real life garment, well I have taken the first step and bought the wool (there is more than I have shown here).

It's Rowan Alpaca Cotton and its all fluffy and soft, however...

something is stopping me taking that first step and casting it on. I have the pattern and the needles and all the trankelybobs I need just not the confidence I guess.

I had a word with myself and thought, RIGHT! I must make a start and so I made myself a new 'knitting project bag' to put my as yet non existent knitting in!

I'm hopeless...

I used some pretty Cath Kidston Cotton Duck (I bought ages ago) and used some thick grosgrain ribbon that I had kept from some packaging.

I didn't use interfacing I only lined it as I wanted it to be soft and floppy, I intend to have it sat by my side as I knit this elusive garment.

I also made a long pouch for my knitting bits, needles and stitch markers and such, lined in a pretty tilda fabric.

So it's all ready for me take the plunge and KNIT SOMETHING ALREADY!

The thing is, I spotted a pretty pink Ray of Light Shawl and I have ordered the wool and the pattern to make it from The Wool Sanctuary designed by the clever Suzie, so I might start that first.  

Well it is a garment too, strictly speaking...

I told you, I'm hopeless!

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Testing, Testing ...are you all still there?

Well hello folks, it's been a while hasn't it?
This is the longest I have gone without blogging since my blog started and I'm missing it.  Life has been getting in the way somewhat and with the discovery of Instagram it seems I'm getting my crafty fix over there.

I've mentioned it before but I have a bad back, it's been bad on and off for 18 years now but this last few months its been very sore and I am struggling with it at the minute.  The result of this is that the most I can manage to create revolves around crochet. Crochet requires no special position or extra equipment and when I find my least painful position on the couch I can crochet to my hearts content!
 My little crochet basket is a permanent feature on my sofa!

I started this in August last year and had hoped to complete it by the end of the year, seven months later it's finally done. It is lap size and nice to cosy under when watching the TV. 

I've joined a crochet-along on Instagram and Ravelry hosted by SewCanny and I hope to create enough 6" squares to add to my pile of WIP 6" and 12" squares to hopefully create another blanket, these are my latest efforts, on a pink and grey theme.
I've been inspired to make a crochet hottie cover by Lynda and Vanessa.  Following the pattern on Vanessa's beautiful blog I made this, if you can crochet it was very simple to make and will hopefully be well received.
Unfortunately it is still cold enough to need a hot water bottle!

Thinking forward to Spring and Easter I made a little Easter Bunny following this lovely pattern.
 Then cute.
 I love her little tail.

Well that's it from me for now. I promise not to leave it too long next time.  I have so many blogs to catch up on it will take me forever but I will try!

p.s. heartfelt thanks to the ladies who contacted me asking if everything was ok as it was so long since I blogged, you know who you are xxx

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