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Charity Santa Helmet 2.0

I made another knitted santa helmet for charity! This time I’m donating it to a lovely man, Steve Woodman, in UK who does an annual motorcycle toy run to Bradbury House and the Children’s Ward at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. There are over 300 motorcyclists involved in this run. How exciting and wonderful for the children!

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Above photos copyright of Hedgehunter (Flickr)

Steve gave me measurements to his helmet and I used my brother-in-law’s helmet as a guide too. Fingers crossed it fits okay!

Santa Helmet v2.0

Santa Helmet v2.0 (side)

I made quite a few improvements to the original Santa Helmet pattern. The mods are as follows:

  • Knitted the brim and joined short ends together to form a loop. Picked up stitches along one side with red yarn and joined in the round. Continued knitting the red hat in the round.
  • Made the pom pom much larger than the original. I think it looks better when it’s oversized.
  • This one isn’t really a mod but an accident. I made the beard far too wide and had to sew pleats along the top edge to make it fit under the visor. The bottom half of the beard is much wider than the helmet and is loose.
  • Instead of sewing on non-slip mat stuff under the brim, I used regular household silicone and almost emptied it all on the brim and beard. I think it’s stickier than the non-slip mat thingamagic.

Making Santa helmet non slip

Project details here

SOOOO I have a HUGE announcement next week. It’ll be the biggest in the history of this blog. I’ll see you next Monday, ok? Until then, have a good week!

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Pom Pom!

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Christmas charity knitting. I made a pom pom tonight after dinner. It’s a good project even when you’re bleary eyed, sleepy and tired.

Pom pom making

I swear the pom pom looks better in real life! I was just too lazy to walk down to the garage to use my light tent. I’m almost asleep. Maybe I’ll dream about sleeping on a soft, fluffy pom pom… zzz…

Fun tutorial to make pom pom: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/pompom.htm

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Belated Winter FO with a happy birdie

I’ve finally taken photos of my ribbed winter jacket. I know, I know. It’s Spring but hey, better late than never! I’ve worn the jacket many times and it’s very warm and comfortable. The new version of Moda Vera Marvel yarn has exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think I would actually enjoy wearing acrylic but it’s not too bad and it’s cheap! This jacket used only $16 worth of yarn. Bargain!

But if you’re thinking of knitting this jacket for yourself, let me give you a friendly warning. The knitting pattern was confusing and ambiguous at times. I think a lot of Drops Design patterns are like that from what I’ve knitted previously, but I always seem to go back to their designs as their simple and elegant knitwear appeals to me. Or, maybe, I’m just a sucker for punishment! Haha…

Ribbed Winter Jacket FO

Pattern: 103-16 jacket with rib in ”Karisma” with short or long sleeves by DROPS design
Yarn: Moda Vera Marvel Plain
Knitting needle: 3.5mm / US 4
More details available here

Do you want to see something cool? Here’s a photo of me with my darling parrot, Charlie! Please excuse my squinty eyes. It was a gloriously sunny day. :) We took Charlie into the backyard to hang out with us and he was happy to pose with mummy in her newish jacket.

Ribbed Winter Jacket FO with Charlie :)

Here he is chilling in the bushes. Isn’t he a cutie?

I'm happy bird!

Some of you may remember that I hang funny photos of my cats behind the toilet door. I managed to take a funny one of Charlie in the bushes to add to those. So if you were sitting on the toilet in my house, here’s what you’ll be looking at:

Pets mug shots behind the toilet door

Charlie's mug shot

If you crack up and piss yourself laughing, at least you’re in the right place to do it! LOL

Have a giggly week everyone!

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Achievements, celebrations & the mundane

What a week it has been! We’ve done more home improvement in the last month than we have done in the last year! That’s Parkinson’s Law for you.

The biggest achievement (and a huge weight of my shoulders) is the completion of Richard’s office. It’s a small room attached to our garage and basically had bare brick walls, a concrete slab floor and a dodgy light. Richard installed down lights and put new power, telephone and TV points. Then we spent the entire last weekend painting the brick walls and ceiling, which by the way is very hard work! And on Friday I laid down the new vinyl flooring all by myself. Yes, me! I rock!

Richard's newly renovated office

Richard has set up his office now and he is a very happy hubby. Only 2 more weeks before my new house mate moves in and I’m starting to feel nervous and excited at the same time.

On Saturday, we celebrated our nephew’s 9th birthday and there was a bit of fooling around when the sparkles got lit on the cake! That’s the uncle (Richard’s brother) grabbing his nephew’s face. Haha… no harm done I promise!

Jackson's 9th B'day

Now for the mundane part of life. Charlie had one of his showers this week and was happy to show off for the video camera. He LOVES it and gets all excited when he sees the spray bottle.


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I’ve also bought yarn to start knitting a charity Christmas project. I won’t say what it is just yet.

Red & White Homemaker Acrylic 8ply

Has anyone started their Christmas knitting? I can’t believe we’re only 4 months away from 2011!

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Self-striping sock yarn – Love it or Hate it?

Hello! How have you been? It’s been a few weeks since I shot out a post. Both my mum and mother-in-law thought I was sick! But I’m fine. I’ve been happily busy and occupied. So what’s new with me? Well, I’ve picked up more freelance work and we’re going to have a new housemate in a few weeks! We’re renting our spare bedroom to a Japanese student, so we’re in a mad rush to get some renovations done. Very exciting!

But I have managed to squeeze in a bit of knitting as always and the last few projects involve self-striping sock yarn. I’m loving it but there are down sides to this type of yarn.

Love: Socks really come to life with self-striping yarn!
Hate: The pattern gets lost among the stripes. Can you see the spirals?

Spirally striped socks from the top 2
Project details here

Love: Leftover self-striping sock yarns make a great scrappy blanket! The blanket looks more complicated to knit than it actually is. I love that I’m not in control of the colours too. A nice change to my usual uptight self. :P I’m changing yarn in the order I knitted the socks and knitting it until I run out.
Hate: Sock yarn is normally thin so this project progresses slowwwly.

10-stitch Scrappy Sock Blanket
Project details here

Love: Self-striping yarn are not always crazy and wild. The analogous colours in this pinky yarn are pleasing to the eye.
Hate: I can just see the lace! Grrr…

Candy Lace Socks WIP
Project details here

So what about you? Do you love or hate self-striping yarn?

I also want to share with you my new toy. I finally bought a set of Nancy Knit Knacks’ DP WIP tubes. They safely store my double pointed needles and current project together. So handy, especially since I’m officially addicted to knitting socks!

Handy DPNs WIP Tube
Available here

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