This week and last I have been knitting Christmas gifts. Yes. Christmas gifts. I always say I won’t do them then change my mind in December and rush, rush, rush. Seeing as I am in the limbo of lockdown, I figured I would start now.
There is one gift I can show you though…
Inklings birthday was on Monday, and like most three year old boys, he is obsessed with Paw Patrol, and Zuma is his favourite. So I knit him Zuma as part of his present. I used the free pattern Dexter the Labrador by Amanda Berry. The pup tag I just winged, but I feel it came out well!
It was a very quiet celebration this year, again because of lockdown, but at three he doesn’t understand what he missed, which was a blessing really. I suspect I was more upset than anyone else as I didn’t get to see my family from up North. Twice now this year and lockdown. Twice!
Anyhow, back to Christmas gift knitting – I’ll try and fit a few things in that I can show you or else it’ll be a rather dull couple of weeks blog post wise!
Starting total – 704
Wool used – 46 (7 this week!!!) Wool bought – 7 Wool given – 8 (Engel brought two home today as a little pick me up as he noticed the home sickness was setting in) Wool gifted – 0
It’s my favourite time of year, the weather is growing colder, the leaves are turning red, all the winter knits can finally be brought out and worn and best of all, Halloween!
Because if Halloween landing on a Thursday this year, we’ve managed to spread it over a whole week. The Manchester Halloweekend, Felix’s school spooky disco (the only one she will go to) actual Halloween and trick or treating, then friends coming round for games and far too much food…
For Engels costume I dug out my oldest WIP, and after 30 minutes of detail work, it was finished. Part of me feels rather ashamed of was sat in s corner for four years, the other part of me is chalking it down to experience…
A facehugger! This guy is of my design, the pattern notes for it is long gone, so it’s one of a kind too. Which is a shame, but that’s life!
Did everyone else have a spook-tacular Halloween?
But wait, there’s more!
It was my mum’s 60th a few weeks ago (it was dances of the decades with an encouragement for people to dress up) and my present was paying towards the big party bash. But I wanted to give my mum something as well, and Rabbie handmade an awesome elephant patchwork quilt, but what stereotypical gift do you give a 60 year old woman?
Elephant slippers (to match the blanket)
So I made these:
The Cuddliest Kitty Slippers by Janine Peter, a free pattern, tweaked a little as I prefer slippers to cover the ankle. But that’s a cat, I hear you say.
So I took those, combined it with ‘Elephant’ from Sarah Keens book ‘100 Little Knitted Projects’ and got…
Aren’t they adorable?! And we’ll received. My mum’s hinting at having more slippers…
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 103 (2 used) Wool bought – 30 Wool given – 163 Wool gifted – 31
It was Felix’s birthday yesterday! And her party too!
As mentioned in my previous posts I knitted lots of butterflies and tiny bees for the party games and party bags, and after building a section of honeycomb on Monday it was realised that the bees were too small to toss!
So I knitted an emergency batch of large bees! And after that, I realised I had to out them in something when not in use, so I needed a beehive!
I used my own free pattern for this one – cocoon or chrysalis – on 8mm and tweaked the colours, but it got done!
Then Felix said that since the bees had a house, the butterflies needed one too…so…
Again using my own pattern. Finished this one on Friday evening…
The day itself was great, Felix loved her main present, a baby Mexican red knee tarantula, and the party was the crazy kind of chaos that small children thrive on!
I could seriously do with sleeping for a week now though!
Chat more later!
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 90 (5 used) Wool bought – 19 Wool given – 157 (2 as birthday presents!) Wool gifted – 31
Well, motorbikes. Which is what I’ll start on then I’ll get to the butterflies.
On Friday, Engels motorbike died. We knew that she had begun to slowly mechanically deteriorate, as all things do with wear and tear and the lovely state of British roads. She was a work horse of a motorbike and did a 40 mile round commute everyday in sun, sleet and snow. So when she died, Engel was left in a rather awkward predicament or requiring a motorbike to commute to work, as he cant feasibly get there via public transport, as fast as possible but with no actual savings to get one.
Yesterday (Saturday) we called upon a few favours and managed to get someone with motorbike know how to, firstly, breathe a few more last breaths into the old motorbike, and then go with Engel to kick some tyres and find a replacement. It was a long day, and I ended up driving for a total of 4 hours (but there was lots of doggy cuddles, four huskies and a collie!), but a new lovely lady of a motorbike was found and we just have to get Engels poor workhorse of a motorbike to last a few more days until everything is in place to get the new one.
Not going into any great details, but I now have a motorbike to pay off, so I’m officially reopening commissions – since Felix was born I’ve pretty much only been making things upon request for friends and family (and work colleagues, as Yorrick is proof of) but as of now, anyone can request one. Full details on the commissions page.
I’m curious to see what requests get made, I’ve had quite a few interesting ones in the past – life sized knitted recreations of peoples pets, items from games or movies, a knitted womb that would double as a purse… (that last one wasn’t made in the end, after it was explained to me that it was going to be a ‘congratulations on your hysterectomy’ gift, I didn’t feel it would go down well and I do like to think I have a pretty dark sense of humour)
Now, onto the butterflies!
Felix has asked for a ‘mini beasts’ birthday this year (for those wondering what a mini beast is, its now the ‘correct’ term for creepy crawlies, insects, bugs etc – schools didn’t feel it fair on the insects to cast a negative light on them by calling them creepy). Her birthday isn’t until September but I figured that insects would make nice, small, travel sized knits.
After realising there was about 50, or maybe more, of the things I decided I had to make myself stop and choose a new insect for travel knitting. When I finish with that one, I’ll do another post like this one!
I’m going to go and get back to knitting some socks now (a very ‘normal’ knit for me I must say!) and working out which husky pattern to cast on next as a thank you for the motorbike friend…
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 56 (8 this week!!) Wool bought – 13 Wool given – 155 Wool gifted – 31
I’ve been watching way too much Storybots (even if you don’t have a little one, I highly recommend it!)
Anyhow, on to the knitting!
Cars! I bet none of you guessed by the title…
Sarcasm aside, these are knit following the pattern ‘Car’ by Sarah Keen from her book ‘100 little knitted projects’. They’re super cute and relatively quick to make, which is good, as Felix has informed me they’re to go in the party bags for Inklings second birthday…
Which is just over a month away, but there’s so much to do, I figured I’d best start early. For those curious, Felix has chosen a ‘transport’ theme for his birthday, decided how his cake should look and which games should be at the party…
I’ve tried explaining that she can get away with doing these things this year, but next year will be a different story as he’ll be calling the shots!
Aside from cars (expect to see a lot, lot more of these) I have a shawlette on the needles, which I’ve ripped out three times and changed the pattern twice…hopefully it’ll be finished one day!
Starting total – 576
Wool used – 24 (1 this week!) Wool bought – 13 Wool given – 4 Wool gifted – 0
Total – 569
The total is going to go up, a lot, as I’m being gifted someone’s from Engels works recently deceased grandmother’s stash…when I work out how much I’ll add it to the total.
It’s been busy since my last post – despite losing three days to the plague (some viral infection that resulted in me seeing black spots during coughing fits, and left me so short of breath I was unable to go up/down the stairs without a break halfway up/down) – I have managed to tie up the ends of a few projects, Felix has had her fifth birthday and there was a crazy cat party with 30+ around five year old kids, with games, activities and even a wizard!
Needless to say I am exhausted! But it’s been worth it, Felix was so happy and excited!
And that leads us to both the lion and mice part of this post. Mice first:
A few more mice where knitted, but more importantly, I finished the cat of the ‘Feed the Cat’ game. Here it is having survived the party, in pretty good shape all things considered!
I’ve wanted to make Missy, my dog-niece, something for a while, and even though she wasn’t going to Felix’s cat birthday party, I wanted her to join in. Originally I was planning on mostly following the pattern ( To humiliate the dog by Amoena Online – its a free and very cute mouse/reindeer doggy costume pattern) and adding cat ears…but somehow I ended up doing loop stitch and making it into a lion’s mane…
She’s a big dog, so maybe she needed to be a big cat…?
So incredibly cute!
And lastly, crocodiles. Well, crocodile, singular.
Some of you may remember this time last year I was knitting fish for Felix’s birthday party, it was for a game called ‘Feed the Shark’. This year it’s been demanded to make a return but, seeing as this year’s birthday theme is cats, not Octonauts, we’re going for ‘Feed the cat.
And what do cats eat?
Haven’t made the cat part to ‘Feed the Cat’ as I need a big bit of cardboard, but the mice are done at least! Though I’m debating more, 55 just don’t seem like enough…
Seeing as I don’t have a photo of the finished game (yet!) I’ll reward you all instead with a photo of Dashie being Queen of the Cat Scratcher, Hoarder of knitted mice!
She looks so regal…
Got a few more little projects, and a small one, on the needles but more in them when they’re done! I may knit a few more mice in between projects mind you, just in case 55 isn’t enough…
Not much to say on the non knitting front, life’s been busy with work and family time (had a good laugh at Portland Basin Museum today)and I may have gotten severely distracted playing Unravel (Yarny is so cute!) but getting there. Even if my boiler decided to die on me whilst I was in the middle of washing my hair…so cold still…
Alright, enough of me whining, wool count time!
Starting total – 622
Wool used – 66 (8 since last post! Hooray for odds and ends!) Wool bought – 8 Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!) Wool gifted – 0
Hee hee…I do love a good pun…seriously though, I finished my mystery creation!
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!
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!
Starting total – 622
Wool used – 57 (1 since last post) Wool bought – 8 Wool given – 6 (1 as a birthday present!) Wool gifted – 0
Ok, ok, I know it’s an EGG-stremely bad pun, but it had to be done!
These are a little pair of knitted hand grenade egg cosies, based on the free pattern ‘GRENADE’ by Ali Hogg (Cast kn 42, start from row 15, follow pattern as written) and the purpose of these EGG-celent knits is as a little token gift for my dad for his birthday. I’m sure he’ll appreciate them, at least more than my awful sense of humour!
Though I’m sure he’ll at least get the YOLK! Hee hee! I crack myself up!
Ok, ok, this post has probably become EGG-scrutiating so I will stop there.
Hope everyone is coping with the hot weather, we haven’t been at all, Engel, Felix and Inkling appear to have given up trying to sleep unless they literally crash out, and I’m fairing only marginally better, but that could be exhaustion (see, I didn’t make a pun there) creeping in and making me deluded.
I wonder if I could blame this post in the heat as well…
Till next week, where hopefully it will be cooler and I’ll feel more inclined to actually knit – it’s a bad sign when the weather has stopped me from my most favourite of hobbies…
Starting total – 622
Wool used – 49 (2 since last post) Wool bought – 7 Wool given – 5 Wool gifted – 0