Thursday, 27 August 2015

Trying something new

After making more than 20 Blythe hats in the last month for my Etsy shop I decided to take a break by trying my hand at some new patterns.

First up, I was inspired by this knitted children's pinafore I saw, which looks to be based on a vintage pattern. Having no access to the pattern myself, I thought I might try my hand at designing a Blythe-sized one from scratch!

It was my first time knitting on such a small scale, using 2.00 mm needles and Jamieson 2ply yarn. I actually didn't have any yarn on hand so when inspiration hit I ended up using yarns from my Kate Davies Peerie Flooers kit! Blasphemy I know, using project-specific yarn for something else, but I have since re-ordered the yarn I used (plus some).

It took a couple of trial and errors, but I think I'm mostly happy with how it turned out! My pal Aveline gave me some snaps and tiny buttons on very short notice so I could finish it up quickly. My head is full of ideas for other colour work designs and patterns, so I look forward to making more, perhaps also for my shop?

The other new project I tried was knitting a Blythe raglan sweater, based on a popular pattern from Ravelry. I followed other knitter's suggestions of casting on 32 stitches, and made a basic striped version (again using Jamieson yarn)                                                                     

My boyfriend always asks me why I love taking photos of things held in my hand so much - but the answer is simple really! It gives a sense of small to miniature things, and given how much I love toys and miniatures it really is my preferred way to photograph these items. 

Blythe hats (+shop update)

I've been working hard over the last month knitting hats for my long-delayed Etsy shop update! I will be updating my shop on September 3 at 9:00 AM Melbourne time.

In addition to my ongoing cupcake and polkadot hats,  I've designed a couple of new styles, new colourways, and also updated my existing patterns! I'm very excited about the new bobble hat pattern, which I will launch soon!                                    

I plan to make the bobble hats in 100% baby alpaca, as pictured above in grey. For the September update however I will only be listing cupcake, sherbet, ice cream and polka dot hats.