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teapot cosy!

I had a nana craft week – I made a teapot cosy!

I should have added more stitches in the beginning – maybe another 6 either side – so it fits around the wider part of the pot.

That said, it did stretch when I blocked it. If I make this again I might add a few increases (and then decreases) like darts on a skirt!

For those interested in the actual numbers, I started with 43 chains across the bottom, which became 21 chains on the side pieces, then up to 53 chains by the time I added extras across the spout and handle. To decrease around the pot rim – I did 8 hdc, 2toghdc starting from centre of handle.

Pattern: Leah’s Rose Tea Cosies by Leah Maxwell
Hook: 4.00mm
Yarn: Spotlight Marvel (grey), Yatsal (rose, green)

I’m back!

So after a bit of a break, wherein I got married, went on honeymoon for a month, fell pregnant, had even worse morning sickness than the first time mixed in with a decent bout of depression; I have finally made it back to the land of the living, and crafting and blogging.

I’ve gone from doing nothing at all to suddenly having many projects on the go. All are just variations on a theme really.

Number 1: FINISHED!

A table runner

A table runner for the top of my son’s chest of drawers. I’m not even sure why I’m doing this one, as noone seems to care about a layer between the chest and all the junk, but there you go. This one doesn’t have long to go – it will probably only be 8 stripes in total and is a good one to take in the car or to parks.

Number 2: FINISHED!

cradle rug for baby

A cradle blanket for Baby #2. The benefit of this is that it’s a smaller blanket and therefore more likely that I will finish it before the due date. My one problem is the incredibly steep price of cotton yarn at Lincraft these days, and the fact that noone else seems to be making grey cotton yarn.

Update: Lincraft have had a bit of a sale on, so I stocked up. I ended up buying 5 balls of grey, but am only about to finish the first ball after reaching the halfway mark, so I’ve obviously overestimated there.

Number 3: Haven’t even started

I’m not even sure why I’m making this one, except that I really like the colour combination of sage green, moss green, mid grey, and white. This one will be either a ripple blanket or a star blanket.

Number 4:

I really should finish the christmas tree skirt I started for last year. It only needs a few more rounds on it to fully cover the table that the tree sits on.

Bennie Booties

My friend Jayne has gone on maternity leave and left me in charge of her print business – brave lady! It’s such an adjustment going back to work, even if I am working from home.

So I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two weeks learning the business, which doesn’t leave much time at all for crafting or reading (or staring blankly at the wall either). These booties however, I made last night watching 3 hours of Doctor Who I’d recorded. They don’t actually take that long, but it’s been so long since I’ve crocheted a flat piece that I kept forgetting to add the extra chains at the end of each row. So there was a bit of unravelling going on.

The pattern is really easy and is finished before you know it. Which is really handy when you’re off to visit in the hospital the very next day!

Pattern: Simple Crossover Bootie by Louise Mac
Hook: 4.00mm
Yarn: Lincraft Cosy Wool 8 ply – blue and pale grey

Ripple rug for the couch

Currently the walls in our family room are forest green with rust red trim, which I only recently figured out was meant to look like wood. One day, when we’ve put the new kitchen in we will paint the open plan area that encompasses the kitchen, dining and family area – hopefully in a nice pale grey.

In a bid to influence my husband on this upcoming paint decision, I have started hooking a ripple rug for the couch. I’ve decided on no set pattern of colours, but a mix of cream, pale grey, charcoal and black (and any more greys that I can find in the next few weeks), in random order. I’m also adding a few red ripples in for contrast – it sounds odd but I think it will work.

13 ripples down, 67 to go! I estimate I need about 80 ripples, based on Attic24’s ripple rug. I’ll see how I go.

Easy Ripple Afghan by SusanBĀ  (CO 130)
Assorted 8 ply acrylics

Infinity scarf in progress

It occurs to me that, as I now live in Brisbane, that I might not have any use for a lovely warm cowl scarf when winter rocks around.

However, I am counting on a few trips to Tasmania this year, so will just have to get maximum wear out of it then.

I have had my eye on the 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf for quite some time now, and it occurred to me the other day that it had been pretty much an entire year since I’d knitted anything! IT seems I’ve been quite exclusive to crochet of late.

I had the perfect wool for this cowl, but it was 8ply instead of the 10ply in the pattern. This was going to mean some adjustments, so I spent an AGE reading all the comments in ravelry and on tentenknit’s blog, and figured I could cast on 221 stitches with a crochet provisional cast on technique, so that I could come back later and bind off in a way that should reduce the rolling.

Row 4 seems to confuse everyone in the comments on tentenknits blog and on the projects page. I used this vid slip 1, K1,PSSO and it went well for me. Some advice I say in the comments on Ravelry said that you slip the stitch that was previously the YO in row 2, and knit the previous knit stitch in row 2.

In this photo above I am on the 3rd row of the second lot of the pattern. I’m not sure if the holes are supposed to line up better than they have – I have a sneaky suspision that I’ve dropped a stitch or two.

I have also found that it’s difficult to work out where you are when you return to this after having a bit of a break. I have taken to adding a little card that goes between the first and last stitch, where I keep a tally of which row I’m on. I’ve also written the pattern on it, as I am forever forgetting if I start with the K1, or if I’m finishing with it.

Pattern: 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf by Margaux Hufnagel
Needles: 4.00mm circular
Yarn: 8 ply Moda Vera Merino blend
Amendments: CO 221, 8 ply yarn, 4mm needles

Gauge matching for a 4 year old’s head

Am trying to knit a beanie for my 4 yr old nephew who lives in another state so I don’t have the luxury of checking the gauge on his head every so often.

Previously I had thought that 51cm circumference head = 98 stitches in 8ply after a bit of research of child beanies on the web. Unless I have a particularly loose tension, which I don’t think I do, this is EXCESSIVELY LARGE.

I mainly knit in larger yarns for beanies for me, but I generally only have 56-60 stitches so you can see why I thought this was a lot.


51cm circumference head = 60 stitches in 8ply

On the basis that it’s incredibly tight on my head (58cm), and then a few less stitches to make it too small for me.