Sunday, February 1, 2015

Anna and Elsa from Frozen - Knitting pattern

And it is done!

 

This is a topsy turvy doll of Anna and Elsa, standing about 45cm tall, so they are big... But pretty much in proportion with the Olaf pattern I did ages ago.

 

Check her out here:

 

 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Olaf the Snowman - straight needle knitting pattern

For ages people have been asking for a straight needles Olaf.... And yes, I finally managed to find the time, and the mental clarity, to make this happen.

I've updated my Etsy store listing for the pattern to include the instructions for a straight needles Olaf along with the double pointed pattern. You can find him here: Olaf Knitting Pattern

 

 

Recently I have noticed a wee change in my popular patterns. Last year I was selling so many Edith beanies, well, I started to go a little nuts! This year it is Olaf, Minion toys and Animal Ear Hair clips taking the front seat. It's a nice change of pace.

I'm toying with designing patterns for Big Hero 6 or not.... So we'll see how that goes.

But keep watching this space for updates. :)

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, I know it is waaaaaay into the new year already, but it has been chaos with hospitals, beagles and family. But all seems to be settling down now.

 

What's he plan for 2015 you say? Well, mainly to get sorted... Lol. The plan involves posting far more frequently, more recipes and knitting patterns.... As well as more garden.

 

Soon you will see an undated Olaf pattern for straight needles.... Recipes for eggplant and potatoes, greenhouse updates and probably more doggie pics.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Seed planting calendar

I'm obsessed with seeds at the moment, but I'm still a seedling novice at heart. All the Pinterest seed planting calendars I find are for America.... Which has backwards seasons to us down here in New Zealand. In my desire to help others find a good planting guide, I'm linking here to Yates... Who have a nice easy planting guide for New Zealand.

 

 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apple Pie made in the Apple!

Goodmorning…. here in New Zealand it is autumn. Apples are fully in
season, and the cooler days make warm apple pie such a delicious option.






Here is a recipe for Apple Pie…. made IN THE APPLE.




But I am being sneaky… this is my recipe, but I currently have it in a
pie making contest.  If you would like to make this pie, and I
recommend you do, please pop over to my Instructables account.  Here are step by step instructions on making the pie.  If you would, I would love it if you would vote for my pie. Instructables is free to join, and well worth it in my mind.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunglasses Case with Cables - Knitting Pattern

Well, it's about time for a new pattern methinks. Long overdue infact. I blame the app I usually use for blogging.... Which for some reason keeps crashing and losing my very witty comments. So I've changed.... Goodby "posted using blog press" and hello "posted with bloggy".

 

With Cyclone Lusi being a bit of a let down around here, all I get is a lot of humidity and heat.... It's time for a sunglasses case... Or glasses case. And I do love me some cables. This one is seamless, made on 3 needles, and best out of 100% cotton (something that won't scratch the ol lenses)

 

You will need:

3 x 4mm double pointed needles

Cable needle

Button

100% cotton DK yarn

 

Sunglasses case

 

Cast on 20

Knit front and back of each stitch, placing each alternate stitch on different needles. This will give you 20 stitches on each needle.

 

Knit 1 rotation

 

The pattern repeats over 6 rows

1. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

2. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

3. Knit 5, purl 2, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

4. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

5. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

6. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

 

Repeat these 6 rows 7 times.

 

Cast off 20 (all stitches from first needle.)

 

Complete on remaining stitches, knitting back and forth.

1. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit

2. Purl 5, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 5

3. Knit 5, purl 2, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 2, knit 5

4. Purl 5, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 5 - repeat on second needle.

5. S1, knit 1, psso, Knit 3, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 3, k2 tog

6. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 2, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 2, purl 2 tog

 

7. S1, knit 1, psso, Knit 1, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 1, k2 tog

8. S1, purl 1, psso, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 2 tog

9. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 1, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 1, p2 tog

10. S1, knit 1, psso, purl 5, knit 2 tog

11. S1, knit 1, psso, knit 4, k2 tog

12. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 2, p2 tog

13. Cast off. Using the last stitch, chain 6, attach to make a loop to act as a button hole.

 

Sew on a button and darn in tails.