Tag: Rabbie

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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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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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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So, Felix wanted me to knit her a Cerberus to look after her haunted house, easy enough, except it had to also look like her favourite fur cousin, Missy.

Despite her markings, she isn’t a Rottweiler. She is a bundle of adorableness though!

So with that as a my goal, I knit…

Cute, no? Based on the ‘Labrador’ pattern from ‘Best in Show’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne. I was planning on knitting the next two heads but…

Poor Missy was now in the cone of shame. What to do?

Put a cone of shame in the knitted one of course! At this point I realised this Cerber-issy was going to be way too big for the haunted house, so this little cutie will be going up to Scotland to join the real Missy whilst I continue with Cerber-issy Take 2!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (no change…)
Wool bought – 27 (Up 1, but it was a shade of green I ran out of previously!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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A werewolf!

(Based on the 1941 Wolfman, played by Lon Chaney)

And next, a mummy!

(I wish I could say I had based it on the classic 1932 movie, but I didn’t, this one I just winged!)

As with the previous doll’s, I’ve made them based on the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law. There’s just one left to make, who I’ll have ready to reveal for next week!

Oh, and Rabbie, to were close enough in your guess for me to call it a hat trick!

Just a short post today as it’s Halloween weekend and there’s a lot of fun things to be doing! Yesterday was Halloween on the Green, followed by some friends coming round, and today it’s Halloweekend in Manchester, there’s a whole range of spooky activities to be getting on with!

Now to pick a costume…

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 81 (1 down!)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 574

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We have Frankenstein’s Monster, and Bride of Frankenstein (or should that be the bride of Frankenstein’s monster?)

A close up of the groom.

And a close up of the bride. (Both made once again using the fantastic free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law as a base, with some fun mods and embellishments!)

The fact they look like newlyweds is purely accidental, I was using the Boris Karloff 1931 Frankenstein as inspiration for Frankensteins Monster, followed by the Elsa Lanchester 1935 Bride of Frankenstein for, well, the Bride of Frankenstein. Very pleased though with the results! So cute!

Also, there’s something that you can’t quite beat with the classic black and white movies! For those curious, I am calling Frankenstein’s Monster Adam, as he refers to himself in the original Mary Shelleys novel (he says ‘I ought to be thy Adam’ to his creator, Victor Frankenstein) , and for the fun of it, I’m calling his lucky lady Eve. Seems fitting. (She was never credited with a name)

Oh, and Rabbie, you were right once again! Can you do a hat trick and guess who’s next on the needles?

Till next week!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (Unchanged)
Wool bought – 26
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575 (Hopefully it’ll go down next week!)

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A vampire! (I used the free pattern Fairy Doll by Stephanie Law again so he would be the same size as Meg, the witch)

Anc Rabbie, you guessed right!

In true Felix fashion, she decided to push her request that little bit more in that this vampire had to have the same super awesome vampire costume that her aunty Rabbie made her…hence the bright green!

There should have been a spiderweb design on the green but Felix decided he didn’t need it – not sure if that’s because she liked it plain or because she wanted him sooner to play with…

That said, she then demanded he have a little pet too, as Meg had Mog, so the vampire has…

A teeny tiny bat! Less than an inch high! (I modified the free pattern Bat Knitting Pattern by Linda Dawkins)

So cute!

Any guesses on who the next monster is to join the haunted house?

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 80 (1 since last post!)
Wool bought – 26 (2 since last post – Ran out of white wool and I use that a lot!)
Wool given – 7
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 575

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Hee hee…I do love a good pun…seriously though, I finished my mystery creation!

*Drum roll*

An octopus hat!

Much like the story behind the aviator hat, Rabbie saw a crocheted octopus hat, and demanded suggested that I should make her one…that was back in March and put on the back burner until now as I couldn’t find anything pattern wise that was remotely doable.

With her birthday coming up, I resolved to just wing a pattern instead. I have to admit, I’m fairly pleased with it! Especially the tentacles!

So cute!

After much debate, I have posted the pattern up as a free pattern! You can find it in the free pattern section, or just click here. Not sure if many people would want to wear an octopus on their head mind you, Rabbie is certainly a one of a kind individual…

Speaking of Rabbie, I’ve just come back from visiting her in Scotland for a birthday bonanza! (More about that on her blog.) In short though, BBQ at other sister’s, murder mystery with this sister, a rather soggy doggy fun day, birthday cake bonanza, Walking With Dinosaurs arena show (so awesome), Kelpies, soft play, trampoline park, back home. That was crammed in between driving up Friday and driving back down Tuesday. No wonder I’m tired!

Oh, another cheer for the Hot Flash Dash on Ravelry:

Knit! Knit! Knit!
The dash will end in a bit!
Purl! Purl! Purl!
You’ve all done really well!

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 57 (1 since last post)
Wool bought – 8
Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!)
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 579 (No change in net total)

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How I wish I was doing just that! It’s gotten so hot at the moment that we’re keeping our time outside to a minimum (I can cope with a fair bit of heat and sun, but Felix and Inkling? Nope) there’s even been amber health warnings issued!

Apologies for the lack of post last week – we had Rabbie, her husband, a good friend of theirs and Felix’s favourite doggy cousin, Missy all staying with us! Lots of fun was had, which Rabbie has covered in a fantastic blog post already, but between that and having no finished project to show you all, I decided to skip a week.

This week though I do have something to show! A birthday present that I was literally casting off at the last minute before heading out to give them!

Its based on the free pattern Wavedeck by Kate Atherley – it’s actually a semi circle but I thought it would showcase the gradient change in the wool off beautifully and I had twice as much as needed…so I made it a full circle.

Which is why my timing was so far off, that and it’s been far too hot to knit with essentially a blanket on my lap…but it’s done and I have another ball of gradient wool, but much nearer the recommended yardage for the pattern, so I see another wavedeck in my future!

But after some smaller knits, at the very least once the heat subsides…

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 47 (1 since last post)
Wool bought – 7 (Bought that lovely ball of gradient wool…)
Wool given – 5
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 584

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Inkling turned one on Friday, and I can honestly say I have no idea where the year has gone. I swear time moves faster the older you get!

We had a BBQ for him on Saturday (Hungry Caterpiller themed due to Inkling being nicknamed as such due to his bottomless appetite- he actually gets separated at nursery from the others during meal times as he steals the other kids food!) and it was great – gorgeous weather, tasty food, and great company. Unfortunately, not everyone could make it (to be fair, most had good excuses, like being in Australia, looking at you Rabbie!)

Something that has changed since I was little, is that kids get party bags when they go to someone’s party, and on this note, it was decided that since Inkling was a kid, there needed to be party bags.

But adults don’t need bubble wands and sweeties (ok, they do, but that’s not the point!) and with the Hungry Caterpillar theme…

A caterpillar! Based on the free pattern Easter Egg Toys by Kimberly Chapman.

And for the bag, a cocoon! Based on my own free pattern! Just reduced by a third in size.

And a beautiful butterfly to finish it off! Based on the pattern Common Blue Butterfly by Lesley Stanfield from her book ‘100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet’.

I, umm, did make too many though…oh well! They looked cute strung up with some ivy Felix helped make!

 

Wool count:

Starting total – 622

Wool used – 42 (5 since last post)
Wool bought – 6
Wool given – 5
Wool gifted – 0

Total – 588

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