Battle bag 2!

After making the last Nerf Dart bag for Engel, Felix demanded her own! And being a sucker for her little puppy eyes…

And once again, I’m amazed at how well the colours match using just wool from stash!

The Flipfury is Felix’s birthday present and the catalyst that led to the current Nerf craze still sweeping through the house, the Slingfire is mine, I have a thing for big guns blasters!

Not much else to report at the moment, still trying to get in the swing of things at work and home again whilst shaking off one of the many plagues the terrors keep bringing into the house…

I should have called them Bubonic and Typhoid…

Wool Count

Starting total – 576

Wool used – 4 (2 more! Hooray!)
Wool bought – 2
Wool given – 0
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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Biggles and Tinky-Winkles

The title made me giggle…

Anyhow! Let’s start with Biggles. Ages ago, I knit Inkling an Aviator hat, which, from the moment I first put it on him, has been referred to as the Biggles Hat. This hat has been excellent with the cold weather, and it’s super cute.

So, moving on, we have a but of a tradition in my little household where everyone gets a gift on Christmas Eve which is of the warm and wooly variety so that they don’t get eaten by the Yule Cat.

Seriously, it’s a real thing!

(We find it helps ease the super excitement of presents on Christmas Day when the kids are at the point they can’t wait any longer and must open something!)

So, we all got socks and/or jumpers and/or gloves, and I couldn’t leave out Missy, especially as we were all staying at my sister’s! So she got…

Such a beautiful, serious face!

Isn’t she adorable in it? More of that on her blog!

And now onto…Mrs Tiggly-Winks! Whom I found tidying up my loganberry in the front garden…

Here she is tidying up the garden…
And possibly the only knit that I’m more proud of the back than I am of the front!

Out of all the Alan Dart Beatrix Potter knits that I’ve done so far, she is definitely the most complex! Especially those FIFTY quills individually sewn onto her bonnet, back and bustle!

Now onto the next project – one I definitely need sunglasses for!

Wool Count

Starting total – 576

Wool used – 2 (Hooray!)
Wool bought – 2 (it was necessary for a planned project!)
Wool given – 0
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 576 (no change…)

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Time for battle!

Or at least, time to have something suitable made to help with the clean up after said Nerf Battles…

A bag just right for storing all those rogue Nerf darts that I keep finding! In bright orange and dark blue via Engels request (I had started this entirely in bright orange, but it was eye wateringly neon!)

The pattern is very loosely based on the free pattern Pignoli by Berroco Design Team ‘ the pattern calls for knitting a large panel then felting it, seeing as my neon orange was acrylic, I reduced the number of stitches and skipped the felting. I also added a flap and handle to keep the darts secure inside and to make it easy to carry.

I like the rib effect as the more full the bag gets, the more you see the orange!

Felix has already informed me just what colours she wants her Nerf dart bag to be so she has somewhere to store her darts…she’s as bad as her daddy!

Wool Count

Starting total – 576

Wool used – 0 (though I’m close to using up a few balls!)
Wool bought – 0
Wool given – 0
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 576

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Goodbye 2018!

May the stars align and great Cthulhu rise! Oh, wait, no, that’s only what I want to happen in game…

Playing Arkham Horror with friends and eating far too much to bring in the new year, but putting up a quick post in a quiet moment as I don’t know when I’ll see the next one!

As mentioned in my last post, I’ve been visiting the family and staying with Rabbie, there’s been dog walks, Nerf Battles, Christmas, Butterfly World, and the drive back and all the cleaning and tidying to do as well! It’s been constant.

Worth it mind! As such, not managed much knitting (I have one finished project which Missy got, but due to an ear infection hasn’t had a chance to wear it)

Oh, wait, I do have one tiny finished knit! This year’s Christmas decoration (I make one every year)

Its a Nerf dart, to commemorate the Nerf craze that has hit our house, and subsequently my family, pretty hard!

That aside, it’s been a very busy year and I have a few resolutions to try and make next year better. The wool count will continue (this week I’ve used two balls but gained four at Christmas) and I’m going to try and slowly declutter the house. I’m also going to try and take a moment every day to think about something positive, and hopefully this will improve my currently rather pessimistic outlook on life!

I’m aiming to be a realist, optimistic is a bit too high an aim, for now.

May you all have a good new year and an excellent start to 2019!

Cheers!

(And now time to start playing ‘Auld Lang Syne!’)

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 89 (2 down!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 16 (4 up!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 576 (net gain 2!)

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It’s raining cats and…

Ducks?

I went out to the cat mint the other day, in the rain (it’s done nothing but rain for weeks now it feels!) and to my surprise, I found…


Jemima Puddleduck! I brought her in, dried her off, and we got gabbing over some nettle tea and discussed the weather in true British fashion…

(We also spoke fondly of that handsome fellow, dear Mr Todd…)

Joking aside, I’ve picked up in my Beatrix Potter knits again and decided to start with Jemima so I would have the full cast for when Felix and I are acting The Tale of Tom Kitten…this pattern, like the others I’ve made, are the ones created by Alan Dart and after a request the other day by someone trying to find the patterns, it appears that they are completely out of print, you can’t even get them from the Alan Dart website…so if anyone does want them, eBay or Amazon are my only suggestions.

In other news, I’m up North for Christmas and have already had a ball – you can read more on the adventures over at Rabbies/Missy’s blog. (Exact link to be posted when she finishes typing her blog post, we are totally not racing, though I am definitely winning!)

Edit: she finishes her blogpost about today!

I’ll see you after Christmas! Have a good holiday no matter what you celebrate!

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 87 (1 more down! Not going to reach my goal of 100 though, oh well, there’s always next year!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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The Trolling Lobster

This was one of those spontaneous projects that occurs due to events or circumstances far beyond your control. And subsequently, a necessity to troll a work colleague.

And that is all that will be said regarding the reason behind why I knitted this cutie:

He’s a combination of the fantastic free pattern LaPrawnda the Shrimp by Ashley Dorian Medwig and Crab by Sarah Keen from the book ‘100 Little Knitted Projects’.

You want a full body shot?

And another close up of that adorable little face?

This was far too much fun to photograph…rest assured, no knitted lobsters where harmed in the making of this blog post, though he is now regularly being ‘cooked’ in Felix’s toy kitchen! She has a red one that she brings out after putting this guy in the ‘oven’ that she declares ready to eat…

That’s all really this week, have a lot on my plate right now (and a few things on the needles) with it being this close to Christmas and the end of the year…

See you all next week!

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 86 (1 more down!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Nautilus

First of all, if this post looks weird/different then it’s all due to a huge WordPress update that has changed everything!!!! 

Hopefully I can post without too much difficulty…*

Anyhow! A few weeks ago I got the chance to dye some yarn with my wooly playdate pal (it’s great, she has a daughter a year older than Felix so they get a playdate and I get one too! The boys…talk about computers…?)

After a very fun day I was left with 5 10g lots of Blue Leicester wool which I had dyed all kinds of colours, so what to do with them?

Knit of course!

Isn’t he a cutie? It’s a free Knitty pattern, Nautie by Beth Skwarecki and a fun one to make at that, I particularly like how you pick up stitches as you go to twist it into that distinct shell shape…

I used every bit of one of my five lots of wool, and a tiny bit of a second for the head and tentacles. Need to have a think of what to do for the other pretties…for now, I’m pleased with what I have achieved!

Think if I drop enough hints Engel might get me the dyes for Christmas? Or perhaps I shouldn’t start another hobby?

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 85 (1 down!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 576

* Famous last words, it’s taken me four attempts and about fourty minutes to type and post this!

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Alas, poor Yorick…

I knit you well…

At least, I think so! I was given a commission from work for a life sized skull. Couldn’t find any patterns for one, even ones to buy, so I made this guy up using photos of human skulls.

I think it’s worked out well. What do you think, Yorick?

If I was to make him again, there’s a few minor changes I would do, and I’ve noted as such on my scrawled pattern notes.

Still nothing to say, Yorick?

His mouth has been sealed I think…

Short post today, it’s been a very long week and I have a lot to be getting on with, December is always a busy month!

Till next post!

Wool Count

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 84 (no change)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 577

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Goblin King

Back in June, some of you may remember that I knitted a number of hobgoblin hats. (It spanned three posts, so three links.) Not too long afterwards Rabbie came to visit – a great weekend even if nothing went to plan – and brought her hubby, Missy and a very good friend of there’s, now known as The Goblin King.

This is due entirely to him running around, wearing Engels hobgoblin hat (based on the Wychwoods Hobgoblin ‘King Goblin’ beer) to humour a then four year old despite it being 30C…

Anyway, he’s gone down in Felix’s childhood history as ‘The Goblin King’ and frequently brings him up as such in conversation.

So, it had to be done. Drumroll please!

A King Goblin hobgoblin hat, just for the Goblin King! (Once again used the free pattern Oblio’s Cap by Emily Anna Bingham)

The hat has been photographed with Engels hat and a bottle of the relevant beer so you can see what it’s based on. And a keg of straight up Hobgoblin.

Engel likes his dark beers.

Though he humoured me by getting a bottle of the IPA Hobgoblin so I could get a photograph of each hat with the relevant beer! They make a good set, don’t they?

The plan is to post the hat up to the Goblin King for Christmas, with no explanation given as to why he’s recieved it. Just for the giggles.

That is, if I can get Crumble to give it back…

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 84 (1 used!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 12 (5 tiny balls have been added that I was allowed to hand dye!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 577

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Cerber-issy take 2!

As mentioned on my last post, Felix wanted a Cerberus that looks like her favourite fur-cousin Missy!

Here’s the cutie in question:

I will never tire of posting photos of that dog, she is so cite! Anyway, the first  attempt of the Cerber-issy came out fantastic, but much too large.

So heres my second attempt:

I heavily modified the pattern Husky Dog by Kath Dalmeny from her book ‘World of Knitted Toys’ and I must say, I’m really pleased! Not as detailed as the first, but still cute and it’s the right size!

Hooray!

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 83 (2 used!)
Wool bought – 27
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 573

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