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.


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

Now for some knitting!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baby Trellis

January 1st, 2015 by swatchless

All it needs is some buttons.

I’m pretty sure it needs plain wooden buttons. The sweater is Trellis, knit in worsted weight acrylic from my Michael’s shopping spree. It is the 18 month size, knit in one piece whenever possible (fronts and back together until the arm separation, and the arms in the round rather than flat)

I sewed it together during our new year’s eve party.

Here are our candles….we light a candle and make a wish on new years eve.

Best wishes for 2015!

Green Christmas

December 28th, 2014 by swatchless

It’s rare to have green grass as a background for the Christmas knits. Here’s some of the gifts I made this year.

My cousin’s little one will make good use of this rugged Tomten sweater. He’s a big boy, but not yet big enough for this sweater. It’s good to have something to grow into!

These mittens are Fox and Geese, made from scraps of yarn paired with black-a good way to use up odds and ends.

Here’s another pair of fox and geese, knit from Cascade EcoWool. They’re soft and stretchy, but still a sturdy mitten.

These last ones are again fox and geese mittens, but made from my handspun yarn. The green I dyed with food colouring, but as it turns out, I didn’t quite have enough to finish the thumbs in the same green. It’s a good thing my aunt doesn’t mind having slightly greener thumbs.

My Boxing day yarn adventures were fruitful, and I have completed the sweater. Here it is before the ends got sewn in and before blocking.


I’m now trying to adapt Trellis to be knit in one piece up to the arms. It’s been a while since I made a cable sweater, we’ll see how it goes.