Knitted Blue Tit Bird

     

I was fortunate to attend a workshop of Sue Stratford where we learned tips for knitting her wonderful knitted birds from ‘A Bird in the Hand’ (and drank coffee and ate cake of course).  I selected a Blue Tit because my neighbour and I have them in our gardens and this year they have been flying in and out of my nesting box.  I haven’t seen any babies yet but maybe..

I finished him yesterday and I’m reasonably pleased with the result – always ‘could do better’!  He is small – approximately 9 cm tall.

Check out her website https://www.suestratford.co.uk/  for details of all her other wonderful patterns and kits.

Mini Christmas Knits

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I have been knitting for Christmas; actually I started in June and then abandoned it until October.  These are some of the tiny items from Sue Stratford’s wonderful book ‘Mini Knitted Christmas’.    Her books are shown on her web site: http://www.suestratford.co.uk/.

I may yet finish some more in between stained glass window number 2 and other sewing. Whilst they are small in size and quick (ish) to knit (although fiddly), they do take HOURS to sew up and stuff!.

Knitted Cable Cushion Cover mark 2

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I really enjoy knitting these cable cushion covers, and knitted this large one as a birthday present for a friend who admired mine.  Mind you the gift was late as I had only just started it at her actual birthday.

Knitted Cable Cushion Cover

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I found 4 patterns for cable cushion covers over a year ago, and finally have made one up.  Not quite as the pattern intended, as I used chunky yarn instead of double knitting – I misread the pattern!.  However, this turned out well, as the result is thick, will not stretch and does not need a liner for the cushion pad.  I changed the pattern for the back and rather than stocking stitch did basket stitch at a friend’s suggestion.  I wanted a large cushion (24”) to lean against and it is cosy in the winter.