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

Christmas preparations November 29, 2008

baby-hat

Its very busy at school at the moment, we’ve already had the Christams fair and we are working on the Nativity at the moment. I’ve had very little time to knit so I only have this little hat to share with you at the moment. Its a little hat from an old copy of Simply Knitting magazine, knitted in Patons Washed Haze DK (which is becoming one of my favourite yarns) I’ve made it for a friend who has a baby boy due in January, its nice knowing the sex of the baby as I don’t have to play it safe on colours. I think it needs a pom pom on top and a tank top and booties to go with it (I hope I can find the time before Christmas!)

fairy-tree

Sorry about the blurred photo but I wanted to show you this wonderful little fairy that I have on my Christmas tree. I got her last week at the German Christmas market in Birmingham (which was great!) she is very delicate and has a lovely pointy hat!

xmas-tree

Again, not the best photo, but this is my Christmas tree! (I know, its November but I love Christmas and had to put it up last week!!)

 

UK Swap, Round Three November 20, 2008

Filed under: uk swap blog — sleepknitting @ 9:13 pm

Yay! The UK swap is running again for the third time (personally I think this is THE BEST knit swap) sign ups are now open: http://ukswap.blogspot.com/

 

Gathered pullover – finished pictures November 16, 2008

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Finally I’ve got my act together and got these pictures up. They are not great photos as the light is not very bright today (Typical British November day!) but its the thought that counts! The pattern is the Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason: http://shop.interweave.com/store/Gathered-Pullover-P325C40.aspx?AFID=12

I love this jumper, it only used 5 balls of ‘Rowan Felted Tweed’ in shade ‘Bilberry’. It was knitted on a circular needle and I used two circular to make up the sleeves – this meant very few seams to sew up when finishing! Its a very warm jumper thanks to the lovely felted tweed yarn. I made the medium size (36 I think) but on reflection i should have made a smaller size as I’ve lost weight and it turned out larger than I anticipated – having said that it is very fitted.

I’ve still got some felted tweed left which I think will make a nice tank top (or ‘sweater-vest’ of you are American!) And maybe another beret….. no, I don’t need another beret!

 

Alpaca beret AKA ‘work avoidance knitting’ November 2, 2008

I must confess, I’m one of the worlds worst procrastinators! If there is work to do then you can bet that I will leave it to the last minutes and find a hundred other things to do first. This is demonstrated in the above project, my ‘work aviodance beret’! I got the yarn just the other day in my Christmas swap parcel…. and I had to knit it up right away! I’m on a bit of a mission with berets at the moment after I tried on about thirty in the shops last week and couldn’t find one to suit me. I again used the superb beret pattern in the Twilleys Freedom Spirit 455 book; this seems to be the perfect hat pattern for me. It knitted up very quickly again and I think the lovely yarn works well with the pattern. I went up a needle size to give the beret a bit of a slouchy feel. I’m going to add sequins to this when I can find them in my sewing box, it only used about 60g of wool so I have enough left over for a nice corsage of something.

Today though, I really do have to get on with some work as its the last day of half term and we are back to school tomorrow. Its been great to have a much needed week off and finally get some knitting done again. I have cast on for another baby hat for another baby due soon….. I must resist!

This beret is soooooo soft!