Saturday, 25 October 2008

A Teddy Bear's Jumper, a scarf and some more bootees...

How many projects can you see?! I must have about 5 or so knitting projects on the go, hence why no blogging. The pink square I'm knitting is for another pair of bootees. The green is for the jumper my teddy bear will wear, and the purple wool is for a scarf. I've heard it's going to be extremely cold next week so I've been frantically getting on with the scarf. As you can see it knits itself into rows of different colours and is so smart. It's 100% wool as well. The only problem is that sometimes it's so soft and fuzzy the texture becomes like candy floss and can easily snap.

The little pockets you can see are crammed too. One side has a few squares I've knitted for bootees, the other side has the ears, soles, body and head of my teddy bear, which I will go back to soon, after I finish the scarf!

Life has been a little too busy this week for my liking, and busy for the wrong reasons, doing things I didn't particularly enjoy! My only quiet day at work was monday but the weekend before was manic and things started getting frantic by tuesday. I've recently scooped up a part-time job due to my normal full-time job being (dealing with planning applications) reduced by the credit crunch. I do try and cram a little too much in my day, but that's because I have to have my couple of hours at least when I switch off and meditate with my knitting!

I read the article about Julie in Yours magazine, purely after reading her blog post about it. Her descriptions of getting up at 2am with Toby, who is severly autistic, and entertaining him are really humbling. It really shows how healthy having an absorbing hobby can be.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Booties and flowers

I've found having a bag specifically for my knitting has really helped me to get organised. In fact, I don't know how I coped without one. I normally have a few projects on the go - so am always really relieved when I finish one. I was attracted to these booties as they are in garter stitch from a Debbie Bliss book. They are each made from three knitted squares which are folded together cleverly. I tried to think of a way to cut down on the block of blue, like adding a white ribbon, but it wouldn't thread through as they are so thick. I could make two tiny pompoms to attach to the front.

Meanwhile I have been enjoying my beautiful birthday flowers!

I'm always like this with any flowers I buy or am given - a bit like taking the tree down at christmas - I just don't want to have to throw them out!

Monday, 6 October 2008

The ultimate ted!

This is the ultimate Ted. It's my sole aim in the next few months to make him. I never thought it was so easy to make a bear, but I'm only knitting the pieces of the smaller version of him (below) at the moment, and haven't shaped or sewn one up yet, but it's been relatively easy so far! Taking a couple of weeks to decide on the yarn as I couldn't find the one specified in the Debbie Bliss book meant that I have precisely the right shade and texture and feel really excited whenever I pick up my knitting.

It's my 28th birthday today and I love every minute of getting closer to 30. I don't know what I think will happen when I'm 30, but I do hope it happens, otherwise I might be setting myself up for disappointment if everything stays the same! My mum gave me the nicest present, which was chosen by me and inspired by Julie's Little Cotton Rabbits blog...she has the blue one. It's so perfect and pretty!

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