Knitted Jumper with Floral Embellishment

Another WIP on the completed list, I am so happy with myself for sticking to my resolution to get on top of my project stash.

Flower JumperThis one is a jumper for little Miss E and it has been sat in the box for far too long! All it needed was sewing together and the neck knitting. I got that bit done and then had some fun with flowers. I love making little flowers, then a touch of embroidery to complete the stems.

Flower Jumper Front Close upAs usual I was making it up as I go and having used a variety of sizes on the front I decided to try a greater contrast in size on the back.

Flower Jumper BackI really liked how this looked and wished I had done it on the front but it was too late to go back and start undoing so, to add to the front I thought a little something on the sleeve may work.

Flower Jumper Sleeve Detail 2Happy with that so now I can declare another ta-dah………………

Floral Cushion Work in Progress

The pattern for these gorgeous little flowers was found purely by accident one day whilst perusing Ravelry, and what a great find, aren’t they cute. It’s not easy to show in the images but the way they are made gives them a great depth and texture. They are great for using up scraps too, I am using Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran scraps that I have left from making our daughters blanket last year.

Floal Cushion Yarn Basket

The mistake I made was not following the instruction in the pattern about joining the flowers together as I went, I just merrily went on my way making them all individually and pinning them onto my cushion. I wanted to be free to arrange and re-arrange the colours. No problem, or so I thought. I would simply sew them together at the end. Oh dear, I definitely do not recommend this, it is taking me ages!

Floral Cushion Pinned

It will be worth it in the end I am sure but it is not a mistake I would make twice. They do look good but as you can see I do have a way to go yet.

Floral Cushion Joining Flowers

The pattern is by Adi Keren available on Ravelry here there is such a lovely story behind it too, Adi along with other members of the family made flowers then Adi brought them all together to create a gorgeous blanket for her nephew. She explains that between them they used scraps in blues and greens in a mixture of yarn types and weights, this added even more texture.

An Unlikely Stash and a Crochet Blanket CAL

My Mum has always been a master crafter, everything from making our dresses and knitting our woolies when we were young to making soft toys and teddy bears of all sizes. The smallest was a  tiny, tiny 1cm bear, the biggest thing I can remember her making was a 6 ft clown!

Blanket CAL Yarn

Any way the point is she has been having a bit of a clear out of yarn and has been knitting and crocheting blankets for charity, I said I would do one too so she kindly passed some yarn my way. It is quite an unlikely mix of colours and textures but mostly DK, there is a bit of mohair in there too. I like a challenge so I went a-searching and found this crochet CAL on  Not Your Average Crochet. Here is the result of week 1.

Crochet CAL week1

It is so nice to feel you are doing a project with fellow crafters, I keep coming across different sites displaying their progress and it is great to see the different colour selections.

Ooooops week 2 image accidentally deleted but here I am almost at the end of week 3.

Blanket CAL week 3

Use the link above and pop along you may find yourself joining in too.

I will keep you posted on my progress but in the meantime check out the sites below and see who else is joining in.

Keep hooking!

UFO Challenge From Black Sheep Wools

I have bought yarn recently from www.blacksheepwools.com/ the service is great with the order usually being delivered within a couple of days. Once I had bought from them I stated getting their regular emails including the usual offers etc but then this one came, a challenge to complete an unfinished project.

The Hook, Knit and Stitch – a – thon is on!!!

It provided me with just the push I needed to dig out a project that has been hiding in a carrier bag for years.

Here is my UFO story…….

Once when my children were younger we spent a wet and windy half term week learning to knit, with four of them it was quite a challenge and I was constantly helping to cast on, picking up dropped stitches and untangling their wool. Using oddments of leftover chunky yarn we made squares that I would turn into a blanket.

However, best laid plans and all that, the children are all now in their twenties and the squares? Well you may ask, they were still in a bag awaiting their transformation into the promised blanket. It was these squares that sprang to mind when I read Black Sheep UFO challenge, it spurred me on to dig them out of their hiding place in the loft and finally do what I originally intended.

I started by joining together all the squares that the children had made which as you can see formed a very uneven shape baring evidence of the dropped stitches I failed to catch and varied tensions employed by the little people all those years ago, but all these flaws simply add character.

Having joined all the squares together it was not quite big enough to qualify as a blanket so I knitted the long scarf shaped strips to go around the sides and finished it off with some cream edging.

Voila!

I added a second square over the front of one of the squares at the top of the blanket to form a pocket where bits and pieces can be placed such as  little toys or a handkerchief. The contents of the pocket will serve to keep poorly or tired children entertained whilst on the sofa and snuggled beneath the blanket.

To explain, when my children were little we had what was affectionately called ‘the poorly blanket’, if they were ill and cuddled up on the sofa they would be draped with a special blanket. It had to be a particular blanket and in that wonderful way that children believe they really thought it had healing powers!

It is interesting that whilst I was finishing this UFO as my offspring visited they all remembered making the squares and expressed an affectionate interest in acquiring the finished blanket. We have agreed that this newly formed blanket will officially become our new family Poorly Blanket and will passed around as required. In the meantime it is just resting here.

Thank you Black Sheep for inspiring me to complete this long awaited project. Although it is not the best looking finish with all its uneven out of alignment squares and the loose stitches I have to confess it has brought back some lovely memories of crafting with my family when they were younger.