Category Archives: Knit

Valentine Heart Wreath

For those of us that are missing the decor and splendour of Christmas and are slightly resisting the pull of 2013, I have a perfect something to straddle the gap.

The warmth of yarn, the rich colour associated with Christmas and l’amour,  tied together in a heart shaped wreath.

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To join me on this craft delight you will need:

→ Yarn
→ Heart shaped wreath. I found this in QD.
You may be able to fashion a heart with ‘chicken’ wire from a DIY shop.
→ A glass of Merlot [just don’t spill it on your cream rug like me] and the last of the Quality Street.

There are no complicated steps to explain as you just simply wrap the yarn around your wreath.

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Keep going until all is covered. I used a knitting needle to thread the yarn into the back but you can jam it in with your fingers just as effectively!

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With your beautiful Valentine’s inspired wreath choose a location to show it off and embrace the winter months.

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I may add it on our photo wall or hang it outside…

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It looks so sweet with the Christmas lanterns that I think I will make them span the two festivities.

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Please excuse the strange marks on my door. Yes, I am that woman who cleans her door so it looks cute in a photo! As the light was fading I had to snap shots quickly and had no time to dry it down. Clean door fail.

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I have 2 hearts left still to decorate. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Any plans chez vous to decorate the Valentine’s month?

♡naomi

Knitting Needle Tip

My novice hands have been twisting and turning yarn into little hats. It has been a fairly bumpy ride from making my first knitted item to re-knitting everything thinking they were lost!

The pattern I used, called for a change of needles several rows in. On the most part this was problem free but on too many occasions I would find myself knee deep in knitted rows to only find I had forgotten to swap BOTH needles. Argh.

I knit with bamboo. I tried metal ones but my tension goes all funny and my knitting looks like a piece of loose netting. My needles all look the same… I have a love hate relationship with my nails. [Yes, bare with me, I do mean fingernails and there is a link!] Sometimes they grow long other times they refuse. As a consequence I have many nail polish colours bought in the whimsy and feeling of great expectations. Finally another use was born. I have painted the tips of my needles the same colour for each size. This has solved two problems.  Now at a glance I can identify the size I need and mid knit its harder to forget to change both needles. Taa daa!

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I hope it helps you too.

♡naomi

Knitted Hats Finale

Finally I re-finished the knitted hats. In the most part it was enjoyable!

I added a dinky bow to the girls hats. I looked at adding a button for the boy hat but it just didn’t look right so that one will stand alone as a woolen hat.

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The pattern I found for these bows was from pinterest but the link is no good. So, if anyone out there knows who this came from please let me know so I can credit them.

They are straightforward, quick to make and really effective.  Here is a photo step by step:

Cut three pieces from felt [my new all time fav!]

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Fold biggest pieces sides into middle

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Add smaller piece to back and sew together

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Wrap strip around centre and sew. Voila

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By the way. I finished these late evening, went to bed. Woke up, came downstairs, took the bag off my banister and inside found the “lost” hats. Yup. What timing. Life is hilarious.

Have a lovely last few days before Christmas and I hope you avoid all winter bugs!

♡naomi

Knitted Bed

A little impromptu knitted bed for my dinky doo’s baby playmobil. [I thought this would be really quick but it ended up taking me an hour!]

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Initially her bed was made out of tissue until she had an upgrade!

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Just a little knit stitch and stocking stitch for the pillow, filled with some padding. Sew up to close and all around like a sleeping bag and voila a snuggly bed.

[4 ply, 2  1/3 size needles]

♡naomi

Finally A Knitting Post!

Hello fellow knitters,

A few months ago a dear friend taught me to knit. I created a labour of love aka a soft pink, holey, wonky hat.

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I loved it. I was so proud that I had managed to manipulate yarn and needles to create such a thing. And so the yarn heart in me was born.

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I found a yarn shop, pursued the shelves and bought a snuggly soft grey dk (get me with the knit talk! Double knitting size).

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I knit 3 hats one of which had to be all undone and re-knitted as I cast on too few and knit too many rows. Ah the pain. I also adapted a pattern and made a dolls hat.

Now I have a bit of a sad tale to tell…I took 3 of those carefully and gently made hats onto a train and then *sob*, *sniff*, forgot to take them back off. My mind was full of life and a few stressful events and so I was not on the (yarn) ball.

Anyway, glass half full, the recipients will at least get the benefits of the results of extra knitting practice.

Taking advantage of staying in a British coastal town for a week I devoured the numerous yarn shops. I smoothed my fingers over alpaca, mohair, cashmere and many more divine threads.

I have my new wool and am well on my way with the new hats. I’m following a Sidar pattern that is straightforward and relatively quick (for newbie hands).

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Work in progress:

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It’s a lovely bluey grey colour.

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Happy knitting, knitting friends.

♡naomi