Friday, 4 December 2015

Archery Target Hat and Other Projects

I have been crazily busy these past few weeks, but obviously I still have time to do a bit of knitting. I think that's one of the things I love most about knitting is that you can always fit in a few rows of something into your day.

It's a friend who loves archery's birthday tomorrow and I have made her the perfect gift. Though I am a little worried that I could be responsible for her accidental demise if someone mistakes the back of her head for a target.

The pattern is not mine but is available for free here. I followed the instructions for the slightly longer beanie and I think it would have been too small otherwise. It was also my first time using circular needles and I have to say I am converted.

That's not the only think I've been knitting recently, I also made my first cardigan. It is a tiny baby's cardigan but still, I had to learn how to make button holes and everything. It was a donation to the local hospital for premature babies but I have to say knitting baby's clothes does make me a little bit broody. They're just so tiny and cute.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Yesterday was just your average trip so Sainsburys, I bought some chicken, Worcester sauce, 5 Pumpkins! And let me tell you they were a bugger to carry home.Pumpkin carving is always really fun, although I don't understand how anyone can do anything more than the basic two eyes and a jagged mouth, do they have practice pumpkins?
Look at this!

I am going to pretend my efforts were inspired by this one but I am not sure I've captured the likeness quite as well...

Yer a wizard, vampire, pumpkin Harry!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Jayne's Smoothie Hat (Firefly)

A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not afraid of anything.

Some credit for this pattern must go to the author of "Jo's Big Knit". Her Norwegian Hat (which can be found here) provided a lot of inspiration for this pattern but I have changed it quite substantially to suit my needs.

Pretty cunning, doncha think?
You will need:
Red, Orange, and Yellow DK yarn
4mm needles (or thereabouts)
Darning needle
Fork (for the pompom- you might have a different method but I can almost guarantee you it will not be a better method)


Ear Flaps-Red (Make 2)
Cast on 2 sts
Row 1: K1, M1, K1
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl

When you cast on for the second ear flap do it on the same needle as the first so that you end up with the two both on the same needle and facing the same way.

On the other needle cast on 5 sts. Knit accross first earflap. Cast on 9sts. Knit across second ear flap. Cast on 4 sts
Beginning with a purl row stocking stitch 5 rows in orange
Change to yellow and continue to SS for 10 rows
K2tog till end (14sts)
P2tog till end (7sts)
Cut thread leaving 25cm left over, thread through stitches on needle and pull tight to form the hat.
Sew down the back of the hat, thread some red yarn through the end of the ear flap and plait it with the yarn already there. Sew in all other loose ends.
Finally make a tiny red pompom to sew on to the top. I recently learnt how to made a pompom with a fork and it has revolutionized my pompom making. I include an instructional video of how to make said pompom, I hope that it is helpful but please bear in mind that I just filmed it on my phone. The most important thing is that you tie the knot nice and tightly.

 And if the way I've tied the knot around the pompom on the fork looks really awkward well that's because it was. You try making a knot and holding a fork at the same time with your arms outstretched.

I've just been to see Crimson Peak at the cinema this week,. Not being good with jump scares I was worried my poor heart wouldn't be able to cope with the palpitations caused by the horror combined with Tom Hiddleston in period costume. But I think the most terrifying thing about it was the price. I haven't been to a Cineworld for ages and this reminded me why, £7.60! With a student discount! And if that doesn't shock you then maybe you don't realise that things can be different. In my local independent cinema at home tickets cost £2.50 so paying over three times that was a bit painful for me. I cannot fault the film itself though, it was gripping, surprising and most importantly really creepy but it does, and this may have been intentional, kinda have the same plot as Scooby Doo Zombie Island.

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Big Knit

Being a student one of my key skills is of course procrastination and it is amazing how having a house gives you so much more scope for things to do when you don't want to work. In halls last year I only had one room that I could clean but today I even did the oven.
The worst of course is the things that shouldn't really take priority over say, a ninety page article on the history of gun laws in America but also feel like a good way to spend ones time. This brings me nicely to my knitting project of the week: Innocent Smoothie hats.
It is indeed that time of year again, my goal is to beat my rather pathetic last year total of 5 and I'm already nearly half way there.

For every smoothie hat made Innocent Smoothie donates 25p to Age UK, so thus far that's a grand total of 50p on my part. Which does I admit seem a little pathetic but they are really fun to make, and it feels a lot more productive than cleaning ovens.

I have made a Cat in the Hat Hat and a Mad Hatter's Hat. The pattern I used can be found here. The price on the Mad Hatter's hat was just a tiny bit of paper which I superglued straight onto the wool. Irrevelant but quite interesting fact: The term 'mad as a hatter' comes from the 18th and 19th century when mercury was used to make felt for the hats. The hatters got mercury poisoning which at the time led to people thinking they were insane. Who says history is boring?

Friday, 18 September 2015

Knitted Dean Winchester

Not that I'm obsessed or anything... :). Initially this was going to match my moose Sam Winchester (visit my patterns page) but that's not really how it turned out so now I might have to make another. Anyhoo here is my knitted Dean Winchester.

 All knitted with 3mm needles and DK yarn.

Body and head (black and flesh colour):
Cast on 20 stitches in black
Beginning with a knit row stocking stitch (SS) 10 rows.
Switch to a pale pink and SS 8 rows.
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and thread this through the 20 sts and pull tight.
Using mattress stitch sew down to the bottom of the body, stuff it and then sew up the bottom. Wrap a bit of  yarn tightly around the middle to make a neck.

Legs (black) make two:
Cast on 10 sts
SS 14 rows
Cast off
Sew with mattress stitch to the end of the leg, stuff and sew up.

Trousers (denimy blue):
Cast on 12 sts
SS 10 rows
Cut yarn and on the same needle CO 12 sts
SS 10 rows
SS 4 rows across both legs
Cast off.

Sew the legs onto the body then wrap the trouser legs round the legs and sew up. Then sew the trousers onto the body.

Shirt (green):
Cast on 18 sts (green)
SS 12 rows.
Cast off.
Sew the shirt onto the body leaving the chest bare.

Arms (pale pink) make two:
Cast on 6 sts
SS 8 rows
Cast off
Sew with mattress stitch to the end of the arm, stuff and sew up.

Sleeves (green) make two:
Cast on 8 sts
SS 5 rows
Cast off
Sew the arms into the sleeves and then sew onto the body.

To finish:
Thread some grey wool through a small yellow bead to make the Samulet.
Embroider eyes and a mouth in black.
For the hair I did a mixture of sewing on some of it and also leaving some yarn loose which I then split into it's separate stands.

I did receive a comment on my Sam Winchester pattern that it would be better if the clothes were removable (and who wouldn't want to remove his clothes) and I did give this some thought but while I can see it working for the trousers I felt it made the shirt far too complicated, so I am sorry about that, but I did consider it.

As always if you have any questions or suggestions leave me a comment. Also if you would like to make a less moosey Sam and would like a pattern for that leave me a comment and I will see what I can do.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Helm's Deep Inspired Jumper

So anyone who's seen Lord of the Rings will know what this refers to. Helms Deep is nearly lost, the Uruk-Hai are breaking into the keep and Aragorn convinces King Theoden to make one last charge. Then to the background of a powerful wailing soundtrack Theoden says "The Horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep... one last time!" Just typing that gave me goosebumps, I am such a nerd :).
Anyway, who wouldn't want a jumper to celebrate this moment?

Here I am in the finished jumper. It's not my most flattering colour but I made it for my twin sister so it doesn't matter what it looks like on me :). That is a joke, kinda, but we're not identical and she does actually look a lot better in green than me.

I used the same basic jumper pattern that I make most of my jumpers with, details can be found here. And just in case anyone wants to make a Helm Hammerhand jumper here is the chart I used, designed by my own fair hand. The bulk of the jumper was knitted in Aran but I didn't want to buy new wool just for one tiny dwarf beard so all the other colours were knitted with doubled over DK yarn. It makes those sections slightly thicker but I don't think it really notices/matters.

Colours needed: Black, Grey, Orange, and Pink
Forget boring things like graphs and spreadsheets, knitting patterns is what excel is truly designed for.
As always let me know if you have any questions.

Forth Eorlingas!

 Note: I know it's summer and not really the time of year for jumpers but firstly, I made this some time ago and have only just got round to writing about it and secondly, I live in England so you're only ever a day or two away from jumper wearing weather.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tiny Flags

It's less than two weeks to Eurovision! I am a complete Eurovision nut, it's easily my favourite night of the year. It's one of those rare and wonderful things that are both so bad they're good and so good they're, well, good. Also Graham Norton makes anything brilliant.

Anyway in celebration of the 60th anniversary of this joyous occasion I have decided to knit some tiny flags. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, bunting maybe, but they're really cute and I thought I would share them.
So far, because the semi-finals haven't happened, and I don't really want to knit 40 flags, I have only included the 'Big Five' and of course Austria. Still I may do more.

(I know Italy is upside down, sorry)
All the flags were knitted using 3mm needles and DK yarn. They are all 15 stitches wide and 10 rows of stocking stitch tall so the pattern should be fairly easy to adjust for whichever country you want (although there is a reason why I haven't yet attempted Australia). Nevertheless here are the patterns for all the flags i have made thus far.

SS=Stocking Stitch

Cast on 15 stitches in red
Knit 5 stitches in red, 5 in white and, 5 in blue/green
Continue in SS until you have 10 rows using the intarsia method (twisting the threads as you switch from one colour to another)
Using the red yarn cast off
Sew in all loose ends.

Cast on 15 stitches in yellow/red
Beginning with a knit row SS 3 rows
Switch to red/white and SS 4 rows
Switch to black/red and SS 3 rows
Cast off
Sew in all loose ends.

Cast on 15 stitches in red
Beginning with a knit row SS 2 rows
Switch to yellow and SS 6 rows
Back to red and SS 2 rows
Cast off
Obviously on so small a space you're never going to be able to do a perfect replica of the Coat of Arms (or maybe you can) so I just did a rough approximation with red yarn.
Sew in all loose ends.

Union Jack:
The most complicated one but being British I felt obliged to include it (though I don't know why I bother, people say we loose for political reasons but lets face it our entrants are, at best, not normally anything special- Scooch I'm looking at you)
Cast on 15 stitches in blue
Row 1: knit 7sts blue, 1st red, 7sts blue
Row 2: Purl 7 blue, 1 red, 7 blue
Row 3 & 4: repeat rows 1 & 2
Switch to red and SS 2 rows
Repeat rows 1-4
Cast off
Embroider on diagonal red lines and then round all the red in white as shown in the picture above
Sew in all loose ends.

And there you have it. Sorry for the very Eurovision centric post but there's no reason why you couldn't use this pattern for a different event. I appreciate that some people find Eurovision just as dull as I find the World Cup but I try not to judge :).

I probably won't be updating for a bit because all my exams are looming and apparently I have to pass this year or something...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Firstly, what do you mean you've never heard of a twiddlemuff? Or maybe that was just me. I came across this as one of my universities knitting for charity projects and decided to give it a go.

For those of you who don't know a twiddlemuff is a knitted band that patients in hospital with dementia can use to keep their hands busy, which provides comfort but also means that  they don't fiddle with the medical equipment. I'd also just finished Elizabeth is Missing, which is a wonderful book and really opened my eyes to how stressful living with dementia must be.

The pattern I used to make mine can be found here

Obviously hospitals can be really terrifying places for people with dementia and this pattern was really easy and fun to follow.
For more information check out the Forget-Me-Not campaign.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Knitted Birds

Happy Easter! I'm back home now, managed to make a tit of myself, fall over and take the skin off my fingers on the way home. I was also the person who everyone hates on the tube with my massive rucksack, lots of tutting but I made it and it is amazing to look into a fridge with actual food in it again.

This project started off just as a chick for Easter but then it grew and I received increasingly weird requests from all my friends. They only take an evening to make so they are great as last minute presents.

Obviously green hair or huge scary eyes is a personal choice.

Knitted with 3mm needles and DK wool.

Body (garter stitch-all knit rows):
Cast on 24sts
Knit 2 rows
Shaping the Tail: Increase at each end of next three rows (30sts)
Knit 1 row
Dec at beginning of next 6 rows (24sts)
Body and head: Knit 22 rows
(Knit 2 together) until end of row (12sts)
Knit 1 row
(Knit 2 together) until end of row (6sts)
Break off yarn and thread through stitches.
Sew down the bird’s back, stuff and then sew along the bottom.
Loop yarn bellow head and pull tight to make a neck. You may also want to add a few stiches above the tail to make it stand out more.

Beak (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
K 1 row
P2tog, P2, P2tog
K1 row
P2tog, p2tog
Break of yarn and thread though stitches. Sew onto head slightly curved.

Feet (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
Beginning with a knit row stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) 3 rows
Purl 2 together, take yarn once around right hand needle (RHN), purl 2 together, take yarn once around RHN, purl 2 together (5sts)
SS 4 row
Cast off
Fold in half and sew together. The holes from row 4 will make the gaps between the claws.

This is all you need for the basic bird. Sew on the beak and feet and then embroider on some eyes.

My personal favourite was the grey and yellow penguin. For this you will also need a chest and some wings. 
Cast on 10sts
Knit 14 rows
K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1 (8sts)
K1 row
K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
K1 row
Cast off.

Wings (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
Knit 14 rows
K2tog, K2, K2tog
K2tog, K2tog
Cast off
Fold in half length ways and sew up.

I didn't make feet for the penguin because it would be hard to fit them on with the chest.

Feel free of course to be as wacky as you want and leave a comment if you have any questions.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Avatar Mittens

(The benders, *childish snort*, not the blue people)

Inspired by Aang's orange and yellow outfit and of course his blue arrow.

I made them using 3mm needles and DK wool.
Pattern (make two, but with the arrow on different sides):
Cast on 40sts
In yellow knit 20 rows of K2 P2 rib.
Beginning with a single row of yellow follow chart below for next 22 rows in stocking stitch (starting with a knit row).
Knit 2 rows of K2 P2 rib.
Cast off.
In mattress stitch sew down the sides leaving a hole for the thumb.

Arrow chart

They should now look something like this:

Given the option I probably would have picked a slightly darker orange but the only wool shop within walking distance doesn't have much of a range and the friend's birthday I was making them for was approaching quickly. Let me know if you have any questions or comments :).

In other news I've also learnt how to play the didgeridoo (very badly) and I tried microwaving cake for the first time, best decision I've ever made in my life.

Monday, 9 March 2015

LOTR square is finished!

Exhausted panting and expressive eyebrows. "It's done,"
"Yes Mr Frodo, it's over now."
Well I haven't brought down any Dark Lords but I have finished my LOTR square. Sewing in the loose ends was a horrific task but I already want to make another one.

Pretty cool huh? The further away you get the better it looks, for me being incredibly short sighted if I take my glasses off it looks amazing. It makes a nice change to be able to see something better without my glasses on.
The knitting in total it is a quite impressive 97 X 43 cm,2. Though mine is slightly bigger because I crocheted a border (double crochet stitch twice around the square). I'm not even sure what I'm going to turn it into yet, there is the potential for a giant blanket.
I made the pattern on, for more information and the pattern itself check out my earlier blog post here.

Monday, 2 March 2015

LOTR Knitting Update

It's now 75% finished and a monstrosity to carry around. But Gandalf has appeared, kind of.

When I take pictures of it, or even just look at it from really far away and squint a bit, then I think, yeah this could be alright. *sturgeon face*. But up close it does, to be perfectly honest look a bit of a mess. Still that is why I love knitting pictures so much. You are really never sure what is going to come off your needles. I remember when I made a Harry Potter blanket (not my pattern but it's on Ravelry) Draco was a total disappointment when I cast him off.
I am not looking forward to sewing in the loose ends though. This is what my back looks like at the moment.

If I was one of those amazing forward thinking people I would have sewn them in as I went along but there is a reason why present me always hates past me. Still with a bit of luck my next post should be the finished item. Which is very exciting.
Right, I need to pretend to write an essay for a few hours now.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Mini Knitted Moose Sam

 It has been a while I think since I posted something that made me seem like a Supernatural nut. Which is remiss of me. And so, say hello to my little moose!

It was quite a complicated knit, and a lot of it was trial and error as I went along but I'm going to try to make a pattern as best as I can in case you want to make a mini moose Sam too, and lets face it, who wouldn't?

Knitted with 3mm needles using DK wool.

Firstly for the body and the head (moose colour):
Cast on 20 stitches
Beginning with a knit row stocking stitch (SS) 20 rows.
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail and thread this through the 20 sts and pull tight.
Using mattress stitch sew down to the bottom of the body, stuff it and then sew up the bottom. Wrap a bit of  yarn tightly around the middle to make a neck.

The Nose (snout?):
Cast on 8 stitches
SS 4 rows.
Cut the yarn and thread it through the 8 stitches, put a little bit of stuffing inside before pulling the stitches to form a cup shape. Sew this onto the head.

You should now have something that looks a bit like this.

Legs (moose colour) make two:
Cast on 10 sts
SS 16 rows
Cast off
Sew with mattress stitch to the end of the leg, stuff and sew up.

Trousers (denimy blue):
Cast on 12 sts
SS 12 rows
Cut yarn and on the same needle CO 12 sts
SS 12 rows
SS 4 rows across both legs
Cast off.
Wrap the trouser legs round the moose legs and sew up. Then sew the trousers onto the moose.

Shirt (I used red, green and white, but it's up to you):
The shirt was complicated because obviously it has to be plaid. After some research I decided the best method was to knit a stripey shirt in a wide rib and then using a crochet hook add the vertical stripes after. A video that was really good at explaining this can be found here.
Cast on 19 sts (green)
Using K3 P1 rib, rib 2 rows green, 1 row red, 1 row green, 1 row red, 2 rows green, 1 row red, 1 row green, 1 row red, 2 rows green, cast off.

Add 4 lines of crochet stitching in the purl sections. In the image above I've done one of these. I then embroidered on some white stitching.

You can then cry a little bit about how many loose ends you've got to sew in but you're done.

Sew the shirt onto the body leaving the chest bare.

Arms (moose colour) make two:
Cast on 6 sts
SS 8 rows
Cast off
Sew with mattress stitch to the end of the arm, stuff and sew up.

Sleeves (whatever you used for the shirt) make two:
Just to make things awkward I used a number of stitches that didn't make it symmetrical so keep an eye on whether you're supposed to be knitting or purling.
Cast on 10 sts
First row (green) rib is K3 P1 K3 P1 K2, following this rib another row in green, 1 red, 2 green and cast off.
Add the 2 lines of crochet in red and the white embroidery.

Sew the arms into the sleeves and then sew onto the moose.

Now to the fun bit.

Antlers (white/cream) make two:
Cast on 2 sts
SS 10 rows
Cast off
Thread a small paperclip through the moose's head in a 'u' shape. Sew the horns on to this and onto the head at the bottom.
I also knitted to little bits (Cast on 2 sts, SS 4 rows, cast off and sew down) to sew onto the sides of the horns

Ears (moose colour) make two:
Cast on 4 sts
K 1 rows
P2 tog, P2 tog
K1 row
Cut yarn and  thread through both sts. Sew the base of the ear together so that it curves round. Attach to head.

I then embroidered on some nostrils, eyes and the tattoo, you can't really do anything too detailed with such thick yarn so I wouldn't recommend trying to do the actual tattoo just go for a rough approximation. And then he just needs some moosey hair.

And there you have it, please leave a comment if you have any questions or improvements.

The finished article with a traditional banana for scale.
Want to make a really cool Winchester journal necklace?  Check out my other Supernatural posts :)

Sunday, 22 February 2015

LOTR Knitting Update

My LOTR square is now 50% done! I'm a bit nervous because I've never tried to design a pattern before and there are too many stitches on the needle to properly see how it's going to turn out. I think worse case scenario I'll just pretend there was a tragic but very localised fire and I haven't the heart to start again.

It's hard to tell but I'm hoping when it is finished and can be properly flattened out that will turn into Frodo's face. Only time will tell. The pattern, although I would wait to see the end result if I were you, can be found on my earlier blog post here. If this is a success though I have already designed a Supernatural knitting chart and I'll start that one next, I whole new world of possibilities could be being opened up to me.

Next blog post: A very moosey Supernatural knit, so check back soon :D (Shameless self promotion)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

RAK Week - Day 6

This is my last Random act post as tomorrow I shall be out wandering the Peak district like Cathy from Wuthering heights, though hopefully clad a little more sensibly.  For today's random act I did something I've been meaning to do for ages, sort out my clothes and give some of it to a charity shop, I still have too many clothes but small steps.
In other news, Happy Valentine's day!

101 Places To Cry On Valentine's Day
This is me right now.

 To celebrate, me and some of my other single friends are going to see 50 Shades of Grey, as depressed lonely women; pyjamers, running makeup and hair back combed to within an inch of its life, it's going to be fun. Of course I have become a total hypocrite because I totally agree with the idea that FSOG romanticises violence towards women and that the message it sends to both genders is a dangerous one but as I said, hypocrite.
Anyhoo, I've got an awkward and abusive relationship to watch...
See you later :).

Friday, 13 February 2015

RAK Week Day 5 - Blanket Square

Wasn't sure what do to today, but if in doubt knit something right? The volunteer centre at my University collects knitted squares, and then they're knitted together into a blanket for the local hospice. Its 25 stitches across, and I knitted mine in garter stitch (all knit rows). For an easy way to check if you've knitted a square or not you can just fold over a corner diagonally to the opposite corner. If the two corners meet up then you've knitted a square.

Aside from this today has been very unproductive, I got up early and went to breakfast but then I just went straight back to bed and slept until my first lecture. Really need to start doing some work.
Still, there's always tomorrow :).

Thursday, 12 February 2015

RAK Week - Day 4

So today I was in the library, in the oppressively quiet section because I wanted to finish my essay, in some ways this was an act of kindness to myself because it's not even due for another 3 weeks! I've become the kind of proactive person I used to despise, but anyway I've gone off track. So I decided my random act today would be to leave some chocolate, because who doesn't like chocolate, for the next person to find, I probably totally timed it wrong and the next person to find it will be the cleaner, but then cleaning is a hard job so hopefully they'll take it instead.

Seriously though, it is unbelievably quiet, breathing sometimes feels like too much of an imposition and food and drink is banned, I've actually probably just got someone into trouble, but it's the thought that counts right?

Laters :).

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

RAK Day-3

To misquote Jane Eyre, 'to play the piano is one of the keenest pleasure I have ever known'. Today's random act wasn't particularly amazing I just taught one of my friends how to play the opening of In Dreams from the Lord of the Rings. She can't read sheet music but I just took her through the notes a few times and she remembered it. It was very impressive, I can't play anything unless I have the music, and those crazy talented people who can play by ear! Witchcraft I think.
If you are fond of the Lord of the Rings (and who isn't) and the piano I would check out the Piano Guys medley, it is amazing.

I love anything they do but this one is probably my favourite.
It was a really short one today but I am totally snowed under with work I have to do at the moment.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RAK Week Day 2- Preemie Hat

So, if in doubt knit something right? The knitting society at my university makes hats for the prenatal ward of a nearby hospital and I've been meaning to make one for ages. They help to keep the babies warm in the incubators and comfort the parents by letting them know their baby is wearing something that was made with love.

I know you can get more complicated hats that leave holes and flaps for the various tubes and stuff (I'm doing history, not medicine) but I didn't feel confident in my ability to knit that.

I think that most hospitals, in the UK anyway accept hat donations and because they're so small they really don't take long to knit.

The Pattern is not mine but it was given away for free and it is for charity.

Cast on 43 (50:57:64) sts on 3.75mm needles
Work 4(6:6:6) rows in K1 P1 rib
Change to 4mm needles and continue in stocking stitch for 14(16:16:18) rows
(ADVANCED KNITTERS: please add a buttonhole every alternate stitch on the first row after rib)
Shape crown
1st row: *K5,K2tog* rep to last st, K1     46(43:49:55)sts
Begin with PURL row work 1(1:3:3)rows in stst
Next row: *K4,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K3,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K2,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: Purl
Next row: *K1,K2og* rep to last st, K1
Next row: P1, *P2tog* rep to end of row.
Break off yarn, run yarn through remaining sts and pull tight. Sew up seams as flat as possible.
(ADVANCED KNITTERS) please leave 3cm at the bottom of the seam unsewn.

It is important that you only use 100% acrylic baby wool and that there are no knots or big loops in your knitting so that you don't irritate the baby's head.

And so good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow

Monday, 9 February 2015

Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Week- Day 1

It is RAK week! I would say I am an averagely nice person, I'm British so being polite is kinda etched into my DNA, I hold doors open for people and I always try to give good directions when people ask (I inevitably fail and probably make it worse but it's the thought that counts right). But we could all be a little bit nicer and so I am going to attempt to do one random act of kindness every day this week. There probably not going to be amazing, limited as I am by time and money, but I'll do my best. I'm not trying to be a 'do-gooder' either, hopefully these posts will only come across as 10% smug but also my 'random act' will be totally achievable.

Day 1:

Thought I'd start with a classic and it was a busy day today so it was good that it takes only 30 seconds.

I may have eaten one myself :)

 I just put a packet of biscuits in my block's pantry with a nice note. I guess it would have been better if I'd been able to make the biscuits myself but I don't have an oven so that wasn't possible. I liked this one because it was really easy, and anonymous so I didn't have to talk to anyone.

Have a good day, spread the love and see you tomorrow :D.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Doctor Who Scarf Mittens

I finished my Doctor Who scarf before Christmas, sadly it didn't get to quite full length but wool was running low and it was becoming a trip hazard. It is still more than twice my height. Anyway, it has wormed its way into my heart and now holds the title of 'favourite scarf' so I thought it was about time I made some mittens to match.

The mittens are inspired by my scarf which in turn was inspired by this pattern. All the details about my scarf can be found here. So that they matched I did the main part of the mittens in garter stitch (all knit rows) and used the same (incorrect) colours as I did for the scarf.

Instructioney bit in case you want to make some (without the colour changes):
Using 3mm needles cast on 40 stitches
K2 P2 rib for 20 rows
K 44 rows
K2 P2 rib for 3 rows
Cast off.
Sew down the sides using mattress stitch and remembering to leave a hole for the thumb.

If you want to make some exactly like mine then the left one is, beige for 20 rows in rib and 4 rows in garter stitch, red for 10 rows, orange for 4, navy for 20 rows and green for 6 rows of garter stitch and 3 in rib. The right one is grey for 20 rows in rib and 2 in garter stitch, red for 20 rows, navy for 8, beige for 12 and orange for 2 rows of garter stitch and 3 in rib.

In other news, because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, I've finally started watching Firefly and it is pretty good. Also Crowley's in it which is going to make any show great. Of course I should be doing my work instead but that's what student life is all about :).

Happy knitting :D

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Lord of the Rings Knitting Chart

Since I first watched it when I was 10 Lord of the Rings has been the biggest love of my life. It's pretty much the only film that is just as good, no matter how many times you watch it. It's the only series of films I've ever marathoned (extended edition obviously) and the basis by which I judge all potential new friends. I felt it was time I did some more LOTR knitting and inspired by this amazing crochet blog this week I decided to have a go at making my own knitting chart. I used the same website she does ( and it was really easy.
This is the picture I want to recreate:

And this is my pattern:

Not bad, huh? But I can't really take any credit because the website does most (all) of the work.It is designed to make cross-stitch charts but they're basically the same as knitting charts and actually possibly a bit easier to read as they use symbols for the colours instead of the colours themselves so it doesn't matter if you have a crappy printer like I do. And because I have the patience of a small child I of course had to start knitting it immediately.

20 rows in.
It's a horrific 190 stitches long so even on massive 40cm needles you can't really see what you're doing. It's also the first thing I've done involving more than 2 colours for years which was a bit of a nightmare to start with. I'm also using one less shade of grey (49?) than the pattern suggests to make it a bit simpler by combining the darkest grey and the black into just black. It takes me nearly 30 minutes just to do one row but I'm hoping that will speed up as I get back into colourwork again. I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with it once I've finished. Cushion maybe? I don't even really know for sure how big it'll be.
In case you want to embark on this  probably too ambitious quest I've uploaded the pattern to Onedrive and this link should take you there:!1096&authkey=!ACGjIsOEHAJgb3Q&ithint=file%2cpdf

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Knitted Snape Bookmark

So this was one of those thoughts that in your head seems like a really good idea but in reality turns out to be a bit of a disaster. This is probably the worst, most impractical bookmark of all time but I made it for my twin and she seems happy, so what can you do?

As you can probably tell I also still have yet to master the art of writing using chain stitch but I felt if I was going to embark on this terrible idea then I had to do it properly and see it through to the end. If for some strange reason you would like to replicate him (don't do it) the pattern is pretty similar to my mini knitted Castiel except instead of making legs you knit until it's bookmark length. I put some Cardboard in it to so he stays upright but to be honest I'm not sure whether that made it better or worst :).

I don't think there's really much else to add about this project but on a side note Exeter (where my twin lives) is a really beautiful place. I wouldn't recommend it if you're adverse to climbing up massive hills though but they have a lovely quay (in my head, though I know it's "key", I still pronounce this word "kerrway"), lots of old buildings and a really cool, if slightly random free museum.

I don't think the picture really makes it clear, but for only 40p a man will pull you across the river on his hand-operated cable ferry. You can't really get much cooler than that, can you? There is a bridge, but I think you pay for the novelty.
Bet you thought these birds were alive :). The stuffed animal section of the Exeter museum.
Until next time then :). Be good (and if you can't be good be careful).

Friday, 23 January 2015

Lord of the Rings Book Necklace

So I am a terrible person. I should be revising negation and articles and why you don't make the verb agree if it takes avoir in the passé composé unless the object pronoun comes before the auxiliary *groans*. But instead I've watched the whole of season 1 of Teen Wolf (deceptively terrible title, it was actually quite good) and made this...

Just to clarify, I made the book not the Evenstar, that "was a gift". It was very simple, just thick drawing paper, a little bit of cardboard, a biro and some coloured pencils. Of course if you're not artistically inclined you could always print of a mini book cover instead but I think doing it yourself is nicer (and they charge a lot for coloured printing in the library, plus I'd have to walk there).

For the pages I used nine rectangles of cartridge paper, folded in half and glued together, definitely do any drawing or writing you want on them first. For the cover you will need a bigger rectangle of paper folded in three (not equal bits, it should be; almost half the rectangle, fold line, little bit, fold line, almost half the rectangle) with a thin strip of cardboard glued down the middle section. I selotaped the eyepin to the cardboard and then superglued the book pages on top. I also glued the back page to the cover for extra security.

Red Biro over coloured pencil was surprisingly effective.

I filled the pages with a variety of things, the One Ring poem, a slightly awful tiny drawing of Gandalf, a bit of tengwar, normal stuff :) and unlike the Winchester journal, this isn't a mini prop replica so you can write or draw whatever you want inside it. Favourite quotes, a homage to Orlando Bloom's wig, the options are endless.

So you can compare it to the genuine article.

The final thing to do was to attach  a jump ring and put it on the necklace.
And there you have it. Have fun :)