I’m back

At last I’m back. Thanks for all your lovely comments. The wedding was amazing and exhausting! Sorry I have no photographs other than those horrible cell phone ones, as soon as I get some “professional” ones, I will share some with you.

Well I hit the ground running, then I collapsed with a bad dose of the flu and middle ear infection, I had the mid ear infection before I left and at this point, had 3 doses of antibiotics and decided to just boost my immune system, stay in and sleep and have as much vitamin C, fluids and homeopathic remedies as I could handle for 10 days. Glad to report it worked.

I haven’t been idling since we last spoke as I finished and started few knitting, crochet and quilting projects. A lot of knitting was done as I spent a lot of time in a car, in airports and airplanes. I bought more fabrics, yarns, books and some gadgets.

I will share all of these with you in the next few weeks.

It’s really good to be back.

Love
NikkiM

Fair Isle world ….


About a month ago, I decided to enter a Fair Isle knitted cardigan for a 3 year old into our local Craft show. As I live in “Fair Isle world” – In my mind, I have 5 non interrupted dreamy days to knit this lovely pink creation. What a breeze ….. Well Nikki, you live in the real world! Reality – 5 days to knit a Fair Isle cardigan? Not going to happen. Well it happens, but not in “Fair Isle world”.

My pattern is from Debbie Bliss – Family knits – 25 Handknits for All Seasons on pg 69 – Fair Isle cardigan. The yarn I used was not the recommended yarn as the entry forms specify a local yarn brand called Elle, I used their Pure Gold DK. After doing a test gauge and changing the needle sizes, I had to adapt the pattern so I ended up using the 1 -2 year size for the cast on stitches and the biggest size for the length and therefore I ended up with a cardigan for a 5 year old.

I used the following colours: – 2 balls 100g – 206 Blossom, 1 ball 100g – 149 Limeade, 036 Ivory, 040 Riviera, 087 Glamour, 008 Catalina, 4mm/US 6/UK 8 knitting needle, I have a fair amount of leftover yarn.

I didn’t have a problem in knitting the first pattern chart, but can’t say the same for the second flower like pattern chart, I need more practice. After I had knitted and blocked all the pieces and was about to sew up the shoulders together to start picking up the neckline, I discovered that I missed two rows of the flower pattern on the left front panel. Oh No! Threads are being sewed in and it’s blocked. I grabbed the scissors and just cut the knitted piece off, unraveled to the problem area and started again, lucky for me it was just before you cast off for the neckline.

Handed in my entry with no time to spare. Did I win? No!. Did I learn a lot? Yes!. Will I remember what I learned? Hell no!

I’m off to New York for my son’s wedding so you will not see me for about 4 weeks, but I will blog some pics.

Love
NikkiM

Socks and more socks ….


The past few weeks I have been knitting socks, very small ones and not too small ones.

The very small blue ones are for a little boy that was born on Monday, and the purple green ones are for one to be born this Wednesday, don’t know what this one is going to be. I used Regia – “My first Regia” sock yarn and The Rock’s Baby socks pattern designed by Jeanne for Jimmy Beans Wool.

The not too small ones with strips were knitted for a two year old using Regia Design line by Kaffe Fasset, the green fleck ones are also for a two year old, here I used some leftover sock yarn that I don’t have the label for any more. The bigger blue pair is knitted for a three year old little boy, again using leftover yarn, no label. For this I used The Purl Bee – Toddler socks pattern, instead of knitting the whole leg in rib pattern I knitted a cuff for about 1½” (± 4cm) then knitted the remainder of the leg in stocking stitch till the required length, I just used one colour yarn.

Oh, I also entered two pair of socks on to our local Craft show and won a first prize for both of them, an adult pair and a pink pair for a two year old little girl.

I’m still knitting my strips, hope to show you soon what I’m up to.

Happy crafting

Love
NikkiM

Load shedding


Life on this side of the world has been plagued with load shedding. Sadly it is NOT the losing of weight kind!. On a daily basis we have no electricity for between 2 to 4 hours and this has been causing havoc on my sewing machine time. So if you have been following me for a while you must have noticed I have been knitting a lot, well now you know why.

During the time that I have had electricity, I sewed up a simple quilt using mainly Kaffe Fasset-, one or two Amy Butler- and Brandon Mably fabrics.

I must admit I’m a bit of a Kaffe Fasset “groupie”. Looking at my book collection I have about 10 of his books and of these 2 are signed copies. I had the privilege of meeting him at the Birmingham Quilt festival in England on two occasions.

Needless to say I have a good collection of his fabric. I pulled out 21 fat quarters, not using any of his patterns but using my throw pattern from this blog, I managed to make a 1.8m x 2.10m (70½” x 82½”) I found a 5m (4.5yards) piece in my stash and used it as the backing fabric. I quilted it with straight diagonal lines and sewed the binding on using my sewing machine.

Well I’m off to go exercise, hopefully I can “load shed” some of the fat kind. ;)

Love
NikkiM

To friends


A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to show her how to knit a blanket with pictures on, for those who don’t know this is called intarsia knitting.

Intarsia or “picture knitting” is a color-work technique used to create basic geometric shapes or complicated pictures in a knitted piece. Intarsia knitting patterns can be worked in as few as two colors or as many as needed for a given design. Unlike Fair Isle knitting, in which small repeating patterns are created by alternating two strands of yarn in different colors across a row, intarsia knit designs are generally free-form, and each area of color is worked from an individual ball, bobbin, or length of yarn. When a color is not in use, it is dropped to the wrong side of the work until it is needed again on the next row for its designated stitches.
The Basics of Intarsia Knitting
By Kathleen Cubley, Knitting Daily Editor

As it is easier for me to show someone how to do something by doing it myself and then they work on their item. I decided to find a quick and easy pattern, so I flipped through my knitting books and found a flower cushion out of a book by Debbie Abrahams “25 cushions to knit – fantastic cushions for every room in your home” called “Happy flowers”. I used my left over yarns from my scarf that I have finished knitting in “Keep Practicing

I think I need more practice as I’m not too happy with the finished result!

Well, I have a bit of yarn left, maybe I’ll try again or maybe I’ll just use a different yarn.

To practicing and friends!

Love
NikkiM

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