Here we go Looby Lou…

When I was a kid I wasn’t really interested in dolls, especially Tiny Tears who leaked everywhere, I was quite relieved when my cousin pulled its head off. However, my next doll was something special, she was called Looby Lou, I think that was the type of doll it was, I wasn’t big on naming dolls! This is similar to the one I had.

I’ve lately been overwhelmed by waves of nostalgia and thought it would be nice to find another Looby Lou doll, mine disappeared a long time ago. Then I had a John Zaffis moment and realised it may not be the best thing to buy someone elses childhood doll, who knows what memories might be attached.

So the only sensible option was to make my own, not too hard, but there is an awful lot of sewing involved, and as I still haven’t mastered my sewing machine, that left me with crocheting a doll, or knitting one. Crocheting one would be easier for all the shaping that’s involved, but I wasn’t happy with the look, so I had to step up to the plate and knit myself a new Looby Lou, sometimes I have the stupidest ideas.

I can’t precisely remember when I started knitting because I did a lot of ‘scrap’ pieces to work out the feet and hands. But I do know I purchased a very large amount of Rico Cotton Aran at the beginning of September 2017. And I haven’t stopped knitting since, and re-knitting, and frogging, and re-writing, and reordering colours, and completely re-knitting the doll 3 times before I was happy.

Louby Lou measures approximately 28″ in height, and within my limited knitting knowledge, I do not feel I could have knitted her any better.

The body is knitted in Aran, but using 3.00mm needles to give it firmness, I also used ‘non-carded’ filling which isn’t as fluffy and gives better shape definition. Her hair is a mixture of mohair and fine alpaca, very fine in fact, but interestingly, after giving it a good comb through, it feels and smells like my original dolls hair.

That was probably the biggest project I will every work on…but now I have a happy 🙂

 

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The Long Slow Process of Updating Patterns

I’ve been putting off a thorough re-design of my patterns for some time, I put new covers on a while ago, but I knew more was needed. A lot of patterns have way too many pages, so I’ve opted for a 2-column design, the free patterns no longer have a cover so the pattern starts immediately. The patterns for sale now start with a picture and materials required on the first, the actual pattern starting on the second page. Some patterns have gone down from 9 pages to 4, oh my goodness, serious bloat!!

Here’s a gallery of the front covers so far…hopefully it shouldn’t take much longer, as I’m in the middle of a personal project that I can’t wait to share, and I’ve got an ever increasing list of ideas, including something to do with bat wings!!

Untamed DPN’s

Although I can knit quite easily with DPN’s (see pics above), for the life of me I cannot get started with them. I’ve seen endless tutorials with all the sticks in a nice order, and nice words reassuring me that all I need to do is line them up and knit. I suspect the pictures are the only moment the sticks are behaving, pick them up to knit and all hell breaks loose.

It could be that my DPN’s are of the wild strain of the species, if I’d spent a bit more money I might have got the housebroken and tamed strain, oh well, we live and learn!

I do however have a method of maintaining a modicum of control, I knit the first few rows on straights, then transfer them to the DPN’s, this seems to work quite well. So well in fact, that the latest design I’m working on, which involves using the full set of DPN’s, is specifically written with a straights start.

There will be those knitters who will eschew this method and insist that their DPN’s are well behaved and they can cast on and knit without a straights start, each to their own, DPN’s in the wrong hands can be a lethal weapon, mark my words!!

Oh and before anyone suggest using circs and the magic loop method, done that, been there, screamed loudly, still needs a straights start!

Denim Yacht Pot

I thought it was time to rework/redesign Granny’s Reticule, my intention was to use Twilleys Freedom Echo dk, 100% recycled cotton, I’d won the bid for it on eBay which suprised me, but I think it was because the yarn was listed as Blue, I’ve always thought of it as Denim, I’m convinced Denim sells better than Blue!!

As I worked through the design, I quickly realised that it was something new, and absolutely nothing to do with the Reticule! Initially it was going to be a bag, but that didn’t feel right, and as it slowly morphed into some kind of decorative piece, I really wasn’t sure, but I mumbled something about a pot, to which Chris smartly replied “a yacht pot.”, and so the design was born!

It’s crocheted all in one, from pot through to the liner and requires some cardboard to give it shape, charts are included, and like Pandora’s Purse, it utilises the modified single crochet stitch.  I’m quite chuffed with the end result and am now keen to design more pots!

Yes there are 3 different yachts, not two different pots!

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials
DK weight yarn in Blue, Red & White
Sample used –
1 ball (50g 100m/109yds) freedom echo d.k. in Blue
½ ball (50g 115m/126yds) Gruendl Cotton Fun in Red
1½ balls (50g 92m/100yds) Stylecraft Cotton DK Classique in White
3.50mm hook
stitch marker
5”/13cm circle of cardboard
15”/39cm x 4”/11cm rectangle of cardboard

Finished Size:
Approximately 5”/13cm diameter, 4.5”/11cm high

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Only 150 days until . . .

Chris started it, I wasn’t even thinking about…erm…*whispers* Christmas,  he decided he’d like to knit a scarf, I nonchalantly suggested he might knit one for Mater & Pater, well two obviously, but I meant one each. Before I knew what was happening, Chris had chosen the yarn he’d like to use, I’d ordered it, the yarn arrived and he set forth with gusto!

In the meantime I wondered what delights I could make, and decided to crochet some bath puffs, well actually shower puffs as Mater & Pater don’t have a bath, weird I know, but like us, they are, weird I mean 🙂

So I turned to my favourite puff pattern, Bath Puff & Back Scrubber by Priscilla Hewitt, I’ve never bothered doing my own pattern as there are so many already available, in my opinion, this design in quick and easy, perfect. Now all I had to do was choose my yarn, in the end I couldn’t decided on a colour, so I made two puffs each for Mater & Pater in the wonderful Sugar n Cream Ombres.

And here are the finished puffs…

Many thanks to Chris for doing the lettering for the colourways of the yarn, and talking of Bloke, will he be sharing pics of his scarves? You’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Knitted Blessings

The Wooly spire of St Botolphs and the Boston Stump.

Hand knitted versions of six Lincolnshire parish churches will go on display at Lincoln Cathedral in August.

The knitted churches have all been hand-crafted by community groups as part of the artsNK managed Woolly Spires project and will be on display from August 1 to 30.

The exhibition includes one church from each district of Lincolnshire: St Denys’, Sleaford; St Mary & St Nicolas, Spalding; St Botolph’s (the Stump), Boston; St James’, Louth; St Wulfram’s, Grantham; and St Mary’s (Stow Minster), Stow.

Source: The Lincolnite

Chris mentioned, in passing, that we might like to work on a joint knitted project of our own…The Vatican, I told him to stick to knitting scarves!