Needles of the knitting and sewing variety

The teddy bear continues… All the body parts have now been knitted and he had a body, legs and arms, but the head pieces are still being sewn together.  I had hoped to have him sewn up completely by the end of the weekend, but other events took up my time… namely some sewing!

Yes, I sat in front of a sewing machine, took deep breaths and helped my Mum to make a cover for my new headboard on my new bed.  Even though I saw a swatch of the colour, when the headboard actually arrived, it was much too yellow for the colour scheme in my room, so Mum suggested making a cover from some spare material she had.

I really have to learn how to sew, so I asked Mum if I could “assist”.  We had to make it up as we went along, due to the fact that the headboard isn’t just a rectangular block and it was a bit tricky in places. I didn’t do an awful lot to help Mum, except sew where she told me too.  But I’m still determined to learn to sew.   I definitely don’t have the brain of a someone who sews, but maybe it will come in time.  It did with knitting.

We got my old sewing machine down from the loft, which hasn’t seen the light of day for about 20 years and it still works.  I might just get it serviced anyway and then I’m going to endeavour to make some bags. I figured they are just rectangles of various sizes – can’t be too difficult a project to start with, can it?
Mum reckons that quilting/patchwork would be good for me to practice too, but you have to be so precise with measurements and cutting and seaming etc, I’m not sure that I’m up to that yet.

If you go wrong with knitting, you can just unravel it all and start again.  But if you cut material incorrectly, you’ve had it.

It scares me.

Where’s the snow?

I fancied a quick knit.  I was desperate for an FO!  So here he is…


He’s from last month’s Simply Knitting magazine.  I saw that some others on Ravelry had done some, so thought I’d have a go.  I had lots of cream Sirdar Snowflake DK left over from when I made the sheep which is the yarn the pattern called for, and some red and green yarn in the stash.  This is the small size, and I might do another larger one with a different shape hat.  It took me last night and some of this evening to get him done. I’d hoped it would only take one evening, but I guess I’m not as quick as I thought!

We’re really a little Christmassy in our house at the moment as Mum made a lovely 12 days of Christmas hanging which we will put up this year too.  It’s nice to have homemade deccies this year.


Just finished this quick little sheep. The pattern was one of several knitted farmyard animals in the Simply Knitting magazine I bought a couple of weeks ago. I though the sheep was the cutest.

Knitted sheep

I’ve also finished my pink and white scarf, but need to take a better picture of it.

Off skiing tomorrow for a few days, so no knitting for a little while. Don’t think they’ll let me take knitting needles on the plane!

My first knitted bunny rabbit

I suddenly remembered one day last week the little knitted bunnies that my Mum used to make us when we were little. “They’re very easy to make” said my Mum, so she found the pattern for me (taken from a magazine which must be nearly 30 years old!) and I thought I’d have a go.

Here’s bunny… Any ideas for a name for him?

Knitted Bunny Rabbit

He’s not sewn together terribly neatly and I’d worry about giving him to a small child in case they could pull his ears off or something, but I’m still pleased with him.

The pattern includes a design for a Mummy bunny too, so I could make a whole family!