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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 02:57pm on 16/10/2016 under , , ,
After posting the pictures of Draco's Wall to Facebook I got a comment from John asking whether I could knit a house for him. Not being one to back down from a challenge (especially if it is a silly one), I had a look through my craft magazines and found two patterns for houses, a crochet one for a Halloween House designed to hold sweet treats and a knitted 'beach hut' stuffed cushion/doorstop. I decided to go with the knitted one - with adaptations.

I have the brown and yellow DK left over from Draco's antler hat, and various other balls of DK in the stash - though I will have to buy more in red for the roof - since I need red for Draco's Flaming Tyre (TM) I will pop out and buy some.

The pattern is in separate parts, 4 walls, floor and roof, all joined by sewing together and stuffing. I started knitting the side walls (40 stitches on 3.25mm circular needles) in stripes of two rows yellow and two rows brown. After the designated 67 rows I put in a row of lace holes and dropped the yellow knitting the base in brown only for 30 rows, then another row of lace holes, cast back on the yellow and continued with the second wall.

For the sides I used a crochet hook to cast on 26 stitches along one side of the base, picked up the stitches on the needles and continued in pattern until the side matched the main wall. Then knitted four rows (two of pattern, plus two extra) in yellow and decreased one stitch at each end of every right side row until left with three stitches - K2 tog twice and finish. Did the same for the other side wall.

Am now about to work out how to do the doors and windows and the roof.
location: Chigwell
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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posted by [personal profile] ina_jean at 02:30pm on 10/06/2007 under , ,
For the last week it has been almost impossible to watch the BBC channels on digital because the CP transmitter appears to be working on half-time. This always happens when the weather is warm, and the Beeb has given up explaining that it'll all be much better when analogue is switched off. This is, in any case, no consolation when you'd like to watch Dr Who in widescreen, or to watch BBC3/4 at all (I desperately need to catch a few of The Real Hustle programmes for ideas for this Hustle Meets FanLib fic, which is coming nicely (despite intervening plot-bunnies for HP filth and a CSI/DW crossover which Lil claims to have appropriated). Bast knows where I'll post it though...

At least C5 is operating at full capacity - and stripping House at 12.30 which gives me an excuse to stop the task of stripping the awful brown paint from our doorframes for lunch in front of the TV...
location: Hot sticky Chigwell
Music:: The Stripper
Mood:: 'busy' busy

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