April 13, 2014

Rainbow Bluedog

Meet Rainbow Bluedog, a relative of Bluedog VII!

I used 3/4 of the fat quarter by Wild Cotton Fabric I picked up at the Stitches & Craft Show this year.

Rainbow here has his own amigurumi bone which he will never let it out of his sight.

The eyes are 100% wool felt in bright aqua colour.

He is a special request by the owner of Bluedog VII for her little nephew''s upcoming birthday and I can't wait until he receives him!

Stitch with love xx

March 30, 2014

What's on the hook and needles

Today I decided to do an inventory of what WIP I have on the hook and needles, yes, not include the other non yarny projects... I try not to get overwhelmed by projects cause I love the process.

1. The Haruni shawl - what I call the long term project... I started this in October 2012! Hopefully it will be done for mother's day this year... fingers crossed!

2. Just started last week is this baby pullover Binic. I have a whole list of babies due before July this year amongst our group of friends. Whilst I don't have any particular baby in mind, I figured this will come in handy!

3. A little something for myself. I came across this beanie pattern called Minno Hat a little over a week ago and my brain was screaming "knit, knit, knit, knit!!!!!"... before I knew it, I purchased the pattern on Ravelry! The next day, Bendigo Woollen Mills shade cards appeared in our letter box... I saw that as a sign! So like some unknown forces, I found myself stroking the Luxury yarn, mentally imagining how different colours would go together. Next I knew I ordered 6 balls of different colours!  When they arrived last week, I quickly calculated how much I needed in each colour and here they are, ready to for cast on :)

4. Experimenting with shapes and self striping sock yarns for my next amigurumi design.

I am a relatively quicker crocheter now and I keep hoping that the more I knit, the quicker I get.

Have a great stitchy crafty week!

March 26, 2014

Hearty - An Amigurumi pattern...

Yay! Just finished writing up the pattern for these Amigurumi Hearty balloons! It is now published both on Ravelry and Craftsy - Happy Dance moment...

Follow these links to download one so you too can make a bunch of Hearty balloons like Bertie here!

Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/toy/hearty---an-amigurumi-pattern/90818
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hearty---an-amigurumi-pattern

Stitch with Love xx

March 23, 2014

Butterfly socks - finally done!

I started these stocks on 28 November 2013 and they are now finally done!!!

This is what they are supposed to look like....

so I am super chuffed that my socks look the same! hahaha

I knitted them toe up, one at a time using the magic loop technique on a pair of Hiya Hiya 2.25 mm 60cm circular needles. The yarn is Stranded In Oz Stranded Silk Sock (4 ply 70% Wool, 20% Nylon, 10% Silk) so they are really soft to knit with. The colorway is called Le maquis, a lovely variegated green.

For the toes, I used Judy’s magic cast on toes

I made 4.5 lace repeats before starting the Fish Lips Kiss heel.  I love this heel technique, super easy to remember too. I don't know if I prefer this to the Tomato Heel cause these socks I made are super comfy too... just have to alternate my socks until I work that out! See what I just did there?! :)

Then I worked 1.5 lace repeats after heel before extending the lace pattern for both front and back of the socks.

I did 11 rounds of 2 by 2 ribs for the cuff  before binding off using Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off.

Look how stretching they are!

I just love how they have turned out and they feel so beautifully soft and squishy. These will be wonderful winter socks!


Stitch with love xx

March 17, 2014

How I made the Rainbow flowers

Here is how I made the Rainbow flowers for Sunshine & Lollipops.

I made these flowers using Perle cotton threads and because they are rainbow flowers, I picked rainbow colours.

1. First rainbow colour, cast on 6 chain stitches using magic ring cast on. Leave a 10cm tail, cut.
2. Next round, make 6 petals using the different rainbow colours.

Colour 2, in the first stitch, *Chain 2, 1 half double crochet, 3 trebles, 1 half double crochet, Chain 2, slip stitch*

Repeat the * to * for the remaining 5 stitches in the different colours.

Leave at least 15cm tail after each colour

At the last petal, make a slip stitch in the first chain of the first petal. Leave a 20cm tail and bind off.

Now weave in all the tails but leave one cause you might want to stitch it on something else or make a big loop to so you an hang it up somewhere.

Any questions with my pattern, just ask!

Sharing the stitchy rainbow love...