Knitter tee

Knitting tee

Saw this posted on the I Love Knitting Facebook page today.

I’m sure I won’t be alone in thinking there’s an element of truth to this…

You can buy them from Sun Frog Shirts. Enjoy!

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Spring Knitted Baby Dress

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This is the finished dress top for a new born baby. The colour is actually – though completely coincidentally – bang on trend for this Spring.

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Of course, you can’t have an complete outfit without matching shoes! So these were a really fast and easy pattern that took all of about 40 minutes to make, sew up and add the buttons.

The roses and flowers were add on details from a crochet book I was given last week from my Auntie. Don’t worry if you can’t find this specific book, as they’re the standard method of making a crochet rose.

For any UK readers, the wool was from the 99p Store! It’s actually a brand that is soft baby wool, which is normally a bit pricey. In truth it feels like standard double knit yarn, but should be ok for babies without any existing skin conditions.

Best Cruelty-Free Hand Creams for Knitters (*on a small budget)

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As you’ll no doubt know, knitting can really dry out your hands. Constantly rubbing and touching yarns and knitting in the winter without gloves are the main offenders.

During a lengthly and stroppy transition from girl to lady I was always told, “a lady must take care of her hands”. I thought I was doing this pretty well, accounting for the fact that I had not lost any fingers. Now, I have a moisturisation station in every room and handbag!

Here are my findings for those on a modest budget with a moral conscience:

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Burt’s Bees Hand Salve. Perfect for just touching up the rough bits. It doesn’t go all oily and mark everything and has a really lovely subtly smell to it.

 

 

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Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Hand cream – I just love the smell. There’s something about Geranium that’s clean but also delicious. The cream itself is also fantastic quality and is what I consider quite a treat!

 

 

 

 

Cheap and just as good ( = cheerful)

 These are all high street hand creams, which are all under £5!

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Superdrug’s Strengthens Nails cream is very thin, light and refreshing. It’s perfect to apply frequently without that sore, suffocating feeling of a more intense formula.

And most importantly, dries quickly so you can KEEP KNITTING.

 

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Smells yummy. A little thick for my liking for frequent use if you have sensitive, thin skin. Ideal if you’ve just been outside for a few hours and need a heavy duty moisturiser to get to work ASAP.

 

 

 

 

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This feels quite similar to the Superdrug moisturiser, but has a creamier texture, rather than feeling like water. It also smells of Magnolia, which I think is a very uplifting smell.

 

 

 

 

 

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Personal favourite: Vitamin E from Superdrug

This smells so pleasantly fresh that it also makes your hands feel ultra clean. The chocolate ones, although lovely and comforting on a winter’s day/if you’re hungry, are not ideal for all year round. And although the main time for dry hands is winter, I still use them throughout the year.

 

3 Things Every Non-Knitter Says

Time and time again, there seems to be a recurring theme with the questions that non-knitters ask you. In a way, it’s nice they’ve tried to show interest, but in many other ways it just makes things worse…

1. “Won’t you hurt yourself with those big needles?”

No. No we won’t. Coming from someone who inherited the clumsy gene from both sides of the family, I can confirm that even the most accident-prone knitters do not sustain any form of eye-loss or impalement. Nor have I ever heard of another knitter causing pain to an unsuspecting spectator or passer by.

Stay back: these ladies are loaded

2. “Ooh, you should start your own business doing this!”

No. No we shouldn’t. Not unless we’ve found some very clever way of dissuading Primark (or Target for Americans reading) buyers to part with something closer to £100 rather than £10. Getting people to pay for hours spent on something handcrafted is a dying concept that many do not understand.

“Yes, but you love it. You do it for the pleasure, the money is a bonus.”

Certainly, if it was a hobby. No one would dream of asking you to do a free spreadsheet in your spare time for the pure thrill.

3. “Could you knit, like, a jumper?”

…Yeah?

This one is baffling, and yet is one of the questions we’re asked the most. You really can knit anything if you put your mind to it…

What have people asked you?

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Crochet Blanket: Update #2

It’s getting there slowly. Here is about 1/3 of the finished blanket. Forgive the lighting, it was on my phone late at night and I didn’t bring my camera home for Christmas.

Before you titter at your computer screens, I’d just like to say that I know it’s wonky. Apparently I can’t watch Game of Thrones and crochet very basic stitches at the same time…*sighs*…

So there is a plan for the edging to make it look like it was deliberate. Stay tuned to see how that one works out!

Want to make one? Find this gorgeous pattern here!

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1920s inspired: knitted winter hat

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After several attempts – due to editing the pattern for our family’s infamous tiny head – the hat has been knitted!

If you like what you see, the pattern is available on Ravelry.

You might notice that this one is slightly different from the picture on the pattern. This is because  – again, partly due to our family’s tiny head – my mum prefers the Cloche style as it’s more 20s.

Although there are some bits on this pattern that take a moment’s pause and hand miming before you actually pick up your work so as not to get it wrong, it’s largely quite simple to follow. There’s a little bit of maths involved, but nothing I couldn’t do, so that means most will be comfortable with it!

Similar hat patterns can also be found on Ravelry, so have a good browse before you start.

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Crochet Coral: Demonstrating the most complex of maths with wool

This talk is fantastic and celebrates so many things: maths, crochet, nature.

The artist, Margaret Wertheim, uses this remarkable piece to demonstrate and enlighten the world about some of the most beautiful and complex mathematical problems, whilst raising awareness about global warming at the same time.

For me, it was a prime example of showing how visuals in learning for creative people are key. Not only this, but finally wool was in the limelight of something close to viral! I get the feeling this is not the end of digitally spread knitted creations…

Have you made anything like this? Post a picture in the comments below!