Apart from writing and developing my own knitting patterns I also love to knit other people’s designs. This week I thought I would give you a sneak peek at my latest Ravelry projects of Knits I have loved over the summer.
The first pattern I would like to share with you is Edythe by Jenny Weibe. I got this pattern way back in January when I found out that my step-daughter was having a second baby. But it was early days and we didn’t know what she would be having, so I didn’t cast on until June when I had been given permission to buy an abundance of pink baby yarn.
The pattern has options to make a top, tunic or dress. I made the 3 month size in the dress option. Obviously the ruffles are super cute, and they inspired me to write the pattern Knickers! There is a sneak peak at this pattern in my blog post What New Patterns You Might Have Missed. But I also really loved the feature in this knitting pattern that was the off centre button band on the back. You can check out my project page for Edythe on Ravelry.
The next knitting pattern that I loved was Fable by Alicia Plummer. I made this using Rowan Pure Life, a cotton yarn that I bought at Woolly Madly Deeply. The pattern and yarn were just the perfect pairing. I made the 36″ but I will admit I did add an extra inch or so length to the body. I love the detail on this tee before you do the ribbing.
It is a top-down pattern and anyone who knows me will know just how much I love to knit stocking stitch in the round! You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
As soon as I saw this I knew I had to knit one! My step-daughter had specifically asked for knits in pink and grey and so this pattern was perfect for showing off the two colours together. I went for the pink as the main colour and the grey as the contrast. It is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are picked up and knitted rather than being worked flat and seamed.
I added two cute buttons to the front and I also put a little popper on the inside wrap to keep it looking nice when the baby is moving around in it. You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
Wyeth Kids Test Knit
The last pattern I want to share with you isn’t available just yet as it is a test knit. I saw a post on Instagram by Alicia Plummer asking for test knitters for her upcoming kids version of her Wyeth pattern.
I thought it was fantastic timing as I was thinking about making something for my grandson. I had, at this point, knitted plenty of pink things. I wanted something in blue for a special little boy so that he didn’t feel left out when the baby came and was given lots of presents.
I knitted it in Malabrigo Rios in the colourway Azules. It was a little more on the purple side in real life than I would have liked and it doesn’t really show the pattern as well as a solid would, but Rios is one of my favourite yarns and always a pleasure to knit with. Look out for when Alicia releases this knitting pattern. My Ravelry project has some info so far!
As promised in my last post I thought I should give you a bit of a round up of all the patterns I released over the summer. If you are anything like me you will have been distracted by the nice weather. Maybe you were working in the garden, or just enjoying some time relaxing.
My Loyal Royal Subject
This pattern was released way back in April. Its a cowl knitted in the round with a provisional cast on and the stitches grafted together at the end. It was knitted in Cascade Eco+ and designed to go with my headband You’re My Favourite Subject.
Both of these patterns are named for one of my favourite songs from the musical Hamilton. I was listening to the soundtrack a lot whilst working on these designs and so it seemed right to name them for the King George song. This pattern can be found on Ravelry and Payhip.
This next pattern was one that was designed with my granddaughter in mind. I was well underway with making cardigans and other bits and bobs for the upcoming new baby. One thing I thought would come in useful was some cotton cloths. When my grandson was little he used to have a muslin with him all the time and he called it his Muzie. So that was the name I gave these.
The pattern is for a set of three cloths, each one with a slightly different stitch pattern. They are knitted in 100% cotton which means they can be washed safely at 60 degrees. They can be so versatile. You could use them as a comforter. Such as for little preemie babies to keep the parents’ scent near them at all times. They can be used as comforters, as cloths to clean up little ones or even as wash cloths.
Mabel was a dress that I released in July. Again, it was designed for my granddaughter. The skirt is knitted first, in the round and then the body is knitted flat. I love the way that the skirt flares much bigger than the waist.
Knitted in Baby DK yarn you will find the perfect colour for the little one in your family. The pattern comes in sizes from Preemie up to 12 months. Every little girl deserves a cute dress!
This pattern was designed as a special request from my step-daughter for her daughter. I had previously made a sleep sack, Cadalach, for her son when he was born and she wanted another one. This time I designed the sleeping bag to go around the baby from side to side rather than head to toe.
Knitted in baby chunky yarn it is a quick knit despite its relatively large size. It will keep babies nice and cosy in their pushchair or pram. However, it is not recommended for unsupervised sleeping.
I have a few patterns that I am currently working on, in various stages of production. I have a few more baby items to come but also so other projects. Vera, a jumper, will be coming at the end of the month. I am also starting to work on a couple of cowls and hats.
Currently my patterns are available on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts. But the exciting news is that over the next few weeks I will be working to add them here on my website too. Soon you will be able to check out directly from here! Balla is the first of my patterns to be available.
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If you enjoyed this post why not check out the rest of my blog? Such as this one where I talk about what I have been up to over the summer – So Long My Summer Love
And if you have made it to the end I have some news for you! My granddaughter was born at the end of August. She is called Hope Samantha and is absolutely gorgeous!!
Long time no read! I know, you have been there all along and it has me that has been AWOL. I have had a super busy summer, but on this late Bank Holiday Monday I thought it was about time I got back in touch with you and told you what I have been up to!
Gardening, Gardening, Gardening…..
I haven’t been sitting on my bottom and binge watching TV all this time. OK, so I have done a bit of that. But I have been working hard too. My garden fence was falling down and it really needed sorting out. After three separate conversations with my neighbour who point blank refused to discuss the matter I decided to do what I could with the budget I had in the most environmentally friendly way I could.
The Work Begins
I got a few quotes for new fencing which were in the thousands. In the end one guy said it wasn’t worth getting a new fence because my neighbour’s garden is subsiding into ours. Unless we spent a lot of money on a retaining wall then the issue would only happen again. And still the answer when I tried to speak to her was “Its not my problem.”
So after speaking with my brother-in-law we decided we would take down the fence, but up a chain link to keep Arthur in and plant a hedge instead. This would be better because it would look nice, it would stabilise the ground and it wouldn’t cost the thousands for a wall that I simply didn’t have.
Not an Overnight Fix
Now we had a plan, but it wasn’t going to be an overnight fix. My husband is still stuck at work in Saudi. I still haven’t seen him since 2nd January. So any work that needed to get done would be down to me, my teenagers, my brother in law and any workmen we could get. Post-lockdown it has been difficult to get tradesmen as they are so in demand.
The kids and I painted the fences that were going to stay. We built raised beds and we planted all sorts of flowers, fruit, veg and herbs. It was starting to look good, but the hedge was so over grown and it was just too much for us to cut. We were able to get someone in to cut it and a couple of trees, but we had to remove the cuttings. It took weeks!
Eventually between working and helping his mum and daughters my brother in law was able to help me take down the wonky fence. And behind it we discovered the reason why it was falling down between myself and the neighbour but nowhere else. She had been growing ivy up it and shoving bricks in the gap that was getting bigger as the ground continued to subside. This meant I was even happier that I wasn’t spending thousands on a new fence.
We were able to get a couple of guys who do fences to concrete in some posts for us, and then my brother in law and his mate came round and put up the chain fence.
The kids and I then built raised bed and moved two Mud Mountains that were delivered to the front of the house in to the back garden. During this time I pulled my back quite badly and ended up having to go to hospital for treatment. I felt more guilty that I had to leave the teenagers to plant all the hedges that had arrived but they couldn’t wait. If they stayed in pots until I recovered they would be likely to die off.
The grass has become extremely patchy and the original hedge needs another trim, but overall I am really pleased with the new structure and interest to my garden. I will be planting wild flowers and grasses towards the back of the garden and only cutting the front bit of lawn from now on. The hedge and flowers all being part of the plan to encourage more wildlife into my garden.
There Has Been Some Knitting Too…
During this time I have also been knitting and releasing new patterns. But I think I will save all that yarny loveliness for my next post. I promise not to leave it so long before we talk again…
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I don’t know about you, but I am finding the days in this Coronavirus Lockdown are just flying by! I am now officially unemployed again and so maybe you would think that the days would drag a bit without the structure of a job. But it is just the opposite at the moment.
Filling My Days
Even when life is very different such as in this Coronavirus outbreak, you will find yourself soon getting in to a new routine. I think its human nature. And I am no different. Monday – Thursday are my mornings to walk the dog. Tuesday evenings are when I brave the shops. The rubbish still gets collected on Thursday mornings so I still have to remember to put the bin out on Wednesday evenings. Thursday evenings are Loraine and my knit nights via Facebook Live and of course we go out and clap for our carers.
Friday and Saturday Callum walks Arthur and so these are the days I try and cut the grass and get out for a run rather than using the treadmill. The same on Sunday when Cailtin takes a turn at the dog exercise.
Last night the street was out again shouting, clapping and banging saucepans in support of all our carers and key workers who are continuing to battle on during the Coronavirus lockdown. And before we know it, another week will have passed and we will be back out there again. Some days I am even lucky enough to get some knitting done!
Days are Flying Past!
Each day goes by in its own routine too. In the mornings I usually walk the dog and come home to a huge pot of freshly brewed coffee. I then drink this whilst doing bits and bobs on the computer. Checking emails, social media and Ravelry. I try and post a little snippet on Instagram from the previous days live with Loraine. And I am trying to get into the habit of doing my blog once a week on a Friday or Saturday.
Around 11 I tend to go into the kitchen where I have been trying to practise my flute. This week I also sent Callum into the loft to find my long abandoned clarinet. It went up there when we moved in 14 years ago and I hadn’t seen it since. And I don’t think I have played it in about 20 years.
I played for many of my teenage years. I was very lucky to get free music lessons from the school. Once a week myself and two other girls got 30 mins with a teacher after school. I got quite good. And even though my parents couldn’t afford me to do the official exams my teacher said I was working at a Grade 5 and moving on towards a Grade 6.
When Callum brought down my clarinet he also found some sheet music. I remember that I used to play some of the tunes as they were well known, but I couldn’t read it now. And I couldn’t remember any of the fingering for the notes. And the reeds! I worked my way up from a 1 1/2 to a 2 1/2 but my goodness did I have to blow really hard to get any noise out of it now!!
My husband will be shaking his head in disbelief because I have now bought new, softer reeds, as well as a music stand and three books of music for the flute and clarinet. I think I have got as far as I can with the tutorials available on You Tube. I may have to start thinking about some Skype lessons.
I am pleased with my progress though. In two weeks I have gone from not even being able to make a noise on the flute to knowing 7 notes and being able to play some simple songs. And in two days on the clarinet I have remembered 5 notes and can play some simple scales. Here is a little video of me showing off my flute playing.
Afternoons seem to be filled during this Coronavirus Lockdown with Facebook Livestreams with Loraine, talking to my husband or our parents and watching things on TV with the kids. There never seems to be enough time to share between them all! But I am loving spending more time with the kids.
This morning I was trying to cut the grass before the lawn mower decided to go on strike. So I thought I would leave it for a bit and come and write this weeks blog. It has had an hour to sort itself out so I am going to try it again. Wish me luck!
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You might well be wondering what happened to the Coronavirus Files Days 20-25. I had a blip. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I just needed to be kind to myself for a while. I took a few days to not worry about much at all. I listened to music. I watched Jesus Christ Superstar. A lot. I tried to exercise but only if I felt like it. I talked to friends. But only when I was in the mood. And the rest of the time I pretty much just tried to keep going.
I wasn’t really unwell. I wasn’t sleeping so I was definitely tired. I think I can only describe my mood as a real deep, dark, ennui. I had lost my mojo. And I could no longer find joy or excitement in the things I had previously.
We are always being told to be kind where possible. And it is always possible. But quite often we forget to be kind to ourselves. I don’t know why that I thought being locked in my house due to the Coronavirus outbreak was going to result in me having a complete personality transplant.
I am an introvert. I like being at home. I like my own company. I can entertain myself pretty well for the most part. And I found I had set myself some pretty unrealistic goals. I enjoy the company of my friends who I see once or twice a week. And I generally talk to my parents and my mother-in-law once a week. Why would I suddenly be able to talk to everyone all the time? I found it so stressful. Video calls were suddenly taking up around 5 hours of my day! I had to take some time back for myself.
One of the reasons why I knit is that it soothes my soul. I find it a kind of meditation. And that is probably why I am a process knitter. I don’t really have much interest in the finished item. I rarely wear what I make and am happy to give my samples away. And it is also a reason why I enjoy simple garter stitch or stocking stitch in the round. I think I need it all the more during the Coronavirus lockdown.
I have been working on some projects this week though. I finished the knitting part of the cardigan that I am going to steek. I have to sew up the stitches and then cut them and add a button band and then it is finished. But the way I have been feeling I decided it was probably best to leave this for now. Its not as if I really need to wear it just now as the weather has taken a lovely warm turn.
I have also been working on some baby things. I have finished a baby jacket for my step-daughter who is expecting a girl at the beginning of September. I was a little distracted whilst sewing it up and ended up grafting the wrong side of the front to the wrong side of the back and had to do it again! I am actually not too happy with the rib on the hood and want to take it out and do it on smaller needles. So I will post a finished picture when I have done that.
I have also been making some burp cloths. They are in 100% cotton with lovely simple patterns on them. I know they will come in handy for the baby. And I have really enjoyed having something that didn’t require much concentration to make. Again, I will post photos of those when I have done all three of them. I am doing the last one at the moment.
I have also struggled to keep the enthusiasm for my running without my running friends. I have done a few dreadmill runs which I always find hard going. I have tried to keep them short and fast. But they are necessary at the moment as due to government rules during the Coronavirus outbreak I can’t go out on the days that it is my turn to walk Arthur.
Today I went out for my weekend treasure hunt. Our brief this week was Gate, Horse, Ice cream. I went through the fields that I usually walk with Arthur. It was a tough run but I really enjoyed it, for the first time in ages! I found lots of horses and gates. I even got in a bonus snap or two of the lambs and Ormesby Hall in recognition of my friends, The Halls, that I am missing catching up with.
I still have to get ice cream but I am quite looking forward to going out tomorrow to find that on a more urban route. I am hoping one of the local Spar shops might have an ad for one in the window!
I am going to continue to write my Coronavirus File posts, but I have decided not to put pressure on myself to do one everyday. I will try and remember to post on my Instagram and Twitter pages when I have written one.
In the meantime don’t forget Loraine and I go live every day in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook page every afternoon. And Thursday evening we do our virtual knit night. We would love it if you could join us.
If you can’t then why not watch our videos on You Tube where you can catch up with us at your convenience.
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I headed out a little later than planned for my Coronavirus Allowed Exercise. Usually I would have been out around 7 but I had a little lie-in. I am definitely getting used to a more relaxed timetable over the last few days of Coronavirus Lockdown!
It was cloudy and cooler than yesterday. But I soon warmed up on my run. As my friends and I can no longer run together, or join up for a post-run coffee we have been looking for things as a kind of alphabet and treasure hunt all rolled into one. This week the objects I had to find and take photos of were daffodils, Easter eggs and a For Sale sign. Luckily I was able to find all three in just over the first km and was then able to settle into a nice pace for the rest of the run. The funniest one was the Easter eggs which I saw a sign for in the window of the Spar. The guy stood at the cash point must have thought I was bonkers!
I had planned to go for 8km but wasn’t feeling it so only got to 5.5. But I can always head out again tomorrow if I want. As my mother in law would say “There’s nowt spoiling!” It rained a bit when I first got home, but now its is lovely and sunny and warm.
I also took some photos on my cool down of rainbows that have been drawn and made during the Coronavirus Lockdown. It has been so lovely to see them popping up all over the place to cheer us all up. And of course to remind us that brighter days will be coming. We just have to hang on in there. My favourite was the one drawn in chalk on the wall.
The Shows Must Go On!
Last night I watched the live stream of Jesus Christ Superstar on You Tube. It was on a channel called The Shows Must Go On and every week they are putting a different show on. It premiers at 7pm on Friday night and is available for 48 hours.
My brother is the one that told me about it last week. He, my sister and I sat in our own homes in Coronavirus Separation and watched Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat “together.” Last night we did the same thing again. The only thing that was missing was the drink in the interval.
It was very well timed putting this one on Good Friday but it was the new updated rock stadium version and it was amazing. Mel C as Mary Magdalene gave me chills when she sang one of my favourite ever songs “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”. And Chris Moyles made a great appearance as King Herod. But I couldn’t take my eyes off Ben Forster as Jesus. Right about now I need the heart_eyes emoji!
In 2012 he won a contest in the ITV series Superstar and thereby got the role which went on a tour of the UK and Australia. I wish I had been able to go and see it live. I must admit to have it playing in the background as I write this! I am excited to see which show they stream next week. Check out the channel The Shows Must Go On!
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