International Day of the Midwife

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This may seem an unusual day to be blogging about on a craft site, but on 5 May this year they would like knitted, crocheted or crafted midwives.

This has been inspired by @knittedmidwife who can be found here.

I will be taking part in support of the University of West Scotland Midwifery team, and if you are in the southside of Glasgow the Wool Haven is acting as a collection point.

Patterns have been provided by Amy Kember (crocheted) & Kimara McCombs Wise (knitted)

Further details please contact sheona.brown@uws.ac.uk

I’ll update my efforts here 🙂

 

 

 

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All the Yarn

All yarn for knitting or crocheting is made from natural or synthetic fibers. Different types have different qualities – some good, some not so good.

These can also be blended by manufacturers to offset an undesirable characteristic – such as itchiness – as much as I love pure wool I can’t wear it.

I’ve tried to put together some of the most common.

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Quick scarf

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I’ve never been very good at keeping records of quick projects so I’m hoping that having this blog gets me into the habit.

Last weekend when chatting with some friends I offered to make one a scarf.  I asked him what his favourite colour was and so I had an actual excuse to buy new yarn on my next visit to the Wool Haven – other than “It’s so pretty/fluffy!”

He’d asked for red. I wanted a strong colour but not pillarbox so selected King Cole Super Chunky Twist in Claret Twist. The flecks of other colours gives it a bit more interest without taking away the depth of red. The yarn is 100% acrylic but incredibly soft and really easy to work with.

I used 9 mm needles and worked knit 2, purl 2 over 22 stitches.

Not quite sure exactly how long it took to finish as I worked on it on and off for an evening, I would think around 2 hours.

Using 2 balls resulted in a generous scarf measuring about 18 cm/7 inches wide and 112 cm/44 inches long.

 

 

 

 

Big damn hero hat

img_20161208_132841793-948161I make these hats for friends, based on a certain scifi program (which was cancelled far too soon.)

There’s a number of different patterns for it online, so in the end I looked at a few and made my own version.

I’ve made these in both  wool (Lopi Lettlopi) and now – after a shrinking incident – acrylic (Deramore’s Studio)

I’ve made it in a couple of sizes:

  • Man’s :  25 inch / 64 cm diameter
  • Woman’s : 21 inch / 52 cm diameter

Materials

  • 50 g yellow DK
  • 50 g orange DK
  • 50g red DK
  • 6.5 mm double-pointed needles or circular needle

Working with 2 threads throughout:

Hat

Cast on 72 (84) sts in orange yarn, work in round

Rounds 1 – 3: Rib: knit 1, purl 1.

Rounds 4 – 12, knit.

Round 13, Change to yellow, knit

Rounds 14 – 40 (45 for larger size), knit

Final rounds, Knit 2 together continue until only 6 stitches left (takes 3 – 4 rounds)

Earflaps

Working in red (with 2 threads) pick up 14 (16) stitches – I position each earflap 10 stitches each side of cast on join..

Working in stocking stitch, work 10 rows

Row 11 onward: decrease a stitch at each end until down to 1 stitch. Bind off leaving 3 inch length, attach 2 more to complete tassel.

Pompom

Make tri-colour pompom either with pompom maker or by wrapping yarn around hand. Attach securely to top of hat.