Saturday, 30 January 2016

FO: Opal Verbundenheit Socks

Finished at last! I started these socks in November last year and only finished them a few days ago. I have a drawer full of hand knitted socks, so will probably not be knitting any more for a while. I do find that once I have completed a pair of socks, I always have some yarn left, so I wind it into a small ball and add it to my sock yarn jar which is on my sewing table and is just visible in this photograph.
I recently came across a pattern for mitred squares; it was originally designed for knitting up squares from scraps of leftover, although heavier yarns and larger needles could be used if one wanted larger squares.
The pattern is very popular on Ravelry and some knitters have created beautiful blankets and cushion covers from their sock yarn squares, which would have taken many squares and much knitting! I tend to be the sort of knitter who starts a project with the end product in mind, so at first I wasn't sure that I would have the patience to attempt such a long term project. I have now completed my first square and love the look of it, so am going to knit some more from the rest of my sock yarn scraps and at a later stage will decide what to do with my squares.

Monday, 25 January 2016

FO: Saartje's Bootees

I have used the pattern for these sweet little bootees before; they are very small, so are a perfect fit for a doll.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Dressing a doll

I bought a pair of premature baby leggings and after turning up the hem, found that they fitted my Everything Emma doll really well. I then rummaged through my collection of teddy bear sweaters and found this little yellow one which I'd made some time ago for Bertie Bear and it fits her perfectly.

Yesterday I cast on a pair of Saartje's Bootees; I finished the first one last night while watching TV and then cast on the second bootee, so they should be finished very soon. I am also planning to knit a little beanie to complete the outfit.

Friday, 1 January 2016

New year, new project

I have a small collection of teddy bears and they have jumpers which I have knitted for them, but I have not knitted any dolls clothes for years. I am a member of the Unofficial English Woman's Weekly group on Ravelry and their January KAL involves knitting an outfit for a doll. The only dolls I have are a ragdoll and a small Chinese doll, which already has a knitted outfit, so I went out and got myself this gorgeous Everything Emma baby doll.

At first I felt a bit silly, shopping for a doll at my age, but then I thought about knitters on Ravelry who have American Girl dolls and told myself not to be so silly! I then spent a bit of time looking for a suitable pattern and this is what I found:

The pattern calls for 4 ply (fingering weight) baby wool and as I didn't have any in my stash, I went to Spotlight and bought some Patons Big Baby 4 ply, as well as some really cute heart shaped buttons.