New website – incorporates all my passions now.

I have such a wide variety of interests I needed to decide – stick with my original website – knit-r-us – and make a seperate website for all my other interests or combine all my interests.

I find it hard to find time to keep one website up dated, so the easier option was decided on.

Now the main part of the website has been built (not by me), I am slowly working through all the existing stock – mainly knitting patterns yet.  I am taking time to tidy the adverts, make clearer comments and instructions and reducing some of the hat and headband patterns to reflect the time it takes to knit the item and what is included in the pattern.

Then I will be adding all the stock I have already made for all my other interests, I just haven’t had time to scale the images down and add the items on here yet.

You can see what all my interests are by following me on facebook on both my fb pages by clicking on the links below:-

Knits-r-us

Contemporary Crafts

I have added an image of my latest knitting pattern – I just need to check it before adding it to my stock.

Dobbie Hat

I was asked before Christmas 2015 to make a Dobbie hat by a friend.  It was going to be for her husband.  It has taken me over a year to get round to making it.

The Dobbie…..

One-eyed Dobbie hat

Posted by Knits R Us on Saturday, 7 January 2017

The finished hat before I took it to my friend

Posted by Knits R Us on Thursday, 12 January 2017

The finished Dobbie hat on the hopefully – proud – owners head.

Proud owner of the Dobbie hat

 

We are working on some new categories for the new look site.

I have been working on some other crafts and art over the last few months – -we will be adding them to this site shortly.

I am very excited to see what the finished site will finally look like and what everyone will think to the new products.

I did a photo shoot while I was out today.

2 jacob fleece rugs and a Hebridean
2 Jacob fleece rugs and a Hebridean

These rugs are made from the sheep’s fleece.  They have been wet felted underneath – the sheep are still alive and well and enjoying life in a field eating!

 

 

 

 

Ebay – Knits_r_us a year on

Positive feedback for knits-r-us

Don’t you just love it when you get positive feedback.  Its makes all the hours designing unqiue patterns worth it.  My ebay knits_r_us shop is nearly at 900 feedback

Positive feedback for knits-r-us
Positive feedback for knits-r-us

With positive comments

Positive feedback comments
Positive feedback comments

A HUGE thanks to all my customers – I only write knitting patterns as a hobby – not to make millions.

Huge crochet hook!!

I have been playing around with recyling things lately.

Contemporary Crafts

I have found a huge crocheting hook and have been given some rug wool – I thought I might try crocheting a rug with it – while I make some huge knitting needle to play with.

Huge crochet hook
Huge crochet hook

I will post some pic when I have had a play.

 

Knitter Nans Frog Hats

Knitter Nans Frog Hats

Knitter Nan purchased my Frog Hat for her grand-daughters.

Here are images of the finished hats – they look lovely in their hats and sure look like they love them.

Knitter Nans Frog Hats
Knitter Nans Frog Hats

Knitter Nan made 3 hats the same

The 3 finished frog hats
The 3 finished frog hats

BUT cleverly made the insides different so they all knew their own hats!!

Inside of the frog hats
Inside of the frog hats

Thanks Knitter Nan for sending me the photos

Ebay feedback – power seller

It is so nice to see that my knitting patterns are getting very positive feedback on ebay now.

I had some teething problems where people new to ebay had not read the description properly and thought they were getting the actualy hat / garment, rather than a knitting pattern.

ebay feedback January 2014

knits_r_us ( 582Purple star icon for Feedback score between 500 to 999)

I also have a very good Ravelry site – I can see how many knitters favouritise and like my patterns – which is also brilliant feedback for my designs.

Thanks for all the support from my customers!

 

Bluebell hat pattern

I was asked to design a Bluebell hat pattern.  The pattern is a free download on the Visitwoods website.

I had an idea in my head for a few weeks.  I was happy with the first babies hat I knitted.

But the first ladies hat needed re-designing.

I finished the hat pattern a few weeks ago.  It is now ready for you here.

What do you think?

Bluebell hat pattern
Bluebell hat pattern

You could download and knit the FREE Badger hat pattern.

 

Baby horse hats

A friend had 2 new grandsons arrive within weeks of each other.  I asked her what animal her daughter and daughter in law liked.  They BOTH liked horses.

I designed and knitted 2 baby horse hats………………

Back and front of the baby horse hats
Back and front of the baby horse hats
Both fronts of baby horse h
Both fronts of baby horse hats
Both backs baby horse hats
Both backs baby horse hats

I hope they like them.

 

 

Loom Knitting

Loom knitting is becoming more and more popular.

My friends daughter asked me to teach her how to knit, I thought a knitting loom would be an easy start to knitting and understanding of knitting.  Something I thought I could initially set off for her and teach her how to knit using a loom.

Once she has knitted a tube for a hat, cowl, stuffed toy or stuffed snake as a draft excluder, she could expand on her knitting knowledge.

I purchased a set of knitting looms and started 3 of them off for my friends daughter and my grand-daughters.

The 3rd largest knitting loom - 24 cm
The 3rd largest knitting loom – 24 cm
The 2nd largest knitting loom - 19 cm
The 2nd largest knitting loom – 19 cm
The smallest knitting loom of the set - 14 cm
The smallest knitting loom of the set – 14 cm

I will up date the blog with the items the girls knit.

 

 

T-shirt knitting

I have been toying with an idea for a bit now, just with getting knitting patterns finished for Christmas and other projects on the go, the idea needed to be put on hold for a bit.

I had a bit of spare time yesterday.

I got the t-shirts out I had put away ready.  Just short sleeved t-shirts that my son no longer wanted.

To remind myself how I needed to fold the t-shirts for what I wanted, I researched how to cut up plastic bags in one continuous yarn on the internet.

I cut the bottom seam off the t-shirt and the top from the start for the sleeve seams.  I folded the t-shirt length ways so only an inch was left on the far seam unfolded.

I cut through all the folded parts of the t-shirt till the cut was slightly into the inch at the far side, I repeated the cut so I had 1 1/2 cm strips.  Then I opened the cut t-shirt up and cut at an angle across the remaining inch of the t-shirt.

I had a very long length of continuous t-shirt yarn.

Using some very big 8mm needles, I cast on 20sts.  I used stocking stitch to knit a square till the t-shirting yarn from the one t-shirt ran out.

I was left with a VERY stretchy square of knitting.  Because of the way the t-shirt is cut the square is stretchy all ways.

I think the t-shirting yarn would be good for knitting stretchy shopping bags, bath mats, door mats AND if you used garter stitch – hard wearing dischclothes.

Making your own dishclothes out of used t-shirts would be quick and easy and a very cost effective way of using up old t-shirts.

T-shirt knitting
T-shirt knitting

I will have to get my thinking cap on and write some patterns for t-shirt knitting.

 

 

Tony’s mums DK quick & easy necker – FREE pattern

A collegue came to see me the other day – he was wearing a garter stitch necker his mum had made him.  All the ladies at work were asking him if he had the pattern – they all loved it.

Tony’s mum didn’t need a pattern – if you knit one of the neckers you won’t need a pattern after the first time – it is so quick & easy to knit!

Why don’t you try knitting one?

FREE knitting pattern - DK necker
FREE knitting pattern – DK necker

Click here – for your FREE pattern

Ipad / Tablet Garter Stitch Cover – FREE pattern

A friend purchased a tablet, her son just happened to have a nice cover on one of his toys that fitted the tablet!!

The cover went missing!!  I was asked to knit a replacement cover for her son – with Christmas and trying to get all the hats and headbands finished in time  – I have only just made the cover!!

Just in time to be told my friend liked the tablet that much they have purchased an ipad – and could I make another one!!

Well it did mean I could put of studying for a few hours longer!!

Free knitting pattern - tablet / ipad cover knits-r-us
Free knitting pattern – tablet / ipad cover

To get your FREE knitting pattern click – here.

 

Funky Elmo Headband Pattern

Since I had designed a Elmo Hat I thought an Elmo headband was also in order.

I designed the Elmo headband to have stuffed eyes and nose – Elmo’s stand out, so the Elmo’s headbands should.

Funky Elmo Headband Pattern
Funky Elmo Headband Pattern

The FUnky Elmo Headband being modelled.

Funky Elmo Headband being modelled
Funky Elmo Headband being modelled

You can find the Funky Elmo Headband Pattern – here.

Funky Elmo Hat Pattern

I can’t remember where I got the idea to knit a funky Elmo headband and write the pattern.  It took me a while to source some bright red eyelash wool.

I made designed his noses and eyes to be stuffed and stand out, just like Elmo’s!

Funky Elmo Hat Pattern
Funky Elmo Hat Pattern

I used black buttons for his eye balls, you need to remember to sew the buttons on before stuffing his eyes!

Because Elmo is knitted in eyelash wool it is very light to wear – yet very warm!

Funky Elmo Hat being modelled
Funky Elmo Hat being modelled

You can find the Funky Elmo Hat Pattern – here.

Elmo keeping winter heads warm.

Elmo keeping cold ears nice and warm
Elmo keeping cold ears nice and warm

 

Chunky Snowman Headband Pattern

I thought it would be fun to also design a Chunky Snowman Headband.

The Snowman headband only has the oval buttons for eyes and the stuffed carrot nose.

Chunky Snowman Headband Pattern
Chunky Snowman Headband Pattern

The Chunky Snowman Headband being modelled.

Chunky Snowman Headband being modelled
Chunky Snowman Headband being modelled

You can find the Chunky Snowman Headband Pattern – here.

 

 

Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern

I thought a Snowman hat would be very seasonal and fun, while googling Snowmen for images to give me ideas how I would like my pattern to look, I noticed that most Snowmen have their own hats.

I designed my Snowman hat to have its own hat, a simple and easy method and stocking stitch a number of rows and then knitting the stitch tha number of rows at the same time as the next stitch on the needle to mke a hat brim.

Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern
Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern

I designe the hat to have one pom pom on the top, with a stuffed nose and used black oval buttons for his eyes.

Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern
Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern

You can find the Chunky Snowman Hat Pattern – here.

Snowman hat keeping cold ears warm

Snowman hat keeping cold ears warm as toast
Snowman hat keeping cold ears warm as toast

 

Chunky Rudolf the Reindeer Hat Pattern

I designed a reindeer hat apttern last winter with ear flaps, it was a very popular pattern.  But I fancied making a Rudolf this time.  I saw my Rudolf with a big red nose to light Santa’s way.

Chunky Rudolf Reindeer Hat Pattern
Chunky Rudolf Reindeer Hat Pattern

This is the Chunky Rudolf Hat being modelled

Chunky Rudolf the Reindeer Hat being modelled
Chunky Rudolf the Reindeer Hat being modelled

You can find the Chunky Rudolf Hat pattern – here.