Thanks Mollie!

20140814_153828Things haven’t been so crafty, let alone knitty in awhile in my household. A busy final term of school and getting a puppy at the beginning of the school holidays has kept me busy. However, thanks to the magazine MollieMakes. Each issue has a good range of project patterns to do as well as always sending a little free project with materials. They are usually quick projects that won’t take much time and can get you back into crafts even when you’ve been absent for a few months.

I haven’t made many of these projects, however in the latest issue, issue 43, they included a Summer Cherry Brooch. It is a crochet pattern. The instructions were clear and I got it done pretty quickly. Below is a picture of the finished result. I think I crochet the leaves a little too tightly as they look bigger in the kit.

 

Another project I completed using a Mollie Makes pattern is a dog bed using an unused jumper. It needed no spectacular sewing and was very quick to make. Winifred the puppy does have a tendency to chew the bed, but as it only cost the price of the batting it doesn’t matter if she ruins it. Happy puppy! Thanks Mollie Makes!

 

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A Cardigan for Mother

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My mom kindly gave me some blue wool that she had intended to make a sweater out of. I knew I wouldn’t use this wool for myself, but didn’t know yet what to do with it. I found a nice pattern from a magazine to use. It wasn’t the sort of sweater I would wear, but thought it would suit my mom perfectly. So after adjusting the tension rather a lot off I went.  The windy leaf pattern was quite complex but the more I knitted, the easier it became. I was really pleased with the result and after starting it sometime in April, finished it Christmas Eve!!!! There was definitely a sprint to the finish line to get it done in time for Christmas. Nothing like leaving it to the last minutes.

I’m afraid I can’t remember the name of the pattern. The wool is Patons ‘Fairytale’. It’s not the best wool I’ve knitted with, but the end result was good.

Matching Monster Mittens

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I made these with the leftover wool from the Monster Pants. We thought some matching mittens would be lovely. I got the pattern from the below website and just made them without the thumb. It’s a very easy pattern to follow.

http://mittens-on-a-string.blogspot.co.uk/

The only thing I have left to do is the string. I haven’t decided how I want to do that yet or which wool, but I’m pretty sure I’ll make it with multi-coloured wool, which is Knitcol by Adriafil. The Brown wool is Debbie Bliss ‘Blue Faced Leicester DK’.

Monster Pants!

Monster Pants!

A dear friend posted a picture of knitted Monster Pants (trousers to the British) and I offered to make her a pair.

How could I resist?

I found a pattern on Ravelry and made a few adjustments. It was all done on circular and double pointed needles, which I find more challenging. It’s difficult to get the stitches as even. I’m now using the extra wool to make matching mittens.

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