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First baby outfit for Reborn Babies

 

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Yay, its done, and in my searching for what I wanted to knit I found a LOT of pattern.

I’ve added links at the bottom to the patterns I used, in case you would like to knit them too. The flowers are small ones I bought at Herannies (a massive craft shop here in Centurion)  a while ago and I used tacky glue to make sure they stay. I only used glue because this is for a reborn doll. Had I been making it for a real baby I would have stitched them in place.

But there was one blog in particular that was wonderful for patterns.

Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days 

She is a prolific knitter and pattern designer and several of her patterns are now in my reborn knitting book.

I have a hard cover book where I’ve pasted all the patterns I’ve printed that  I want to knit for the babies I’m going to be making. It lives in my knitting bag and it makes my life a lot easier.

You will notice that in the picture there is a hat but there is no link to the pattern.

*looks sheepish* That’s because bright spark here (points at self) printed the pattern and forgot to book mark the page, and now I can’t find it no matter how hard I search.

Cardigan

Booties

Small Project, Big Project

Wow, yeah. It’s been a long time. I know. I’m sorry for that, but I’ve been a busy little author getting books written. I’ve got two in the pipeline for release soon, and I’m half way through writing a third.

Not that I haven’t been crafting, but I’ve been working on long term projects instead of quick stuff. I’ve gotten past the half-way mark on my cross stitch, and a few other projects.

For now though, I’ll be back to doing a post once a week. Scheduled for Sundays.

 

A quick project I have done are these granny slippers. The pair with the eyes on were for my mom and the little pair for my son. The pink pair is for me. That’s a no brianer.

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With winter coming to South Africa, and our tile floors these will be so snuggly in the winter.

I found the pattern online (free) you can get it here.Granny Slipers

They knit up so quick and easy that they are a pleasure to knit.

A bigger project for sure. The only stitches you need to know are

Cast on / Knit / Purl.

Very simple.

 

Also I was lucky enough to get a Silhouette Cameo, so I will be sharing cut-files and designs as well in the future.

For now, I’m learning to work it. The software is easy to manage, but I’ve got some experience on coral draw and I’m a wiz at Photoshop. So it’s working out okay.

 

Current big project is one I’m doing for my nephew. I’m not going to say anymore until I’ve completed it and I’ve had a craft success. (Hopefully, not an epic craft fail)

That’s it for today, I wish you all happy crafting!

 

Genevieve

Trick to keep your yarn from tangling.

Good Morning Crafty Folk,

This morning I have a quick tip for you.

I’ve been knitting a jersey (pullover?) for a while now, and I’ve been working with three different colors in a stripe pattern, but that means I have to keep switching between yarn and it was getting tangled in my box, so lazy me thought up a way to keep them from tangling.
I went out and bought a inexpensive plastic dish 9 inches long by 7 inches wide by 3 inches deep. (23x17x8 cm)

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and I had my hubby drill two holes on each end then I put eyelets in it, so the yarn could move through freely.

I put my three different yarns in it and fed each through a hole (the extra hole is for when I’m working with four yarns)

I put the lid on it and started working, and I have to tell you it works fantastically. I have no tangling, my dogs and cats don’t feel the need to attack my yarn and I get to work in peace.

Hope this tip helped you all

Have a great crafting day,

Genevieve

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Pink Winter Socks

Hello Crafty Folk,

A few posts back– I told you about a new book I found that makes knitting socks a pleasure.

I had never attempted to knit socks and I’d never worked with double pointed needles before, but I wanted to try.

So I got the book

Socks

And bought the needles, and did my first attempt.

I decided I didn’t want “shoe” socks, but rather the kind of thick sock that you snuggle under the covers with while watching TV. So I used double knit wool, and made it in the biggest size.

As I said before, this book make it so easy, it felt like I’d been knitting socks my whole life and the other night (due to yet another bout of horrendous insomnia) I finished my socks.


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They came out awesome!!!

Now I’m working on a jersey I started near the end of last winter, I will keep you updated on that one too.

Happy crafting
Genevieve

Awesome Book

Hello Crafty Folks,

Today I wanted to tell you about a book I got a while back. I decided (even though I’d never tried before) that I wanted to knit some warm woolen socks for the winter.

I had a few problems though:

1) I’d never knitted on circular needles or with five double pointed needles in my life before.

2) I know enough about knitting to do most basic things, I can knit a jersey and I can increase, decrease and do odds and ends, but I’m by no means an expert.

So I needed a good book to help me learn what needed to know.

I hunted and found this book:

SocksCozy, comfy, colorful socks–with this book, knitting them by the dozens is incredibly easy! Make them cabled or plain, striped or solid, ribbed, lacy, or laddered. Wear them with your favorite clogs, pair them with jeans or skirts, or let them replace your fussy old house shoes. You’ll fly through our helpful hints and photos to create an entire wardrobe of indispensable tootsie-warmers in three sizes for women. Our Extras and General Instructions sections provide useful information on yarn options, different cast-on techniques, choices between double-pointed needles and circular needles, and different types of Heels and Toes. You’ll be thrilled right down to your (pampered) toes when you say, “I can’t believe I’m knitting socks!”

I have a lot of craft books, and I can honestly say I’ve never found one as simple to use as this one. I’m nearly done with my first sock and I’ve had NO trouble. Everything is explained precisely and neatly and in depth!

If you want to try knitting socks (double pointed needles or circular needles) this is the book to get.

No I’m not affiliated with the publisher at all. I’m just sharing something that really does make sock knitting simple.

Even the dreaded “short row” is made so easy that I finished that part sat and looked at it and wondered what all the fuss was about.

Have a fantastic Friday Crafties!

Genevieve