21 Jun 2018

Durch die Blume

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HOTN: The basic sock pattern I always use (and meanwhile etched into my brain) 
I added a slightly adjusted lace pattern from the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible. 
The yarn is Schoppel Zauberball "Durch die Blume".




29 Apr 2018

eBid Newsfeed

Posted by Annie Altherr at 12:16 pm 0 comments
I have added a Newsfeed for all my eBid stores to the blog. I own 3 eBid stores.
One is just for knitting and crochet patterns.
These are all the proper vintage patterns. 
If you are just after PDFs please visit my Etsy store.

 

Needlecraft books, Sewing patterns, Teddy making supplies, magazines and more.


And last but not least hand knitted and crochet items for babies, children, and adults, as well as homeware.
I charge triple the material used. I offer a selection of inexpensive to luxury knits.
I am not available for commissions right now.


I ship worldwide.
Anything over £50 I will only ship insured worldwide.

18 Apr 2018

Ella Sweater WIP

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I have started with my customised Sirdar Ella sweater. I have decided to use the pattern back, front and sleeves.
I changed the border to a 2x2 rib and made it longer.
Depending on how much I have left I will decide between long or 3/4 sleeves. So far I love it.

The lace pattern is from the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible.


On Your Toes

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And another pair finished.
Now I have to throw a sweater in between.
The pattern is On Your Toes by Drops and the yarn is Fabel by Drops. I only change the heel pattern. I got tired of stripes. 😂


5 Apr 2018

Flower Music Socks

Posted by Annie Altherr at 2:26 pm 0 comments
I was really itching to knit sock again.

So here is the first pair.

Flower Music by Drops Design


 Made from:

DROPS FABEL

911, picnic
100, off white





Cover Moorland

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I made a cover for the plastic beaker I store some of my tools.

No pattern, just made it to fit the beaker.
 

 

Moorland CAL

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I finally made the Moorland CAL which I had the yarnpacklying around for ages.

Here's the link to the pattern:

You can get the yarn pack here:






19 Feb 2018

RANT!!

Posted by Annie Altherr at 5:10 pm 0 comments
This is a rant about people undercutting the prices of hand knitted items.
I've been snooping around a bit and stumbled over someone selling hand knitted figures/animals 2 for £8.00 (the ones in the photo), £8.50 and even 4 for £11.20. This just doesn't cut it with me. Even if she buys the cheapest yarn available plus cheap stuffing the material costs per item will range from £1.50 to £2.50. That'll leave at best £5.50 for the time making it. The minimum wage for age 25 and over is currently £7.50.
Nobody not even the fastest knitter on earth will knit 2 bunnies with jumpers, sew them up and stuff them in less than 1 hour.

I usually charge 3 times what the yarn cost me plus buttons or whatever else I used. It makes it more transparent.
I always state exactly what yarn I have used so people can look it up and see that I don't make up a price for fun.
If I would charge yarn + hours that would make some pieces more expensive than others even so I used the same yarn but the pattern was maybe a little more complicated and it took me longer to make.
As I like other knitters usually knit in front of the TV it is very difficult to judge how much time I have actually spent making things. It would mean I would have to time myself, write down every minute I have actually knitted would be just ridiculous and waste my time.
 
 

4 Feb 2018

Green Aran Hoodie

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Green Aran Hooded Coat

Made from Patons Merino Extrafine Aran








West Caps

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I used the left over yarn to make to hats.

Both are made from Lang Yarns West

Both are available on Etsy.








 

West Hooded Jacket

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Hooded Jacket

Made from Lang Yarns West

A lovely super chunky yarn






30 Jan 2018

Petite Heidi - 12-18 Months

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Petit Heidi by Drops Design

Drops Fabel and Drops Alpaca



Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.



Micah Sweater - 2 Years

Posted by Annie Altherr at 1:23 pm 0 comments
Micah by Drops Design

Drops Alpaca Mix 2 strands Burgundy



Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.



Nova Cardigan - 24 Months

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Nova by Drops Design

Drops Baby Merino Yellow



Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.




Simply Sweet - 12-18 Months

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Simply Sweet by Drops Design

Drops Baby Merino Blue



Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.



Sweet Sorbet - 12-18 Months

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Sweet Sorbet by Drops design

Drops baby Merino Old Rose Pink


Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.



Petit Lord - 3-4 Years

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First one:
Petit Lord by Drops Design

Drops Baby Merino in Lime



Please do not ask for commissions. I really don't have time atm to squeeze anyone in.
I have to reduce my yarn stash so I can buy new yarn.





Late January News

Posted by Annie Altherr at 12:38 pm 0 comments
Just in case you're wondering why it was so quiet all January.
Well, I was actually very busy knitting baby and toddler stuff.

I bought some yarn years ago not really knowing what to do with it.
Until I finally decided what to use it for. 
That were four baby garments. And then I got hooked.
I have knitted 4 more. Two are finished, one needs the sleeves set in and another the buttons sewed on. And I already started and almost finished a fifth.
The reason why I have just knitted baby and toddler items is I want to lose weight and it is always frustrating if I have knitted something for myself and then 6 months down the line it's too big.
So, for now, I will just knit baby, toddler, and children's clothing for sale.

Until I have lost at least 2 sizes of weight then I will knit for myself again.
Mind you there is one project for myself for this spring I have to knit.
My niece is getting married and I just couldn't find anything in the shop this tomboy I am was comfortable with. I don't like frilly girly things. I like jeans and t-shirt or jeans and cool knitwear.
And I like being unique.

Then the new Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine Number 63 arrived on Saturday and I knew what I wanted.

The Model "Spode" by Martin Storey just hit all the right buttons.
It's a CAT motif and it just looks divine! 
Mine will be in plum and beige. And I have a lace shawl I could wear with it.


 

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