Some of them are off to
Western Sydney Care Teddies for emergency services to have ready, and
some of them are travelling to Victoria to be given to foster kids, all
helping to support the Knit4Charities organisation.
Used the teddy in a square
knitting pattern as a project for my two grandchildren renaming it the Magical
Mystery Square but did not reveal the end result. They were absolutely
intrigued and after choosing five colours of wool each, could be seen for the
next few days knitting the squares. Lots of guesses - could it be a glove or a
sock? After sewing the seams and filling the tubes, James (9) thought it could
be made into a rocket ship, but Emilia (6) decided it could be a lighthouse. When
they had sewn the arms and legs, they were delighted with the dolls they had
made. James decided to keep his as an invisible man without a face, but Emilia
decided on a girl with plaits.
Here's a simple horizontal scarf using one colour and made from soft
wool donated to K4C last month. This was a partly finished item that I
pulled down, skeined, washed and conditioned with fabric softener and
recycled as a scarf for a homeless person. This is a variation on the
Ingram scarf pattern - knit 2 rows; purl 2 rows - but using 12ply wool
and 6mm circular needles. I cast on 210 stitches and used 150gms. The
scarf measures 168cm x 13cm but would probably make it a little shorter
Just finished this vintage lace pattern for my DD. The original pattern is from the book Knit Vintage by M Weston & R Taylor, pub. 2012, London, but is a complete variation using BWM Luxury 4ply in the colour brick. Not an easy pattern but worth the effort and fits her perfectly.
Finally completed these two projects that I have been working on for some months, just in time for Christmas. A knitted blanket each for my two
grandchildren, Emilia 5 and James 8, each one made from 30 squares with
different designs including their names. Used about 1kg of 8ply Luxury
wool from BMW for each rug with 4.5mm needles. The tricky part was designing many of the squares to match each child. The finished blankets are 46 inches x 52 inches (111 cm x 132 cm) and squares were joined using a Bickford type seam that was flat on the reverse. The blankets were completed with three rows of crochet using a 4.5mm hook.
Throw rug 104cm x 132cm (41inches x 53inches) in Jet 10ply wool/alpaca using
almost one kilo of wool that I bought on ebay some time ago as a
discontinued colour. The diamond pattern repeat is 16 rows and has
edging of moss stitch. 8 diamond repeats in width and 17 repeats in length.
This is an experiment with large (33 cm) diagonal knitted squares using left over wool (4 ply and 5 ply). Two colours have been knitted in each striped section to give a variegated textured effect. Not sure where to take this next as a lot more squares required to make this into a bed rug, and have lost the inspiration for knitting more squares at present.
Author and artist from Sydney. Published author of James Gough, a very industrious man, Murder, Mayhem & Misdemeanours, Early Settlers at the Cowpasture River 1810 -1830, and Unhappy Exiles - convicts of the Pitt & Kitty 1792