Friday, 13 May 2011

Busy Needles

New babies, growing babies, growing children. So many reasons to knit. It also keeps me sane to make things, not sure why, it's like a drug. So my needles have been busier than usual, with the typical breaks, because my teething baby struggles to stay asleep at times.

Cubling had been due a cardigan for a while, as the owlet jumper I knitted for her turned out just very wrong (I now know where it went wrong but unsure how to fix it, must consult someone more knowledgeable on the knitting front if there's anything to be saved), and as 4 year olds no longer wear what their mummy picks, I let her choose her favourite cardigan out of all my knitting books, plus the colour scheme. It's the Heart-motif Cardigan, the main yarn is Rowan Milk Cotton which is very light and drapy, great for the breezy summer we tend to get here. The yarn for the hearts is a mix of various cottons I have in my stash, which makes for a bit of bumpiness/relief, which if unintended, is quite nice. My favourite bit of the cardigan is the frilly edging. My least favourite part: weaving in the many ends, 2 per heart plus the usual suspects. I made it size 4 years with a slightly bigger gauge than in the book, so it should last her two seasons I hope.

And for new baby C., I whipped up this simple vest which is such a quick knit and looks rather adorable methinks. Ideal for quick knitting satisfaction - I managed to do this in just 3 days. I used Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Duck Egg as the main yarn (it's a contender for my favourite yarn ever, it's unbelievably soft) and added a thread of Rowan Kidsilk Haze to the garter stitch parts of the vest. The sizing is for a one year old, but as you can see, it looks quite nice modelled on a 7 months old. I have a feeling that I'll knit another one for Snowflake because she just looks fab in it and I have just about enough yarn leftover to make another one, now if that isn't a sign I don't know what is.

Finally, I just had to knit the Owlet jumper again, just to show that I can do it. While it's made using the owlet pattern, size 6-12 months, I decided to make a short sleeve version for the sake of variety, but also because I found the arms a bit tight for my liking when I knitted it a while ago. I'm quite pleased with the outcome. I like the pattern because it looks as nice on a boy as it does on a girl, and there aren't many patterns out there that do! It'll clad a baby girl yet to be born (when knitting it I didn't know if it was going to be a boy or a girl), and I hope it'll keep her warm this winter and maybe even next, as the yarn is quite stretchy. I used Lana Grossa Nico for this, which I picked up in a German yarn shop. It didn't catch my eye instantly but came recommended and it definitely is easy to knit with and just perfect to show off the owlets. It's a very soft cotton yarn - classic, easy wash and bold colours.

And, believe it or not, I have exactly enough yarn left to knit another one. Which leads me to think that maybe I should because it's unlikely the yarn would be just right for another project. After all, there are another two babies on the way, so it all makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

1 comment:

Niamh said...

Very impressed by the red one. I used to knit a lot as a teenager but never did any fancy patterns.



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