Sleep Knitting

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

My baby at 12 weeks February 6, 2011

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This is my little one at my 12 week scan…. due in July 2011 all being well…..

I really need to start knitting for it šŸ™‚


Unplanned knitting August 13, 2009

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I’ve had two nice weeks away on the future-in-law’s farm and had plenty of time to knit – bliss!


This is ‘Falling Leaves Scarf’ by Traci Heiner (available as a free Ravelry download) and I knitted it on 5mm needles in Twilleys Freedom Spirit, not sure of the name of the colouraway but the photo is very accurate. ItsĀ  anice scarf to knit (but there is an error in the pattern download on R16) when I had figured out the error it was an easy knit. Its blocking at the moment and I think I will make a hat to go with it. This was an un-planned knit! I’d actually run out of knitting to do whilst I was away and I managed to find a shop in the village that sold wool and found the pattern on Ravelry!


Finally, I finished the cardigan! August 12, 2009

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Its was started a year ago… and I’ve finally finished it! This is the blue Patons 100% Cotton DK lace cardigan that I’ve knitted for my future mother-in-law. It was neglected for a long time, I’m afraid I put of knitting it as the lace panel was never ending! This is the second one I’ve knitted, I made one for myself a couple of years ago in a toffee colour. I’m pleased with how its turned out but I’m also pleased to get rid of it!


Its been a while June 13, 2009

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My poor neglected blog……. I’ve been away for some time, life is hectic at the moment. To be honest I’ve not had much knitting to share so there was not much to blog about.

My job has taken over all of my free time – in my last school I used to have time at weekends for knitting, in my new school I work all weekend and evenings too – So not much time for knitting.

Any free time I do have has been spent on wedding planning – which I’m really enjoying. So far we have booked the venue, photographer, band and bought my dress. Next on the agenda is bridesmaid dresses – I think I will have to get on with that in the summer holidays.

Anyway, I finally have some knitting to share (its in progress but this is the most knitting I’ve done in months)

Blue lace panel

This is the lace panel from the lace front cardigan I’m making for my ‘mother-in-law to be’. Its Patons 100% mercidised cotton dk – the pattern is not on Ravelry – I can’ remember the pattern number but I made one for myself a couple of years ago – so scroll back on my blog or visit my Ravelry page to find out more! This project has beenĀ a burden, I’ve not had much time for it and the lace panel requires concentration, its not one for kntting in front of the TV! I will be glad to get it done and see the back of it to be honest.

Baby moss blcok cardi

This is something I started last night on a whim. I was home alone and decided to have a Friday night free of school work – I rummaged in my stash and found some Debbie Bliss Merino DK in a mushroom colour – I wanted something quick and easy so I though I’d make a baby garmet. I know a couple of people who are expecting at the moment so it may become a present. Its ‘Moss Block Baby Cardigan’ by Jennifer Lori – available free on Ravelry. Very soft wool and machine washable so great for a baby cardi. I’m enjoying the blocks of moss stitch, its a very satisfying thing to knit.

Summer holidays are fast approaching so I will hopefully have time to get back to knitting, there are loads of unfinished projects in my knitting stash and bags upon bags on wool just crying out to be used!


Knitting Resolutions 2008 December 22, 2008

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I’ve been thinking about new years resolutions and this prompted me to look back on the ‘knitting resolutions’ I made at the start of this year….. how ambitious I was!… I know most people fail at new years resolutions, perhaps I set too high expectations for myself?! Last years resolutions are as follows:

1. Stash bust – I have done this to a limited extent. I have knittedĀ from my stash and I’ve sold on and traded things that I was never going to use – I’ve even got my mum knitting a top for me that I was never going to get around to doing! However, I have ‘added’ to the stash to, so technically this resolution is a FAIL.

2. Try more felting – I purchased a load of New Lanark aran and bought a pattern for a felted bag with the intention of making it…. and its still sitting around in my stash. I’ve incurred another FAIL.

3. Get out my fear of colour knitting and try intarsia – No progress made here what so ever. I’ve never attempted intarsia or fairisle and its looking unlikely. To be honest, I’ve not actually seen any colour knitting projects that I would want to knit yet. Maybe I will change my mind when I have more time on my hands (like that’s going to happen) but for now that’s a – FAIL.

4. Try to join a knitting group – well, as with most resoloutions I started well but fizzled out. I did go to the Birmingham Stitch and Bitch a few times, but to be honest its a bit too far away and since I started my new job I no longer have free time at the weekends. Guess what? its another – FAIL.

5. Learn how to knit two socks at a time on two circulars – I bought the book, I looked at the book, I chose a pattern and I purchased the yarn…. and its all sitting un-knit at the bottom of my stash box. FAIL.

So, what have we learnt? Claire cannot keep her new years resoloutions! I think I was too ambitious, in an ideal world where I don’t have to work and spend all day knitting I would have achieved all this – but life gets in the way don’t you find?

Since I made these I joined Ravelry, which is a blessing and a curse. On the upside you can research patterns, organise your stash and your queue and gain inspiration from others. On the downside there is just too much choice and temptation and you end up with a huge queue of things you intend to make (fat chance!)

So this year I’m not going to make any resolutions, I do intend to knit from my stash and I would like to complete the projects I’ve talked about, but no resolutions!Ā I suppose I should step out of my comfort zone and try something new, like cables or the ‘two at a time’ sock method, but I’m not going to commit myself!


Christmas holidays at last December 21, 2008



Well, Christmas has finally arrived and school has finally broke up for the holidays! Its been a very long and stressful term and I have really been looking forward to the break from work! Christmas is my favourite holiday time, I love everything about this time of year and most of all I love the fact that I have time to knit!

As I’ve been so busy all term I’ve done hardly any knitting, this is the grey baby hat set that I managed to finish for a friend at work, she is having a boy in January.Ā  I use Patons ‘Washed Haze DK’ again and I think its a great baby yarn, the pattern is from an old copy of ‘Simply Knitting’ magazine.

Now the holiday is here I’m hoping to get back to knitting the blue lace cardigan for my boyfriends mum. She requested it over a year ago and I have barely touched it! I have been guilty of ignoring it as I really didn’t want to knit this pattern again, I made it for myself some time ago and the lace is never ending.

If I can get it done and out of the way this holiday then I can at last get back to knitting for myself! (I admit, I’m a selfish knitter!)Ā  I have some lovely purple yarn from a swap for ‘Liesel’ (Ysolda Teague cardigan) I also haveĀ a sack full of various DK weight yarn in my stash and my Ravelry queue is getting longer and longer….. Merry Christmas, I’d better get on with some knitting!


Gathered pullover – finished pictures November 16, 2008


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:

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!