Sunday, 30 May 2010

Funky monkey

A few months ago, I decided that I was going to try and get rid of some of my yarn stash. Now, I've been getting on quite well with this, but things don't always go to plan. I had loads of Rowan Handknit Cotton lying about, and started using it up by knitting a wee stripy tank-top for my son. However, I quickly discovered that I would need a few more colours, and ended up having to buy another three balls. Of course, I now have lots of half balls lying about, which still need using up, so I'm really back to square one again. Never mind, at least I'm happy with the tank top! Here it is, modelled by the little monkey.



















It's a great pattern, from Zoe Mellor's book "Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots". The only problem is that the neckline is quite tight, so I had to adjust it slightly by starting the decreases for the front neck a few rows earlier. My wee boy loves it, and I can see it being well used this summer.

I've had a bit of a break from knitting recently, after my wrists started to protest at the long hours they were being subjected to. Work has been pretty mental as well, with twelve hour days on tour to get through. However, I'm starting to work through the backlog of unfinished projects and design ideas, and I'll be releasing the pattern for a cute little fair-isle baby hat soon.

Friday, 21 May 2010

May

This month, and indeed the year, is flying by. I can't believe we're in May already! I'm so busy with work at the moment, having just done a week long run of a play at the same time as touring with another show. As a result, I have been rubbish at crafting and keeping up with my blog. However, I do have a few pictures that kind of sum up my month so far.

This is a little cabled swing cardigan that I made for one of my son's friends. It's a size 4-5 but fits him, and he's just turned 3. You can't see the detail too clearly in this picture as it's such a light coloured pink yarn, but it's a very pretty cabled design. The yarn is Sirdar Baby Bamboo, and the pattern was in Knitting Magazine last November.



















This next picture shows my current long term craft project. It's an old dollshouse that I had as a child, which I'm currently revamping for my son to play with. It's been stored in a shed for a while, so it needed a good clean. In the process of cleaning the inside, I remembered that I'd done all the decoration with water-based paints - you can imagine the mess! It's going to take a lot of scrubbing to get all the old paint off before I start redecorating it again. This will be a fun project to do over the summer.














Finally, here's a wee pic from my tour. We were up north in Fort William, and passed through the beautiful area of Glencoe. This kind of scenery makes me happy - and having lunch on the beach in Caol under the shadow of Ben Nevis made work so much fun!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Vintage style




















Here's my not-so-wee baby modelling my latest knit, which I finished off a few days ago.
It's a vintage style baby cardigan by Sirdar, which was printed in Knitting magazine as well. The yarn is Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton 4ply, part of a bargain bag from Kemps Wool Shop. I paid a fiver and got four balls of this, and six balls of the DK version in grey.














The cardigan was a very easy make, and only took two and half balls of yarn. The moss stitch texture looks and feels lovely in cotton, although the original pattern called for acrylic. It's a great pattern, and I'd highly recommend it as a quick and cute baby gift.