This is the first of two wee cardies I’ve knit for Baby. No soft pastel colours here, just dark green. Everything else we’ve been given has been pale in colour and not surprisingly babyish so I thought something more grown up was called for.
- The pattern: Latte Baby Coat
- The designer: Lisa Chemery
- The yarn: Stylecraft Special Chunky in Khaki
That’s right, I’ve put the yarn snob in me aside for the practicality of acrylic for this one. Stylecraft Special is such good value and easy to get hold of so why not. The pattern is great, well written and easy to interpret. I
might have made a minor mistake in the woven basket stitch section but boy is it a nightmare to fix when you do so I’ve left it in and fortunately it’s not really noticeable. Pay attention, close attention if you take this on when you get to the woven basket stitch if you don’t want to repeat my mistake.
This little beauty was knit in the space of less than 24 hours and is already packed and ready to take to the hospital with us. The thought of the trip to the hospital is filling me with dread but kind of inevitable. Well not kind of, it is inevitable. There’s no getting out of getting baby out. I’m keeping myself busy with my needles and hoping nesting kicks in soon.
The pattern: Little Boy Blue Ribbed Hat (can be found through Ravelry)
My adjustments: I used Stylecraft Special DK rather than an Aran weight so increased the stitch count by eight and decreased as suggested by the pattern resulting in 12 stitches at the last round.
Well I wouldn’t give myself an Olympic gold for this but I think I’ve beaten a Cosmo personal best. 17 days from casting on to grafting that last little ear. The stalk has dropped of his penultimate package of the year so no more elephant knitting for me and Baby D will have her Elijah very very soon.
Time to move on and get on to knitting for my own little package who should join us in mid October if the stalks pocket watch is keeping time well. Now I must get on with washing the baby clothes before I get lost in Ravlery again.
I’m so far behind with my Elijah‘s, I’ve only just managed to finish this one and then there’s one more to go before I can start knitting for my mini monkey. T minus 11 weeks until he arrives so I really need to get a move on don’t I!
So while casting on another Elijah (obsession becomes Groundhog Day) I’ve made a yarn and pattern purchase. Chunky Special by Stylecraft (I seem to be a bit of a convert to this yarn and despite my yarnsnob tendencies preferring to work in natural fibre, I’m planning on making mini monkey a latte baby coat. This won’t be for contact with skin and should wash well. Yes yes, I know I promised you an ombre blanket, I’ve not forgot – just slightly distracted.
So there you have it, my first pair of sock. At a rate of one sock per month I think its highly unlikely I’ll be embarking on a second pair any time soon.
Hunky husband has already managed to wear said pair of socks despite protesting during the knitting process that they were scratchy and they’ve just maid it through the wash and onto the line just in time for the heavens above Middle England to open and soak me to the skin.
Now I can get back to Agatha and start to select a yarn for another Elijah as my friend has announced another little bouncing baby is on the way.
Elijah is finished, just in time for the arrival of Baby
Button FJ (yes, it took a few days because Mummy and Daddy couldn’t agree but he now has a name). I delivered Elijah to Baby FJ on Sunday and got my first squishy cuddle from him. I’m hoping to get lots more of them.
Immediately Daddy compared Baby FJ’s Elijah to Little H’s. FJ’s is larger despite the same needle size and very similar yarn so my knitting must have relaxed somewhat over the last three years. Daddy noticed my pattern alterations and approved of the curvature of the trunk that I have added. Mummy placed Elijah into the Moses basket. If baby FJ loves Elijah nearly as much as Little H, I will be really pleased.
So I don’t have anything on my needles at the moment. I’ve got so many ideas I can’t decide what to do next. My Elijah obsession might need to take a holiday – there aren’t any babies on the way. Then again, I could just make one for stock!
Ravelry notes here
A crocheted blanket, even a baby blanket should be regarded as a marathon and not a sprint, especially if you can’t dedicate every waking minute to it. Crochet is definitely quicker than knitting a blanket but it still takes time and hooking fatigue can set in quickly. I was plagued with a sore right hand for the first part of this project but that’s probably due to my lack of crochet experience.
Things I will do different next time I crochet or knit a blanket:
- Give myself much more time so it doesn’t feel like a looming deadline
- Keep a second project on the go to keep my interest (I’m not really one for having lots of WIPs)
- Remember that the Elijah WIP in the knitting box also has a baby to look after soon (Baby Buttons Mummy thought she had gone into labour at my house at the weekend and all I could think was that Elijah doesn’t have arms or ears yet!)
So onto the main point of this post … the blanket for Baby S is a finished object. [Party poppers and cheers going up]
- Pattern: Attic24’s Interlocking Neat Ripple
- Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (acrylic)
- Colourway: Rainbow (See my Ravelry project page for full details)
- Total Length of yarn: 1,575 meters
I’m loving this colour section:And I would alter this colour section next time to have a better graduation at least between the shrimp and the raspberry:
I had planned on this being my first work in progress post however in the lull in festivities between Christmas and New Year and the daily walks on the fields aorund our village, I’ve had itchy fingers. I got the hang of the italian tubular cast on and cast on the 132 stiches for a Hermione Hearts Ron hat and ta-dah, one finished Hermione Hearts Ron hat. (Does it still as a WIP because it needs blocking? I’m still working out how to block a hat).
I had to substitute the yarn because The Fibre Company Road to China Light isn’t readily available in my neck of the woods. I settled on a Debbie Bliss yarn called Baby Cashmerino in clotted cream so the hat would go well with my nice new coat that Santa brought. My gauge swatch (yes, I knit a gauge swatch) was the correct height but too narrow … weird. With the help of some Ravelers I settled to use bigger needles and get on with it.
The hat has knit up beautifully. I would make two improvements if I were to remake it, casting on with smaller needles to keep the cast-on edge neat, and adding another four rounds of ribbing because my earlobes don’t quite make it under the hat and I’m not one for getting cold ears 🙂
What do you think?
So a few posts ago I was talking about Christmas Table Stockings, a cute little pattern from a magazine which is designed to hold cutlery. I have finally finished eight of them all ready for next Wednesday.
I learned two new things during this process; weaving in my ends and rather than just sewing them up any which way, I have taught myself mattress stitch using tutorials from the Purl Bee and Lion Brand’s Learning Centre. Lovely and neat (except for one that seems to have a bit of a twist to it. It takes ages but I can see why I should be doing it.
Now to plan my next project…