Tag: Commissions

Just a few things since my last blog post…

A request from someone at work who is expecting their first grandchild – it’s an adorable hooded cabled cardigan called, rather excitingly, ‘Design I’ from Sirdars Gorgeous Babies booklet. I’ve just cast on a blanket now for them also, but more on that on a later post.

Next of all, a little story.

Whilst in Edinburgh, at the museum of Scotland, Felix batted her eyelashes at Daddy and left cuddling a small triceratops.

On the bus ride home, she informed me it needed a mummy and I was going to make her it.

Can’t fault a two year olds logic sadly…

It was easy to achieve though using the triceratop pattern from ‘Knitted Dinosaurs’ by Tina Barret. Just a little bit of colour work and voila!

I must admit, the squeals of joy when I gave her it this morning made the effort well worth while!

Except, just one small detail.

She just asked for a Daddy dinosaur…

Wool Count down:

Starting total – 697 balls

Wool used – 11

Wool accidentally purchased – 9 (it was a super good offer and a really nice bright green that will make an adorable…something…)

Total – 695

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A commission from work, made loosely following the ‘dinosaur toy’ pattern from ‘nursery knits for boys’ by sirdar. He’s turned into a cutie I must admit, but I could only work on this whenever Felix wasn’t around/paying attention in case she demanded it for herself!

Slow week knitting wise really as there’s been a bit of a cold virus going through the house, and with work and everything else…yeah…tired.

In other news I’ve not been made redundant, but seeing as nearly two thirds of my department will be leaving sooni’m wondering if  that’s a good thing or not…time will tell I guess.

No wool count this week as I’ve not used up any wool, a good bit of each of the dinosaur colours has been used, but not a whole ball!


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Baby Yoda hat! A request from work, based loosely on the free pattern ‘Baby Yoda Knit Hat’ by Shinah Chang

A pineapple hat – another request – free pattern by Chile Con Yarne – as well as a plain black one using the same pattern (but no leaves) as a leaving gift for my boss at work. Sadly forgot to take a photo before gifting, oh well…

And last hat, again a request from work, free Ravelry pattern ‘Alpaca Earflaps‘ by OzYarn.

Lots of hats lately!

On a different note, the last photo, some may spy some Shadowrun books – I’m preparing the traditional news year eve game, though this year we’re mixing it up with a new system and world – so we’re going from Call of Cthulhu where you will die, or go insane, to Shadowrun, where the players are probably going to die, or drive me insane. Not that they don’t do that anyway.

My brain is still trying to work out exactly how they managed to skip an entire book (I’m talking 50 odd pages of adventure here) from the Horror on the Orient Express Campaign, and then the final book covering the end scenarios was just tossed to the side… (I won’t go into details, gaming is very much a ‘you had to be there’ type thing in my opinion.)

It’ll be interesting trying out a new system though, we’ll be playing 3rd edition Shadowrun as that’s what Engel and myself own a lot of. Well, I own a rule book. He owns four rule books, one start up guide and about thirty odd companion/expansion books and a 6 page character sheet…and I think there’s a few adventures in there too, but I probably won’t use those – no point really as my gaming group have the habit of, when presented with three options, taking the twelfth.


Wool count. Five used this week – woot!

Wool Count down:
Starting total – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 20 balls (so far)
Wool used – 120
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 45

Total – 697

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A request from work:

Tractor gloves! This is a combination of two free patterns – the gloves are Michelle Gloves by Drop Designs And the tractor is from Gustaf – tractor mittens by Kamilia

This was for his son, but, he’s recently had a little girl! And, important life lesson, never give one without giving the other. So even though shes too young to understand that, yet:

Baby Mittens, free pattern by Malin Nilsson. In real life these are actually bone white, rose pink and bright pink…camera flash kills colour sadly…

Adorable, aren’t they? Both items, that is!

Short post this week, busy making a start on getting the festivities ready!

Wool Count down:
Starting total – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 20 balls (so far)
Wool used – 113 (3 again! Thats three in a row!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 45

Total – 704

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On a dishy…

When the boat comes in!

Now, this post isn’t to do with the fish (though its a lovely free Ravelry pattern ‘striped fish‘ by Nettas Knits, though mine is a plain silver/grey, not striped) its all about the plate.

Yes, the plate.

As part of the cat commission I did a while ago I was asked to knit a replica of the plate they used to eat from, and a little snack too. So, here’s the original plate:

And here’s the knitted one:

The plate itself was easy – pinwheel increase, blue purl edge, pinwheel decrease, plastic plate inside with holes drilled in to allow the wool to be fixed and shaped.

The embroidery though! 3 hours! Worth it though for the look of shock it received.

Never again though. Never!

In other news – busy week. Been dying of the plague at work, craft fair Friday, and two of my friends had joint birthday celebrations on Saturday. I did knit a little something for the occasion, but I’ll blog about that next week – there’s a saga involved and I need to get quite a few photos together!

Wool Count down:
Starting total – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 20 balls (so far)
Wool used – 107 (3 this past week!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 45

Total – 710

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Engels incredibly bright, not too warm-not too cold blanket, as per his request. Snuggles decided to photo bomb the photo shoot as the sea of green was just destroying my retinas…

And yes, this wool is just that bight. Its neon. And UV reactive. It actually glows under black lights!

The pattern is based on the ‘Weekend TV Lapghan‘ by Lionbrand, different needles and wool used, and subsequently this was the monster of a blanket where I accidentally cast on three times the number of stitches

But that is the last of the blankets! For now.

I’ve got another bunny commission on at the moment, so a pause on the personal projects, though I did squeeze these in:

These are based on the ‘Miss Marple Scarf‘ pattern by SusanneS-vV. The black one is for Felix as the weather gets cooler, and the pink one is a gift for one of Engels relatives. The photo was taken at a sushi place in Manchester which is where I did the final bits of the pink one, along with some very yummy salmon and cracked black pepper with rice…

Other updates: Life, super busy, between work, Engel, and the growing terror that is an almost two year old Felix, very little time is left for much else!

Wool update: The past two weeks, seven! Very nearly finished a few more, but colour changes, I’ll have to go back to those later…

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 20 balls (so far)
Wool used – 76 (7 balls this week! Woot!)
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 13

Total – 708

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It must be bunnies!

Anyone else remember that episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

Moving on, lots of bunnies have been getting made lately as part of a commission from The Rabbit Rescue Trust – they’ll be on sale around about Christmas time for anyone interested!

Without further ado:

All based on the Free Square Bunny Pattern by Annette of Lebenslustiger.com.

And this is the Big Footed Bunny from Knitted Toys by Zoe Mellor. I changed the colours up a bit for a more girly look, but still kept it fairly neutral as I’m not one for bright pink baby first toys! This little guy is for someone special whose happens to be having a little girl in the near future!

Last two things now:

1 – the delay in posts was due to my nephews 6th birthday, which was held in Legoland Windsor, a subsequent week long family holiday in a gorgeous log cabin in the middle of nowhere with next to zero wi-fi…an then a family visit from the other half of the family who wanted to meet Felix (some for the first time).

From this I now know Felix is carsick, has a love of owls, an obsession with ducks and learns bad habits at the drop of a hat. Not mentioning any names *hint hint* you know who you are!

2 – the wool count! With being so busy a lot less knitting was done than I had planned, but still, seven balls have been used since the last post!

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 54
Wool given – 3
Wool bought – 3

Total – 709

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Finished a large commission yesterday – three fairly decent sized toy cats made to look like the persons actual kitty cats. (Or Meow-Meows as he insists on calling them)

So without further ado, cats!

All three are based on ‘Clematis Cat’ by Sue Stratford in ‘Knitted Cats and Kittens’.

I haven’t used up any wool this week – spent most of the week sewing. The three cats above got put together, as well as about…thirty bunnies? More on those next week though!

Have a good weekend!

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Mission Objective complete.

Final package dropped off in Liverpool.

Business concluded.

Engel had far too much fun with the insinuations of this ‘business’ and ‘package’. On Friday I had, in fact, dropped off the last of my largest commission undertaken. A friend is getting married soon and, instead of flowers, she wanted a knitted bear and liger on each table, each toy being about a foot long. For eight tables.

I’ll admit I was a tiny bit tired of this by the eight pair!

But, none the less, here are the little guys:

The bear is based on ‘Brown Bear’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne from ‘Knit your own zoo’

And the Liger is based on ‘Tabby Cat Prowling’ by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne from ‘Best in show: Knit your own cat’

As an amusing aside, I originally decided to knit the bears out of  a fuzzy wool, and using the pattern ‘Grizzly Bear’ by Kath Dalmeny from ‘Knitted World of Toys’

Lets just say fuzzy wool isn’t so good at holding its shape. At all.

I did get a cute guinea pig though!

Not much else to say other than a pleasant Easter was had by all. Oh, and lastly, 2 balls of wool this week.

Wool Count down:
Starting total (28Feb15) – 747 balls
Extra stash found – 10 balls (so far)
Wool used – 26 (Yeah!)
Wool given – 3
Total – 734

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I have no idea where my time has gone! (Probably swallowed somewhere between chores, Felix, knitting, socialising, dreaded dentist and trying to cram some sleep in somewhere)

Another busy day today so I’ll be brief, past few days I’ve been at the dentist (getting a crown fitted soon so it needs drilled and readied) spent some time with Little Felix and her Grandmama and grandpapa, visited my boss and her baby as well as her parent group, visited a different parent group near me, went to work for a flying visit – Engel had a contact lens disaster – and…there was more, I’m sure…

But on to the knitting portion!

Flat rat bookmarks, free pattern from Fleegles blog

Which can be found here. I’m addicted to these – cute and quick to make! And who cant laugh at a squashed rat for a bookmark or coaster?

A Scottish Hippo Tea Cosie

And lastly, this guy! I was asked to do a commission for a very nice person as a present for their friend with the instructions of, ‘she’s Scottish so it’d be nice to incorporate that into it, but she also really likes hippos.’ So I made a hippo wearing a tammy hat, i did try the stereotypical ginger hair, but it made the finished item look…odd. so I left it off.

Fingers crossed she likes it!

Well, thats all for now. Felix needs to go to the clinic to be weighed and measured, then hospital for her BCG, after that meet up with Engel for dinner before my knit club. Hopefully Felix will behave if I give her a ball of wool for herself…7 weeks isn’t too early to start their love of wool, right?


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