Tuesday, April 16, 2013

First Sands Blanket

Sands is a wonderful organisation offering comfort and support to those who have sadly lost their baby at birth or before.
Blankets are knitted and given to them for Memory boxes for the parents to keep.Sands and here is the link that has the patterns we use.Blanket patterns

I have started making them as I want to help people who have lost their baby. I lost mine in 1976  at 24 weeks , he sadly died in the womb and nothing like this existed then. Thankfully things are different today and if I can bring a little comfort by making a blanket it is worth the time and effort as I know all to well how it feels to lose a child like this.
This is my first blanket
More will be made and sent off to them so they can use them in their Memory boxes.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Wrap

I made myself this wrap using yarn sent to me by my February Swap partner on the Knitting Paradise Forum.
I love it as it was nice and easy to knit and the flowers I added brighten it up as well.

Wrap Pattern found here
I like patterns that are easy to do yet look effective as well and this one fits the bill. A good old fashioned vintage pattern that is still good to use today.

 These are the items sent to me by my swap partner. She was very generous and I love the yarn she sent me I used the Aran yarn as I like the way it knits up so quickly even without doubling it as the pattern suggested.
The cuffs and flowers are actually scarlet but they show up as orange in the picture.

Now I can wear it and stay cosy without having it fall off like some shawls do.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Exchange

On Spark people we have a team that does Knitting Exchanges and this time the theme was lacy knitting, So I signed up for the challenge and made these for my exchange partner Pam.

Fingerless Gloves
Neck Warmer
Beanie hat
 I made these as I wanted to make a set but I could not find all the same lacy pattern but I think it works out ok.
They are no on there way to America I hope she will like them.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Knitted Square

A simple garter stitch square made to look different by adding a flower. This is for my  April swap partner in the Knitting Paradise forum. I hope she will like it.
The flower was really easy and adapted from a Daisy pattern I have.

I used DK yarn with 4mm needles

CO 9 stitches
Row 1: (RS) Purl

Row 2: Knit

Row 3:  Bind off 5 sts Purl wise, P2, turn, with yarn in back slip fist stitch purl wise, bring yarn to front, P2. You will have 4 sts on needle.

Row 4: Knit
Row 5: Purl

Row 6:  KFB in first stitch, slip these two stitches onto left-hand needle, cast 0n 4 stitches by cable method, P all nine stitches.

Repeat from Row 2: to Row 6 a total of 8 times more then work 2nd and 3rd rows again. 10 petals in all. Bind off..
Sew the petals to form a circle. With a long length of yarn sew a running stitch around the circle and draw up tight and fasten off. Add a button to the centre.
I sewed the flower to the square by sewing the button through the flower and square at the same time.
You can add a second set of petals in a different colour if you like, but I like the simple single petal flower for the squares as it is less bulky.


My first item is ready to be sent to Loving Hands and here he is.

A lovely little sheep all ready for Spring in green and yellow. He was fun to make and easy to knit so a win win as far as I am concerned. I like easy patterns as I am not great at following fiddly ones so if I can make him anyone can.
Here is the link if you want to make him Cynthia's Sheep.
I added the eyes and face before I sewed up the top part of the head after stuffing it first. That way the threads are inside the head and cannot be seen, they are also caught in the stuffing making it harder for any threads to be pulled out.. The long stitch for the mouth I did in back stitch so little fingers will not be able to pull at it. He will be posted off Friday 5th April 2013.