A Chunky Scarf, Baxter and a C2C Throw!

This little project took me only one night to complete. Granted it was knit on 9mm needles using Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky yarn which is luxuriously soft as it’s a 100% baby alpaca.

Misti Alpaca Chunky 02The pattern is Misti Chunky Ribs & Ruffles Scarf and has lovely ruffled ends.

Misti Chunky Scarf 03This scarf has certainly kept out the bitingly cold wind which I experienced not long after my arrival at Noosaville.

Misti Chunky Scarf 02Another little project I completed not long ago is an adorable little bear from a gorgeous book called Knitted Toy Tales: Irresistible Characters for all Ages by Laura Long and it’s the Daddy Bear pattern. This book has the cutest little characters you can knit and they are all photographed beautifully. I have called my bear ‘Baxter’.

Knitted Toy Tales 01Baxter Bear 01These little bears are quite easy to make especially the face as the nose section is knitted separately and then sewn onto the face. And of course Baxter had to have a bright orange I-cord to match the accent colour in my bedroom as this is where he lives.

Baxter Bear 02The wool used to make Baxter was spun by someone else. I just plied, washed and skeined it. I recently bought another spinning wheel and two of the bobbins were filled to the brim with spun yarn which looked salvageable so rather than throw it away, I plied it. The yarn felt a bit coarse to be worn close to the skin so this teddy was the perfect project. He’s also stuffed with wool so he’s a 100% wool bear!

Spinning Wheel full bobbinsHere’s Baxter with the other two teddies I’ve made with a couple of sheep that wanted to get into the picture too 🙂

Three Bears 01While I was at Sheep Thrills last week, I noticed a lovely crocheted throw and when I asked about it I discovered it was a corner to corner (C2C) pattern. I was instantly intrigued so the next day I sat down in front of my laptop and watched Mikey from The Crochet Crowd explain how these blankets are made. I’m using the lovely Lotus Yarns Winter Sun Aran wool I bought and I am quite pleased with my progress.

C2C Throw 02Who’d have thought I’d put down my knitting for some crocheting!!

And to finish off, what do you think of this lovely large and orange carry bag I picked up at Noosaville? It’ll be perfect to accommodate my C2C throw as it grows larger and larger!

Orange bag 01

Until next time…

Melanie

 

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Two Cosy Little Neck Warmers

The last thing I want to think about at the moment is keeping my neck warm as we’ve experienced some hot days here in Brisbane this summer. But life goes on and I keep knitting whether it’s summer or winter!

This little cowl was made using the pattern Urban Lace Infinity Scarf and only took me a few nights to knit up. It’s just like the feather and fan pattern which has always been a favourite of mine. It’s not as long as the one shown in the pattern but I’m very happy with it.

Urban Lace Infinity Cowl 01

Urban Lace Infinity Cowl 03

Urban Lace Infinity Cowl 04

The yarn is absolutely heavenly. It’s Skein’s Alpaca Merino Worsted and it is so incredibly soft. It’s 60% alpaca and 40% merino and the colourway is ‘Wise’. This cowl is definitely going to be so comfortable and snuggly to wear this winter.

Skein Alpaca Merino Worsted Wise 02

This little scarf was made using the pattern Vite Cowl although I have left it as a small scarf . Again, it didn’t take long to knit up either and that’s mainly because the yarn is quite bulky. I’ve named it my Autumn Cowl.

Autumn Cowl 10

Autumn Cowl 11

Autumn Cowl 01

The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky which is a 12 ply yarn and it’s made from 100% baby alpaca and it’s also sooooooo soft! I love alpaca yarn!

Misti Alpaca Chunky 02

And the great thing about these patterns is that they’re free on Ravelry!

It’s such a pleasure knitting a garment when you’re using such quality soft yarn as I did with these two projects. I love the tactile experience of feeling the yarn between my fingers and imaging how soft the garment will be wrapped my neck on a cold and windy Brisbane winter’s day. We don’t get many of those days so I really have to make the most of them when we do!

Hope you have a great weekend full of lots of crafty and yarnie goodness!

Until next time…

Melanie

Not More Yarn!!!!!

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I guess you’re wondering whether I’ve been buying any more yarn recently hey? Well surprise, surprise….I have been stockpiling quite a few new purchases and thought it was about time I showed them to you. I am keeping Australia’s (and … Continue reading