Tales of Yore

Hi, just finished the King Mouse from Alan Dart’s Tales of Yore.  I think he is really cute and really enjoyed knitting him.

My mum – whom we live with – is 91 and has Alzheimer’s she takes Aricept  without which I am sure she would be much worse than she is.  Anyway, my mum didn’t know I was knitting this, and I knew she would love it and I thought I would surprise her, by placing him on the kitchen windowsill peeping out from behind two large pine cones.  I knew she would see it when she was washing up.

It was so lovely to see her laughing when she found it, and I intend to make the other mice and hide them round the house so she can come across them, hopefully giving her a bit of fun in the process.  The nose and mouth gave me problems, and I will have to resew them..again!  However according to my mum I am the worlds best knitter and an asset to the creative world… but then she’s biased!

Little lambs

Good Monday afternoon everyone, another beautiful day here in the UK, looks like it won’t last long so we shall have to make the most of it.

I know I said last week that my lamb would be ready, but with all this fab weather I have been doing things in the garden rather than knitting.  Actually I should be knitting night and day as I have signed up for the Woodseats Festival craft fair on July 10th.

So here is a little Fuzzy Mitten lamb in her pink hoodie coat.  I made this one a while back and sold her quite quickly.  But this is the kind of thing I am making for the fair.  She was made in baby alpaca and the coat was cashmerino, both by Rowan I think .This was the other lamb I made at the same time.  I still have three or four ‘naked’ lambs that require clothing so that will be my next job.

These patterns come from Barbara Prime at fuzzy mitten, her blog is in the blogroll, she is so very clever at designing these little creatures.

Molly the Monkey

I have been knitting for about 43 years, my mum taught me to knit and my gran taught me to crochet, my mum can’t crochet and my gran couldn’t knit, so I reckon I was lucky there.

When my boys were babies I always had kitting in my hands. I remember knitting a beautiful shawl on circular needles for Edward, who is now 26.  I did most of this while traveling 50 miles to the hospital for ante natal appointments.  We lived in Germany and I had to travel from Soest to Iserlohn, and thats quite a way when you are pregnant.  It’s also quite a way when you are in labour…

Anyway, lots of baby knitting, I can think of only one jacket I made for me that I actually finished and that must have been about 1981.  The yarn was bought in Germany, and I had never seen yarn like it.  I remember it being chunky and only cheap, but it was beautiful, a deep dark red 100% wool, which draped in just the right way – my mum and I had never seen anything like it in the UK.  I was still wearing it in 1996.  Excellent quality.

These days I have no babies to knit for, but I do have a friend in Canada who has a granddaughter who loves monkeys. So here is Molly monkey.  She enjoys playing in the trees and does like to do a bit of gardening.The pattern is from Fuzzy Mitten – sorry still haven’t got the link thing sorted yet.

So Molly is off to Canada in the morning.  Bon Voyage Molly!

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