Thursday, 25 February 2010

grey scarf update!

The grey fisherman's rib scarf is now 58 inches long...pattern says finished length = 80 inches without fringe!
Might not be done until after the weekend.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Pencil case photo

As promised, here's the pencil case photo. It was just my last? experiment as textiles technician. The textiles teacher thought this might make a more worthy project. Mine is plain as I was seeing how difficult constructing one is.

The pencil case is constructed from just one piece of cloth. Obviously when done as a project at school it would be decorated in someway, either before or after construction. The zip is on the front rather than the top. It was fiddly for me, but to a year 9 pupil who has never before inserted a zip, and possibly hasn't touched a sewing machine since year 8, it would be challenging. However, if the fabric was split into two halves, and the zip inserted in between two flat pieces of fabric, then the remaining three edges sewn up, it would be within all, but the lowest abilities reach, and I think they could produce a satisfactory case of some kind with a velcro fastening.
The case could be decorated in any number of ways, and if I made again, would possibly make it from patchwork, as the precision of patchwork itself is quite challenging.
And the scarf is now 41 inches long.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

A VERY plain pencil case, and scarf progress

Today I have made an extremely plain pencil case, [reason and photo tomorrow, ] and have made inroads with the scarf.

Friday, 19 February 2010

another bobble hat and scarf progress

I've finished the bobble hat for the colleague who has recently had a baby boy.

I am also progressing with the scarf for Becki.

Am happy with progress of scarf and the finish.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Two starts!

I have started a fisherman's rib scarf, for Becki, and a bobble hat for a colleague's new arrival, to go with the other stuff I made.
I am still fighting my cold.
Pictures of both..maybe tomorrow?
The scarf is supposed to be 60-80 inches finished length. So 8 inches is a start, a tenth of the way there. Fisherman's rib is OK, once you get into it.
I'll be baking as well tomorrow.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


I have never been able to make pancakes and flip them. That is until yesterday. Whilst looking for a birthday gift for the special person in my life I saw this pancake pan. I bought it, and lo and behold..I can make pancakes!
(Yes, I had to pick Edwin up off the floor after he'd fainted, lol!)
In the past the children had to make do with scotch pancakes, as I could make those OK without "scrambling" them.
So the pan is now for pancakes only, quite honestly it is too shallow for any other use, But I'm happy.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A "baby" finish

I have just finished this baby jacket, hat and mittens tonight. The jacket should have a drawstring around the neck, but as it is an old pattern, I have omitted it. Here in the UK we seem to be very health and safety conscious these days, and to me drawstring around the neck is a danger, so I left it off.
The baby jacket, hat and mitts are for a colleague who has recently had a baby boy....Daniel Edwin...she waited a long time for him to come along...the path wasn't all roses, so I wish her every happiness. The mother is a Wigan Warriors fan, so I am going to make a baby hat in Wigan Warriors colours for her as well.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

An experiment

I experimented in the kitchen today. I really like the cheese and onion bread from Morrisons, so tried to make my own. Using a white bread mix, I followed the instructions, but also added grated cheese and finely chopped onion to the dough. Once the dough was risen I sprinkled the top with a little grated cheese and onion. Tiz a little close textured, but quite tasty.
I'm sorry, I haven't taken a picture of it.

Jumper for someone special...a finish

I've finished the jumper for the special someone in my life.
As you can see the "unique colour phase yarn" shows up in the picture, but it is more subtle to the naked eye.
I did take his measurements, so it should fit him. Unfortunately he had very little spare time this weekend and I haven't been able to see him. I give him the jumper for Valentine's Day, or wait for his birthday? [His birthday is March 9th, so not that far off, but I feel the jumper will be worn between now and then, so probably sooner rather than later.]

I have also made a start on a jacket for a baby, as I seem to know quite a few people who are either pregnant, or just had babies. I'm on the raglan shaping of the left front already. The annoying thing about the yarn, however, is that it is a "doughnut" ball...and they, essentially, collapse as you knit from I have asked Barbara on the yarn and haberdashery stall to please get hold of a "yarn holder" for me.

I have also been browsing the Elann site, and am quite interested in the pinwheel jacket, and have sorted out yarn to make a baby one. Ironic, seeing as I was looking at the shawl patterns, as I feel the need to have a shawl project ticking along.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Jumper back

I pulled the jumper back ...back to the vast colour change, and picked up stitches. Then re worked .
It looks a lot better now. I feel happy about finishing the jumper off. I would have re-knitted the entire back if necessary. The someone special who is getting this jumper is VERY special to me

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Jumper for someone special

I have finished the second sleeve, but am debating whether to knit the back again...due to the hugely different shade band .......
I could just rove back to the join, and use a more compatible seriously unhappy about the vastly colour change.
Suggestions please!