Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

So I know I haven’t posted in ages, but I haven’t been knitting/crocheting much. However, in the last few months, my crafting mojo seems to have come back and I’ve actually completed a few projects:






The weather has been cold and crisp lately, so I’ve been putting my knits to good use.

I’m currently working on another Rikke hat using Artesano Alpaca Heather, which is coming along nicely.


Hopefully it will be done by the end of the week 🙂



Tablecloth doily

I know it’s been awhile, but I have been working on a few projects. This was my first big doily – tablecloth size and it took a few months, working on it when I wasn’t chasing around the little one.


I used 4 balls of white Whoosh size 10 crochet thread, a 1.5mm crochet hook (yes, using thread and a small hook did make my hand sore) and the Pineapple and spider web pattern.

At the moment I’m working on trying to finish a jumper that I started a few years ago – the pattern is Harmony. I’m up to the second sleeve and then I just need to join the pieces and knit the neck trim. I’ve also started a crochet project using Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace and the pattern, Gathering Leaves – loving the yarn and hoping to finish the shawl by September as long as the little one behaves herself.


Who me? But look at my pretty dress!

Halloween Competition

I recently entered a competition held by The London Wool Company to design and create a Halloween toy, which will be used to create an ebook and help raise money for Headsmart – a charity that aims to raise awareness of brain tumours in children.

The design that I entered was this little witch and her cat:

And amazingly, I won! 😮

Plus the prize was 10 hanks of Artesano British Wool and the pattern book – I chose the colour teal, and the yarn is lovely and squishy:

I can’t wait to start knitting with it – now I just have to pick a pattern 🙂

Ying-hua shawl pattern

So, as promised, I’ve written up the pattern for my Cherry blossom shawl and re-named it Ying-hua shawl (which is Chinese for cherry blossom):

It’s a fairly simple crochet shawl with lace edging, and with flowers that are incorporated into the pattern.  Also, thanks to Mimi91 on Ravelry who provided a chart for the flower part, which is included in the pattern, and to HapiKamper for providing the US version of the pattern.

And here it is, the Ying-hua shawl, free for you to download in pdf format, in either UK or US terms:

Also, as this pattern is free, and if you enjoyed making it, please consider making a donation to the Gesar Foundation, thank you.

And here she is!

And here’s my little girl, Mei-an:

She was born on 8th May 6.07am, at 7lbs 12oz. And at the moment I seem to be pretty lucky, as she sleeps quite well at night – only waking up once or twice. And just ‘cos she looks so cute, here’s another photo:

Knitting while I can…

I’ve got a few more weeks before the baby’s due, and I’m trying to knit as much as possible. I’ve made this cute kimono top, using this pattern:

Ok, so the garter stitch does seem to go on forever when you’re knitting it, but since it’s a baby top it’s not too bad.

Also, I’ve made these adorable little mittens:

The pattern is Mini Motif Baby Mittens, which has several charts to choose from and also includes making a plain pair of mitts if you didn’t want to do any colourwork. I must admit that the designs are really cute, and I’m tempted to try them all, if it wasn’t for the fact I want to knit other things too – ok, so I have cast on for a pair with the penguin chart, but they do knit up really fast since it uses DK yarn.

And I’ve made a baby rattle:

It’s the pattern Toadstool Baby Rattle, and I know mine doesn’t look as cute or colourful as others I’ve seen, but it’s what I had to hand. I also used rice grains in a small container for the rattle instead of the suggested bell cat toy, which will hopefully be less annoying if the baby plays with it 🙂

Finally, I’m currently having my shawl pattern tested, and hope to have it released for free very soon – I’ve renamed it Ying-hua Shawl, which means Cherry blossom in Chinese.

And before I forget, here’s the link to the pattern for the baby dress I showed you in the last post – Mermaid Baby Dress.

Weave those ends in…

Ok, I must admit, that once I’ve finished knitting/crocheting a project I don’t always weave in the ends straight away. For example, this cute little jacket was basically finished back in November last year, but I’ve only just got round to weaving in all the ends, plus added a crochet border and the button:

The pattern is Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss, and I used Regia’s Design Line Hand-dye Effect by Kaffe Fassett which is a light fingering, so I had to navajo ply it (i.e. held the yarn tripled).

I’ve also just finished this cute little dress for a test knit:

The pattern’s not out yet, but I’ll try to remember to add a link when it’s ready 🙂

And finally, I’ve crocheted myself a pair of socks:These were made for the March challenge on the Designer’s Challenge group, and since I’ve never crocheted socks before, they’re pretty basic with a lace edging.

And now, I’m working on a pair of socks for my SO – I’m trying them TAAT (two at a time) to try and avoid second sock syndrome, and a crochet baby blanket. Just hope I finish the blanket before the baby pops! 🙂

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