10.27.2012

Etsy and Toejam Market

Mine and Sara's table from the market today.  Didn't go so well - it was really cold, and very badly attended.  I sold two toys, Sara sold 1 apron.

Ah well!

An apologies in advance for the lack of posts over the next few weeks - I will be furiously sewing and knitting in preparation for the next four markets I've signed up to.

10.26.2012

All Systems Go!

DH out, kids asleep in their beds, time to get some serious sewing done for all the upcoming Christmas markets.

10.22.2012

Some Dodgy Swiss Darning

It'll have to be intarsia knitting from now on I think!

10.17.2012

Free Pattern - Mini Toadstool Decoration

Another free pattern, but back to knitting this time.  So much quicker for me!!

3.5mm needles, dk yarn, small amount of stuffing.

Using red, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: (Kfb) to end - 12 sts.
Row 2: p
Row 3: (Kfb) to end - 24 sts.
Row 4: p
Row 5: (k1, kfb) to end - 36 sts.
Rows 6-8: st-st, beg p
Row 9: (k2, kfb) to end - 48 sts.
Rows 10-11: st-st, beg p
Rows 12-14: k
Change to white yarn
Row 15: (k4, k2tog) to end - 40 sts.
Row 16: p
Row 17: (k3, k2tog) to end - 32 sts.
Row 18: p
Row 19: (k2, k2tog) to end - 24 sts.
Row 20: p
Row 21: (k1, k2tog) to end - 16 sts.
Row 22: p
Row 23: (k2tog) to end - 8 sts.
Rows 24-28: st-st, beg p (5 rows)
Row 29: (k1, kfb) to end - 12 sts.
Rows 30-36: st-st, beg p (7 rows)
Row 37: (k2tog) to end - 6 sts.
Break off a long length of yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.
Seam row edges, leaving a gap to turn right side out.  Stuff lightly.  Embroider or swiss darn white spots on top of toadstool.  If needed work a few stitches through the top of the toadstool to pull the stalk up and shape it correctly.

10.15.2012

Free Pattern - Crochet Penguin

Yes, you saw that right, a crochet pattern.  So here goes (be gentle!)

I used 3.5mm hook and dk yarn.  English terms and standard abbreviations (i think, please correct me if I'm wrong). 

Body:
The body is worked in continuous rounds, no joining.
Using black, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6dc in 2nd chain from hook
Rnd 2: 2dc in each st to end of rnd - 12 sts.
Rnd 3: (2dc in next st, 1dc in next st) to end - 18 sts.
Rnd 4: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts) to end - 24 sts.
Rnd 5: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts) to end - 30 sts.
Rnd 6: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts) to end - 36 sts.
Rnds 7-16: 1dc in every st (10 rnds)
Rnd 17: (1dc in next 4 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 30 sts.
Rnds 18-21: 1 dc in every st (4 rnds)
Rnd 22: (1dc in next 3 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 24 sts.
Rnds 23-25: 1dc in every st (3 rnds)
Rnd 26: (1dc in next 2 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 18 sts.  Stuff body round about now.
Rnd 27: (1dc in next st, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 12 sts.
Rnd 28: (2dctog) to end - 6sts.

Front
Using white, ch 3.
Row 1: 2dc in 2nd chain from hook, and next chain also - 4 sts. Ch1 to turn
Row 2: 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in last st - 6 sts. Ch1 to turn.
Row 3: 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in last st - 8 sts.  Ch1 to turn.
Rows 4-15: 1dc in each st, and ch1 at end of each row to turn, except for last row.
Bind off yarn.  This straight edge will be the bottom of the front piece.
Sew front onto body.

Beak:
Using yellow, ch 5.
Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next 3 sts - 4 sts.  Ch1 to turn
Row 2: (2dctog) twice - 2 sts.  Ch1 to turn.
Row 3: 2dctog - 1 st.
Bind off.  Fold beak in half and sew.  Position on front of body and sew in place.

Wings (make 2):
Using black ch 6
Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next 4 sts - 5 sts.  Ch1 to turn
Rows 4-8: 1dc in each st (5 rows).  Ch1 to turn at end of each row.
Row 9: 2dctog, 1dc in next st, 2dctog - 3 sts. Ch1 to turn
Row 10: 3dctog and bind off.
Sew wings to side of body.


10.13.2012

Some dresses

One for the upcoming markets,
And one for my god-daughter's 6th birthday (just hope it fits!)

10.11.2012

Many many hearts1

I've been feeling a little demotivated - but that's probably because I spent a few days just knitting these little decorations:

I'm not really one for knitting the same thing over and over - it gets boring!
I now need to decorate them with beads, buttons, etc to make them look a bit more special, and sell-able!!

I used the heart from my little 'Heart Wand' pattern.  Size 3.5mm needles and dk yarn.

10.02.2012

Ballerina

Found these photos on the camera and realised I'd never put up a picture of the ballerina in her outfit.