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Photography and knitting patterns

I’ve been trying to learn about photography, looking for knitting patterns and abusing my sewing machine, which is going to need a holiday. As a result, I haven’t actually knitted a single stitch for about a week, and I’m starting to feel that my Resolutions for May could quite possibly not be met this month – even though I deliberately tried to be fairly restrained.

We have started a group on Ravelry for Monthly Resolutions – check it out if you are interested, we are going to build ourselves a little community I reckon!

Photography

Most of the photos for Plutonium Muffins are taken on my iPhone – I have a 4S and the camera is pretty good. However, it no longer cuts it when it comes to commercial photography for sales. Wonder-Mum has given me use of her DSLR, and I’m trying to learn about lighting, ISO settings and…umm…other things that I’m not sure about yet.

Apron on a gorgeous rose mannequin.
Apron on a gorgeous rose mannequin.

I can’t show you any sample photos as I’ve cleverly left the camera at ‘the other house’ at the moment, so I’ll try download them tomorrow. Here is one from my iPhone, of the fabulous mannequin that we found yesterday. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m in love with it, and everytime I walk past it I put something different on it. Things for the fair on Saturday are shaping up!

Knitting Patterns

I’m planning to put together knitting kits and I’ve spent a long time on Ravelry looking for patterns that a beginner could use to knit, that isn’t just a square. I’ve found a few, but I haven’t had time to knit them at all. Could anybody recommend any for me? I want to get the younger generations down in Devon knitting, but kids get bored of squares. Little help?

I thought these bunnies might be cute, and they are squares, but alternatives are always welcome.

How are you all doing? I feel so isolated and miss my little community of bloggers and friends. My internet is so bad that I can barely load anything, let alone read the blogs I’m missing out on!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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WIP Wednesday – Patchwork Blanket

When I started knitting seriously, I started making squares – one after the other after another, and when Wonder-Gran heard about this she decided I ought to make a Patchwork Blanket. The darling lady sat in her lounge for many a night, knitting dozens of squares for me. I had no idea about this until she handed them to me when I visited one day and announced I got to sew them all together. Whoop!

Before I continue, some news for you! I’m moving to Devon on Monday. I’ve always been pretty open about depression and so forth, and it’s all got a bit much for me. I’m retreating to the parental homestead (which is currently being renovated so is actually uninhabitable) to take stock and try figure out what is what. I’m going to be leaving my beloved JS behind, but Archie is coming, so it’s not all bad. You’ll hear more about it as things progress, so back to the WIP.

A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.
A certain man I love chilling on a bed of moss.

Patchwork Blanket

In keeping with naming my projects after things from Harry Potter, the project name for this on Ravelry is “Honeyduke’s Best Chocolate” – because I imagine the chocolate to be warm and comfortable, and the Patchwork Blanket certainly is that!

Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.
Aerial view of the Patchwork Blanket with squares to be completed at the bottom.

I’ve been sewing these squares together for more than three years now. It’s not that there are many of them – in fact there are surprisingly few. It’s more that I will sew one on to the set and get bored, move on to something else. I’m sure you knitters can identify with this – the sewing up is the worst of the worst, in my opinion.

I think I've got another third or so to go.
I think I’ve got another third or so to go.

Anyway, this is where I am now. It’s certainly been a study in finishing techniques – in fact, I would absolutely love to take a workshop on finishing, because my knitting has been entirely self-taught and YouTube can’t show all the finesse! I do have a book as well, but one of the symptoms of my depression in particular is that I basically find it impossible to read things.

This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.
This square was not attached to the Patchwork Blanket well.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at. What are you making this week? Head on over to Tami’s and Ginny’s for more WIPs.

Much love,

Corrie xx

PS Look, shiny yarn! Part of the Resolutions for April, join in the conversation here.

Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
Shiny shiny blue sock yarn.
WIP Wednesday's with Tami's Amis
WIP Wednesday’s with Tami’s Amis

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The BDCH KAL as of yesterday

I took this photo yesterday, with my progress on the BDCH blanket. I have managed to knit a couple more blue squares, but no real progress, compared to @gingerbreadbun, who is finished all the knitting! How amazing is that?!

Blanket half-done (Copyright Corrie B)
Blanket half-done (Copyright Corrie B)

The reason for slow progress is that I decided to have a clear-out of my knitting WIP basket last night. The reason for this is a bit odd. None of the “what do I have at the bottom of the pile?” or “I wonder if this is where my keys have fallen to*” excuses.

The bottom of the Knitting WIP Basket (Copyright Corrie B)
The bottom of the Knitting WIP Basket (Copyright Corrie B)

No, the rabbit had decided that it would be the ideal bed for him while he was moulting. In the course of the clearing, I discovered enough discarded rabbit fur to spin a skein of yarn, enough hay to feed the guinea pig for a month, and the remnants of a bag of rabbit food that had gone missing. Worse than that, he chewed up a mitten that I’ve been working on for a very, very long time. Not happy.

This has lead me to wondering. What is the strangest thing that has happened to your knitting?

Much love,

Corrie

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PS I’m trying out some new iPhone apps which integrate with Ravelry, which is where these photos come from. Do we prefer them to the normal style, or do you prefer the others? Or, no preference?

* I lost my keys a month ago. On the set was the safe-key, with JS‘ passport in it. He is going to India, and needed his passport. After searching each and every one of my coats, trousers, bags, boxes, baskets, yarn stashes, secret fabric stashes, the kitchen drawers, behind every sofa, under the bed, in all the shoes…he found it in the keys in one of his hoodies. Lesson learned.

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Archie has a cold

Our rabbit has a cold. You know how I know? He did this on Friday night after I got home from work and started knitting.

Archie and Corrie knitting

I’m still working on my daisies, got quite a nice amount building up, hope to show you all soon!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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A Present for Two Sweet Little Girls

I have an amazing, amazing thing to tell you all.

I have finished the bunny bobbles!

Les commissioned them way back in October after some bumblebees were made for another friend’s birthday. These are for her two young girls; bunnies and guinea pigs in honour of the pets they each have/should be getting.

Completed bunnies and piggies (Copyright Corrie B)
Completed bunnies and piggies (Copyright Corrie B)

I made the smaller ones using a free Mochi Mochi pattern, and the others were improvised. The guinea pigs look a tiny bit like sheep, I won’t lie…but I love them, especially the piggy with a heart on it.

Daniel the bunny (photo) with two bunnies and two piggies (Copyright Corrie B)
Daniel the bunny (photo) with two bunnies and two piggies (Copyright Corrie B)

After I finished them I decided to sew a couple of little bags to present them in, as an added “I’m so so so so sorry please forgive me”. I’m hoping they will arrive soon.

In the bags ready to go (Copyright Corrie B)
In the bags ready to go (Copyright Corrie B)
Bobble Bunnies (Copyright Corrie B)
Bobble Bunnies (Copyright Corrie B)
Guinea Pigs (Copyright Corrie B)
Guinea Pigs (Copyright Corrie B)
In Hyde Park (Copyright Corrie B)
In Hyde Park (Copyright Corrie B)

Has anybody else ever made hair-ties or some other accessory out of knitted toys?

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Frank

Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright Corrie B)
Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright Corrie B)

I’m writing this on my iPad because, although I am much less busy at work now, I also have less time because I’m dealing with all the things I’ve been putting off since things got really busy. If you can understand that, you haven’t concentrated hard enough on anything today!

Last week saw the immensely controversial ‘cute or evil’ discussion — when I say immensely controversial, I mean I got 8 responses, which in my book is amazing! (While we are on this topic — my Google analytics tell me I have at least 10 people looking at this every day. Drop in and say hi, I would like to know who you all are!) The general consensus was ‘evil’ — after that, the next most popular opinion was that it looks like the rabbit from Donnie Darko.

The model.
The model.

The first person to voice this opinion was JP, the guy I sit next to in the office. We enjoy some good quality banter (when he saw me making the ‘evil’ rabbit, he joked that I was making a voodoo doll….hmmm), and he requested a Donnie Darko rabbit. His name, I’m assured, is Frank.

Anyway, after a weekend of making bunnies and guinea piggies, I decided to make Frank during my lunch break. This is the result!

Donnie Darko bunny (Copyright John S)
Donnie Darko bunny (Copyright John S)

Frank, all contrasty and stuff (Copyright Tina W)I have loads to talk about, but now is not the time – I’m working on my Plutonium Muffins notebook and it requires hand-writing. Shock horror!

Don’t forget to say hi!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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Friday Inspirations — Steff Bomb

Steff Bomb's plush carrot (Copyright Steff Bomb)
Steff Bomb’s plush carrot (Copyright Steff Bomb)

Steff Bomb was the featured seller on Etsy in October 2010. I came across her when I was involved in a huge trawl through Vimeo watching delightful videos. This is just a sped-up video of her sewing up a plush toy. I love it though, this was exactly was I was looking for this week.

I love the toy she produces. He’s incredibly cute! Enjoy.

This is how I make a carrot! from Craig Shimala on Vimeo.

Why this video in particular, though?

A WIP basket, filled to the brim with things to work on (Copyright Corrie B)
A WIP basket, filled to the brim with things to work on (Copyright Corrie B)

This week, I’ve been concentrating on my WIP baskets (of which I have many) and trying to finish up all the projects that have been hanging on for ages. This is all in aid of the new leaf that JS and I turned over last weekend. I was analysing why I had so many nearly-there projects hanging around, and I realised it’s because I hate the process of finishing something. This is crazy – half the fun is a new, fresh product; but I’m such a perfectionist, that this really gets in my way sometimes.

I made a load of tiny bunnies and guinea pigs for a friend, Les, in October — but when I sewed on the hair-ties that was part of them, I decided I hated them, and they were shelved.

Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright John S)
Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright John S)

I started over on that project last weekend (did you miss the ‘cute or evil’ discussion?) and in the process of digging out all the hair-ties I had bought, unearthed the original bunnies/guinea piggies. I decided to send them to Les anyway — they would only sit in my baskets annoying me otherwise — and I unpicked a lot of the work I had done previously, and redid some of the sewing.

I also added eyes, which was one of the things that pissed me off so much in the first place.

Bunny and Guinea Pig bobbles (Copyright Corrie B)
Bunny and Guinea Pig bobbles (Copyright Corrie B)

I am starting to feel the love for these little ‘bobble’ bunnies again — now that they are finished in a way that makes the perfectionist side of me feel satisfied, I don’t mind them so much.

It was an interesting insight into the way that I work, that I hadn’t realised before.

Anyway, more on them another time — for now, enjoy Friday, and maybe see you over the weekend!

Much love,

Corrie xx


PS I know I said I was going to be posting less in the future. Blogging, like knitting, is somewhat addictive. Hope you don’t mind!

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Cute or Evil Bunny…

I’m in the process of re-making a bobble bunny which I promised a friend, Les, way back in October (sorry, sorry, sorry). I did make all of the required items – but I decided I hated them, and I never sent them. These were done in a mochimochi style, and although I didn’t have a problem with the pattern itself, I just hated my execution.

Anyway, I found the cutest alternative bunny pattern on Sunday, as mentioned before.

Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright John S)
Cute or evil little bunny? (Copyright John S)

I knitted the first one as a tester in white. I didn’t modify the pattern at all, which is fairly unusual for me, apart from using a felt backing for the face. The simple reason was that I wasn’t at home when I made the bunny, and didn’t have any felt.

I embroidered the eye with brown embroidery floss. I don’t have any black to embroider the pupils just yet, and JS tweeted the following this morning:

Latest creation by my girlfriend – cute or evil? – JS, on Twitter

What do you think? I’ll give the general consensus later in the week. I’ve had a large number of opinions already!

I think it’s kinda cute…but then again, it did spawn Frank, so perhaps I’m not one to judge, as he is undoubtedly scary.

The bunny (pictured above sitting in a vanilla candle) is going to be made into something useful, as I hate having ‘things’ lying around. Maybe a key-ring? This is where I regret making it in white!

Anyway, I’d better get on with the rest of the bunnies so I can send them to Les and make some little girls happy, hopefully! I have to do piggies as well. Watch this space for the progress; it’s going quite well at the moment, and my ability to sew up seams has improved immensely!

Much love,

Corrie xx

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