If you go down to the woods today…..

…. you might get a bit muddy because it’s been raining bucket loads round this here neck of the woods! Best take your wellies and a raincoat if you venture outwards. Ooo, and have fun jumping in any puddles you find! Puddles are brilliant fun, although I am sometimes a teensy bit scared that they will be much deeper than anticipated and that I will sink right up to my noggin! Oh, and beware of the bears….

Teddy bears picnic

… for if the song is to be believed “every bear that ever there was is gathered there for certain because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic” apparently. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

All this rain is a very good thing, a very good thing indeed! Not only did my little vegetable garden on the balcony benefit from a ruddy good soaking, the rain also tends to bring out the creativity in me, maybe because when I was little rainy days meant spending the day indoors making things with my mum. I love the fact that the coming of rain makes me feel more justified and less guilty about staying home and making things all day. I adore sitting by the window, watching the rain coming down while I busy myself with a craft. Today that craft was knitting, and knit I did! I knitted a bear!

I found this bear pattern by Debbie Bliss on the Ravelry website. If you would like a copy of the pattern for yourself, just click here. It’s free! Huzzah! I love free patterns!

It’s a really fun pattern to work with and quite quick to do too. Although there is one part that I found incredibly confusing….. when knitting the bears body the pattern says “inc 1 st at each end of next row and 6 foll 6th rows”. Erm, say what now?? This stumped my ditzy little brain for quite some time and was very frustrating. After looking through the comments section of the Ravelry page that went with this pattern, I discovered I wasn’t the only one confused by this. Luckily a few wonderful people had come to the rescue and posted the answer ( a gargantuan thank you to the kind and helpful Ravelry knitting community for coming to my rescue yet again, I’d be so very stuck so very often without your help!). Basically it means that you should you increase 1 stitch at each end of row using your preferred increase stitch (I chose the kfb increase) then knit as follows:

Row 11: kfb, knit 8, kfb. (24 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 17: kfb, knit 10, kfb (26 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 23: kfb, knit 12, kfb (28 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 29: kfb, knit 14, kfb (30 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 35: kfb, knit 16, kfb (32 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 41: kfb, Knit 18, kfb (34 sts)
Knit 5 rows garter
Row 47: kfb, Knit 20, kfb (36 sts)
Knit 7 rows garter

Be warned, the seams can be quite fiddly. It took me several attempts to get it right as I’ve not tried to seam garter stitch before. I did find this tutorial on you tube to be very helpful though:

I knitted this bear with a certain little person in mind, but I don’t want to say who it’s for yet as I don’t want to ruin the surprise ;o) I hope they will like it though!

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Little Pip meets baby Henry.

Little Pip the knitted rabbit has been on a very big adventure. In his little ship, the SS Parcel Box, he journeyed north on a sea of post to Staffordshire where he was united with his new owner, the adorably cute and very diddy little baby  Henry.

Pip is a very happy little bunny indeed. He is looking forward to lots of lovely cuddles and many more adventures with gorgeous little Henry.

Bless!

A week off, ah bliss!

I have got an entire 9 days off work, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I intend to spend it drinking copious amounts of tea, taking the occasional nap, knitting blanket squares and little bunnies for easter, making a patchwork cot quilt for a baby boy, watching back to back River Cottage episodes, and cooking lots of yummy treats for my hardworking man to enjoy when he gets home from work.

 I have been working on a few commissioned items for the past couple of weeks which has been really good fun, and I thought you might like to meet them:

Ladles and jellyspoons, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Wolfgang Woolfingson the knitted wolf.

Rather excitingly, this little knitted wolf is going to live in Canada!! That is the furthest that my work has ever been sent! Giggle! I hear it gets quite nippy in Canada at this time of year, so I made little Wolfgang Woolfingson a very warm knitted coat to keep him nice and cozy on his very long trip.

Have a safe trip little knitted wolfgang, have a lovely time in Canada, and take very good care of your new owner.

 And now to meet little Pip the knitted rabbit, cousin to Tatty Babbit.

My fantastically lovely and fabulous friend Hannah has just become an Aunty for the very first time, and a very proud Aunty is she. Little Pip is a gift for her very new and teensy nephew Henry George who was born on Wednesday. Pip is currently winging his way first class to Staffordshire to meet his new owner. He was in such an excited rush however that he forgot his clothes! Ooops!

I will pop some warm clothes in the post to follow after him, but I’m sure little Henry will keep him warm in the meantime.

I love the feeling I get when I finish creating a toy and post it off to its new owner, it’s very exciting!

Ooo, I’ve just seen that the sun is shining outside, yay! I’m going to get out there and make the most of it before it goes into hiding again. Enjoy your day folks, have oodles of fun! Mwah! xxxx

Another happy and very cute customer :-)

The very beautiful, spectacularly cute little baby Blaike with knitted kitty Callie!

My utterly wonderful friend Isi (who is currently all poorly sick with tonsill-nasty-itis, yuck! Poor Isi, get well soon my lovely! Mwah!) commissioned me to knit a little grey and white stripped kitty in a pink dress for little baby Blaike, and the other day she kindly sent me this piccie to show me the two of them together. I always really enjoy seeing my creations with their new owners, it gives me a genuine feeling of contentment. Apparently little Blaike holds the knitted kitty all the time and likes to suck it’s nose! How sweet is that? Oooop, I’m going all gooey now…. I can’t help it…. I’m going to have to say it…. awwwwwwwwww!!! And now for a random outburst of baby doting speak…. “iddybiddyboobooboowajawajawoodododoboo”! Ahem… Sorry about that… Now I just need to find me some squadgy cheeks to pinch… Any volunteers? Anyone? No? Oh well.

Monkey business

I was recently comissioned to knit a little toy Monkey for a little girl called Isla, who is 4 years old and completely monkey mad!

And here she is, cheeky Miss Monkey, all finished and ready to meet little Isla.

 She’s even got Isla’s name on her dress so there will be no mistaking just who this monkey belongs to.

Knitted kitty portrait

This adorable, fluffy little kitty belongs to my good pal Lucy, the Urban Goblin.…..

…..and Dennis is his name. Oooooo I just wanna snuggle up to him!! He looks so very cuddly! I miss having kitty’s very much, they are so very ace.

Lucy and I met a few months ago when we both enrolled at the local adult education college to do an Etching course. On my first day I sat anxiously and wide-eyed in the unfamiliar room, surrounded by medieval looking printing presses, my nose being tickled by the smell of acid and ink. I surveyed the room, checking out my new classmates, all of whom were on the side of elderly, working in a respectful calm and quietness. I have to confess my heart sank a little. I love getting the chance to meet new people and have a bit of banter and a good old natter while  learning a new craft, and it was quite evident that the people in this class were there to etch in peace and not be disturbed by a young whipper snapper such as myself. And just then, when I had resigned myself to the fact that no new comrades would be found in my fellow etchers, Lucy walked in and I could tell straight away that we would become partners in crime. The nattering between us two quickly commenced and we soon discovered that my Mum had been the librarian at Lucy’s secondary school and that she knew my brother from the pub. We had both quit our tiresome, life draining jobs to find inner happiness, and we both had a love of retro cartoons, zombies, warcraft, children’s books, growing veg, creating things, randomness, weirdness and general giggling.

So, anyway, back to Dennis the cat…. Lucy had commissioned me to make her a knitted version of her gorgeous kitty for her dad’s birthday. I happily obliged, I love any excuse to get knitting!

And here he is! Ta da!! Little knitted Dennis. Tee hee! His little daft face makes me chuckle!

I tucked him up all comfy cosy in a box and posted him off to Lucy to give to her dad. I hope they (and the real Dennis the cat) all like little knitted Dennis! Enjoy your new home dude, I know you will be very happy there. xx

Cyril’s new squeeze!

A few months ago Cyril Von Tree-Squire the knitted squirrel was born, and a happy little fellow was he. He would hang around the sewing laboratory keeping me company and watching me work, and he seemed quite content mooching around with the other creations and looking cute. All was well and happy.

That was until one grey and gloomy wet Sunday, the type of day when all you want to do is get under a blanket on the sofa and snuggle up with someone special, feast on comfort food and watch movies. I got into position on the sofa, pulled a blanket over myself, and set about finding something trashy to watch. As I reached for the little blue knitting case to start a new project, I saw Cyril sitting on top looking a little melancholy. “Well hey there little buddy, why so blue?” I enquired a little concerned. I saw in his sad little eyes that he was pinning for someone special of his very own, a little lady squirrel to be precise. I understood his heartache as I too was lacking that someone special to snuggle up with on such a grey and gloomy day. 

I pulled Cyril up onto the sofa, and he snuggled up next to me while I set about making him a lady friend.

And here she is, drum roll please… introducing Cecile Von Tree-squire, Cyril’s new squeeze. 

Isn’t she just dandy? 

Cyril and Cecile are having a lovely time together and they are very much in love (awww!). Don’t you just love a happy ending?