Friday, July 7, 2017

More About Knitted Elephants.......

These elephants are such fun to make and they knit up very quickly on four needles with 8 ply (DK) yarn. I first devised this pattern a few years ago, but the problem was, it was mostly in my head and a number of people had asked me for the pattern.  I had to make more so that I could write down exactly what I was doing as I was doing it. And take progress shots.
This was never going to cut it:


Although I understood this "shorthand" I couldn't expect others to have the vaguest idea what this all meant!

I started knitting........


        
                                                            .......and knitting
 
 
                                                              ..........and knitting,
until I had made all these elephant parts, assembled them and recorded exactly what I did. Then it was simply a matter of formatting the information into an easy-to-understand document and uploading it into my Etsy store. The elephant is mostly based on spherical and cylindrical shapes and quite easy to make for anyone with some knitting experience.






I made a pink one, a grey one and a mixed pink and grey one. If you want to knit one yourself for someone special in your life, the pattern is available in my Etsy store for little more than the price of a cup of coffee! Instant download. http://www.susiemcmahon.etsy.com

Oh, did I mention that I really like elephants?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Recent Work and a Knitted Elephant Obssession




A jointed cloth doll dressed in peasant style with and embroidered waistcoat.


 A little boy with a hobby-horse





Experimenting with new design.......a-a-a-a-nd!
KNITTED ELEPHANTS! I needed to write down my original pattern, which was stored in my head, so I had to knit a few more of these and take pictures. I now have a downloadable pattern available in my Etsy store







 
 
 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Enigma Stones

"Project Bathroom" is almost done! I'm just waiting on a couple of deliveries of hardware and then I can hook it all back up........can't wait for that first shower in a much nicer space! www.fourteenstepstothebluedoor.blogspot.com
will take you to my other blog if you want to see what I've been up to. I did employ a few measuring and sewing skills to make a roman blind for the bathroom window - practice run for the others I want to make for the house.


I've been finding it difficult to get back into my normal work rhythm after all the hard work in the bathroom, but I'm trying to be disciplined..........I have an artist demonstration day coming up next month and I need work to show and hopefully sell, so I've been making a few more in the "Enigma Stone" series. This is no. IV and no. V is almost done as well. I'm catching up on orders and generally slotting back into life as it was Before Bathroom Reno!








 
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thinking About My Next Project.......

I have been very "into" my latest house renovation project - the bathroom - (read about it at http://www.fourteenstepstothebluedoor.blogspot.com ) and even though I have great intentions of making dolls and art in the evenings, the truth is, I am usually too tired to do more than eat dinner and fall asleep in front of the TV before dragging myself off to bed! Just an occasional glass of wine........


But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about my next doll project......it is even started and when I get this bathroom monkey off my back in a week or two, there will be no holding me back! And I'll even have the promise of a lovely hot shower at the end of the day, which I don't have at the moment. I'm having to do with inconvenient ablutions in the laundry trough with the occasional
"stolen" shower from friends while my bathroom is out of action. Nothing like the lack of a proper bathroom to motivate speedy work!
Here are my current bathing facilities:


So here is my next project, just waiting until I have time:



As you can see, this doll will have a jointed neck. She will have a jointed cloth body and I'm working on ideas for finishing her off. Soon, I hope!

 


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Where Did Summer Go?

Oh goodness! Suddenly it's mid-March and I realize that the whole summer has passed by without a single post here. I really must get back to updating this blog regularly - I blame that insidious Facebook thingy - it kind of takes over in the online space somewhat!

Anyway, I may not have been blogging much, but I HAVE been busy.......house, garden and creating things to sell in my Etsy store (Still have to keep the wolf away somehow!) So today I'm posting lots of pictures of recent work to catch up, with promise to self that I will blog much more regularly. 



I had a bumper lavender harvest this year, so I used some of it to make small things like these woven lavender bottles and silk pyramids





A fox and a hare............. and a little fox



Some child dolls:







A few lovely alfresco lunches in my back garden with dear friends:




Much baking......





The odd fish and bird:




Some full moons and trips:









Home renos slow and steady........



..........lots of flowers:



   AND ME!


 
 
 



 
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