This is the yarn section of a big craft shop near where I live, and
every time we are nearby, we generally go in and walk up and down all
the yarn aisles, to see if we need to fill in any gaps in our colour
Here is Blue Parrot rifling through the knitting cupboard and he has
decided that the rainbow one is the best. I think he might like a little
rainbow scarf to wear round his shoulders. We always keep it all in lots
of small zipper bags, so it does not get bobbly or dusty when someone is
searching for a particular colour, and the little leftover bits stay
with the main ball.
I am starting my Knitting section with some Christmas charts. As the
lovely Christmas hats, socks and jumpers are not my size, I have put the
best bits onto charts, so that I can make other things for me, Brown
Teddy and Dino, and we can have our own colours. I would like to make a
snowflake bag for my notebook and pencil for when I go out, or maybe to
hold the phone.
All these could be put on the back of a
mitten. You could just knit a square and sew it on existing mittens or a
hat, and it would make them even warmer.
These snowflakes were on some slippers. You can see
Dino wearing the slippers on my
Diary page. The soles of these slippers did not last very long as
they were very cheap, so I have saved the knitted top parts and
washed them. I am going to cut two squares with a snowflake in the
middle, and join them to make a small shoulder bag, just my size. I
will need to find some dark red yarn to make a shoulder strap for
Here is a piece of Christmas sock. I think I
prefer snowflakes against dark blue, like a winter sky. When the
sock feet wear out, it is easy to cut off the foot and neaten up the
long leg bit to make leg or arm/wrist warmers. I would never throw a
good snowflake away!
This is part of a jumper. I have given the
reindeer a bit more antler and a shorter tail, as real reindeer only
have stumpy tails.
These are socks. I have had to make some
guesses where all the stitches go, and I thought it would be better
for him to have an eye as well. I think I would prefer the reindeer
at each end of a long scarf, so that I can admire them more easily.
I like the narrow green stripes which must be their reindeer moss.
The red and black on the robin could be done by
embroidering stitches over the top, copying the way the yarn goes on
the knitted stitch. I have put fewer stitches for his front leg, as
real robins have very thin legs. I think I would like to add in some
dots in front of him, as little things for him to eat, or maybe a
few pink stitches like a worm!
This bow could be done all round a hat and I
think pink or blue would be better than the dark grey.
Ipod or Phone Bag
Here is my Ipod bag, and there is room inside
for the earphones and you can also get a small mobile phone in as
well. It is knitted in Double Knitting yarn on 48 stitches in a
circle like a sock, with 7 stitches of stocking stitch and 1 of moss
stitch, six times every round. You just keep going until it is long
enough for whatever is going to go in it. This bag also has two moss
rows going across to make some dotty rectangles. The top edge is
moss stitch. The top flap is done on half the stitches, decreasing
at both ends of every row, to make a triangle. You make a button
hole or button loop at the very tip. The bottom can be sewn together
but it is much neater if the stitches are knitted together. This
would look good in a very dark yarn, with some coloured embroidery
in each of the rectangles.
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