Posts Tagged ‘Poppy Hat’

FO: Bluey/turquoise hat

January 30, 2010

Blue Poppy hat finished in a weekend.  I could have finished it on Saturday afternoon but although it is labelled as DK yarn the Sirdar Escape knitted up quite a bit bigger than the purple hat I made last year with some Debbie Bliss DK yarn.  When I tried it on after doing the cast of it was massive, it covered my eyes!  So you will notice that there are only 5 sections on this version and the purple one had 6.  That was the easiest way of making it smaller, I ripped back the rib picked up the provisional cast on stitches, ripped back one segment and then redid the 1×1 rib.  And then cast off again using Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off which is perfect for a hat as it doesn’t grip your head too tight. Et voila! A bluey/turquoise hat to go with my blue Aeolian shawl.  I still need to find a brooch, badge, button or something to put on the fastening but apart from that c’est fini.  I’ve been wearing it to work this week and have had so many comments about how nice it is.  Don’tcha just love it when that happens? And don’tcha love saying “thank you, I made it!” 

One of my friends loved it so much she asked me to knit another for her so her is another slightly different shade of Sirdar Escape DK which will become a hat for Laura this weekend.  Her head is bigger than mine so I’m going to knit the 6 segments and it should fit her perfectly. 

This week I’ve made two birthday cards, one for my mum and one for my boss.  I painted a picture so I hope that they both like it.  It was peculiar though, I often make presents for people but when I thought about the possibility of either of them throwing away the card I’ve made I was much more bothered about it than if I made a bead necklace for someone and knew they never wore it.  I think it’s because I put more of myself into a picture/painting and because I didn’t buy the constituent parts i.e. beads for it. I will post a picture of the card but not until after mum’s birthday so she doesn’t see it early.

And today I made this:

I bought a necklace from Accessorise in the sale last month for £4.80 which had 5 vintage-looking brooch pendants on it.  My intention was to break it up into bits and make 5 separate necklaces.  This is the first.  The pendant in the centre was from the necklace as was the chain and catch, I added some brown facetted beads and bead cups and here we have a brown vintage set.

I’ve bought some more chain, beads, findings and bits and bobs to go with the other pieces but haven’t quite figured out what they are going to be yet.  This was the easy one!!


Tilly’s OpArt – Finished!!!

January 23, 2010

It’s washed and blocked, now I just need to deliver it to Tilly’s mum.  I blocked it with a wavy edge as I couldn’t have made it square even if I wanted to.  But I didn’t really want to. I quite like the wavy edges. 

I’m knitting another poppy hat for myself, a blue one to go with the blue lace shawl I made.  I figured I’d be more likely to wear it if I had a matching coloured hat.  It’s made of Sirdar Escape dk which looks like this:

The yarn is from Marmalade Yarns, Frome, Somerset as mum and I went on a mini adventure yesterday.  We also bought a lot of beads in Beadz Bazaar which is also on Catherine Hill.  It’s a really interesting street with an eclectic group of shops and a lovely cafe at the bottom which does fab toasted sandwiches. Mum got chatting to Maxine in the wool shop as they are both from Warrington, Cheshire. And as a result we went to a local butchers and got some tomato sausages which are EXTREMELY difficult to get down south. The wool shop is tiny but is really nice and they even have a blog so you can keep up to date with new stock/sales etc. 

The bead shop gets most of their stock from India and the east so it was quite different from the beads I usually get in Bijoux in Salisbury.  I’m in the process of making some tarnished gold necklaces and couldn’t get jump rings or other findings in the right colour but they had some so problem solved!!

Flapper Hats

March 7, 2009

This is the purple hat I made for myself from the Poppy pattern by Justjussi.  I’m calling it my Flapper hat (as in a Flapper from the 1920s), it’s made from Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in a beautiful purple.  The button brooch and bracelet are the ones made by Nic and can be bought here.  I adapted the pattern for an adult and made the rib longer than suggested to keep my ears warm.  It’s currently my favourite hat, I love it.  Close up of button brooch below.

I’ve knitted an identical sized one in cream for Nic but haven’t got a photo yet.

I’ve also knitted a larger one for a girl at work made of Twilley’s Freedom Spirit in colour Fire.  I increased the number of stitches across the rows to 55 but didn’t change the number of segments that I knitted.  The rib is now 122 stitches round so it made it slightly bigger as Emma has very lovely curly hair that just wouldn’t be held in by the hat in my size!! Flap held shut with wooden heart button.

This week at college I focussed on drawing the sea urchin shell (test) that I will be drawing with my sea shells.  I hadn’t really given it much thought until Tuesday so it was quite interesting examining it and drawing an impression of all the nobbles and bumps on it’s surface.  I feel like I now really know my sea urchin!

I’m still knitting the lacy tea top but progress is slow as I keep letting myself be distracted.  I’m almost up to the armholes and at that point it will no doubt get very complicated while I try to do decreases and shaping whilst continuing the lace pattern. 

And to finish off and show that Spring is trying to happen here are photos of my Odessa hat with the little crochet flower brooch I made from the Fall Scarf leftovers and the scarf itself.  This week I’ve been wearing both with a light green coat and apparently it looks very spring like and cheerful – daffodil colours I guess. So my orange scarf is now Autumnal and Springlike.  Perfect.

Quilters Day At The Fairground

February 21, 2009

Last Saturday was the “Quilters Day At The Fairground” in Andover, Wiltshire, UK.  It’s held on the 2nd Saturday in February and I think this was the third year.  This year it was a demo & dabble from 10 stalls in the morning, followed by a talk from Fay Maxwell after lunch.  I managed to have a ‘dabble’ at fusing fabric with Margaret Beal (the author of the fusing fabric book I got for my birthday) and made a lovely simple greetings card.  I also had a play with slashing fabric in grids with Fay Maxwell, who’s work I have been admiring for a couple of years now.  There were demos on beading, felting, lutrador, fabric notebook covers and how to make a pincushion ring out of a bottle top. 

I will post pics of my dabbles but unfortunately my camera is still not working. 

Fay Maxwell’s talk in the afternoon was really inspiring, she has been doing embroidery and textile work for many years and loves to combine traditional techniques with modern colours and fabrics.  She mixes stitches from India, with traditional applique and then makes it all in modern colours that go with her home.  She passed round at least 30 examples of her work as she talked and they were all really wonderful.  I just wish I could do something like it as my job!!

Mostly this week I’ve been knitting hats – another poppy 1920s style hat for Nic and a baby beanie for a colleague’s little girl to put on her doll.  I had a cold at the start of the week and didn’t feel like knitting so I dug out a cross stitch of a flower fairy that I had started about 5 years ago and finished all the back stitch outlining on it. 

Yesterday I took the day off work to try to catch up on my sketching homework – we have been told to find a subject for a still life that we will use for 4 lessons so I really wanted to find something that I could draw for that long.  Usually when the tutor says “draw whatever you like” I pick something really stupid to draw – before Christmas I tried drawing a holly wreath.  Do NOT try this at home! It’s so difficult, for starters the edge of a holly leaf is actually very pale in comparison to the rest of the leaf so almost as soon as you have drawn a line it is wrong.  (unless you are drawing in white on black paper!).  I popped over to mum’s for some inspiration and have borrowed a few seashells from various holidays that are proving to be my best choice ever.  So I spent most of the day yesterday sketching sea shells.

Did I tell you that Nic has set up an Etsy shop? It’s called Bellebuttons and I am now the proud owner of a pink/purple button bracelet and matching brooch (which lives on my poppy hat).  Go look, and buy her bracelets, rings and brooches. They are all beautiful!!
Talking of buttons – it sounds like the film of Coraline is amazing but I’m so peeved that it’s not out in the UK until MAY!!!! In the meantime Tikabelle has written a pattern so that people can knit the gloves that Coraline wears in the film, apparently ;o(

Books – remember I bought 3 books two weeks ago? Well I’ve read them all now. The Ninth Stone was a real victorian adventure pageturner. It’s set in London and Bombay in the late 18th Century and tells the story of Sarah a young ragamuffin who is given a job at a newspaper office. The descriptions of London and the East End are compelling and I almost couldn’t put it down. It’s a tale of murder, mystery with an Eastern twist and reminded me a lot of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart stories.

Embers is almost a monologue by one elderly man thinking about and discussing his life with his best friend as they are reunited after 41 years apart.

Nada is the story of a young girl who stays with family in Barcelona so that she can study at University. It is the most disfunctional family you can imagine and reflects the state of Spain just after the Civil War. It’s a very twisted and dark story and at times I really couldn’t see where it was going. All three were good and very different from each other, I think I enjoyed the Ninth Stone the best because I could look up the streets in London and imagine myself there with Sarah. Next time I go to visit I shall look for Amen Corner opposite St Paul’s Cathedral and wander up Paternoster Row. I shall avoid Temple Pier as that is were one character met his end…..