On the Needles #18 The Short Sleeve Top

Oh my dear needles, how could  I have neglected you and put you to rest for such a time.   “Why, oh why”  I hear you cry.  The answer my dears, is that you can too much of a good thing and time and tide wait for no man even if he is sporting a lovely fisherman’s rib. So here I am with too many UFO’s which I decided to give up the ghost on, sadly they all went in the bin;  and a stash that has seen it’s last legs and been sent to charity to be transformed into blankets and jumpers for orphans.   I have vowed in front of Daddy Rivett to only use yarn for the project that I am working and not hoard a stash that reproduces faster than you can say, “Watership Down”. Spring is here and the Rivett’s are in the middle of moving, hence the purge, and while flicking through the latest copy yarn2_medium2of Woman’s Weekly Knitting and Crochet Special May 2015 in W H SMITHS, I came across a lovely pattern that took my eye:  A Short-sleeve top by Pat Menchini,  purchasing the magazine I took myself off to Hobbycraft Sunday afternoon (on my own) and found this lovely new yarn branded by the Women’s Institute, Hobbycraft Valuecrafts Women’s Institute Premium Acrylic.  Yes the snob in me says that this yarn is acrylic, but not does not have that harshness of a cheap yarn, the colourway is beautiful for this brand.  I fell in love with this gorgeous spring green 24889 Lime.  The yarn was on a 3 for 2 offer so the whole project only cost £4.40. Click, Click, Click, I’m casting on and working up a rib while, Daddy Rivett is sitting next to me glued to the first episode of season 5 of Game of Thrones.   If you want to knit along with me pop down to your local newsagents and click away. womans-weekly-lacy-t-shirt_medium2  

Nerd Wars Tournament 4: Week 1

Here ere is my update on what has been going on in week one.

I wrote my Dissertation Proposal and it was accepted. Waving hands madly in the air in a Kermit fashion, “Yaaaay!!!”

I have drawn out the sketch of the Kermit Puppet, I am designing this pattern myself from scratch.

I made a start of knitting Jim, so far I have finished:

The Body

The Head

One Arm 

One Leg

I started having a go at designing and knitting the Jacket. Knitting and frogging it about 6 times over

The Body

One Arm

The most challenging part of the week was knitting and designing the shape of Kermit’s head. The first attempt came out the same size as as Jim’s head, therefore I had to start again. I am using my trusty Fisher Price Kermit as a model. I think he quite likes the attention and is looking kind of pleased with himself.




Final Kermit Head

So all in all it has been a fun packed week, I am really pleased with the start that I have made and also watching the work Team Fraggle has produced since the start. I think we all deserve a pat on the back.

Happy Knitting,

Nerd Wars Tournament 4 Dissertation Proposal: Henson & Kerm, A Boy & His Frog

A few months ago I stumbled across a few new sites and forums on the net.  the first was a game on Ravelry called Nerd Wars.  It took me a few weeks to get my head around the concept.  In a nutshell, it is a knitting game set over 3 month Tournament played against teams […]

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Project #010: The Alan Dart Halloween Hamster

I know what you are going to say, ‘I thought that you were knitting the Flopsy Bunny next’ and, ‘what happened to project 8 and 9?’ All was going well, I stared on the Flopsy Bunny and then I received my bonus at work.  So I then decided to treat myself to some luxury yarn, with […]

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Project #006: The Eve Everitt (M)a(K) Penguin

This little penguin was knitted over two evenings, as part of my initiation into the British Banter Forums on Ravelry. The Pattern is free and can be downloaded here:  The Eve Everitt (M)a(K) Penguin As part of the initiation you have to announce the Birth on one of the threads. Announcement of Birth Name: Toe Jam […]

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Project #005: The Alan Dart Desperate Dan

One of the first Intarsia toy booklets I purchased early on happened to be the Beano and Dandy Collection. The set comprises of seven knitted characters who appeared in the Beano and the Dandy comics published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.  Nearly every child in England grew up with these comics and the […]

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Sew & Sew #004: The Alan Dart Desperate Dan

Desperate Dan was very easy to make up.  the only taxing thing about him was the embroidery of the face. You can tell that this was one of Alan’s earlier designs, the doll itself is very basic, to be honest, I found that it was like making up an old 80’s Jill Gammon toy. As […]

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On the Needles #004: The Alan Dart Desperate Dan

Desperate Dan is on the needles at the moment.  An interesting knit with darts and gusset pieces cast on and off throughout the pattern.   Desperate Dan is an original Alan Dart Doll from the early days when Alan worked with Gary Kennedy under the Intarsia Brand. The pattern is part of the Beano and Dandy Toy […]

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Project #004: The Debi Birkin Sack of Mice Tea Cosy

The sack of mice tea cosy was such a nice little project, one that I could dip in and out of at leisure.  Nor that I needed a reason to knit this, but we thought that Daddy Rivett’s Mum would like it for her Birthday. Yarns used for this project were all Sirdar Bonus knit […]

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Sew & Sew #003: The Debi Birkin Sack of Mice Tea Cosy

Little Mouse heads are everywhere and the common phrase that is filtering the air of our flat is, “Mouse Bum”,  highly amusing Daddy Rivett. Not too bad for making up this time, however, attention to detail is hard running, as usual.  I am sculpting each mouse with the embroidery needle, which  is putting a smile […]

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