My mini knitted makes begin with mock cables, inspired by a little sample of these stitches that I found in the bottom of one of my project bags. I stretched it about and wondered what I could make incorporating these stitches and decided that I could use my basic glove pattern with a panel of little cables on the front for decoration.
The first glove didn't go too well as I underestimated how many cable repeats to include so they ran out on my ring finger rather than around the side at the edge of my little finger. It didn't look good I can tell you. I had also miscalculated where to start the round so the transition between stocking stitch and the mock cable section was quite ugly.
Once I'd sorted out these problems the pair of gloves looked perfect, well perfect enough for me given that it's the first time I've tried to make gloves any more complicated than plain stocking stitch. I intend to make them again and I might even attempt to write the pattern out too.
The second thing that I've knitted recently is another, yes another, poppy cardigan designed by Georgie Nicolson.
It would seem that no stuffed animal in my home is safe at the moment without a little knitted cardy to keep it warm. Perhaps I've scratched that itch for now, we'll see...
Finally I found a book gifted to me years ago, Knitted Cakes by Susan Penny, and I just had to make my own little piece of creative nonsense.
I spent ages deciding which one to make and finally settled on the doughnut because I knew that I'd got some beads somewhere which would be great to sprinkle over the icing once it was knitted.
It's very pretty to look at and I've since decided that it could be used as a pin cushion so perhaps it's not as useless as it first appears, well that's my justification for it.