Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sadie's Opposite Cuffs & Barbie Scarf

Cast on 32 sts in Main Colour.
Rows 1&2: K1, P1 rib.
Stocking stitch from now on.
13 rows (or more for longer cuff) MC, 3 rows CC (Contrast colour),3 rows K1 Mc, K1 CC (or opposite in the next row to make vertical stripes),
3 rows MC,
2 rows K1, P1 rib.
CO in rib.
Make the next cuff in Opposite colours.
Stitch seams 2cm at top and 2cm at bottom, leaving gap for little thumbs.
Voila! They take as long as the movie ’Willow’.
For the scarf, you’ll need a Barbie Magic Knitting Machine circa 1988. Then just do stripes in uneven, desirable sized widths.
By the way, Sadie pretty well did the scarf by herself.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Barbie Magic Knitting Machine Scarves

 Last year I saw these 1988 Barbie Knit Magic knitting machines and scoured Ebay until I found one. Don’t ask how much.
So, I’ve been using so much of my odd-ball stash (yes, and buying more). It takes 8ply the best. These are only some of the scarves I’ve made so far. One regular ball of wool will take maybe 15 minutes!!
And I have the satisfaction of actually finishing things and using up my bits. Brilliant.
My littlest grandson (3) wandered around wearing 6 the other night at my Dad’s 84th birthday dinner. Ha ha ha! Funny.
Reading the reviews on Amazon, people said, when asked what they made (when they were little girls) that they just made the tubes as long as they possibly could!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Finished Knitting, But...

It's too small. I KNEW it was, but I wilfully ignored what I knew. It is supposed to have negative ease, but it has too much! Sigh... But, it's earmarked for my daughter's birthday and I'm about to start it again! So, Paperdoll's, here I come. Again.
It's a great pattern and a quick knit though, as far as things go. Round and round and round and round... you know, mindless. Nicely mindless. Then when you get to the dolls, it's terrible exciting!
The wool is Shoppewolle's Zauberball (6ply) from Morris & Son's in Melbourne, and the greens are Australian Tapestry Workshop lovelies.

The greens are a combination of 3-4 shades. 2ply doubled variously.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The New Rubbish Arbour

Which is not to say that the arbour is a rubbish arbour, but that it's for putting the rubbish bins in. We've planted (that is, the husband has) Boston Ivy at each corner, which will eventurally cover it completely, making it like a hedge with doors. Clever huh?
It's hard to make out I know.
The bobbles are polystirene which is rendered in concrete and painted to look like rust.

I made some hessian curtains for the verandah. Yesterday in the 46 degree heat (or whatever it was) we hosed them down occasionally. I love the mood it creates. Sitting in the loungeroom and looking out, it seems to enlarge the room. Noice.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pretty Pater Dolls

Just started, but happy.
Paper Doll's by Kate Davies. Or look here for everone else's versions.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Hedge Shed

Top view.
One side will be for rubbish bins, the other for wood. We've planted a Boston Ivy to cover it, so it will end up looking like a hedge.

We love bling.