Cable mitten classes

Some of you will know that the North of Scotland has had rather a lot of snow this weekend. So I have finished these just in the nick of time…

The pattern is by Keira at Kiki’s craft corner, who also taught me how to make them. They are very cosy and the cable is especially so as it is made in a double layer. Made in Scheepjes merino soft ‘Michelangelo’ on 4.5 and 4mm hooks.

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Moss stitch hook case

There has been rather a lot of trial and error going on with this project:

It started off as a wash-bag but the sides were too floppy for my liking, so I made the sides shorter with the idea of turning it into a hook case. Then I felt the base shape wasn’t defined enough so I added a row of double crochet round that, and finally I had enormous problems inserting the zip because the top edge looked too long for the base. A kind friend suggested a smaller zip and shortening the top row of crochet by threading some matching yarn through as a gathering thread. So finally I have a hook case that is fit for purpose and pleasing to my eye. I do love this textured stitch so perhaps it was worth persevering with.

It is made in Scheepjes merino soft ‘Michelangelo’ using moss stitch on a 4.5mm hook.

And the winner is:

Jellyfish! As chosen almost unanimously by everyone who commented – I should use you guys for market research!

So now on to the give-away winner which is……….Quiet water craft.
Congratulations and if you contact me with your GPO address I will send you the jellyfish of your choice!

Sirdar no. 1 baby blanket

Teddy is back, and this time with a Granny rectangle blanket made in Sirdar no. 1 yarn:

I found it a little thicker than my normal baby yarn, and it definitely has less twist in than I would like, but the colours are pretty and the finished blanket is wonderfully soft.
Made in Sirdar no. 1 spearmint (205) and wishbone (202), and Rico baby classic dk ice blue (023) and turquoise (025) on a 4.5mm hook.

Six a day

Six squares a day and ten days later we have a blanket:

All sixty squares have been incorporated into this highly colourful blanket. At 2.3 x 1.4m and 1.9kg it is definitely the biggest project I have worked on, and I confess that once I got over the hurdle of actually starting, it turned out to be not such aa big job as I imagined.
It is off for sale now in aid of the Highland Hospice.

Bertie baby blanket

It has been a while since I have made one of these but a recent sale meant that I needed to re-stock:

I have noticed quite a few people finding my blog by searching for ‘Free Bertie baby blanket pattern’. If by any chance you have come here looking for exactly that then PLEASE go onto Little Doolally’s website and for the quite reasonable sum of £3.90 you will get a full PDF of the pattern including a photo tutorial. I have bought quite a few patterns in my time and I can honestly say that this is one that I would consider to be well worth the purchase price.

Mine is made in Rico baby classic cream, blue, ice blue, turquoise, light green, light grey and light blue (discontinued) on a 4.5mm hook.

The little drawers were a second-hand find and are painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint ‘Lem Lem’ which she sells to support Oxfam. We got the drawers for our daughter to keep her art tools in, but I seem to have commandeered them for use as a photo-prop just now!