Friday, February 27, 2015

A li'l wool cottage

Whilst knitting my colourful jumper last year, of which I waxed lyrical about here, I got the 'brilliant' idea (well I thought so) of incorporating a few of the stitches in a new knitted woolly.....just because I had the time of my life knitting my colourful jumper....(not)!! You would think I might be a little averse in picking up those darn pins again, but no....where would the fun be in that. 

Though Autumn and then the icy breath of Winter is just around the corner of our country road, I should be thinking about knitting another lovely warm wearable woolly, but I don't want to start another garment just yet......so....why not a cute li'l cottage cushion!! Simple...right....well.....I think so. So, let's just see if what is churning around in my cranium can be translated from a foggy idea into something lovely that can happily co-exist with  my many other cushions that sit in our li'l ole abode.


My li'l cottage will go perfectly with these two lovelies. The pretty Liberty cushion designed by Anne Hubert of La Cerise Sur Le Gateau fame, was a birthday present from my husband a few years ago and the gorgeous pure wool, felted flower cushion was a fortuitous find at an op shop.

I haven't sketched any drawings or patterns; I am going with the flow once again. After all, a humble cottage is just a rectangle with a triangular shaped roof.....right??

I envisage after the knitting of the cottage is finished I will embellish with curtains, window panes, trailing flowers climbing up to the rafters and of course a pretty flower garden. After all I am a gal who bangs on about...."it's all about the look"!

But of course, the embellishing is for a later time. First one has to cast on the first stitch!


I have chosen a pretty green shade of double knit wool for the grass, two complementary shades of blue for the brick pattern and a light grey for the windows and the door. The cottage is going to consist mainly of a brick pattern for the walls, plain old boring, stocking stitch for the windows and door, and a honecomb pattern in blue and brown for the roof.


Both the brick pattern and the honeycomb pattern really are the easiest of patterns. It doesn't take long at all for these two patterns to knit up into something half acceptable.



See, I told you it is easy as. The only thing that was a pain in the right royal proverbial, was the tangling of all the strands of wool as I knitted merrily along. I don't know how many times my good husband and my good self,  unravelled all those pesky balls of wools.

The front of my cute li'l wool cottage is knitted. Me thinks before I knit the back I might start to plant the garden and adorn the windows with curtains. Yes indeedy, a li'l embellishing will be the order of my day. The back of my li'l cottage will just have to wait.

I am off to 'plant' a few seeds around my woolly cottage.  I am linking up with "Janine's lovely blog, "Wool on Sundays", so have a bo peep at what woolly delights both Janine and everyone else have been up to this week.

'Tis toodles from me.....wishing you all a lovely weekend.



38 comments:

  1. Clever girl - what fun there will be in the embellishing!

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  2. You never cease to amaze me of your talent. I love the house.

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  3. Great start on the cottage. I am sure it will be amazing. I can just imagine all its beauty.

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  4. Your house is looking lovely. I really like the brick and honeycomb patterns. I can't wait to see how you embellish :)

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  5. You amaze me with your knitting skills. No pattern, just cast on and go! I'm supposed to be having a break from computers etc. but I had to pop by. I'm so drawn to your little abode and the goings on there ; )
    I did take myself to the most beautiful wool shop again. How is it that $75 buys only 4 skeins? The pleasure I'll receive in knitting it up is worth it me thinks....
    Have a lovely day embellishing your wee cottage

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  6. O, What a great cottage!
    Fine colour choices, too.

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  7. What great creativity and imagination! and now for all the fun you can have with the embellishing! cant wait to see it all finished.

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  8. Looks beautiful!!!
    Happy weekend.:*

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  9. Oh I cant WAIT to see you embellish your little knitted cottage there Kim :-) That is just beautiful & even though you say the brick & the honeycomb pattern are the easiest .... well I would still struggle with them. In fact I struggle somedays with just plain & perl :-) You are so talented, no pattern, just off you go. Have a great weekend "gardening & planting" around your little cottage x0x0

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  10. Lovely cottage! It will be amazing, can't wait to see more :)

    -Soma

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  11. cant wait to see the finished product.,..fabulous of course. Such a clever girl

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  12. This is adorable :) I think you are definitely onto something here, and I can't wait to see what creative ideas you come up with for embellishments! Love it!
    Wendy

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  13. That looks terrific - what a clever cookie you are!

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  14. This project is just plain fun!! Anxious to see what you do next with it.

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  15. SInce I don't knit I am truly in awe! This house is adorable and embellishments are a must!

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  16. The house is lovely the embellishments will look good too it'll make a lovely cushion.

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  17. Hey, very interesting knitting stitches you have on the go there.
    Love the cottage,love all the embellishments you're applying.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  18. I love it it's going to be beautiful when it's finished. :)

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  19. It amazes me that you can jus whip that up! Absolutely darling, and the details, oh yes, the details will be the icing on the cake. Can't wait to see!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  20. Oh my giddy aunt, I love it! That is too cute and you are too clever! I cannot wait to see the flower garden. Thanks for popping by and visiting me. It is so lovely to find another kindred spirit out there in blog land!

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  21. So creative, Kim. I love your photography skills, too.

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    1. Thank you, Heather; you are very sweet.

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  22. The honeycomb stitches are so effective- very very clever. I echo heather's comments- I think the styling of your photographs is particularly good this week.

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  23. Just watching Matthew Evans Gourmet Farmer Afloat. They are at Coles Bay and it made me think of lucky you in Tassie!

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  24. Great structure knitting - and no pattern!! Wow, well done!

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  25. Oh Kim, you have done it again!!! Cute as can be!!! And all from your wondrously creative self!

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  26. Hello Kim.

    I don't knit at all, I just can't understand how people can hold two sticks and wind wool around at the same time! What are you turning your house into a cushion or it would make the perfect tea cosy for me! Have fun with it Kim, lucky you have a considerate hubby who will untangle wool for you.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  27. I found you at Moniques mess. What a coincidence, at this very moment I am also making houses but as they are presents for my blog friends (meeting coming up) I cannot show them yet (please don't mention them if you should visit my blog, it is a surprise for them)

    You can see the houses roofs in picture 4 over here:
    http://www.homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2015/03/ik-vrees-dat-dit-weer-een-behoorlijk.html

    Yours looks really smart.

    and I love the pond in your back-yard. It is SO Monet! Wonderful place! I am also totally fond of flowers. Unfortunately still winter over here in Belgium.

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    1. Lovely to 'meet' you, Brigitte. I have just visited your lovely blog; 'tis a blog filled with glorious colour and gorgeousness! Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I must say the pond is one of my favourite places to sit and just be. Monet's garden.....if only I had the same bridge over the pond as that in Giverney.

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  28. Wow! Can't get over how sweet this looks! You are so talented! Shades of green!

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  29. This is looking just lovely Kim. You should do a cushion based on your house !!! with it´s pink door and gorgeous garden and lake etc,

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  30. That's just the cutest thing ever :) I can't wait to see more of it.

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  31. Hi Kim,

    Our blog friends meeting was yesterday.
    I've been waiting to publish my woolen cottages for a long time,
    but now I can finally show them:
    http://www.homeiswherethedachshundis.blogspot.be/2015/03/bloemenhartjes-bohemienkussen-en.html

    Do they ressemble your house?

    Have a nice sunday (here it is already sunday evening by now)

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    1. Hi Brigitte, My house cushion is similar in that I have embroidered flowers but it is different......yours are gorgeous!

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  32. Your talent is amazing! This is going to so cute. I do love the way your brain works.

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  33. It's great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. This is really a wonderful post.

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