Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dog coat done!

Success – another project completed and in time too! Those of you who have read my previous posts will know that I decided to knit a dog coat for my sister (and her Shih tzu) as a birthday present. I picked out a cheap dusky pink yarn and cast on. The pattern uses ridged old shale for the main part and it is gorgeous!

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The pattern called for 3 buttons – I managed to find some stunning little aqua and white polka dot buttons which went beautifully with the dusky pink.

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I just hope hope that it is the right size – as it is a surprise and my sister lives 2 hours away, I had to get my mum to do some undercover measuring. The measurements she got were quite rough but I am hoping that with the stretch in the knit it will fit.

imageI can’t wait to see it on – I’ll try and get a photograph of her modelling it!

One project down… but of course many more to go!

Finally I have finished one of my projects…

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This was my first attempt at creating a pair of something. If you have read my previous posts, you will have seen my matching purple, pink and gold striped hat and scarf. Well, I had loads of yarn left over from those projects and so decided to make a pair of mittens to complete the set. I am usually a ‘gloves girl’ but I figured that mittens would have more impact (and would be easier!) So in May I cast on! Yes I know – mittens and summer don’t mix but I wanted to finish the set so I could use any left over yarn in my crochet granny squares and make room for some new stuff!

I followed a Red Heart pattern but adapted the stripe pattern to match that on the hat and scarf. This meant a lot of scribbling on the pattern so that both mittens matched! The thumb section was the part that worried me the most, but I needn’t have worried as it was dead easy!

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They have turned out fairly well. In my opinion the top of the hand section is a little too pointy! However, once the mittens are on, they stretch and the pointedness is a little less noticeable. Having successfully knitted a matching pair, I am now much more confident about my socks. Although, that will have to wait as I MUST finish the dog coat birthday present first!

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Now I have a completed set – hat, scarf and mittens! It’s a such shame that it is the middle of June and I have to pack them away until the winter – boo!

Whoops!

Oh dear! Without really realising it, I have 3 projects on the go and the yarn for another that I am desperate to start. Note to self: must buy more row counters.

First of all, last week, I cast on some purple DK onto double pointed needles. I found a pattern for basic mittens (in June I know!) and decided to make a pair that matched my stripy purple, gold and pink hat and scarf. I managed to complete the ribbed cuff in an evening but could no further as the rest needed slightly bigger needles.

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So until I could get to the shop, I filled the time by casting on my Regia sock yarn onto another set of dpns. I chose a pattern which has a yf, sl2 pattern (Alternate steps by Angela Wilson). So far it’s looking fab.

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However…

… my mum came up to visit this weekend and I took her on a tour of my favourite craft shops. We spent almost an hour in Get Knitted! My mum picked out some yarn and bought herself a crochet hook set; I taught her how to create a simple granny square and now she is on her way to making a blanket. Anyway, while we were out we went to a charity bookshop (straight to the craft section of course) and I picked up a knitting book. Despite the boring cover, inside there are some colourful and varied patterns. One of the first patterns caught my eye – a lace knit dog coat – perfect as a birthday present for my sister (and her Shih tzu). So onto the needles went yet more yarn.

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Therefore the rush is on to complete the dog coat in time, but I am also itching to finish my other projects and to get onto my Juniper Moon jumper. Hopefully when I next post, I will have at least one completed project!