These fifteen hotties and knitted covers are ready to send to the refugee centre in Auckland. They might not need them until next year with spring well under way. I used the pattern from 28th July 2015.

knitted hot water bottle covers

knitted hot water bottle covers

Still liking this pattern.

On August 4th 2012 I posted this sheepskin soled bootee pattern and I still enjoy knitting it up.

8 ply or double knit sheepskin soled bootee pattern

8 ply or double knit sheepskin soled bootee pattern

Builder’s Cot Quilt

The brief for this cot quilt was grey, teal and mustard colours, with a building site theme. I loved doing it since Stan has a tool passion and freely offered advice on which tools and brands I should include. Definitely one of the more fun cot quilts I’ve done :)

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applique concrete mixer

applique concrete mixer

applique skill saw

applique skill saw

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Tool quilt

Tool quilt

applique electric drill

applique electric drill

Flowering Snowball Quilt

I was rather taken with this curved patchwork block, the tutorial on Molly Flanders blog gives excellent instructions how to make it. I made the 12 inch block but it can easily be resized down to nine or six inches. This was my first attempt at straight line quilting a full sized quilt using a walking foot and half inch spacing. Probably my last attempt too, much slower than free motion quilting and not as interesting to do. I do like the overall effect though, it does give it a modern feel. The finished quilt is 72 x 84 inches.

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Chinese Coin Cot Quilt

The cheerful rooster fabric dictated the colour choices for this quilt. I made an oopsie down in the corner which was easily covered up by enlarging the rooster on the fabric via the scanner, then using the copy to make an applique rooster.

applique rooster

applique rooster

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Hot Water Bottle Cover  (29cm x 21.5cm approx.)

100g double knit (8 ply) wool main colour

Small amounts of contrasting wool for the moss stitch band and crochet flowers

4mm knitting needles

For one side: Cast on 31 stitches with main colour

  • Using stocking stitch, (knit one row, purl the next row), increase one stitch each end of the next five rows (41 stitches)
  • Continue in stocking stitch until cover measures 10 cm from the beginning.
  • Join in contrast colour and knit this row. Now begin moss stitch for 5cm. Start the moss stitch knit 1, purl 1 to end of row. Next row also do knit 1, purl 1 so the stitches alternate with the row below and you form moss stitch.
  • Join in the main wool again and stocking stitch until cover measures 26 cm.
  • Cast off three stitches at the beginning of the next six rows (23 stitches)
  • Knit 1, purl 1 rib for two rows
  • Next row make eyelets for elastic by k1, *yarn round needle k2tog, repeat from * until end of row.
  • Now continue rib for another 19 rows.
  • Cast off in rib.

Make another side the same.

Sew on crochet flowers or embellish however you want.

Sew both sides together, thread elastic through the eyelets, fold empty hotty in three and push down into cover. Enjoy!

Doll Cake

Time for a little girl’s two year old birthday cake. What could be more classic than a doll cake. Loved doing this :)

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