29 Nov 2013

Hooded Thing Knitting Pattern for Children (and grown-ups...)!


This is a knitting pattern for children - and grown-ups!

These little Hooded Things are finger puppets. They are quite easy to knit. I have some hiding in my shrubbery!
Have you read My Friend Annis yet? If you have you will know what happens when Milly Dixon sees the Hooded Things. If not then....
  
Remember
Ask a grown up to help you if you get stuck. And never use sharp things like scissors and needles without asking first.
You will need
Knitting needles about 3 to 4.5mm in size. The bigger your needles the bigger your hooded thing will be.
Oddments of DK yarn in grey or black
Darning needle
Scissors
Abbreviations
DK      double knitting yarn
k knit
k2tog  knit two stitches together to make one
Body
Cast on 14 stitches
Knit 17 rows in garter stitch
k2tog at each end of the next 5 rows (4 stitches left)
Cut off the yarn leaving a long piece attached for sewing up your hooded thing.
Use the darning needle to thread this yarn back through your remaining four stitches so they don’t unravel. Now take them off the knitting needle.
The black hooded things are taller, so knit 21 rows of garter stitch before you begin to decrease. They are more dangerous than the grey ones because you can't see them in the dark.
Eyes
Choose a different colour yarn for the eyes.
Sew the eyes using one chain stitch for each eye. Ask your own granny how to do this. If by any chance she does not know, look it up on the internet and teach her how to do it because it is about time she could. Make sure to slant the eyes a bit to make your hooded thing mysterious and dangerous.
Sewing up
Now sew up your hooded thing on the wrong side (the other side to the eyes), using the long bit of yarn that you left.
Sew in the loose ends of yarn.
Turn your Hooded Thing the right way out.
Now you can scare your friends!

23 Nov 2013

Interview


I am only going to show you my feet. I have Roman or Greek feet apparently - maybe I am descended from some of the shivering soldiers who patrolled Hadrian's Wall two thousand years ago! I like to walk barefoot, especially on grass or sand. As a (slightly) rebellious teenager I used to annoy my father by going barefoot all summer and also by removing my hated boots and walking barefoot on the fells.

If you want to know more (but not about my feet), there is a rare interview with me here, by Rebeccah Giltrow!