Category: Knitting

Knitting on Folksy

Crafty Chai Knitted Headband

As you may know I’ve recently set up a shop on Folksy. It’s here that I’ll be selling any of my handmade goodies, mainly my jewellery & knitting. With Autumn fast approaching (today it feels like it’s arrived…brrrrrrrr!) I thought it might be a good idea to knit & sell some knitted items.

Headband Knitting PatternA while ago I bought a book full of knitting patterns so I thought that I’d check through there & see if there was anything that I was capable of. Not too far in was a pattern for a knitted headband. Perfect, I thought, a way of keeping your ears warm & your hair nice! Plus the pattern was recommended for beginners, something that I consider myself to be when it comes to knitting.

The pattern was easy to follow as it required knit stich until your knitting reached 52cms. Fab! No counting rows! I’m not very good at that as I often do my knitting in fits and starts so I’d never keep track of that.

Once I’d reached the required length I simply had to stitch it up. Knitted headband part 1: Complete!

Knitted Flower PatternThen I decided to be a bit of a dare devil & go against the pattern, something which hasn’t always been a good idea for me. But this time I knew that it would work.

Instead of the knitted bow that the headband pattern required, I thought that a nice knitted flower would look slightly better. And, as I have knitted some before for a previous project, I knew that I could do it pretty quickly & with ease.

So I picked a lovely contrasting red wool & set to work. It didn’t take too long & I think that the red looks lovely against the black/glitter headband. Once the flower was complete I simply sewed it together & sewed it onto the headband.

Simple & effective and listed here!

For my next headband I’m going to change the colours over so that the flower is black & the band is red. If no one buys it from my shop, then I will be wearing it! x

Crafty Chai Knitted Headband

Knitted baby beanie

Finished Knitted Baby Beanie

I love knitting. It’s relaxing, like baking, but without the calories. I’ve not been knitting long, only since last Autumn, so still consider myself very much a beginner! One of the best things about knitting is that it’s easy to make cheap presents for people – especially pregnant people! If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that so far I’ve knitted a blanket for a friend who had a baby. They loved it, which was great, as it was a bit of a labour of love!

Baby Beanie Mid KnitSo when another friend became pregnant I thought this would be a great opportunity to practice my knitting & knit something new – preferably before the baby was born! On a day trip to Henley-on-Thames, we stumbled across a wool shop & I bought a Biggan Design baby beanie pattern on sale for just £1. Bargain. With a quick trip to Masons, my local wool shop, I picked some cream & lilac wool for the beanie. I struggled quite a bit starting off and had to start again…twice! I hadn’t used single rib stitch before. Once I’d got it, there was no stopping me! I simply needed a good few hours to get going on it.

I really enjoyed knitting the beanie. I learnt a new stitch, practised changing colour & stitch. I didn’t use a circular needle but I think I’m going to knit another one, maybe for my Folksy shop (shameless plug!) & swap the colours over, using my new circular needle.

The best thing about this pattern was that it was very easy to do, very quick to make & looks adorable. I just hope that the recipient is as impressed as I am! x

Finished Knitted Baby Beanie

Camden Passage

While out exploring the wonders of the Big Smoke my OH and I decided that it would be nice to head to Angel Islington. I'd never been before & only knew it as one of the pink parts of the Monopoly board!

A while ago, we'd read about a knitting shop there over on Domesticali's blog so thought it would be good to check it out. I needed a circular needle for some socks that I'm planning on knitting so thought it would be nice to buy them from Loop. I was expecting a cool (in a crafty way) place with lots to see & inspire. I wasn't disappointed. I wasn't expecting such lovely help from the people there. I've never knitted using a circular needle before & could only remember the size of it on the pattern. So when the assistant started asking me technical questions I had to 'fess up & state my ignorance. So she wrote down a few websites that will help & showed me what she meant on the pair of socks she was knitting! Very lovely help from a very lovely shop. I was super impressed.

Further along Camden Passage was a cafe called The Breakfast Club & people were queueing to get in – well that shows it must be good! The menu was pretty huge so I was glad of the queue to ensure I'd read it thoroughly. There were quite a few veggie options on it so that was good & I opted for a chocolate milkshake (nice) & a veggie sausage sandwich. In my head it was going to be a small affair – two slices of regular bread & a couple of quorn-like sausages. What I received was a sandwich the size of my face! It was a ciabatta roll with two massive veggie sausages in. The bread was really difficult to cut & the sausages crumbled the moment you put your fork in. They obviously had a high cheese content that, when combined with the slice of cheese in the sarnie, was way too much for me. I left over half of it & was pretty disappointed. What is it with veggie stuff having so much cheese?! There are other foods we can eat you know! They should've used the sausages that are for sale in the Big Bang restaurant in Oxford because they are really tasty & never fall apart.

Still not a bad afternoon at all x

Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket

When our friends told us they were expecting a baby due back in May I thought that it would be an excellent opportunity to give them something handmade & a way to improve my knitting skills by way of a blanket.

Baby BlanketLittle did I know how long it would it take me! Mainly because I didn’t follow a pattern. I know, I know, it’s my own fault. But I like ‘free styling’ as I said to my friend Mary, a very accomplished knitter. In hindsight a pattern would have been a really good idea but this is something unique that they will (hopefully) keep for ever!

One of the reasons it’s really unique is because of some of the ‘mistakes’ I made. For example, the boarders running down the side of the blanket ended up being about 10 rows short. Gutted. So I had to knit a bit more. Not so difficult but I’d never knitted a different colour into something and had to attach it to the side as well. I’d also run out of cream wool so had to unpick one of my unused blue squares & knit two extra blue ones.

Despite the fact that this blanket has taken me months (clearly not a potential career!) & I haven’t really known what to do & the baby was born before I finished it, I have really enjoyed knitting this. I think that it looks pretty good.

I just hope our friends and their baby boy like it too. xBlanket Preparation