Sleep Knitting

Knitting, sleeping (whenever I Can), Living with Coeliac Disease, Teaching and planning a wedding!

Half term crafting May 29, 2008

Half term is here again and I’ve got a load of reports to write! In between the school work I’ve magaged to get on with my ‘Bottoms Up’ top from an old issue of Yarn Forward magazine (I think the pattern might actually be free online via Ravelry?) I’m using Shepherd Baby Wool 4ply in a very bright coral pink, its not exactly my colour but I had the wool in my stash and it fitted the pattern. I think its growing on me anyway, if it turns out like it should it should be a nice top for colder summer days I think. The only thing is that the 40 rows on singel rib are getting a bit tedious!





Other than the knitting I’ve been having a go at needle felting again; this time in 3D. I’ve got a little foam block and a set of felting needles (very sharp!) and a nice big bag of merino roving. It really easy to do, at first it feels like you are just stabbing a ball of fluff, but then suddendly it becomes this shape that you can mould and shape. I’m quite pleased with my first teddy bear, and I’m working on an Alice in Wonderland figure – I’m not showing the face yet as I’m not happy with it. I though it might be nice to make a set of figures from Alice in Wonderland; but then it would be nice to make a lot of things if I had the time!

Anyway, I’m happy to be back to my knitting and I’m looking forward to two swaps that are coming up (UK Swap and the Gluten Free Knitters Swap) Details on Ravelry 🙂


Gluten free knit swap!

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There is going to be a gluten free knitting swap soon, more details on ravelry and here:

For anyone with Coeliac disease / gluten intolerance and a passion for knitting!


My first attempt at needle felting May 22, 2008

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This is my first ever attempt at needle felting! A bit rough and amature but not a bad start I think. I’ve had a lot of fun playing with the wool roving and felting tool – this was made with the clover felting tool and brush mat, the tool has four needles and is not really meant for fine detailed stuff like this but I think I managed it ok. I’ve got a foam felting block and individual needles on order which will allow me to have a go at 3D felting / wool sculpting. The clover tool is very good though and especially good for felting applique=type designs onto surfaces like felted bags. I could get carried away with this…. I must get back to my knitting!


New UK Swap questionnaire May 19, 2008

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For my swap partner, here is my questionnaire from the new UK Swap (

Part One: Crafting
Do you knit, crochet, or both? – Just knitting
What do you like to make? – bags, tops, accessories, toys
Do you have a favourite project? – I love knitted tops, but also making felted bags
Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn? – any natural fibre, preferably very soft and not too fuzzy. I love natural wool and silk/wool blends, I don’t knit with anything lighter than 4-ply… I like my DK the best!
Do you have a least favourite type of yarn? – I don’t like novelty yarn, mohair or chenille or anything laceweight!
Do you do any other crafts? – I’m just getting into needle felting.
Do you knit in public? If so where do you like knitting and what is your “portable” project? – I sometimes get to the local stitch and bitch that meet in a cafe. I take whatever I’m working on at the time, size is not usually an issue!
What do you carry your “portable” knitting in? – I have a selection of project bags of varying sizes!
Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over? –  I’m keen on learning needle felting, so anything to do with that really (felting needles, books etc – I have a sack of roving but I would like some of that natural curly roving to make hair for dolls)

Part Two: Your Favourites
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be (and why)? I would probably be a green or purple Debbie Bliss wool, in an alpaca or cashmere blend, double knitting.
What is your favourite colour? greens and purples, often pink!
What is your least favourite colour? Oranges and reds
What scents/smells do you like? What don’t you like? I like Lavender and Violet, I don’t like sickly vanilla or chocolate smells.
How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure) I like Hand creams, nail varnish etc. I can’t use bubble bath products as I have very sensitive skin. I love scented candles and essential oils.
What goodies to you like to eat? (chocolate, biscuits, sweets,crisps etc)  – I like marshmallow and some milk chocolate – I have to be very careful though as I have Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance) and there can be gluten in lots of sweets. I also only eat vegetarian sweets and snacks.
Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Any particular kind?  – I only drink tea, I can’t drink spiced tea, chai tea or some green teas as the make me ill (again, some tea can contain gluten!)
Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts, audiobooks) – I sometimes watch tv, but I rarely get the Tv control!

Part Three: About you, Living & Past-times
Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address) I live in the West Midlands these days.
Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?  – I was born and raised in Surrey.
What is your favourite place in the UK? – Cornwall
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?  – Iceland
What other hobbies do you have? – I like reading, ocassionally sewing, gluten-free baking, mostly knitting takes up all my hobby time!

Part Four: The Theme
As part of this swap we are asking you to post (or link to) a picture or photograph you like. Your swap pal will use the photo as a basis for a themed item or parcel.
It could be of a specific item, e.g. Jellybeans, an Alpaca, a rainbow or a scene e.g. sunset, beach, woodland or anything else you can think of! Please add a few words to explain why you have chosen the photo if you think this is appropriate.
It could be a photo you have taken or a picture you have found on the internet. Please note – if the picture is not yours please ensure you seek permission from the owner before posting it on your blog. Alternatively, you can link to the original picture.


I like the image ‘Field of Violet Flowes’ (the 8th picture if you scroll downand pixtured at the top of this post) as it is all the colours I love, also I love the picture… you could just climb inside the picture and lay down in the field!

Final Part:
Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)? – I have Coeliac disease and I’m also a pescetarian, so obviously anything containing meat products or gluten is a no no! … probably easier to steer clear of food products altogther! I do like scented candles and essentail oils so that could be better!
Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know? – Only that I don’t need any more knitting needles or stitch markers, and I really don’t do laceweight yarn!


My new obsession May 18, 2008

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I’ve gone a bit off track with knitting lately as I have spent my time researching my new obsession… needle felting!

I have been aware of this process for some time as I went to a craft fair in Cornwall last summer and saw some fab needle felted fairy dolls on sale, they were awesome and I was really interested in how they were made. a few days ago I was searching the internet for felting techniques to decorate a felted bag and I came across some designs that were embellished with needle felted motifs. This look really appeals to me, I like the idea of painting with wool and adding to my finished knitted garments. I have looked into the process further and become fascinated by the process of 3D needle felting, sculpting in wool to create figures. Anyway, I’ve spent lots of money that I don’t have on a beginners needle felting kit and some roving – this is to have a got at making a 3D teddy bear. I have also bought a clover felting tool and felting block, this is for needle felting onto a surface… my felted bag! i can’t wait for it all to arrive so that I can get started with it.

For now i will have to get on with my ‘bottoms up’ t-shirt, this is from an old issue of ‘yarn forward’ magazine and knitted in Shepherd baby wool 4ply – photo coming soon 🙂


New UK Swap! May 14, 2008

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Hi, I’m going to do my bit and ‘pimp the swap’…. there is going to be a new UK Secret Pal Swap, open to Uk based knitters, sign-ups open on Monday 19th May look here for details:

The first swap was a lot of fun, its a very lively swap with competitions and a lot of contact due to the blog and the Ravelry group, if you are in the UK you should sign up!!!


The joy of felting! May 5, 2008

From knitted to felted! in just two washes 🙂

I do love felting (or ‘fulling’ to give it its real name) I found the pattern for this striped tote on Ravely and thought I’d give it a go using some New Lanark Aran that has been sitting in my stash quietly for a few months. This wool is amazing, its incredibly cheap and it felts beautifully – I will be purchasing more! It knitted up very quickly on my Denise circulars and went through two 50 deg washes on its own. I know some people add jeans etc to felting but I’ve always found my machine felts items perfectly well on their own. I’m really pleased with the finished result and I’m thinking of adding some embroidery or applique when its dry.

I’ve had a nice bank holiday weekend, we went to Wales for the night on Saturday to stay with by boyfriends parents whilst they were there on holiday. Back to school tomorrow so I’d better get some planning and report writing done this afternoon! I’m busy reading up on Nursery and Early Years education at the moment in preparation for my new job in September; I’m very excited to be teaching Nursery but there is a lot to learn!