Much ado about knitting

I’ve had a knitting frenzy recently. Now Audrey has a cardigan knitted using the free Anne Dresow pattern. It is a well written pattern however I made real heavy weather of it, knitting/unpicking/knitting/counting/recounting argh. I also read the chart wrong, it’s the first time I’ve really used a chart and as the rows weren’t numbered, I got it wrong. Note to self – start in the bottom right corner! I had some really awkward stitch combinations to contend with and the pattern is a bit wrong as you can see – but I still think it looks pretty.

The scarf was a lot lot easier, fab little free pattern by Annie Baker , I made a minnie ‘Minnie’ scarf in lush organic cotton. Audrey is now ready for her photo shoot and then off to find a new home.

 

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Pyjamas, slippers and a bonnet (with ears)

I’ve been finishing the last few items for Malisa. I’d heard she was getting a bed – so I thought she needed a pair of soft brushed cotton pyjamas. I used the Pixie Faire pattern with modifications for Malisa’s bigger bottom! Then the slippers with the cute rose detail are made using the Wooly Wonders Crochet really easy to follow Youtube tutorial. And finally there is the Bearly Bonnet made slightly smaller in the softest Merino wool. There is no time for fabulous pictures by Tortie – this little girl needs to get to her new family for Christmas, so it’s my rubbish blurry camera phone photos!

 

The denim jacket

What every thoroughly modern girl needs……..her denim jacket! I’ve really enjoyed making this, it’s by Pixie Faire , I’ve bought several patterns from them now and the attention to detail in the styling is just lovely. There are proper flat felled seams, little front pockets and those adorable back tabs, take a look below. I need to add a few snaps to keep those cuffs closed but I couldn’t resist showing it.

 

Striped socks

I’ve been experimenting with socks for these girls and I’ve done everything from re purpose bought children’s socks (you get a seam line up the back) to knitting them. I think I have about 3 or 4 knitting patterns now and the best one is by Staci Perry .These are proper socks – toe up, magic loop, turned heel and thoroughly super duper. I found I can do a child’s size with these 2mm needles and very fine yarn and they fit perfectly. I’ve done these striped, I’m not happy with my change of colour wool it’s not very neat so ……. practice, practice practice.

Miss Malisa

Meet Malisa she is a custom order for Christmas. She has a sweet smile (like her mother’s) slightly shy looking but I think she can be feisty at times! This is her first official photo shoot….it’s the pants shot! They are made of a soft mint coloured Pointelle that I got from  Debbie’s shop Little Oke. She’s also having a little wrap dress in blue and red and a denim jacket. Best get onto it!