Keeping Watch

May 11th, 2015 by swatchless

I’ve been thinking lately about how sometimes when words fail me, I make things.  I make muffins, and mittens, and bracelets, I give worry stones, and pinecones, and decorated journal books.  I pour time and care into objects when I don’t know what to say, or do, to make things better for friends and acquaintances who are struggling.

Recently I’ve made lots of little knitted trinkets, to amuse, and comfort friends.  I search through Ravelry looking for patterns that are meaningful, and could express my care and concern, and be an ever-present reminder that the recipient is in my thoughts.  

Over the weekend I found a cute pattern for a gargoyle, a creature that watches and protects during the dark hours, when hope is sometimes lost, and futures forgotten.   
  

The little guy is knit in pieces in the round, stuffed, and made pliable with pipe cleaners inside the arms and legs.  It only took a day to create the wee beast.  The pattern is clear to follow, and best of all it’s free!

Knit one for yourself, or for someone who needs a little watching over.

Protection

May 6th, 2015 by swatchless

A friend has taken to reading the Twilight series, and that has brought conversations about vampires to the forefront for the last few days.  To combat any potential vampire attack, I decided that it would be prudent to keep garlic on hand to ward them off. 


I knit the garlic according to this pattern.  It’s neat how the stitching up at the end really transforms it into a true garlic shape.

It is now sitting on my friend’s shelf, right by the vampire books, offering protection to all.

A few quick knits

April 21st, 2015 by swatchless

It’s been a busy few days at work, and I was getting a bit jumpy because of having too much on my plate.  Last night I found a great excuse to knit a bit.  A friend’s in hospital, and I wanted to make a little something to show that I care.

Here’s a starfish knit from this free pattern. 

Here’s why starfish are so special to me…. It’s a reminder that small actions can make a big difference, one person at a time.


Here are two hearts that are joined together with magnets.  The free pattern is from mochimochiland.  The magnets were my added touch.
 

These are all small tokens that can be kept in the palm of your hand, or in your pocket, on those days where you need a little something.

Mr. Mo Lar

April 11th, 2015 by swatchless

A friend of mine has been struggling with a dental issue, and I was looking for some way to lift his spirits.  My usual go-to is baking, but for someone who can’t chew well right now, I searched a little further.

 

I found an adorable pattern for a tooth fairy pillow in the shape of a tooth.  The pattern was written to be knit flat, and also made a much larger tooth.  I cast on and knit a few rows then ripped it out because I was looking for something smaller.

My modifications were significant.  I knit two identical roots in the round, then joined them together to knit the body of the tooth.  I followed the basic premise for increases and decreases, stuffed it with some clean sheep’s wool (because I have more than 3 bags full), and embroidered a face.

There’s a wee pocket on the back of the tooth, so it can be used as a tooth fairy pillow when my friend’s son loses his baby teeth.

Easter Toes

April 6th, 2015 by swatchless

We had a great Easter brunch with family.  I thought that bunny slippers would be a great addition to the wardrobe of the little ones.

They are a very quick knit out of fluffy yarn.  They’re knit flat and sewn up.  Add ears and a face and they’re done!  Here’s the pattern I used.  

It’s fun sharing holidays with these two.

A Matched Set

March 20th, 2015 by swatchless

I’ve been working on this ensemble for a while now.  It’s a combo of bonnet and sweater for the newborn baby of a former student I taught close to 10 years ago.



The sweater is Sweet baby sweater, knit from superwash sock yarn.  It was knit to match the bonnet, and it sort of does.  As usual for me, I just start knitting, and my projects tend to evolve without a great deal of planning.  I had fully intended to make a completely striped sweater, until I ran out of green….and then I realized that I didn’t have enough light grey to finish the body in that solid colour.  So, after an emergency trip to the yarn store, where I held he work in progress up against all other sock yarn and decided on charcoal as it’s close to grey, I finished up the sweater.

I had some trouble with the garter stitch edging flipping up.  In my research, reducing the stitch count by 10% before starting the edging keeps it flatter.  I tried it, and there was a slight improvement, but nothing permanent.  If you know of any miracle cures for a flipping garter stitch border please let me know.  I think I will stick to seed stitch in future.

In any case, I dropped off this ensemble today, and hope that it will keep baby Theo warm this spring.

So apparently I was Hacked!

February 22nd, 2015 by swatchless

I’m not sure why a hacker in Bangladesh cares about a tiny knitting blog, but there you have it, for a while my site looked like this.

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It’s all good now thanks to my brother who hosts the site, and his tech support consultation.

Now for some knitting!

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I made up this little sweater for the daughter of a woman I sing with. She doesn’t know a sweater is coming, and sometimes that’s the best kind of gift…completely and totally out of the blue, from someone that you wouldn’t expect.

I added some eyelets to the neck and hem edges of my basic top down raglan cardigan. The sleeves are knit plain to avoid getting tiny fingers caught in the holes. I happened to have enough buttons on hand so I didn’t have to venture out this weekend. These past 6 weeks have been very busy, so having a quiet weekend to knit, finish some projects, and get caught up on others was a very nice thing indeed.

Robot Hats

February 14th, 2015 by swatchless

This is one of a few hat’s I’ve made this season.

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I have to do a better job of taking pictures of them before I give them away. I’ll document the rest as I see them being worn.

Colour Experiment

January 6th, 2015 by swatchless

I’ve got a friend who will soon be the father of twins. I’m knitting up a pair of fraternal sweaters using the brightly coloured yarn I have in my stash.

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It’s a top down raglan cardigan with brown as the contrast colour. The stripes will start with gold on one sweater, and the other will start with blue.

As usual I’m working without a real pattern, just a general idea. Working in stripes not only keeps things interesting, it also chunks the work into manageable sections…..i can sit down and knit a stripe or two, and in a few days it is half done! I’m not sure what size they will end up, but the good thing about knitting for a baby is that babies grow.

New Year, New Mittens

January 1st, 2015 by swatchless

After sewing up the Trellis sweater last night, I cast on for a pair of mittens to knit out the old year, and knit in the new.

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They’re Fox and Geese, knit in grey and maroon (school colours) for a friend who is in town for the holidays. The first mitten was knit in 2014 and I cast on for the second one after the ball had dropped to ring in 2015.

It was a stormy day today, perfect to stay in and knit. It has been a relaxing start to the year.