Monday, 8 November 2010

Crafty, but Homemade!

Before I go any further,
I just need to tell each and everyone of you
how much your lovely comments
have been encouraging my along lately.

Lots of us are mentioning how the dark nights
are drawing in and how cold it's getting.
But sat here, in my cosy little home,
with 2 cheeky little boys happy and safe,
all my furry and feathered friends healthy,
I quite like it, and with you for company,
I'm certainly not complaining!

So please, all of you,
take a big huge
'Nearly There Claire'

To say thank you properly,
a giveaway should be in order.

So watch this space soon.

Seeing as it's getting all chilly around these parts,
and I have done so many posts lately
about life with my boys,
I thought it about time I offered you
something crafty!

There's something about wool
that is so comforting and homely.

Knitting is not really all that tricky,
you just need patience.
Something I'm not really.

But, I found myself in the wool shop,
stoking and squeezing the soft colourful balls of loveliness
and the lady encouraged me to give it a go.
For only a few pence I could buy a simple pattern
for a pair of

Wrist Warmers!

Very easy,
would you like for me to share it with you?


I chose some chunky wool and 6.5 mm needles.

Cast on 38 stitches.

...and then you knit 2, purl 2!
Matching up your knit and purl stitches as you continue
with the rows,
creating a rib effect as it grows.


If you are not well practiced at this like me,
you soon get to see how the pattern is formed as you go along,
and although I got a bit muddled a couple of times
it's not too tricky to undo a few stitches and get back on track.

I don't have the finished pair to show you,
as I wrapped them up and gave them to my
oldest friend for her birthday last week!

But half way through,
(with a blog post in mind)
I encouraged Jacob to
model them for me!

His skinny little wrist looks lost in them ha ha!

Once your knitting measures 7 inches
you cast off, fold length ways
to make a tube.
Start to sew down from the top
1 inch to join up the seam.

You then leave another inch,
for your thumb to stick through,
and then continue to join up
down to the end of the seam.

Did that make sense?

Well if it didn't I'm sorry,
but believe me,

If I can do it
anyone can.

By the way,
My pal loves them
and a little bit of me wishes I had
kept them,
but seeing as I keep saying how
easy they were to knit,
I should crack on and knit more eh?! 

Love Claire. x


hevanne said...

Awww these are so cute it has inspired me to start knitting, though Im not sure I have the patience! I never seem to be able to keep the tension right oh well Im off to youtube now to learn haha good job I got a big bag of wool off freecycle yesterday was going to be reserved for crochet but some of it isn't suitable but would make the cutest wrist warmers. Wish me luck!

delia hornbook said...

Hi Claire,

those are great well done you ;-)) you definitely have to knit yourself a pair ;-)) Have fun Dee x

♥coco rose♥ said...

Ooooh they look super cool.....definitely need to learn how to knit. Just have to finish all the crochet projects on the go first! It's on the list though!

Have a great day!

Vanessa x

bellaboo said...

They're great Claire,and the nice thing is they don't take long too knit unlike a blanket or a scarf say.Your friend must have been delighted wih her gift.It's so nice to receive handmade things.Thank you for the hug btw!
Looking forward to your giveaway.I'm going to have a big one when I reach 200 followers! :0)

Flossie and Tom said...

the wrist warmers are brilliant - I've tried to learn to knit so many times - my mom is fantastic but I'm afraid I'm rubbish with a capital R !!! I'll just have to admire everyone elses work XX

Cheap2Chic said...

Thank you so much for the pattern. I bought a few odd balls of chunky wool in Hobbycraft and these will be perfect x

Diane said...

I shall have a go at these - I love anything easy!! They look great and I love the colours you chose. xxxx

Country Girl said...

They look very cosy and I really like the colours you chose. Looks like you might have been bitten by the knitting bug!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

thanks for the pattern, the gloves are great!

I love the dark nights, really cosy!

moschops said...

So cute! I am so envious of anyone who can knit!

Its only in the last year I've wanted to learn to knit. Although saying that I still have a cross stitch half done that I started in 2002... best get that finished first!

Poppy said...

Very cute! I’m not very good at knitting. I might give them ago though. I’ve been catching up with your other posts, I really wish my boys were younger again...I loved days out like that and all the party’s!

Love Lou xxx

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Fab make - bet they are really cozy. I know what you mean about the shorter days - it will soon be Spring :-)

Florence and Mary said...

Well done on the knitting, I haven't done any for AGES!

Victoria xx

Taz said...

Hey you knit the same ones as me. :D
Love your colour combo babe x