Archive | October, 2012

A Little Knitted Snowman Pattern for Christmas

Today started off at 6:30am, Kye was ready to get up and so our day began. I gave him breakfast, (everyone else slept until much later) fed the chickens who were waiting at the front door and loaded the dishwasher. I wanted to knit a small project today and so I decided on a teeny snowman as a hanging ornament for the Christmas tree. He is about 2.5 inches altogether and then there is the little loop to hang him with which isn’t included in that measurement.

I still can’t get over the fact that Christmas is going to be here so soon! It’s like this whole year has just sped by at warp speed and then it will be 2013!

Every morning I check the newspaper to see what’s been happening over in the US, the photos are grim, so much water and flooding, my heart really goes out to everyone who is there experiencing this catastrophe.

I have a little pattern to share today, a small knitted snowman, he is perfect for hanging on your tree, or as a gift tag or place tag for the table etc…

Abbreviations: kfb: knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase.

Materials:

3.5 mm circular needles

dk beige yarn

dk red yarn for the scart

dk black yar for the hat

black fleece for the eyes

orange fleece for the carrot nose

felting needle

sewing needle

fleece for stuffing

Pattern for the Snowman:

With 3.5mm circular needles cast on 6 stitches and join for knitting in the round.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Kfb into each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Kfb into each stitch (24 stitches)

Rounds 5-9: Knit

Round 10: (Knit 2 stitches together) across the round. (12 stitches)

Round 11: Knit

Round 12: (Knit1, knit 2 together) across the round. (8 stitches)

Round 13: Kfb into each stitch across the round (16 stitches)

Start putting your stuffing into the snowman, make sure he is firmly stuffed.

Rounds 14-15: Knit

Round 16: (Knit 2 together) across the round (8 stitches)

Round 17: Knit

Stuff the head firmly, break the yarn and thread it onto your sewing needle. Thread the needle through the stitches, stuff the head more until it is full of stuffing and then pull the yarn tightly and finish off.

Snowman’s Hat:

Cast on 10 stitches with black dk yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles.

Rounds 1-4: Knit

Round 5: (Knit 2 together) across the round (5 stitches)

Round 6: Knit

Round 7: Knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together (3 stitches)

Cut yarn, thread yarn onto the needle, thread the needle through the remaining stitches and pull tight, finish off.

 

Sew the hat onto the top of the snowman’s head and add a loop at the top of his hat.

Needle felt on two little black eyes and an orange carrot nose.

Scarf:

The scarf is knitted as an i-cord. Cast on 2 stitches with double pointed needles and knit until your scarf is about  4 inches long, mabey shorter.

Bind off, sew in the ends.

Sew the scarf onto the snowman.

Sew in all ends:)

Happy knitting! 🙂

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I’ve Got Mail!

I have email again!

After a week of very limited email, I installed Outlook on my computer today and imported my contacts and all my folders and messages from the old mail programme that crashed. I am so grateful that I was able to do this easily after thinking all was lost!

I am very excited to share the latest rectangles with you that have arrived from overseas. Thank you all so much, it was such a wonderful surprise to collect all the parcels from the post office on Friday. We are going to start sewing the blanket together now, piece by piece. Thank you to a lovely friend Anna for gifting us with a copy of her most recent publication, I am sure my little ones will enjoy reading it.

We have been having a profound amount of rain here, sometimes two or three thunderstorms a day. Our garden is flourishing, I have never seen it so full of growth and beauty. These flowers have sprouted and I have no idea what they are but they are so pretty and multiply continuously.

 

Our new granadilla vine has started producing fruit as well, we can’t wait for these to ripen.

I love this crochet flower, it was a birthday gift sent to me from dear Jenni, I have it on my car keys and it makes me happy each time I see it, such lovely handmade goodness, thank you:)

PS Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments in the last post about my shawl. When I was still in the planning stages, I wasn’t too sure about the colours, I am not much of an extrovert and tend to shy away from anything bright or bold. Knitting in these colours definitely moved me past my comfort zone and I am so happy I tried something new because I really love how it turned out! xo

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My Color Affection Shawl is Finished!

It’s finished! I LOVE this shawl! I really enjoy knitting shawls but I have always wanted one that I can wrap myself up in and feel cozy and warm. This is the one and it won’t be the last. I have had such fun planning this shawl, the yarn I would use, how the colours would move through the piece and how I thought it would look when it was finished. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with it.

I know some of my readers are awaiting my response on the yarns I used, my email has crashed, I have lost all my contacts, my folders, it’s really awful, so I am going to add the yarn I used here and also on my Ravelry page as soon as I get to update it.

For the cast on I used my handspun variegated camel silk, I really enjoy the colour changes of this yarn, you can see it in the above photo,  with the thick bands of colour at the top. I had to choose colours for the stripes that would flow throughout the entire shawl, I decided to use soft brushed kid Mohair in a solid lime green and lilac. Now these three skeins of yarn would be alternated and eventually become short rows joining the top half of the garment. After all the rows had been repeated and there were well over 450 stitches on the shawl, I had to knit the border. I chose a deep purple for this as I thought it would bring the whole piece together, you will be able to see it in the photo of the shawl on the grass.

Oh and sorry about the shiny photos, the sky is completely overcast this morning and is creating havoc with the lighting:)

Hope you have a wonderful week.

We are holding all the families near and in the path of hurricane Sandy in the USA in our thoughts and prayers, please stay safe.

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Mamma4earth 4th Birthday Giveaway Winners!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my Mamma4earth 4th birthday giveaway, you left me such treasured comments! I am delighted that you enjoy our blog and my patterns, your kindness makes my heart feel so full of gratitude and happiness.

The 2 winners are:

Amanda Sanders October 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Yeah for blogging!

and

TypoQ October 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Congrats to you and thank you for the wonderful contest!

(going to head off n fb it too :) )

Congratulations!!!

Please could you email me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za and I will send your patterns off to you both:)

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone:)

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