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WIP: Simple Shawl

My little bunny is still not finished 😞. Instead I’ve been working on a 4ply sock yarn shawl.

The pattern is Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter, which is a free download on Ravelry. It’s a simple pattern, mainly garter stitch with some simple eyelets and then a picot edging.

It’s a very popular pattern, and is the perfect pattern to show of a lovely skein of sock yarn.

I’ve using some lovely yarn from Biffsugar Yarns, who you can find on Etsy. She also has a Youtube channel which I recommend watching if you enjoy knitting podcasts, as she comes across as such a lovely lady. She’s only recorded a few episodes so I do hope she makes some more.

The colourway is called Demelza, and is a superwash merino nylon mix. It’s so soft and gorgeous, and lovely to knit with.  I originally planned to make socks with it, and even cast one on but frogged it after completing the rib as I thought it would be better for a shawl.

Simple Shawl by Jane Hunter - Biffsugar Yarns - Demelza

I’m hoping to get this finished by the end of the month, I can’t wait to wear it.

The only thing with shawls and scarves is I still can’t wear them when Loki the dog is about. Anyone else had this problem? I’m hoping he will grow out of it as he is slowly getting more sensible.

Here’s a photo I took of him the other day on one of our muddy walks. Gorgeous boy!

Loki the flatcoat cockapoo

Catherine x

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WIP: Bunny legs!

Last night I settled down to see if I could make some more progress on my girl bunny.  As you can see, she now has two little legs!

I knitted the legs  and shoes with Natura Just Cotton 4ply which, while has a lovely slinky feel, is quite hard to work with as it splits as it is made of 8 strands of combed cotton. I would think it is better suited for crochet.

I also found it quite unforgiving when it came to sewing up  and my seaming is not as neat as I would like.

The legs are probably the most tricky and fiddly part of this bunny and I might be tempted to swop the feet with those of the boy bunny pattern  if I were to make this bunny again.

There is also a cute shoe supplement  which has a pair of bunny slipper or trainers which you could use instead.

Girl bunny - Little Cotton Rabbits
Catherine x
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WIP: Little Cotton Rabbits bunny

I’m trying to get a few of my long-standing WIPs finished off. I started this little bunny some time last year. The knitting was very quick but there are lots of small pieces to join together, which I’ve been putting off.

Last night I started sewing her together. So far I’ve completed the head and face which took me most of an evening!

I had to have a few goes at the embroidery before I was happy with her face. It’s not perfect but not bad for a novice toy maker. Looking at the photo, I may re-do one of her eyes!

She’s knitted in Drops Karisma, which is 100 percent superwash wool. It’s listed on Ravelry as a DK yarn but it is actually a sport weight yarn. It is slightly fuzzy which gives the bunny a nice finish.

Little Cotton Rabbits - bunny girl in a dotty dress

The pattern is Bunny girl in a dotty dress by Julie Williams of  Little Cotton Rabbits, which you can buy on Ravelry. I’ve been a fan of her cute animals for a while now and would recommend you check out her Ravelry Store out if you like making toy animals. They are unbelievably cute.

One thing I will point out though is that the rabbit is knitted on small needles and is knitted all in the flat, so there is a lot of seaming to do. If you don’t like sewing things together you might want to try a different pattern. The pattern however is incredibly detailed and helpful and I think that there is a Ravelry group if you do get stuck.

I’m pretty pleased with my efforts so far. Isn’t she the cutest thing!

Hopefully I’ll have her finished by the end of the week to share with you.

I’ve included a link to my Ravelry project page here.

I’ve love to hear from you if you’ve made any of the Little Cotton Rabbits or perhaps if you can recommend any other cute toy patterns I should check out.

Catherine x

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Nine Knitting Facts About Me

I thought it might be fun to tell you some knitting related facts about myself!

1) When did I learnt to knit
I learnt to knit when I was about five or six.  Both my mother and my grandmother were knitters so it was natural I learnt I suppose. My granny made all my grandad’s socks by hand, and my mum still knits now.  She knits in the northern “armpit” knitting style which I never mastered.  However I am a “thrower” by preference also. I have tried other knitting styles but I find this is the most efficient and fastest way for me to knit, even though “throwing” seems to be frowned on.
2) My first knitted jumper
My first knitted jumper was a green fuzzy mohair monster knitted in the late 1980s. The wool was a Christmas present.  I think my mother still may have the pattern so if I can find it will post an image. Sadly I no longer have the jumper!
3) When did I start knitting again
I put the needles down for a while in my twenties, but I started knitting again properly in 2003 while pregnant with my daughter.  I knitted lots of tiny cardigans and from that moment I was hooked again.
4) Things I like to knit
I like to knit socks, baby garments (so tiny and cute) and garments for myself. Sadly my teenage daughter will no longer wear my knitting, as she has decided that hand knitted garments are not cool.
5) Knitting skills I want to master
I have mainly knit garments flat so would like to try some different construction methods such as knitting from the top down. I’d also like to try knitting socks from the toe up, and maybe knitting them on a circular needle using the magic loop method as I usually use 4 needles.  Also I would like to learn some different methods of casting on and cast offs, and maybe try some fair isle knitting.
6) My largest knitting project
I knitted a beautiful lace blanket for my daughter.  It took a long time to knit and there was much ripping back when the lace went wrong! It seemed to take forever to knit but it was certainly worth it. I still have the shawl, so it’s a nice memory.
7) My favourite knitting books
I have many knitting books but my favourite reference guide is “Knitter’s Handbook” by Montse Stanley.  It looks a bit dated but it is a really comprehensive guide to all the techniques a hand-knitter needs to know.  Buy it!
8) What’s on my needles right now
Among other things a pair of  socks, a simple shawl and a jumper.  Hopefully I will have some finished objects to share with you soon.
9) My favourite yarn
I prefer to knit with double knitting or 4ply.  I don’t really like to knit with chunky wool that often. Unfortunately I don’t have a local yarn shop that near to me, so I buy a lot of my yarn online. I have fond memories of the local wool shop growing up, which even had it’s own cat!
If you’d like to share any knitting facts, I’d love to hear from you.
Catherine x
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My new knitting blog!

Happy New Year! So it’s 2019! Did you make any crafty New Year Resolutions?

Mine are as follows:

1. Knit more!

We got a puppy just under a year ago and it’s been impossible to do anything crafty around him. He’s properly gorgeous but he’s totally crazy and finds knitting wool insanely interesting.

I’ve decided I need to find time every day where possible to do a little bit of knitting when he’s not around.  I’m also going to try to knit with the dog in the same room, so will see how that goes! I’m thinking small projects that he can’t easily get hold of to  destroy!

2. Try something new.

Although I consider myself a confident knitter, there are loads of techniques that I’ve never tried before. I’ve never knitted a toe up sock, or top down sweater, or tried fair isle. I always use the same cast on and cast off so it’s time to learn something new.

3. Have a go at podcasting!

I watch loads of knitting podcasts on YouTube and think it might be fun to give it a go myself if I can pluck up the courage!

4. Stash bust.

My crafting funds are quite limited at the moment and I have a large stash that I’d like to use up. It’s probably not that big by some people’s standards but I’d like to try to reduce it in 2019.

With all this in mind I thought I’d start a new blog where I can share my knitting and some of the other random stuff in my life.  I’ve blogged before but fancied a fresh start.

There should be lots of knitting, maybe a bit of crochet, some random book chatter and talk about my various pets.

I hope you enjoy!

Catherine x