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.  Not 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 in Walnut, Cream, Light Pink, Chocolate and Sliver Grey.  All yarn for this project was purchased from our friends at Deramores.  The pattern is available on line from Debi Birkin’s website, both links can be found to the left.

I made a couple of changes to the make up of the pattern including glass eyes for the mice and darted on the limbs.  I also used a twisted cord in light pink shaped permanently with Fray Check.   The back of the sack is embroidered in Butterfly Chain Stitch which I think gives subtle character.

Happy Birthday Mummy Dawn as we present to you Debi Birkin’s Sack of Mice or, as we call it in our house, “Mouse Bum”

Happy Knitting

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 on everyones face.  They do look like Sylvanian Mice rather than the illustration and I have adapted the patterns a little using twisted cord for tails and sculpting with Fray Check.

I had to use glass eyes on this project, they are fiddly but worth it, I can’t wait for you to see the pictures.  Daddy Rivett says this is my best project to date.  Wait till I start on the Brambly Hedge Mice.

Keep Knitting,

On the Needles #003: The Debi Birkin Sack of Mice Tea Cosy

It’s Daddy Rivett’s Mum’s Birthday on 10th May, so I decided to knit her a Debi Birkin Tea Cosy.

The Sack of Mice is just so sweet, you cannot resist it.  Quite an easy knit this one, however as it is knitted with two balls of wool together, quite a workout for your fingers.

Purchase the pattern direct from her website, and join the fun.

Happy Knitting,

Project #002: The Debi Birkin Royal Garden Party Tea & Egg Cosy Set

The wedding is over, the Bride looked stunning and Mummy Rivett was up till 05:00 to finish the crown in time for the garden part at East Greenwich Pleasaunce.

The story behind this one was thus.  Three weeks prior to the wedding, Daddy Rivett and I were taking Poppy and Buster to the Pleasaunce for our their Sunday morning run.

We always eat at Pistachio’s in the Park.  Lizzy and the girls who own it are so friendly and have done a brilliant job of creating a hub of activity and as a result have been the cornerstone of developing our local community.  We are so fond of them they even came to the evening reception of our wedding.

Lizzy mentioned they they were planning to have a garden party for the Royal Wedding and asked if we wanted to join in, the local Westcombe Park Community and the local school were all pitching in, they were showing the wedding on a big screen, there would be stalls and bunting and a raffle.  All proceeds were to go to the Earthquake appeal in Japan.  I have two friends in Japan who we love dearly, so I offered to knit a crown for the raffle.

As far as knitting projects go, this one was fine to knit.  I used yarns I have never knitted with before to give an extra special feel to this one.

The Pattern was by Debi Birkin and you can download the pattern from her website (link in the left hand side bar)

The yarns used were Sirdar Bonus DK in Claret (my favourite yarn and colour) for inside, Sirdar Snowflake Chunky in Milky for that fantastic fur at the bottom of the crown and yes it is knitted and Sirdar Funky Fur in Black for the trim.  All three of these yarns were purchased from our friends at Deramores (link in the left hand bar).

The Gold and Jewels for the main crown were made up from Anchor Crochet threads, these were difficult to get hold of, very expensive and fiddley to use.  The white gold was ok as you had to knit two threads together, the smaller jewels where really difficult and I ended up knitting them on smaller needles 2.5mm to get the right tension.  threads used were Anchor Artiste Metallic Crochet No.5 Thread White Gold 303 for the crown, Anchor Artiste Metallic Crochet No.5 Thread Green 322, Anchor Artiste Metallic Crochet No.5 Thread Red 318 for the Rubies, Anchor Artiste Metallic Crochet No.5 Thread Blue 320 for the Saphires and Anchor Artiste Metallic Crochet No.5 Thread Silver 301 for the tiny diamond chain stitches for each of the jewel mounts.  All of the metallic threads came from purple linda crafts.

As mentioned in previous posts, the pattern was easy and fast, you knit the main crown in two separate pieces and amazingly the white base is knitted, the yarn knits up like a fleece, I’ve wanted to use it for ages and thought I would try out on this project.  The only thing that took time was the make up.  But to be honest, Make ups always do and because I am very fussy about attention to detail this one had me in stitches.

The egg cosy was knitted and made up in one evening, fast easy and the jewels were just satin stitch with line of chain stitch embroidered round the edges to make them stand out.

Please note that Debi states in her pattern that the fur base is knitted in mohair.  I’m not a lover of mohair and had a stash of Snowflake which I will use for the tail of a rabbit in an up and coming project.  The Funky Fur was left over from the last project, so I thought I’d make use of it.

Over all I’m really happy with the way this project turned out, I think it is one of the nicest crown tea cosies I’ve come across, there were a few that were available at the time due to the wedding and as much as I admire all those that write patterns, I think Debi has done a wonderful job at creating a superior design.

Happy Knitting,

Sew & Sew #001: The Debi Birkin Royal Garden Party Tea & Egg Cosy Set

I finally climbed I to bed at 05:00 this morning,  as I had a deadline to finish the tea cosy.  Apparently there is a wedding today and there is this theme.

Ok it was my own fault, I even did housework to avoid painstakingly sewing and knitting those little jewels. Not my favourite thing, making up. Why, because I am a perfectionist and, when it comes to getting my work just right, nothing will get in my way, even sleep.

The Birds were singing their sweet dawn chorus and blurry eyed families were adorning the milk train with chattering excited little girls creating grand illusions of  being the first glimpse of the soon to be princess.

Daddy Rivett is taking pictures of the project as we speak, so a post will be up tonight,

All this effort, it did get me thinking. Is it just me, or are there any more people out there who work throughout the night just to get a craft project finished? Or like me, do you find that you are more productive in the wee small hours?

Happy knitting,

On The Needles #001: The Debi Birkin Royal Garden Party Tea & Egg Cosy Set

At the moment, I’m knitting the royal crown tea and egg cosy set by Debi Birkin.

These Anchor artiste metallic crochet threads are amazing and give the whole composition a regal feel, the weight so heavy yet springy, the silver thread would make great chainmail for a knight doll.

The cosy is coming along nicely. It will be finished well in time for the Royal Wedding Garden Party at East Greenwich Pleasaunce.

Happy Knitting,