Monday, August 30, 2010

So far I have signed up for these swaps!

I just can't help myself!... I LOVE receiving parcels in the post, so I have joined a few swaps. The first one is a Spring Cloth Swap hosted by Jellywares. I was in one run by her about a year ago and it was fun to be in, so I decided to join another one and I am madly knitting a "spring cloth"... I had to buy the handmade soap on eBay, as I live in a small town that doesn't sell that sort of thing.... but that was just an excuse to buying some yummy soap for me too!

The second swap I am in is a Secret Santa swap run by on my verandah. Apparently, this lady ran the same swap last Christmas with great success, so I joined this with gusto, as it is a bit different to the other Secret Santa I was in last year and joined again this year:

The third swap I am in is Chookyblue's Secret Santa Swap. As mentioned above, I was in it last year and was chomping at the bit, waiting for it to be advertised this year. Last night I started making the Christmas Tree ornament as part of this swap.

I wonder, is there any other swaps I should know about out there in blogland?

Until next post...


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scarf Finished

I finished the scarf yesterday..54inches long and no more of that wool left.

Now I am going to start making a Christmas Tree ornament for the Chooky Blue swap.

Until next post..


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

BOM Block 3 Finished

Block 3 was received and made, all within a week! I must applaud the Fat Quarter Shop for the quantity of fabric sent with each block...there is probably enough in each pack to make every block twice!

I have now joined 2 Secret Santa Swaps (no logo yet available for one of them to add to my side bar)... so I now must work out what I want to make for each of them.

Until next post...


Kitchen Set Finished

A friend (Betty) of a friend (Robyn) knew I made dishcloths as she received one as a gift from Robyn, so she contacted me and asked if I made a cloth and something else that matched the cloth...I said I made a tea-towel and dish cloth set, but she wanted more, so I told her that I had made pot-holders as well.... upon hearing this, Betty commissioned me to make a set.

Betty told me that the person who will be receiving this set as a gift loves homemade items and treasures them more than the expensive ornaments (dust collectors) that Betty has given her in the past. Betty says that she is in a "win, win" situation with buying a homemade gift from me for $20, as it is a lot, lot cheaper and will be appreciated a lot, lot more... makes me think I might be too cheap???

Until next post...


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leftover Wool Scarf & Crochet Book

As I don't like waste, I was thinking of knitting another beanie, but I didn't think there will be enough wool left for that, so I decided to knit up this scarf. I will just keep knitting until I run out of wool. It is a 10ply pure wool and the scarf is knitting up so soft, which I found to be a surprise!

I also have been looking at and ordering some craft and reading books last week and this in one that is so "yummy" (if a book can be yummy!) and I am itching to do some crocheting again.... so much to do, so little time...wish I didn't HAVE to work!

Until next post...


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Finished my boyfriend's Jumper

I finished the jumper tonight... after re-knitting one sleeve and having to pick up the stitches for the neckband, twice...(the stitches fell off one of the double ended needles the first time)... I eventually can say that this birthday present is now finished...with a month to spare!!..phew!!

These are another 2 sets of matching cloth and tea-towels. I have been making them at night time during the week instead of watching TV... this one is butterflies:

and this one is a duck:

I have knitted a couple of cloths with a sunflower on them, and now I have to make the tea-towels.. just love making up these gifts.

Until next post..


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Matching Tea-Towels & Cloths

Last night, I started sewing "matching" tea-towels, for my knitted cloths.

I quite like the corner strip on one of the tea-towels... that came about when I cut off the strip for the first towel, leaving some left over that was not enough for another width of a towel. I experimented with placing it diagonally and was quite surprised at how nice it looked.

I still have other tea-towels to make... I have a Duck cloth and a Butterfly cloth to match with fabric.

Until next post....


Block 2 BOM finished

I realised that block 3 is due very soon, so I thought I had better get in and sew block 2...phew made it!

Two down, ten to go.

Until next post...


Monday, August 9, 2010

FREE Sailboat Cloth Knitting Pattern

Sail Boat

100% Cotton – Worsted (8ply)
Size 4.5mm (7) needles
Gauge: In stockinette Stitch, 5 sts = 2.5cm (1inch)

Cast on 37 sts
Rows 1 – 7: Knit across
Row 8: K 4, P 29, K 4
Row 9 and all odd numbered rows: K
Row 10: K 4, P 7, K 15, P 7 K 4
Row 12: K 4, P 6, K 17, P 6, K 4
Row 14: K 4, P 5, K 19, P 5, K 4
Row 16: K 4, P 4, K 21, P 4, K 4
Row 18: K 4, P 3, K 23, P 3, K 4
Row 20: K 4, P 2, K 25, P 2, K 4
Row 22: K 4, P 29, K 4
Row 24: K 4, P 2, K 12, P 1, K 13, P 1, K 4
Row 26: K 4, P 3, K 11, P 1, K 13, P 1, K 4
Row 28: K 4, P 4, K 10, P 1, K 13, P 1, K 4
Row 30: K 4, P 5, K 9, P 1, K 13, P 1, K 4
Row 32: K 4, P 6, K 8, P 1, K 13, P 1, K 4
Row 34: K 4, P 7, K 7, P 1, K 12, P 2, K 4
Row 36: K 4, P 8, K 6, P 1, K 11, P 3, K 4
Row 38: K 4, P 9, K 5, P 1, K 10, P 4, K 4
Row 40: K 4, P 10, K 4, P 1, K 9, P 5, K 4
Row 42; K 4, P 11, K 3, P 1, K 8, P 6, K 4
Row 44: K 4, P 12, K 2, P 1, K 7, P 7, K 4
Row 46: K 4, P 13, K 1, P 1, K 6, P 8, K 4
Row 48: K 4, P 13, K 1, P 1, K 5, P 9, K 4
Row 50: K 4, P 10, K 4, P 1, K 4, P 10, K 4
Row 52: K 4, P 11, K 3, P 1, K 3, P 11, K 4
Row 54: K 4, P 12, K 2, P 1, K 2, P 12, K 4
Row 56: K 4, P 13, K 1, P 1, K 1, P 13, K 4
Row 58: K 4, P 29, K 4
Rows 59 – 65: Knit across
Bind off all sts in knit

Free Knitted Sailboat Cloth

I have been asked by a friend to make 4 tea-towel & knitted cloth sets for her to give as Christmas presents, so I went looking for some nice border prints to decorate the tea-towels, and this is one I found:

Next I had to find a cloth pattern to knit, so I went looking on the computer and found the following pattern here, then I knitted it up and this is what it looked like:

However, I wasn't happy with it, as it didn't look like the sailboat on my material. I decided to design a cloth myself, so out came some graph paper, and I knitted this one:

It still wasn't quite right, so out came more paper and this is what I ended up with: (if you click on the photo, it shows up a lot better).

As I have knitted up a lot of cloths that I have obtained from the computer for free, I thought I would return the favour and pass it on... I have tried to include it here, by copying & pasting, but it won't accept it... so I am doing a separated post with just the pattern, which follows this one...
Until next post...


Monday, August 2, 2010

Block of the Month (BOM) and $5 Garden Spoons

Last weekend I managed to make Block One of the Mystery Christmas BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop. Block 2 is sitting there to be made... I must get onto it before Block 3 arrives in the middle of the month.

I also made some more Gardens Spoons. This time I banged them flat, and I printed them with the letters. To be honest, I started with 34 spoons and ended up with 16. I have 4 sets of 4 spoons.. each set has Sage, Thyme, Mint & Basil... was hoping to sell each set for $5 (plus postage)... the price is low as I am still learning and a couple of the letters aren't 100%... if anyone wants a set, either leave a message or email me, or both..payment can be made by bank deposit (Australia) or Paypal... (clicking on the image of the spoons enlarges the picture for a better view).

Must go out and find more spoons...

Until next post...