Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Hippy nappies

Dan has banned me from posting photos of him, which is his prerogative, just don't want you thinking I'm neglecting him.
Here are extra pics of Abi to make up for it. We have started using washable nappies, sometimes terries which are surprisingly fab, and sometimes these hippy disana ones which are less practical but very slimline, good at containing the business and very cosy looking. Sooo cute!

We (well I actually, B is tolerant of this but not actually actively involved!) started out using cheap plastic knickers, but B is apparently traumatised by the memory of their rustle, and so they are being replaced by knitted merino disana wool soakers...oooh!
They are treated with lanolin to make them waterproof. They are not slimming!

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Knitted Gnome Doll Pattern

As promised, here is the pattern for Abi's gnome doll. I have never written a pattern before so i hope it goes OK, its a pretty simple pattern so hopefully you'll be able to fathom it out. It was made out of the leftover wool and cotton I had lying around. (Please see previous post for further action shots!)
Tension - not crucial as long as it is tight enough to stop stuffing poking through, so use needles a couple of sizes smaller than those recommended for whatever wool you are using. I used dk/worsted weight throughout, and knitted the doll with 3.25 mm needles, although the hat is also dk/worsted and knitted on 4mms.
Foot - cast on 10 sts.
P 1 row
(K1, K twice into next stitch) repeat to end of row (15 stitches)
Work 7 rows stocking stitch and change to main colour.
Work 2 rows stocking stitch
*Next row - knit twice into first stitch, knit accross to last stitch, knit twice into last stitch (17 sts)
Work 3 rows stocking stitch.*
Repeat from * to * until there are 23 stitches, and leave on a holder. Work a second leg in the same, and then knit accross all 46 stitches.
Body - Work about 30 rows of stocking stitch, or until the body is just a bit longer than the legs.
K2tog accross entire row (23 sts).
P 1 row, and change back to head colour.
K twice into each st, and work about 20 rows stocking stitch.
K2 tog accross next row
P 1 row
K2 tog accross to last stitch, k1 (12 sts)
Cut wool leaving a long thread the draw up remaining stitches and fasten off.
Arm - cast on 8 stitches
P 1 row
(K1, K twice into next stitch) repeat to end of row (12 sts)
Work 5 rows stocking stitch and change to main colour.
Work 2 rows stoocking stitch
*K twice into first stitch, knit to last stitch, knit twice into last stitch
Work 3 rows stocking stitch*
Repeat from * to * until there are 18 sts, then work shoulder as follows:
K2 tog, knit accross to last st, K2tog
P 1 row
Repeat the last 2 rows until 10 sts remain, cast off quite tightly. Work another arm the same.
Hat - cast on 34 stitches (don't forget to use normal size needles for this, I changed colour every 4 rows)
Work about 6 rows garter stitch
Work 4 rows stocking stitch
Decrease at each end of next row
Work 3 rows stocking stitch
Decrease at each end of every following right side row until 6 sts remain.
Work 6 rows stocking st on these 6.
Cut wool leaving a long thread to draw up sts and fasten off.
Sew up the seam down the back of the head and body, using corresponding colours to match knitting. Sew up one leg and leave the other open to turn right side out and stuff, then sew that one up too. Sew up each arm seam and stuff before attaching to body. If you attach the top of the should almost where the body meets the head, the arms will lie at a nice angle. Using the same wool as used for head, sew running stitches around neck, wrists and ankles, pull tight to shape these areas, tie the threads and hide the ends inside the doll.
Sew up the seam of the hat, and then sew neatly onto head.
Done! Please let me know if anything is unclear or wrong.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Gnome Doll

I knitted a gnome doll for Abi. Couldn't be bothered to wait for daylight to take a decent photo!

Abi seemed pretty impressed by the doll before it had a hat. But it looked too strange all bald - much cuddlier now.

D - are you knitting a doll for Abi?
M - yes, I hope she likes it.
D - Will she have lots of dolls?
M - this one should be just fine for now.
D - I expect that when she's older she'll have looaads of dolls...

What is D getting at here? Is there something which he feels he also needs looaads of? If only he were still so easily pleased, but he does have a cupboard full of floppy teddies and other odd projects which he loves a lot, and the knowledge that I only took up these hobbies when I first met him.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Simple piece of Fabric

Abi loves the lovely sling her Pa bought her...but it really gets a bit hot and sweaty for around the house. So I was reading about 'simple pieces of fabric', which I suppose are how most women carry their babies anyway...

...Ben is going to think I have finally lost the plot when he sees this, its just some bit of fabric out of the cupboard (tho I did check out measurements and instructions for using first):
Nice and cool for getting off to sleep round the house. Please don't tell Abi that she might be about to grow out of this cradle-style carry! I think I'll hem the edges when I get time, this could be handy for keeping her happy in this heatwave.