Friday, 23 January 2015

Tea Pot cosy


Nearly Friday - thought I would show you this teapot cosy I knitted for Bex for Uni -She was moaning that the tea did not stay warm enough......must admit I am quiet chuffed with the outcome.

With you doing it in "pleats" it seems to insulate it more...think though couple more rows longer would have done the trick - but she loved it...

Saw the pattern and slightly adapted it.....though did not record where saw it so cannot give credit.
Flower on the top is not brilliant - but hopefully you get the picture.......


Pattern below if it helps
Materials:
2x 50g ball dk in (main colour MC)
1x 50g ball dk in (contrasting colour CC1)
1x dk in (contrasting colour CC2)
1 set 4mm needles
Gauge: 22 st and 28 rows / 10cm or 4"

The cosy is knitted in garter stitch throughout. Two colours are knitted on every row, and the pucker is formed by pulling the yarn not in use across the wrong side of the work. At each end the strands of yarn need to be twisted together before turning and knitting the next row. Two pieces are made and sewn together at the sides, leaving gaps for the handle and spout. The pucker at the edge of each piece has an extra stitch to allow them to be seamed more invisibly.

The pattern looks complex, but it isn't once you get your head around the colour changes!

Make 2 Pieces:

Cast on 98 stitches in MC
Row 1 (WS): with MC k all stitches

Row 2 (RS): with MC k9, *with CC1 k8, with MC k8*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with CC1 k9. Pull the unused yarn across the back of the work as you knit. Twist the 2 yarns together at the edge.

Getting the tension right when pulling the unused yarn across the back of the work is not too easy. The first time I attempted it I pulled too tightly and the result was very narrow! My best advice is when taking up and using the next colour each time, first knit one stitch, and then gently pull the yarn until there is no slack (i.e. no loop of yarn at the back), but neither is it too taught, and still has some give in it. You are aiming for a width at the bottom of each piece of about 26cm/10".

Row 3 (WS): with CC1 k9, *with MC k8, with CC1 k8*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with MC k9. Remember to bring the yarn forward between the needles, and pull the unused yarn across the front of the work when knitting the WS. Twist all three yarns together at the edge.

Row 4 (RS): with CC2 k9, *with MC k8, with CC2 k8*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with MC k9. Pull the unused yarn across the back as you knit, and twist the yarns together at the end.

Row 5 (WS): with MC k9, *with CC2 k8, with MC k8*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with CC2 k9. Pull the unused yarn across the front as you knit, and twist the yarns together at the end.

Repeat rows 2-5 14 times, and then repeat rows 2-3 once. You will have 63 rows knitted, and end with a WS row.

Begin decreasing, staying in the colour pattern:

Row 64 (RS): with CC2 k1, *with CC2 k2tog, k4, k2tog, with MC k2tog, k4, k2tog*, repeat from *to* 6 times, with MC k1.

Row 65 (WS): with MC k7, *with CC2 k6, with MC k6*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with CC2 k7.

Row 66 (RS): with MC k1, *with MC k2tog, k2, k2tog, with CC1 k2tog, k2, k2tog*, repeat from *to* 6 times, with CC1 k1.

Row 67 (WS): with CC1 k5, *with MC k4, with CC1 k4*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with MC k5.

Row 68 (RS): with CC2 k1 *with CC2 k2tog twice, with MC k2tog twice*, repeat from *to* 6 times, with MC k1.

Row 69 (WS): with MC k3, *with CC2 k2, with MC k2*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with CC2 k3.

Row 70 (RS): with MC k1, *with MC k2tog, with CC1 k2tog*, repeat from *to* 6 times, with CC1 k1.

Row 71 (WS): with CC1 k2, *with MC k1, with CC1 k1*, repeat from *to* 5 times, with MC k2.

Row 72 (RS): with MC k1, k2tog 6 times, k1.

Leave these 8 stitches on a holder, break yarns leaving long tails and repeat pattern to knit a second piece. When both sides are completed, draw the tail of MC yarn through the stitches remaining on both pieces and draw together. Knot discretely.

Use the yarn ends to sew together the pieces using mattress stitch, leaving a gap at both edges for the teapot spout and handle.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Emilys 18th birthday cake

And this was Emily's 18th cake I made for New Years Eve...Can't believe she is 18!!!! So this is her cake - flowers and butterfly's as always made out of icing...

She wanted daisy's on her cake and butterfly's...her wish is my command.....
A little side view...........
Another angle.........................
 
And the butterfly's...................................
 
Next one is Bex's 21st at end of Feb.........................all go............................... 
 
Back to work tomorrow - why is it that I get so down on a Sunday at the thought of Monday!!!!??....
 
Here's to a very busy week I am sure with work!......be back soon - promise!
 


 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Sorry - Late with the Happy New Year

Sorry all - no excuses  for lack of posting apart from time and work!!!

Hope you all had a good one, and Happy New Year to you all....

Did not do a cake posting so here goes...

I made these out of icing...made this display before - love it - very traditional - with the xmas roses and berries - but I love it...

 A bit closer................................
 And closer still......................................
I have also had Emily's 18th over the festive season - well New Years Eve - so I will post that cake next.......,.,.

Lots going on in 2015 for me so far....
Rebecca's 21st coming up
Hubby is 50 and also retires from his present job - but be under no illusions - he will be getting another job as there is no way I am working and not him!!
Married 25 yrs
Take That on tour again...
and then off to New York for our 25th Anniv pres (though going middle Dec as I must see all the deccies etc)...........sssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooo can't wait for that

Hugs to all



 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Stockings

Almost here - love this time of year - busy - but love it - cakes made...most of the presents bought - just waiting for the 1st of December to put up my decorations - yes sad I know - but I am a 1st of December decorations up person......

Made these to hang over the fire for this Year - one for each of us - and one each for Rebecca and Emily's boyfriends......

Dead easy...
Hardest bit was cutting out the initials!

 
sewed on initial - added fur and did some holly bells and a hanging tab....
 
 
Just need to find a small gift to pop inside......
 
 
Speak soon
 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Christmas circle snowman card


Yes another Xmas card - on a roll she says.....
Soooo simple this card.....
Did some txt on my pc to go in a circle...added a fabby snowman button
and die cut a snow scene...no colouring in - brilliant.....

 
Close up of the txt...Archie is the dog...can't miss the fella off...made 6 of these cards - tend to make cards in batches.
 
 And then embossed the envelopes with the big fella......
Bex is back from Uni this wk end so going girlie shopping in York on Sat...and then that's her until Christmas......

Entering this at
ABC challenge - U is for uncoloured..
The Crafty bloggers - Christmas
Inky Chicks - Christmas
Deep Ocean - Christmas in October


 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Xmas Tags

No card today - but Christmas gift tags...or tree decorations - whatever you fancy.....these are soooo quick to make - and a great way to use that unwanted little bits of card you have - EVERY crafter has a card "scrap" box...

These are just punched out from a die with a bell and some twine added..."simples".....except ran out of red twine!!...
Nearly Friday - nearly the weekend - Sunday is going to rain - so you never know I may get some "me "  time to play...
What ever happens - Have a good one

Entered into  ABC Christmas Challenge T is for tree ornament





Sunday, 5 October 2014

candle cards

Aaaaahhhh just come back from a nice Sunday lunch - did not fancy cooking - not that I cook much so went to the pub for lunch - problem is I now feel like falling asleep!!!

Had to make 2 quick cards the other day - as always Em wanted them last minute...
Found this candle die-cut and love it, already had the Martha Stewart Happy Birthday punch - quick and simple cards.

 And one for a girl



Do not know what is happening with my Magnolia in the garden - but it is flowering again - sad thing is I know the frost will kill it....

Hope you have a great rest of the weekend, and hope Monday is not too bad for you all....