Pocket Scarf & Shrug

Pocket Scarf

Childs Pocket Scarf

Hi all,

Was going to upload the photos on Sunday, but managed to finish the Pocket Scarf and the Shrug today.

My daughter loves the pocket scarf, and is currently walking around the house in her pj’s and scarf. My friend Jess popped in today and showed me a small collection of teddy bear eyes and noses. Having this option proved beneficial for me, as my sewing details are not quite where I would like them to be. And after sewing the eyes and nose to the bears face, it the gave the bear a little character. She would not have looked as good with my attempted version of a french knot.

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear attached to pocket

Pocket Scarf

Fits child 3 yrs +

The scarf could be made with different colours, the teddy bear details could be changed, or you could have something else entirely on the pocket. There could be lots of possibilities for this children’s scarf.
And I have the pattern for an adults pocket scarf, as well as a hooded & pocket scarf (which is done with really big yarn, which means to would be a very quick knit to achieve).
As you can see the clasp arrived from the States. It’s from the Nicky Epstein website, as she sells accessories like clasps, buttons and shawl pins to go with her knitwear. And with it I also received a free pattern, so great value of money. I would have loved to buy from Australia, but I couldn’t seem to find anything I liked. And even when I did check out the supplies at Spotlight, the range was very, very small, and to be honest the one clasp that I had found, was not great, and very expensive.
Leaf Clasp on Shrug

Leaf Clasp

Completed Shrug with clasp

I have really enjoyed knitting the scarf and the Shrug, as unlike the failed attempt at felting a bag went horribly wrong (in my opinion), these knits worked up well, look good as the finished project, and I can change the designs of both to suit individual needs, or to tweak the patterns to make them even better than they are currently.

I’ve also decided to design my own knitted bag. I looked for a couple of hours yesterday at various books, magazines and websites for a decent pattern to knit a bag for myself. And I couldn’t find any.
So in the words of my husband “it can’t be that hard to design a bag,” I am going to give it a go. Not sure when it will be finished, as I want to get different materials together to get the best look I can. Never done a bag design course, or in fact any fashion course (probably tell that in the jeans I’m wearing in the photo!), however I will put 100% effort into this, and I want it perfect before the big reveal. Hopefully by then I may have found a half decent yarn to do felting.
That’s me done for tonight, back to the needles for me.

Felting Disaster!!

Hi all,

I don’t know why I was so scared to felt, my first experience positively proved that sometimes 100% wool just doesn’t felt!!!! First wash was done with the temperature suggested which was set at 30c, sat there waiting patiently for the washing to be finished. I even checked to make sure that the Tote wasn’t shrinking too much. However I pulled my masterpiece out of the machine and discovered if anything that it was bigger when it came out than when it went in.

So tried a second attempt this time I put the machine up to 60c, again waited for the cycle to finish, and yet again the Tote came out looking no different from the first attempt.

I was getting a little frustrated by this point. I then decided to put the temperature up to 90c the highest temperature on my washing machine, and waited. . . . . .The machine stopped. . . . . . I took a breath, opened the machine, ready for the big reveal, and the Tote was still exactly the same as the previous 2 attempts. What a waste of time, and more important, what a waste of water and electricity.

I put the Tote in my tumble dryer – by this point what was the worst that could happen??? The tumble dryer actually did a mini felting, so tried washing for a 4th time, followed by 2 hrs in the tumble dryer. Again the tumble dryer did a little more, but in no way does the Tote I made, look or resemble the Tote in the pattern.

So I have plan, I have found a really good website, that can provide me with the exact yarn that I need to complete this Tote. And because of the fabulous Australian $, the prices work out really well for me. So when the yarn arrives from the UK I will update my progress with the Tote. I just find it amusing that I seem to have found the only 100% wool in Australia that you cannot shrink. . . . . .no matter what you do to it, I mean that has to be a good thing.

I have a friend coming tomorrow for a visit, and she is bringing up with her some teddy bear eyes and noses, so that I can pick some for my daughters teddy bear pocket scarf, I could sew the eyes and nose using thread/yarn, but my sewing details are not quite perfected yet, and I think having real teddy bear eyes and noses will give the pocket scarf a better finish.

Also I have just received in the post from Nicky Epstein accessory range a pretty leaf clasp so that I can sew that to my shrug/wrap. All photos should be put on by this Sunday of the completed Scarf and Shrug/Wrap.

My latest job, is to practice the pretty lace pattern that I will be using on the 1950’s inspired dress, I am making a shawl with this pattern, I just want to in-grain this pattern into my muscle memory, hopefully this way the pattern for the dress will be easy, and the only thing I’ll have to think about will be knitting in the round – circular needles. And I will also need to learn at some stage how to use double-pointed needles. Have tried a couple of times, but I ended up having a hissy fit when it didn’t work. I know good craftsmen never blames the equipment, but I swear the double-pointed needles weren’t working, nothing to do with me 🙂

And don’t forget that Saturday 11th June is World Knitting Day, so if you, like me love to knit, there will be lots to do on that day at big craft centres who will be holding Knitting Parties, and I’m sure that there will be plenty of discounts on yarns for everyone to enjoy. And even your smaller local yarn shops should be holding events also, so give them a call and see what they’re up to, if not maybe you could hold your own knitting party, maybe raise a little money for charity with your own personalised knitting event.

Well that’s it for me tonight, see you all later.

I’m Scared To Felt

I’m a little apprehensive about the felting process . . . . . . . . Ok that’s a lie . . . . . . . I’m scared.

We all know what happens when you put a wool item in the wash, and usually the disaster that follows when some unwitting fool has put the item in the dryer!! Luxury merino jumper that you wore on those cold days, now keeps your daughters Barbie just as warm.

I have looked into the process, and to be honest as long as you have the washing machine at the temperature required the washing part is fairly self-explanatory. However it’s the drying bit, I know I have to stretch the item after the wash, and that I may even have to pin it down to keep its shape, however I still have this feeling that my gorgeous 100% wool bag is going to even more fantastic as another accessory for Barbie….

Here I was thinking the ‘pom poms’ were going to be the big issue. I could make them when I was a child, but as a grown up I cannot remember them being so hard. I did the cardboard copy version, and it was terrible, it wasn’t so much a small perfectly round ball of wool, just a bloody mess, that was barely being held together. Each time I tried, it looked as though my 2-year-old had done it. It got so bad that I had to go to Spotlight and purchase a Pom-Pom Loom, and even following the instructions I still couldn’t do it. So I eventually (a pom-pom wasn’t going to break me) went back to my reliable source of information ‘YouTube,’ and found a lady who had put a video on there that showed how you do a pom-pom using the same loom that I had purchased. Let me tell you the instructions shown on the packaging are nothing compared to what you actually have to do!!! So now I have a pom-pom, looks fairly reasonable, and only time will tell whether I can do them as good as when I was a child. My mother suggests using lots and lots of yarn, more yarn better pom-pom.

Sorry got of track ‘ I still have to make the 2 sides and 1 handle of he Tote, and make it up before the washing begins, so have a couple of hours work ahead of me. I will look back on this and smile when I realise that ‘felting’ isn’t as bad as first thought.

Maybe a little apprehension is a good thing…..

No matter what happens I will be posting ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the Tote, I’m sure Barbie will be up to the modelling challenge.

Fingers crossed.