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Two needle baby cocoon

Today I felt like knitting a baby cocoon. I love to knit these when watching a movie as they take about the same time and just go round and round and theres no need to concentrate much at all.

Well I have completely lost my circular needles. Gone. Aaaghr. But no longer aaaghrrr as I simply made it on straight needles and it required just as little concentration. Deep joy.

Anyway, here is the result…

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The set, and the pattern to knit a two needle cocoon is available in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com//PompomsRock.

The available pattern uses James C Brett Marble Chunky  (link leads to Deramores online store, they ship worldwide and I use them all the time). I have sold several cocoons made from this amazing, soft, self striping yarn, they have been very popular. Here are a couple of examples…

Cute or what!!!

I fancy making a plain one next with flowers sewn on. Really do enjoy making these.

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

I guess there isn’t anything much nicer than knitting for ones own children. I looked at some old photos today and sadly there are hardly any pictures featuring my long lost knitting. However, I found some pics from the last few years and decided to share them. Aww the cuteness of their little or not so little faces makes my heart melt.

Some of the knitting is possibly a bit bizarre though…

Hmm I duunnooo about this Mohawk hat. DIfferent at least.
A woman on a train started screaming and called my daughter a goblin thanks to this hat. I was not impressed by that whatsoever.
Loved this hat made from hand spun yarn. Yummy!
Loved this. The yarn is discontinued and impossible to buy now and I will always feel sad about that.
My daughter loved her red riding hood cape aww
My daughter loves her circle scarf. I love this yarn.
Yes a happy pointy hat wearer at last!
Totoro hat!
My oldest daughter loved this rainbow hat ❤️

Well that has made me want to pick up my needles so I think I will!  Will write more about some of these projects at a later date.

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Hand in Glove

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I am completely addicted to knitting wristwarmers. Nice and simple, no thumbs to struggle with when I am tired, and the best thing is that a pair can be made with just one 50g ball of wool. Perfect to knit when trying out new yarn, or expensive yarn.

I made these from noro kureyon yarn. Went on a bit of a Noro shopping spree as I have never tried it before. That link is connected to Amazon UK, where I bought it from. I buy quite a bit of yarn from there. Will link in some other suppliers at the end of the blog, and some other yarns that would work well. The kureyon is a pure wool, its not the softest in the world, however I love the rich and beautiful colours and really enjoyed working with it.

I love self striping yarn, especially for wrist warmers. Love that they don’t match somehow. I think self striping works well in this check pattern too.

Here is my pattern, give it a try 🙂

With 5mm straight needles, cast on 32 stitches. Leave long yarn tails throughout the project, makes sewing up at the end easier.

First 8 rows  – work k2, p2 rib.

Then commence check pattern as follows

Rows 1,2,3,4 – *k4, p4 : repeat from *to end of row

Rows 5,6,7,8 – *p4, k4 : repeat from *to end of row

Repeat this set of 8 rows 4 times. You should end up with 8 lots of squares. You can of course knit more for a longer glove, or knit a longer rib before you start the squares. My specified length will however only requires one 50g ball.

Then knit 6 rows of k2,p2 rib. Cast off on the 6th rib row, on the wrong side. Cast off in the k2,p2 rib stitch.

Follow this pattern twice, unless you only want one hand in glove 🙂

Then simply sew up the tubes leaving a hole for your thumbs. I always sew up while wearing the gloves so that I can see how the thumb hole looks. If you dont want to do that, leave the three squares just before final ribbed piece unsewn.

Weave in the ends and wear your wristwarmers with great happiness.

Wool Notes –

UK : The Noro Kureyon is available from Amazon, link as above. A good alternative, and much softer and cheaper, also available at Amazon, is riot chunky by King Cole. I absolutely love that yarn.

Carnival Chunky is another yarn that works lovely with this pattern. This link will take you to Deramores, which ships pretty much worldwide. They sell Noro and King Cole too. If you fancy something bright and neon check out Katia funky chunky following this link to take you to a half price offer at Minerva Crafts.

USA:  I found the Noro Kureyon at FiberWild! One of the colours is discontinued and there is a special offer on the price at the moment. I think that Chroma Worsted Yarn from Knitpicks looks wonderful and has great reviews.

I would love to know what you think about this pattern or about any great yarn that you think would suit the pattern! Happy knitting!

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Little Stripey Elf Hat

I absolutely love to knit this little newborn hat. Its somehow addictive as it involves counting and when the shaping part starts it is very satisfying to watch the hat complete really quickly.  They make awesome photo props and have been very popular with newborn photographers. Here are some which I made in action as props…

I love it so much that I thought I would share my pattern.

This hat is not suitable for every day wear due to the long tail, however you could just omit the tail for an equally cute little garment.

The yarn that is used in these photographs is Sirdar Supersoft Aran. I always buy it from Deramores (a UK company)  as they deliver pretty quickly and often have good sales on. Here is a link to the store…

You can substitute the yarn with any aran/worsted yarn. I looked at some USA websites, Knit Picks has some yarns which look similar, for example Brava Worsted and at the FiberWild! online store I found Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, which I once used to make a whole bunch of these hats for a photographer. She felt that more expensive yarn looked better in her images. I was only too happy to oblige. Stunning and gorgeous yarn!

Well here is the pattern. Enjoy, and any feedback is of course very welcome!

Required:
One pair of 5mm straight knitting needles.
Approx 20g each of two colours of aran yarn. The hats in the photographs are made with Sirdar Supersoft Aran.
Scissors and needle for sewing up.
Choose the main colour which you will use for the brim (colour A)
The other yarn will be used for the contrast stripe (colour B – in the picture above white is colour B)
Pattern
With 5mm needles and colour A, cast on 50 stitches.
Row 1 – * k2,p2 repeat from * to end of row
Row 2 – *p2, k2 repeat from * to end of row
Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more, so you have a total of 8 rows of 2×2 rib.
The rest of the hat is knit in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) changing colours every 2 rows. Both shades of yarn are carried up through the work so do not cut the yarn. Here are row by row instructions for the main body of the hat.
1 attach colour B and with colour B knit entire row
2 with colour B purl entire row
3 with colour A knit entire row
4 with colour A purl entire row
5 with colour B knit entre row
6 with colour B purl entire row
7 with colour A knit entire row
8 with colour A knit entire row
9 with colour B, knit entire row decreasing 2 stitches evenly across the row
10 with colour B purl entire row
11 with colour A, (k10,k2tog) to end of row
12 with colour A purl entire row
13 with colour B, (k9,k2tog) to end of row
14 with colour B purl entire row
15 with colour A, (k8,k2tog) to end of row
16 with colour A, purl entire row
17 with colour B, (k7,k2tog) to end of row
18 with colour B, purl entire row
19 with colour A,(k6,k2tog) to end of row
20 with colour A, purl entire row
21 with colour B,(k5,k2tog) to end of row
22 with colour B, purl entire row
23 with colour A, (k4,k2tog) to end of row
24 with colour A, purl entire row
25 with colour B (k3,k2tog) to end of row
26 with colour B purl entire row
27 with colour A, (k2,k2tog) to end of row
28 with colour A, purl entire row
29 with colour B, (k1,k2tog) to end of row
30 with colour B, purl entire row
31 with colour A (k1,k2tog) twice, k2
32 with colour A purl entire row
33 with colour B(k1,k2tog) twice
34 with colour B purl entire row
35 with colour A knit entire row
36 with colour A purl entire row
37 with colour B knit entire row
38 with colour B purl entire row
39 with colour A knit entire row
40 with colour A purl entire row
41 with colour B knit entire row
42 with colour B purl entire row
43 with colour A knit entire row
44 with colour A purl entire row
45 with colour B k2tog twice
46 with colour B p2tog
You now need to cut the 2 strands of yarn LONG ENOUGH to form the braided tail, 80cm is the approximate length used in the photographs. Once cut, thread both strands through the remaining stitch and pull to secure.
Sew up the back seam and sew in all ends.
Now cut one length of each colour yarn twice the length of the desired tassle length (so 160cm for the hats in the photographs).
Thread both strands onto a needle and thread through the top of the hat where the other 2 strands are. Pull until you have 6 strands of an even length at the end of the hat. Braid, and knot to secure when the desired length is reached, and trim as desired.

Abbreviations Used
K – knit
P – purl
K2tog – knit 2 together
P2tog – purl 2 together

I have a few other patterns available on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/designers/pompoms-rock really must get designing some more!

Thanks very much for reading.

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This Charming Hat

Newborn photography is a huge industry. Proud parents take their gorgeous newborns to a studio, or book a mobile photographer, to capture the wonder of this amazing new person on camera. The cute little poses on some of the photographs (created by carefully and safely supporting the baby and then editing the shots) will melt any heart and this art has become increasing popular over the last few years.

Props add an extra cute factor to these photos. Unusual knitted hats, beautiful headbands, sweet baskets, stunning backdrops are just a few examples. Some newborn photographers are just so talented and have a such an amazing eye for colour and texture and their photos are just swoonsome (the cute babies help a lot of course awww).

When I became pregnant 8 years ago I of course became a little bit obsessed with buying baby clothes and stumbled across a few newborn photo prop listings on websites such as eBay and Etsy. Ahh the cute hats. Big pointy gnome hats, bright colors, unusual textures. I needed some. I proceeded to knit.

It took a few years actually for me to perfect the knitting of these little hats. I had to track down the right yarns, work out how to knit them, and find my own style. When I was satisfied with my work and the time was right, I started a business selling them. Here is a link if you would like to see some of my knitting in action.

https://www.facebook.com/pompomsrock

Most of the hats were made only once and came from my brain. I loved to use handspun yarn to create unusual and unique pieces. The business was quite successful and I loved nothing more than seeing the professional photos featuring gorgeous babies wearing my creations. Some even made it into magazines and newspapers, here are is one on a magazine cover. How exciting!

I still make a few as it’s very enjoyable. However I don’t have the time to go for it like I used to. I will be blogging about how to make them, how to sell them, and about where to get the yarn and inspiration. Hats are so nice to knit, so quick, so satisfying, and so creative. Thanks very much for reading hope to see you again soon.



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Pompoms Rock

Pompoms Rock is an idea for a knitting business that I had a few years ago. I was a single parent and I had previously had a little work at home business selling various things on ebay. Mostly ribbons and crafting materials.  I did that when my daughter was a baby. When she started to crawl and empty every single box she could find it became too much for me and I stopped. I started to knit after a few years away from it. It was relaxing and I could do it at soft play and on the park and so on. A few friends bought some little hats from me, and then I decided to try and sell my knitting as a business.

I set the business up with the tax office and so on, and decided to call it Pompoms Rock. The idea is that I would create and sell all things pompom. Cool, funky stuff. That never really happened though.



I ended up selling newborn photo props to professional photographers, and actually it turned out to be quite a good idea. I will blog more about the actual designs and knits later, and about the best ways to sell your knitting.

I really want to move forward now and try to accomplish the original pompom dream. (Yes pompoms are definitely worth dreaming about).

This blog is an attempt to inspire me, and maybe by writing it I can inspire other knitters too. I will explore new stitches, try some new yarn and patterns, and get back the love. I am not here to sell my knitting, but to create.

And I really will make some pompoms. Pompoms Rock.