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Roo Knits

Knitting, crochet, spinning and sewing in Wolverhampton

Updated: 2015-10-04T01:26:44.572+01:00


I heart rainbows


I heart rainbows, a photo by RooKnits on Flickr.

Emily's birthday cardigan is finished just in time. My little girl is ONE on Friday!

With thanks to Kate for the rainbow left overs.

WIP Wednesday - Corrugated rainbow ribbing


I heart rainbows continues. I decided to add a hem of corrugated ribbing, but I am unsure which cast off to use. Any suggestions?

WIP Wednesday - I heart rainbows progress


This time a modelled shot. It is so much easier when you have the recipient there to try it on. Thankfully not too big, despite a little fudging of the sizes. I'm loving it so far.
Now trying to decide whether to add another mini rainbow (maybe one row for each colour) a two row rainbow to whether to just continue in the biscuit colour before the bottom garter stitch border.
That is before any decisions about button bands!

WIP Wednesday - Rainbows


How gorgeous is this going to be?
I heart rainbows, converted to a cardigan. Thanks to Kate for the rainbow yarn.

Sunny Baby Blanket


At Christmas last year my "other" Bridesmaid announced she was expecting baby number one in June 2013. I was over the moon with excitement for her, but with a tiny baby myself I was wondering if I would ever get the time to make her a blanket to match the one I made for Lauren. Kerry is the person who taught me to crochet; she knits too - so it had to be something very special.As the weeks turned into months I finally had a couple of hours in the evening to myself and a plan began to form (after many hours of browsing baby blankets on Ravelry - inspiration from here, here and here).I started in the middle of May with four colours of Baby Cashmerino and a vague idea:I made a lot of circles and edged them in off white.This is the first time for a while that I have made squares that need to be seamed and it made me particularly undecisive.I evenutally made the decision to add more colours to balance the dark and light hues so dug into my stash of Baby Cashmerino and I ended up with 8 different colours for the centres of the squares.After a last minute purchase of a ball of orange yarn I finally had 57 squares crocheted and what I thought would be just enough off white to add a border.However, deciding which pattern to use was challenging. I spent three evenings swapping and changing squares and taking pictures.With some help from Twitter and Ravelry I eventually decided on number 6 - Big diagonals.It took a couple of evenings to join the squares. I was worried I'd end up messing up the pattern, or that my small people would mix up my carefully ordered piles; however it went without a hitch. I used Lucy's granny square joining tutorial - which made a lovely flat, neat seam.After more deliberation I added the border from the pattern, but only had enough yarn to do one repeat of the front post crochet round.And here is the ta-daaah moment!Another success I think - it arrived in Surrey today and I know it will be loved and cherished.Started: 18th May 2013Finished: 9th August 2013Hook Size: 3.5mmYarn:  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashermino in:Off White - ecru (101) - just over 5 1/2 balls. Yellow - primrose (001) Green - apple (002)Pink - candy pink (006)Light blue (baby blue 204)Teal - Mallard (59)Dark Pink/purple - Hot Pink (60)Orange- Apricot (63)Light gray - silver - (12)Dark gray - Dark gray (58)I could get 8 circles from one 50g ball of yarn with a tiny bit left over. The blanket weighs 630g and is 7 x 8 squares. [...]

WIP Wednesday


See, there is knitting going on here! (image)

A "Granny's Favourite"  in King Cole Bamboo Cotton for T's best friend who is 3 the day after him (on Monday). Luckily, she is a little dot, so I'm making the 2 year old version, with slightly shorter sleeves.  This is designed to "go with anything" - and will hopefully be a very useful addition to her wardrobe. Sleeve one was completed this evening, which gives me two more evenings to finish this before K's party on Saturday. I haven't even thought about buttons.

7 months


There has been crafting, but most of it is secret or I haven't had a chance to take photos!

My two are keeping me busy, Em is now 7 months

She can sit unaided, is trying to shuffle forward and is very vocal! Thomas will be three in a couple of weeks. Where does the time go?

Happy half birthday Miss E


Time flies, 6 months already!

Parliament of Owls


Once you make one
You need to make more (image)
All lined up and ready to go (image)
 Off to the craft stall at The Big Chocolate Tea Party in Wolverhampton; to raise money for the Sick Children's Trust
That's if Thomas will let them go (he got to keep the first one!) (image)
 With Thanks to Jacquie for the fabulous pattern and allowing me to sell these.

5 months!


5 months!, a photo by RooKnits on Flickr.

Emily is 5 months today. My gorgeous, wriggly little girl.

The parliament so far....


Making Monday - Playful Stripes


If there is one pattern I've been meaning to make for years it is this one - Playful Stripes
I bought the pattern back in 2009 and have thought about casting on numerous times but have never quite managed it.

So, as my little girl has kindly given me my evenings back, I have made her a cardigan.

(image) It took me a couple of weeks, and I'm lucky it didn't take much longer as it only just fits (I made the 3 month size and she is 3 months this week)
 I'm not convinced she likes it, or maybe it is just the photographer she is sticking her tongue out at... (image) Cute baby, lovely knitwear!(image)

December 2012



November 2012


Things have been a bit crazy, not much time for blogging since our new edition - Emily Rachel - arrived at the start of November.

I have been taking photos however


Emily's Christmas Stocking


No time to knit one this year, so Miss E will have to make do with a felt stocking. Not bad for a couple of hours work.

Christmas cardigan


Christmas cardigan, a photo by RooKnits on Flickr.

A sleeping baby means I've been knitting. Emily may get a Christmas cardigan after all.

More ripples, a cardigan and tiny socks.


Yet another blanket is in progress. This time I get to keep it, as it is for baby #2, due in a week.

I started this on the 8th October, so I doubt it will be finished in time for the new arrival - unless of course it delays it's arrival for a couple of weeks!
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino again, this is what I planned when I started....


I am using Lucy of Attic 24's Neat Ripple Pattern again, but this time using the series of integrating stripes she used with her most recent ripple. Each set of 4 rows takes about 25g of yarn. The blanket is 10 repeats of the pattern using a 4mm hook.


It has been growing slowly... as of 17th October

and then today, 22nd October

I've changed the colour sequence a little, as I needed to buy a couple more balls of yarn (not enough gold/yellow to make a set of rows and it needed the yellow), but I should have more than enough to complete it now.

I'm still not great at project monogamy, so I've also been working on a little cardigan for our Jubilee year baby. Beyond Puerperium - 0-3m in fingering weight.

and some matching socks


I've 20g of yarn left, so I reckon I can squeeze a hat out of the skein of sock yarn (The Yarn Yard Toddy in Jubilee). 

African Flower Blanket for Emily


My latest crochet baby blanket is an African Flower Blanket for baby Emily who arrived a few days late at the start of October.
Once again, I have been inspired by the amazing palette of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
This time coming up with a variation on a rainbow - with hexagons rather than stripes or rounds.  I used about 25 different shades (mostly from my stash) plus cream for the flower part.
I started making this at the beginning of August and have been working on it on and off for a couple of months. Each hexagon took me about 30 minutes. The blanket is made up of 59 hexagons and  8 half hexagons.
I joined the hexagons as I went along, loosely using the instructions here and I  made up some half hexagons to fill in the ends on the 6 hexagon rows.

I added a border of double crochet followed by a round of shells (1dc, skip 1 (or two on the long side), 5 tc into next) -the shells were meant to mirror the insides of the flowers.


The blanket weighs 570g and measures  85cm x 100cm - large enough to wrap around my toddler - and hopefully big enough for my good friend Lauren and baby Emily to snuggle under on the sofa. 

The end is in sight


The end is in sight, a photo by RooKnits on Flickr.

One more hexagon to go

September 2012


I'm still here, taking a photo (nearly) every day. Blankets, bumps and boys are all growing! 

More Hexagons


More Hexagons, a photo by RooKnits on Flickr.

Blanket progress...



This special handspun yarn has been waiting for the perfect project for quite a long time. It is a a 3ply yarn made up of 3 singles each single coming from a seperate 100g braid of The Yarn Wench Falkland:  464m / 310g - 16wpi (image)
I got it in a swap with a friend on Ravelry back in 2009. I thought it might make the yoke of a cardigan for me, but when I saw Knittingtastic's Pop! Cardigan I knew it would be perfect. The patttern is from Knit Now magazine (issue 11) - (this magazine also has an amazing pair of socks also designed by Rachel) and was designed to be a quick weekend project with 100g of DK yarn.
 It took me 3 evenings to make the smallest size - and then another week to choose buttons! (image)
I wasn't sure how the yarn would knit up, but now I am left hoping that my bump is a girl... as don't think I can part with it!

African Flower beginnings


(image) WIP Wednesday - another blanket started

Ripples for Sophie


The latest big project has been a crochet ripple blanket made from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino using the Attic 24 instructions.
I dug out all of the scraps and half balls of this yarn I had accumulated over the past few years and started rippling in the middle of May using a 4mm hook.(image) After a few rows I decided to use a random stripe generator to make my yarn selection easier. I'm still not 100% happy with the way the colours work together, but it got better as it went along.(image) I finished this on the 9th July by adding a border of trebles in cream and then a row of double crochets in purple.
 It measures 75cm x 95cm and is making new baby Sophie very cosy!