Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ollie the Owl


After a term of practically no craft, the holidays have finally arrived, and with it, another little knitted friend. After continually making the same knitted friends from the book I decided to get a bit creative and make a new animal, Ollie the owl. Ollie is a combination of the spook (Eee) and the bunny (Katherine), the differences being the mouth (for obvious reasons), the ears acting as wings, and the claw-tipped feet. It was incredibly fun to make and I hope to make many new creations! ;)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Matthew the Whale

After making a long delayed visit to Lincraft I now have grey wool, which was very quickly used to make my first whale called Matthew! It is for my friend's birthday - the reason for the card and present underneath. The spray at the top of Matthew's head was surprisingly easy to do, making him look considerably cuter! My pile of knitted friends is slowly depleting as there are more and more birthdays so it's probably time I start making them again! :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Scattered Flowers Pincushion

A project that's been put on hold during the school term has been the scattered flower pincushion and with the lovely long weekend I figured why not finish it? The pattern was taken from one of my favourite craft books called softies by Therese Laskey (as seen in the first photo) though I changed some of the colours to make it more to my taste! It was the first time I'd ever used blanket stitch and it went surprisingly well with no major stuff-ups. You'd be surprised at how much stuffing can be packed into something of that size! Now I'm almost too scared to stick any pins in the flowers for fear of ruining it though it was very fun to make!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Little Knitted Friends

Katherine (Bunny) & Vanessa (Crab)

Little & Lil

Maxamillian (Tadpole) & Augusta (Octopus)

Eugine (Hamster) & Eee (Spook) & Poppy (White Bread Crust)

My most recent project, since finishing Luke the Lion, has been knitting the adorable little creations from the book Little & Friends by Jake Henzler. This book has quite simple steps and has the best instructions (for how to knit in the first place) that I've come across. The names of these characters are also adorable! There are ten to make though, due to not having grey wool, matthew the whale will have to wait.

They've been very useful as small gifts for birthdays etc. and my sister has already claimed Poppy the white bread crust!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Finally Done...

About a year after Luke the Lion was started, it finally sits completed at my desk... or somewhere or other. The instructions for putting it together, though slightly hard to follow at first, weren't as difficult as they had seemed. Lots of pins, needles and stuffing basically sums up my experience of making this lion. Though this, particularly the stuffing, is what made it even more fun! Finally, with all of the problems overcome he can now sit on the shelf with my other creations!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Roar of a Task

One of my recent projects (spacing over about 9 months) has been knitting Luke the Lion. This project, aside from the corny title, has definitely been much more challenging than it appears! Holes, getting the back on the front, casting on, forgetting the row and decreasing have just been some of the many occurrences that seemed to go wrong. Finally, after many mistakes, all the knitting is finally done, so I now have to work out how it all fits together!