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Hey there! My blog has moved to an exciting new website knittwittowo.com 🙂

I have thought about having my own website for a while, 7 years actually, an old journal entry from 2010 proves it! It made me sad that for so long I have thought about owning the website name and decided to take the leap. I no longer want to hold back on what I want, so I am diving in. I plan to share my knitting, crochet, drawing and bullet journalling, so please do follow me there.

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Crochet Jean rag rug

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In the summer of the olympics 2012 I made a lot of new things, a jean rag rug was something that I had never made before. The idea came from a retro crochet book that my mum has  and from that I was inspired to turn my little brothers ripped jeans into something useful!

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I started by cutting up the jeans so that they formed a long spiral instead of having to tie multiples of ends together!

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I took a basic oval pattern from my mums retro book and started crocheting! The first time didn’t turn out so well, it was a bit bumpy and didn’t lie flat. So I had to restart it but I am happy I did because it turned out really well in the end.

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My brothers dog stan loves to sit on anything that I make, so he happily posed for me !

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The world at your fingertips!

My friend made a joke about how she wished she could hold the world in her hand. What she didn’t know was that I was thinking about how I could make it happen, in a knitted way of course.

I didn’t search for a knitting pattern for it that thoroughly because I wanted to design it myself. I got some inspiration from a book of Christmas baubles and I came up with my own pattern for a sphere world using 5 double pointed needles.

This is the original chart that I used for the first little knitted world ;

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Here are some photos of it in progress !

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Once I had finished it I was so pleased with myself for having designed it all on my own!  I made two, one for my friend and one for my boyfriend. The first one that I made was slightly smaller than the second one, as you can see below ;

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Also the first one (on the right side) had way too small ice caps. I imagine the world will look like this in the future after the ice caps have melted for a few more years!

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I am super pleased with my little knitted world and I hope to come up with a pattern soon that I will list on Ravelry!

Here are some more pics of the second world that I made. It’s prettier with a nicer colour of blue for the sea 🙂

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Little knitted gifts for my boyfriend

Perhaps some of you keen knitters out there want to be able to knit something for your man but socks, scarves and jumpers are just too boring!

Well I decided to knit my boyfriend a little mini guitar and a knitted cricket ball! Yes they are not as useful as a jumper would be but oh well!

I made these in the summer and sent them to my boyfriend in a cute little box.

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Alan Dart has a pattern for the owl and the pussy cat  and I just made the guitar.

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My mum has a book with a pattern for Christmas baubles and I just made a completely red one and then embroidered on the marks.

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Knitted beret – i am number four and X-men first class

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I just watched ‘I am number four’ today and I spotted a knitted hat that I absolutely love! I have seen a design similar to it before in X-men first class which I took a ‘print screen’ of ages ago.

It is a bit difficult to see the pattern in this photo – but it’s the best I could manage. If you cannot see it very well it’s a moss stitch beret with 1×1 rib around the edge.

Here is the beret from behind and as you can see it is pratically identical to the beret in X-Men first class –

I have since been trawling the internet for a pattern but have not come across one suitable yet. I did come across a pattern very similar in Debbie Bliss’, ‘The knitter’s year, BUT it is a beret for children and it has cables on it – grr!

And she made another one which is for a child again but more or less what I want for an adult – rage

SO if any of you out there know of a pattern that is like the berets from the movies please leave me a comment. If the pattern is free that would make it even better!

Blue Jumper

I recently went for coffee in Bedford Place in Southampton, we ended up going to Halladays Tea room and on our way to the cafe we spotted a knitted window display in Hepworth’s original vintage store and at the time there were people knitting at the table that you can see through the window in the photo below.

Blue Jumper is a piece of communal knitting that can be moved to different locations. The purpose of the Blue jumper is to connect people through knitting

Sarah Filmer explains on her website her aims for Blue jumper –

” i am looking at knitting as an activity that both creates and connects. i wonder how it might act as a metaphor for inclusion, diversity and ‘a community of individuals’, thereby embodying contemporary feminist ideology.

the work centres around a main body of knitting that is added to by anyone who would like to work on it. the only parameters are that the yarn is blue, and the piece is worked on directly. the knitting can be done individually, or in groups.

as the piece comes in to being, and with the consent of contributors, i will be collecting video of the knitting itself, those involved, and other related occurrences. knitters will also be invited to write a small card about their own connection with, thoughts about or experiences of knitting.”

To add to the window display you simply pick up the knitting that is being currently worked and continue knitting.  You can pick which wool and which size of knitting needles you want to knit with, then you simply knit whatever way you want to.

For more details please click – http://sarahfilmer.com/category/blue-jumper/

If you want to join in then you can find details on the facebook group http://www.facebook.com/events/148238221974982/?ref=nf

Blooming Marvellous – Intergenerational knitting/crochet project

Since I have been in Southampton on holiday I have had the opportunity to explore the south of England and go on day trips to Brighton, Poole, Isle of Wight etc, and I remember wanting to go to Bournemouth for some reason… and then I remembered why!

I wanted to visit this knitted/crocheted garden in the Bournemouth Library. From the website it looks as if they are on tour for the second time around the UK. Check it out here.

This is an image of what kind of knitting and crochet they do

About Blooming Marvellous – Taken from their website

An intergenerational community knitting/crochet project, made by over 2000 volunteers, culminating in a knitted/crocheted 3D garden which climbed, creeped and blossomed over three floors of Bourenmouth Library and is now on tour around the UK for its second year.

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They are looking for people to send them items – it takes longer than you think to knit you know! http://bloomingmarvellous1.blogspot.co.uk/p/ideas-suggestions-items-needed.html

I’m pretty sad that they are touring and the exhibition is in Wales at the moment – oh well I can look at the photos!