Monday, June 11, 2012

A month in review...May

Just a little visual something to share with you all in this post.  I felt like I didn't achieved much in May but looking back on it now through my pictures I was a little busy.

This beanie won a prize for "Best Autumn" themed beanie over at Little Red's Craft Cupboard (which is a fantastic local craft shop run by Kate.  Kate also has a blog by the same name).

A cushion for my nephew's bed (not happy with how the iron on interfacing buckled when I ironed it on).  I told my sister in law I would re-do it and she laughed at me. In her words "he's not going to noticed, he's 5 yrs old, he's just ecstatic that he has a cushion with his name on it to show to all his friends".  Boy to be that young and made happy by the smallest things.

A special little present for a little girl moving into a big bed
(out growing the cot).

A hot water bottle cover for my Mum (a felted jumper found at an op shop).
Mum has a thing for the colour green and it suits her just perfect.

And finally a special bit of knitting for a very special little boy.  Dear Master M, may this keep your little head warm while you stay in hospital.

For the life of me I just can't get this picture to go the right way.  Every time I upload it, it wants to turn on it's side.
I love this pattern for this beanie, a great Ravelry find.  It is such an easy one to knit up, even with all the distractions a 2.5 yr old can throw in the mix.

So this was my month of May and June is looking to be a busy one too.  As busy as I get I must admit I do love every part of the creating and making, and the best part is the giving it away to someone special.

Do you have a busy creative May?


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A little promise

Hi everyone,

As mentioned in my last post (yes it has been a little while since I last wrote) I mentioned that I had another Star Wars inspired project in the making. Well now that it's finished and it has been passed on to it's new owner I can share it with you all...

I made a Yoda beanie!  My little nephew B was ecstatic when he received it.  I have even heard that he wears it constantly to kinder and is held in high praise by his friends because of it. Go B! May the force be with you!

The pattern for the beanie part is not my design, it comes from Knitted Critters for kids to wear.  I really love this as it's such a quick design to knit and it fits so well.  The pattern for the ears I was able to design myself and as a little gift to everyone I am going to share it with you.  My nephew can not be the only Star Wars fan out there and I am sure there are many people who would appreciate a Yoda beanie :)

Now this is the first time that I have ever written a pattern to share.  I have many at home (usually scribbled down on pieces of paper that only I seem able to decipher on a good day), so I hope that it reads right for you. 

Yoda Knitted Ears

Glossary:             M1 - make 1 stitch knit wise (knit into front & back of stitch)
                           K2 tog – knit 2 stitches together (put needle through back loop of both stitches),    
                              yarn over, pull though, then push both stitches off needle.

 Using a pair of 4mm needles & 8 ply wool, cast on 20 sts (leaving 30cm tail to sew onto beanie with).

Row 1: K 20
Row2:  P4, K12, P4 (20 sts)
Row 3: M1, K18, M1 (22 sts)
Row 4: P5, K12, P5 (22 sts)
Row 5: M1, K20, M1,  (24 sts)
Row 6: P4, K16, P4 (24 sts)
Row 7: K24
Row 8: M1, P3, K16, P3, M1 (26 sts)
Row 9: K26
Row 10: P4, K18, P4 (26 sts)
Row 11-20: Alternate between row 9 & 10, starting on row 9, ending on row 10
Row 21: K2tog, K22, K2tog (24 sts)
Row 22: P4, K16, P4 (24 sts)
Row 23: K2tog, K20, K2tog (22 sts)
Row 24: P4, K14, P4 (22 sts)
Row 25: K2tog, K18, K2tog (20 sts)
Row 26: P4, K12, P4 (20 sts)
Row 27: K2tog, K16, K2tog (18 sts)
Row 28: P4, K10, P4 (18 sts)
Row 29: K2tog, K14, K2tog (16 sts)
Row 30: P4, K8, P4 (16 sts)
Row 31: K2tog, K12, K2tog (14 sts)
Row 32: P4, K6, P4 (14 sts)
Row 33: K2tog, K10, K2tog (12 sts)
Row 34: P4, K4, P4 (12 sts)
Row 35: K2tog, K8, K2tog (10 sts)
Row 36: P10 (10 sts)
Row 37: K2tog, K6, K2tog (8 sts)
Row 38: P8 (8 sts)
Row 39: K2tog, K4, K2tog (6 sts)
Row 40: P6 (6 sts)
Row 41: K2tog, K2, K2tog (4 sts)
Row 42: P4 (4 sts)
Row 43: K2tog twice (2 sts)
Row 44: P2 (2 sts)
Row 45: K2tog

Fasten off and weave in end.  Once the ear is finished weave cast on edge thread along edge and bring out in the middle of the ear.  Fold ear in half (right sides facing) and slip stitch along edge for about 4-5 rows to form a crease. Take thread back to centre of ear, and with remaining thread sew ear onto beanie.

Repeat pattern for other ear.

A close up of the ear.

I hope that I have written this so that it is easy to follow but if you have any questions please let me know.