Monday, 25 May 2009

Knitted Baby Blanket

I've had some impulse buy yarn hanging about for ages, it's very soft and I'd been wondering what the heck to make with it. In the end I decided to try my hand at diagonally knitting squares.

I made them using 6mm needles by casting on one stitch, knitting that one front and back and then increasing both of the outer stitches by one on every row. Once I'd got to 70 I decreased each end of each row by one until all the stitches were gone.

By the time I'd knit two green ones I knew what they were destined to be. I knit two purple ones and joined them together to make a baby blanket.I then edged it in 2 rows of purple single crochet. I'm very happy with the result.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Easy Folded Bag

I found a pattern for a crochet bag the body of which was made from a singular rectangular piece of crochet here. I wanted to give it a go but had got bored of crochet so decided to try a knitted version. To work out the sizes I tried folding a piece of paper as per the instructions and then scaled it up to a size I was happy with. Feeling a bit brave I decided to try to make it stripey and see if the stripes would match up when it was folded. I think it was beginners luck! I knit a handle and attached it. I'm very pleased with the result. The only problem with it is the edges keep curling over, hopefully a quick pressing will rectify that!

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

A Short Digression

This makes me laugh, I've no idea why.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Finished and Photographed

Finally the PC has decided to play (without me having to spend anything on a new camera) so here it is, Dudley's new dog bed!
Made using French knitting it took me ages but got rid of ALL my scraps! I finished it off with a few rows of double crochet just for some different edging.As you can see Dudley's quite pleased with the finished product!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Ravelry Adventures

I logged into Ravelry for the first time in a while today. I tend to go on it occasionally when I need ideas of things to make, I'd firstly like to apologise that I haven't been on it for a while. I had messages from some of my readers here. I've now replied and will be checking it more frequently in future!

If anybody else wants to find me I am here feel free to add me. I'd add you but I'm honestly still struggling to get to grips with it. The buttons really aren't where I'd put them! I can navigate round the site but I can't help but feel like I'm taking the scenic route!

I'm hoping to get a new camera at the weekend, we're also going to get a new hard-drive and format the PC which should mean I can start putting pictures of things I've been making up again (unless the new camera hates me too!).

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Give Me Wool Over Technology Any Day

Don't you just hate it when you have a really nice weekend and make things you're really proud of out of yarn but the pictures you wanted to post on your blog are stuck on the camera? My stupid computer has decided photos should now only ever be saved as Read Only. Any attempt to resize or rotate them results in them mysteriously vanishing from the entire PC.

I'm really annoyed as I have some lovely pictures of the Leeds-Liverpool canal and a Mandarin duck all of which need rotating 90 degrees to prevent blog-reader neck-strain. I've also finished the dog bed (which was remarkably well timed as I finished it just after he decided to throw up on his old one, aren't dogs lovely?!) and I've made some bags. I'm now on with a baby blanket. None of which I can post so instead here is a picture of a donkey courtesy of Google images.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Still Hooking!

The Eye of Jupiter Blanket has been taking slightly longer than anticipated, also due to protests from the other hlf that we are now approaching the status of 'Too May Blankets' I've had to rethink the design. It's now an Eye of Jupiter dog bed and is driving me insane, there really is nothing worse than having to single crochet things together...

I want to start making some other things but I'm determined to finish the dog bed first. This is why I have a distinct lack of finished items to blog about.

I'm off now to take some deep cleansing breaths before I start single crocheting again. The dog better bloomin' like it!!

Friday, 1 May 2009

Must... Stop... Buying... Yarn...

I decided to do a spring clean of my yarn stash as my wool chest had started to look like a big bowl of multi-coloured, multi-textured spaghetti. I emptied my chest: Look all wooden!I turned round to see...

My sofa had disappeared!
I set to it, putting all the yarn back in in neat little balls, organised roughly by shade and thickness cursing my quite apparent addiction. When I saw my neat yarn stash all balled up and pretty I decided enough was enough. I am now on a temporary yarn purchasing ban.
Of course the 5 balls I bought before I tidied my stash don't count. I mean they were only 50p a ball so how could they?It's been 2 days since I tidied my yarn stash and I've only been to the wool shop once. And I only bought a bag of stuffing which I really did need as I had absolutely none left. So all in all I'm doing quite well.

My name is Loo and I am a yarnoholic. Realising it is the first step.

(please note pictures do not include massive box full of embroidery thread and bag full of various coloured plastic bag yarns I set about creating mid last year)