A little while ago I think I remember sharing that I was going to get myself my very own mini me. Well my mini me (or mini Hunky Husband to be more precise) made his grand entrance into the world a week ago and has been busily causing chaos at the Castle while he settles in. The Little Prince that he is is making his mark taking visitors by the gazillion and by filling the Castle with soft toys, blankets and clothes. There’s one very special soft toy that is gracing the crib right now…an Elijah that I didn’t make. Auntie Senior (aka my Big Sis) has been busy speed knitting and here he is…
Anyway, I’m sure you won’t be suprised to hear that I haven’t picked up my needles in a week. This is be rectified today with a little seaming of a Little Cotton Rabbits pattern while my Little Prince is sleeping soundly. I feel a pattern review coming on.
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.
I’ve been more prolific than usual in the knitting department and have been a little tardy with my blog posts so if you follow my Instagram or check out my Ravelry projects you’ll find the next few posts are somewhat out of sync. Oops. must try harder in future.
This is another one of them ‘written for me’ posts so I can find the instructions for the great textured basket stitch the next time I want to use it.
A good written and pictorial guide to this stitch has been written by Froginette and is found here on her old blog, and the comments include a video to help. Now all I need to find out is how to unknit it when I’ve made that inevitable mistake.
The top definition of nesting according to Urban Dictionary is nesting
Nesting is a ritual performed by pregnant women in ridding the house, the “nest”, from anything potentially harmful to the soon to be born child. The moment you step onto the Internet and look at nesting and pregnancy, it soon becomes apparent that I should be nesting and that nesting should involve [the horror that is] cleaning my house. Baby is due in 12 days and the nearest urge I have to nesting is, yep you guessed it, knitting. Does knitting count as nesting?
I’m on cardigan number two that I have to add to the six others Baby has, and it’s growing at a rate of knots. It’s getting raised eyebrows from Hunky Husband (apparently Baby can’t wear them all at once) but Baby is super active so at least he seems to approve.
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.
Ta dah. Baby has his first hand knit hat. The pattern came right out of my head (brave), used stashed yarn and I think it’ll be just perfect. I hope I’ll get round to writing the pattern up when I’ve done some playing around with sizing and striping options as I couldn’t find a pattern for a simple hat that used the helical striping technique.
Baby’s hat is blocking so it’s cast on time again. I love cast on time and this time it’s a new cast on for me. I’ve picked a pattern with a number of new skills this time so there’s likely to be a few posts about it that get my blog back to it’s orginal purpose of keeping all my knitting ‘stuff’ in one place so I can find it in the future.
A magic cast on for toe up socks. “But you hated knitting socks” I hear you say puzzled. Well don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind and decided to knit socks again. I won’t be using this for socks but for the hood on a cardiagan/coat for my little wriggler that still has about a month to cook.
I found a number of versions of this cast on. What seems to be the original posted online is from Judy Becker published here on knotty.com known as Judy’s Magic Cast On to the web (recommended by the pattern I’m following). Then there’s another version from Curious Knitter known as Judy’s Magic Cast On a la Jeny. Both are really well illustrated and I didn’t need to resort to YouTube to work either of them out.
Plumping for the original, just because it’s the first I tried, rather than any preference for the technique and the result is a very boring invisible cast on at the top of the hood on Baby’s cardigan. So boring in fact that I’m not even bothering to photograph it!