My first niece is here! But she is in Bombay thousands of miles away so I wanted to make her a buddy that would do in my absence. A small playmate that would calm her and tell her bedtime stories just as I would have if I were around. A beast pillow I saw on Etsy gave me my flash of inspiration.
I had some organic merino yarn in complimentary colours which I used in a stripy combination.
Two sides of the body and some limbs later I had the bare bones of Flavigham.
This jazzy sleep buddy then got an internal structural lining made from handloom voile material from my stash
I then filled his viscera with organic baby cotton and some lovely home grown and dried lavender.
Now stuffed to the brim with sleep friendly lavender, I attached his limbs so he could do a little dance…
…but Flavigham was so stuffed with lavender that no sooner was he alive he fell asleep!
A perfect little buddy for the cutest little girl.
I have been spending a lot of time making beanies recently for all my family and friends.
This one is a gorgeous dark grey with touch of red for the fussiest boy in the house. It is everything masculine and warm on cold crisp winter day. Made with Shetland wool this is the very first hat I have knit.
This second one is also a boy hat only a bit more flamboyant shall I say. The emerald green is striking and suits the wearer perfectly. This too is made from pure Shetland wool and the pattern is simple yet the twisty ribs have a dramatic effect once worn
This last one is for a young ten year old chap who when asked what colour he would like, swiftly said anything but pink! So I made him a fun but yet a boy colour hat. I repeated the twisted ribs on this one too but here as the colours are dominant it has a more subtle effect. The bobble just screams fun, don’t you think?
I have just finished a project I was knitting for at least six months!!
I have knitted this with bamboo needles that work well with the rough merino texture. In my opinion this combination is great as a starter project.
I have a ribbed edge on both sides of this scarf.
The skill I wanted to teach myself on this project was a simple fair isle type knitting. This is just two colours and the pattern is something I just made up as went along.
There are a few mistakes in counting but I really enjoyed this project and since then have been referring to Alice Starmore’s Book of fair isle knitting. The colours are inspirational and certainly has perked me up for something more challenging like multiple colours.
This is the finished project!
This cashmere and silk blend yarn is beautiful to work with and lovely to touch. The rosewood needles give a very good controlled slip. This is among my first projects (I started three at the same time) that I have now finished.
The casting on…
A simple all knit and slip stitch pattern for the scarf. This was the first time I was using a slip stitch, it is not only very easy but also creates a beautiful ribbed effect.
The complete scarf… a lovely handmade present this season.