Tuesday, 30 June 2015

How to Knit Simple Baby booties

These adorable booties are ones that every mum will love. The knitting pattern shown below is a basic pattern, it is very easy to knit. Although it is simple, it can be well decorated in many ways. For example, tie a little bow on the strap or sew a little knitted flower on the toe cap. You can also knit the booties with several colors.

 I found that a lot of knitters like to use stitch holder when they knit baby bootie with single strap. Anyway, I don't use stitch holder. Let's go through the knitting pattern written below then you will know the difference.

Baby size : 0-3 months
Finished length : approx 3 1/4" (8cm)
Gauge : 22 rows = 2" ; 13 stitches = 2"  in garter stitch

1. yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of straight needles size 3.5mm
3. yarn needle or tapestry needle
4. two small buttons

knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
SSK -  slip slip knit
K2tog - knit two together
YO - yarn over
sts -  stitches

Knitting pattern

Right bootie
cast on 32 stitches
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (wrong side ) : K all

Rows 2 (right side ) : K1, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K1 (36 sts)
Row 4  :  K2, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K2 (40 sts)
Row 6  :  K3, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K3 (44 sts)
Row 8  :  K4, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K3 (48 sts)
Row 9 - 19 : K all
Row 20  :  K16, SSK four times, K2tog four times, K16
Row 21  :  K all
Row 22  :  K10, K next 2 sts, bind off 20, K9
Now, you have two sets of 10sts on your needle.

For the first set of 10sts :-
Row 23 - 29  :  Knit seven rows.
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 10 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 10 sts)

For the second set of 10 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 20 sts and cast on 16 sts tightly.
Row 23 - 25  :  K 26 sts
Row 26         :  K to last 3 sts. YO, K2tog, K1 (buttonhole)
Row 27 - 29  :  K26 sts
Bind off and cut yarn.

Left bootie
Rows 1 - 22  :  same as right bootie

For the first set of 10 sts :-
Row 23         :  K10, turn work, cast on 16 sts tightly
Row 24 - 25  :  K26
Row 26         :  K1, K2tog, YO, Knit to the end of the row (buttonhole)
Row 27 - 29  :  K26 sts
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 10 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 10 sts)

For the second set of 10 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 20 sts.
Row 23 - 29  : Knit seven rows.
Bind off and cut yarn.

Finishing : Fold bootie with wrong side together and using the method of sewing invisible seam for garter stitch to sew up the heel seam. Then continue sewing the cast on edges (bottom edges) together with the whipstitch. Weave in yarn ends. Sew button opposite buttonhole on strap.

Note: attach button securely to avoid choking.
         : click here to get the free pattern for baby booties for baby size 4 - 6 months in another design.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Ipoh

During this second semester school holidays, we visited a place where it is full of myths, legends and rumors - Kellie's Castle. Kellie's castle is located near Batu Gajah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. This is an uncompleted mansion which was built by a scottish planter called William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son. Based on the information written on the board at the Souvenir Corner we know that  Kellie Smith built his first mansion, "Kellas House" in 1909 and in 1915 with the birth of his son, Anthony, he started planning for a huge castle with Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture. However, it came to an abrupt halt with Kellie Smith's sudden death. He died of pneumonia during a trip to Portugal in 1926. His heartbroken wife, Agnes decided to sell Kellie Smith's properties and return home to Scotland.

Beside the haunted stories and the paranormal sightings, the unique architecture drew my attention. The uncompleted mansion designed with a 6-storey tower, rooms, a wine cellar, flat rooftop for parties and a tennis court. According to the history written in the brochure, all its bricks and tiles imported from India. He even employed a big group of Indian labors to build his dream house to keep the house authentically Indian. The bricks walls give it a rustic and mysterious feel. Try to look for a perfect camera angle, you can produce a stunning image of the historic architecture...

The brick walls give it a rustic and mysterious feel.

guest room, narrow staircase and the wine cellar

The first elevator in Malaya is located in this mansion. It connected the underground tunnel up to the top floor. Unfortunately, the plan did not materialise. We could only see a lift shaft there.
Lift shaft

I was very scared when I stood on the rooftop, there was no safety fence installed on the sides of the rooftop. Please take mighty good care of you children if you bring your children up there.

Scenery from the top.

It is said that a Canadian couple who came to Kellie's Castle to take the pictures of nocturnal creatures. After the night-time shoot, the woman saw a ghostly image of a man standing, looking out of the window.

Ghostly Cloister Balcony

 This is Kellie Smith's first home - Kellas House, Built in 1905 where he stayed with his family.

Kellas House was partially destroyed during the second world war.

It  is believe that there are four secret underground tunnels. One is connecting the Kellie's Castle to the Hindu temple, one is connecting to the road and one is connecting to the main gate garage. But part from three known tunnels, the last one still undiscovered.

This is the ventilation hole for the underground tunnel heading towards the Indian temple.

 Before we got there, we had heard that the Kellie Smith's spirit still wandering inside the castle, especially along the corridors. Some said that there are lots of workers' spirits wandering around the castle since they died during the construction of the castle and people died during the second world war. There was much curiosity about this unfinished mansion. Do you believe in ghosts? Anyway, an  image that looks very much like Kellie Smith's face was captured by my daughter accidentally!! Is that really the face of a spirit or it is just a kind of optical delusion? Oh, I don't know.

There is a ghostly face image behind the window.

Let's compare the ghostly face image to the William Kellie Smith's picture. Is it looks very much like his face?

Spirit of Kellie Smith?

This castle is well worth a visit. The entrance fee for Malaysia adult was RM5, kid (age 3 -12) was Rm 3.

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