Thursday, 22 November 2012

More owls ...

I have been gradually stocking up on some more owls for Christmas presents.  Last time I made some I made them into keyrings, this time they are stuffed and have ribbons for them to be hung from.  The first ones I made can be found here and all the links to patterns and original designer can be found there too.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Learning a bit more crochet

I wanted to try something new to add to my very small repertoire of crochet skills, so I was inspired by this post on The Lazy Hobbyhopper (which I found through Pinterest) on Granny Ripple.  It took me a while to get my head around the mountain and valley system but as usual, trying it out helped make the penny drop!  The ripples are pretty hard to spot on this scarf, maybe the colours are too similar or the stitches too big or the scarf too narrow, I'm not sure, but hopefully it will still be a nice warm scarf for my sister-in-law whose birthday it is tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A last-minute addition!

At the very last moment, these cheeky chappies made their way into the shoeboxes featured in Knitting for Strangers.  Again, the pattern is one of the permitted patterns from the Shoebox Appeal.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Knitting for Strangers

The Shoebox Appeal is something we've tried to do for the last few years (I think we missed one because the boxes have to be ready so early!).  It's a great idea and a timely reminder of the plight of others amongst all our excesses at Christmastime.  Last year (2011) I made a glove puppet (I think we only made one box that year) for the box:

This year I managed a little bit more - mittens and a hat for each box and a bag for the girl's box!  The patterns come from the website and you have to use the ones they give you, but I adjusted the sizing slightly as when I followed the patterns exactly the mittens were enormous!  I find it hard to knit for a stranger - I want it to be just right for them, but I don't know their size let alone favourite colours.  I will send them off with a prayer that they will be okay!

The girl's box:

The boy's box:

Now I just have to get them to the depot by Saturday!