Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Not really a Ninja turtle..what a fake!!

I started this little guy last year but put him aside because I had no idea how to make him. You see I had no pattern. Sheesh!
 I saw a pattern for a "Pond Turtle" on http://ravelry.com but the author didn't seem to be on Ravelry anymore, and I thought how hard could he be? Umm.what is that quotation? "Pride comes before a fall!"   So true!
 I had already made a hexagon blanket and figured  the shell could be made that shape. The shell was done and for the underbelly ( I just started at the center and knit a circle) and I finished off with an I-cord. I felted these two pieces and they just lay in the corner, That part was easy!  My biggest problem would be how to tie the head, feet and tail onto these pieces!!! 
I had wee Adam's birthday coming up in April and decided to try and put something together. If it didn't work out, well I'd just buy him something!!!
As you can see it didn't come out too bad. My grandsons thought he was great and wee Jamsey said he needed a red mask to look like Raphael, I don't think the "Ninja Turtles" have quite so prominent eyes though! LOL
 I did lightly felt the whole thing when I was done and since the shell and underbelly were already felted this gave the legs, head and tail a fulled appearance. This guy is somewhat soft and cushiony!!! So far so good!
And you know......he'll do!!! LOL
I used Paton's wool and sz #10 needles...and I'm sorry I didn't really keep notes. In hindsight I should have! Aww well!!!
Happy knitting everyone!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Soakbox with socks..

Got this little "soakbox"  and right away figured I'd give it to my daughter. One problem though she doesn't knit and a skein of sock yarn would be useless to her.,,ha, ha! Decided I'd knit the socks and give her the box for her birthday! Problem solved.
This is such a cute idea. It comes with yarn, matching nail polish, heel cream, wool wash and a sock pattern!!
This colourway is "Grape Gatsby!"
You know I thought the included pattern was very nice but I decided to go with another I'd always wanted to knit.
Pattern:- Feather and Fan by Judith Sumner from the book SOCKS*SOCKS*SOCKS!
This is such an easy pattern almost mindless. Just 3 rows knit and 1 row pattern! To keep my interest I decided to do the http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel
I have done a Jo Jo heel and I like this heel This new one is similar with a few differences!  I liked how easy it was and I like a wee challenge!
Yarn:- Lorna's Laces. This is nice yarn and I know it will wash and wear well.
Needles:- Sz #2. Call it old age. My Sz #2's were in the package marked Sz #1 and I was halfway done before I realized this..I would never, ever rip back and the size is fine and they feel very comfortable!

I'm sure she'll love them altho  she said she hates to get gifts in case she doesn't and then she'll have to be gracious and just smile. Ha..she can just give it back to me!!!
Happy knitting everyone.