Friday, December 19, 2008

A little present for my faithful readers!

I had a request today for the vintage pattern I used to make these cutie booties, back in May this year:

Vintage booties

As it's out of print and out of copyright, I am happy to provide it below.

Happy Christmas :))

Vintage Booties

Originally published in Girl's Own, volume 2

UK: Use DK yarn and 3.75mm needles. (I used RYC Cashsoft DK.)

US: Use sport weight yarn and size 5 needles, or worsted-weight and size 6.

Not sure how much yarn – about 30g.

Centre pattern:
([sl1, k2tog, psso], K2, M1, K1, P1, K1, M1, K2 [sl1, k2tog, psso])

M1 = Make 1, or add one stitch, lots of ways to do this (probably easiest to Google them).

Seeded stocking stitch:
1: (K1, P1) to end
2: P
3: (P1, K1) to end
4: P

Slip-stitch rib:
(yarn forward, sl1 purlwise, K2tog) – repeat to end of row, every row

Cast on 53 sts

Short-row toe:
Rows 1 to 11: Knit
Row 12: K22, work centre pattern, turn
Row 13: P15, turn
Row 14: K1, centre pattern, K3, turn
Row 15: P17, turn
Row 16: K2, centre pattern, K4, turn
Row 17: P19, turn
Row 18: K3, centre pattern, K5, turn
Row 19: P21, turn
Row 20: K4, centre pattern, K6, turn
Row 21: P23, turn
Row 22: K5, centre pattern, K7, turn
Row 23: P25, turn
Row 24: K6, centre pattern, K14, turn
Row 25: P whole row
Row 26: K13, centre pattern, K13, turn
Row 27: P
Row 28: K12, centre pattern, K12, turn
Row 29: P
Row 30: K11, centre pattern, K11, turn
Row 31: P
Row 32: K10, centre pattern, K10, turn

Ankle separator:
Rows 33 to 35: K
Row 36: sl1, (YO, K2tog) to end
Rows 37 to 39: K

Rows 40 to 55: Work seeded stocking stitch, increasing one stitch at each end of rows 46, 48, 50 and 52

Rows 56 and 57: K
Rows 58 to 68: Slip-stitch rib
Rows 69 and 70: P

Cast off (bind off) loosely, and sew up.

Crochet edging, UK version:
With 4mm hook, work (1ch, 1dc) into every other cast-off stitch right round. Slip-stitch into first ch to close round.

Next round: (ch3, 6 dtr, 1tr) into first ch-sp, 1dc into first dc of previous round, then [(1tr, 6dtr, 1tr) into every ch-sp of previous round, 1dc into every dc of previous round]. Slip stitch to 3rd ch of initial 3-ch to close round.

Crochet edging, US version:

With G-6 hook, work (1ch, 1sc) into every other bound-off stitch right round. Slip-stitch into first ch to close round.

Next round: ch3, 6 tr, 1dc into first ch-sp, 1sc into first sc of previous round, then [(1dc, 6tr, 1dc) into every ch-sp of previous round, 1sc into every sc of previous round]. Slip stitch to 3rd ch of initial 3-ch to close round.

Thread ribbon through eyelets.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Sticks, String and Stories

First of all, thank you so much to all the people who took the time to leave comments on Tigger's death. I have been overwhelmed by messages from all kinds of people, all over the world, via comment, email and phone. I never realised how many people understood how special Tigger was. I've never had another cat like him, and I don't suppose I ever will.

I am intensely grateful that we were with him, that he didn't suffer, and that he had spent his whole life being loved. He would throw himself at anyone who came in the door, absolutely confident that they would love him - and 99.99% of the time, they did. Even people who weren't keen on cats loved Tigger.

Chloe has coped very well with his loss, gradually blossoming into Sole Cat, and realising the advantages of not having to fight for attention, cuddles and first go at the breakfast. She has become noticeably more sociable and less wary of people, and has really helped us grieve.

The other things that have helped me - hence the title of this post - are knitting and reading. With that in mind, I present a meme, courtesy of Wibbo, which I just could not resist:

The Big Read meme

This meme is originally from the Big Read. Apparently they reckon most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Underline those you intend to read. (I had to make them a different colour instead - no underline on Blogger!!)
3) Italicise the books you LOVE.
4) Post your list so we can try and track down these people who’ve only read 6 and force books upon them.

(I've also marked with an S the books I started and couldn't finish....)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens S
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy S
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy S
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert S
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov S
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville S
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce S
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert S
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

So there you go - more than you ever wanted to know about my reading habits. If you like the look of it - consider yourself tagged!