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It’s been a while :-)

January 3, 2014

Goodness, how easy it is to get out of the blogging habit. I’d love to say it’s been because of me choosing to focus more on the boys before I go back to work. Or because my anti-marriage tax break campaigning has really kicked off. But, in all honesty, these would be untrue. It’s actually because I’ve rediscovered my love of all things crochet. Having not picked up my needles for over a year I’m now doing loads. My current major project is this hexagonal blanket which is proving very satisfying to make up.
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Full disclosure – I’ve also been watching lots of Borgen in the evenings too!

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Rowan Jana knit tunic

June 9, 2012

Finished my first adult knitting project in years. This is mainly cos I’ve been doing multiple baby knits for Bub and friends. But this one was for me.

Rowan’s Jana tunic in wool-cotton. Should look like this:

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I have learned, from bitter experience, that I NEED my knits in machine washable wool. Too many old projects are unworn because they no longer fit I can’t easily wash them. So I swapped the yarn to a non-Rowan cheap cotton of a similar weight. But I don’t think it’s impacted at all on the final outcome.

I also cheated enhanced the design by not doing the cable pattern on the back and instead leaving it plain. As this was my first ever cable knit I thought that forgivable. Though I’m pleased to say I found cable pretty straightforward and am looking forward to doing some more.

Anyway the final result looks like this:

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Handing on the hand me downs

August 14, 2011

Spent an enjoyable evening sorting through Bub’s old baby clothes and baby accessories. Have got two huge bags and a box for the charity shop, several large boxes to lend to my pregnant friend, and a pleasingly small amount to stash around the house.

I’m very pleased to be lending so much to my friend. Whilst hopefully someday I’ll be claiming it back for Bub’s younger brother or sister that day isn’t expected any day soon. So I’m more than happy to lend stuff out to a good home. Far better than having stuff going mouldy in the garage or stacked on top of cupboards.

I love the idea of baby clothes and items doing the rounds. Each lively little item used and treasured for such a brief time, then passed on. Much of the stuff we got for Bub came from friends, eBay or Freecycle. Often in pristine condition. I’m really happy to pass it on in turn.

20110814-010503.jpgKept a few precious bits back though. For instance, this gorgeous handknit donkey jacket which I made especially for Bub. Never even dared wash it. That’s definitely not going anywhere.

Knit-tastic : What to give the babes that have everything?

December 9, 2010

I’m fortunate to have made several good friends though my NCT classes and we meet regularly. This has been fab and I’ve really appreciated their friendship as well as watching their little ones grow up. All the babes were born around the same time as each other and so are approaching their first birthdays.

We’ve agreed that we will get gifts for the little ones so I’ve now got a bit of a challenge. What to get for seven little babies, boys and girls, for their first birthday?

I’ve decided that this is a good cue for me to get my knitting needles out and make them all a little hat. It’s definitely the weather for it and I can hopefully make something nice and original that their mums will appreciate.

I’ve made the cheeky beret before from the third little Sublime hand knit book and really like it. It’s quite a big fit so should be ideal for a one year old girl. I’m going to use Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK yarn which gives a fair isle appearance and has been a success in other hats and gloves I’ve made.

Fair Isle hatA rather young Bub is modelling one of my crofter baby hats made before he was born. Sadly my baby boy efforts were not a patch on the baby girl ones. I just haven’t found the right pattern yet. This one here is the vintage racing helmet from the second little Sublime hand knit book. Gorgeous in the book, not quite so much when I’ve made it up. So I’m not quite sure yet what pattern I’ll use for the boys and will need to think a bit more about this. Anyone got any recommendations?

Knit-tastic : a few more baby knits

September 12, 2010

Matelot sweaterPrior to Bub’s birth I went knit and crochet crazy and made loads of things not just for him but for our pregnant friends too. I’ve been a bit lax about showcasing this stuff so here are a selection of my favourite baby knits.

This (left) is Bub aged about two months and modelling the very first item I knitted for him. This is the Matelot Sweater from the third little Sublime hand knit book. It was made from Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk. I began knitting this when I was about six weeks pregnant. I had meant to wait longer but just couldn’t help myself. It’s in turquise and pale blue with a bright pink trim – perfect for a little boy or a little girl.

Henry Tank from third Sublime hand knit bookBub (right) is looking a bit startled to be wearing this stylish tank top. This is the Henry Tank, also from the third little Sublime hand knit book. I cheated with this and didn’t use the suggested baby cashmere merino silk dk but instead used some 4ply cheap wool that I picked up from a supermarket. My wallet couldn’t keep up with my knitting at this point so something had to give. It still worked up really well and fitted fine and the wool cost me about 12p so definitely worth it in my opinion.

Bub's very first sleepDuring my pregnancy I did lots of travel for work so spent many hours on trains. I love to knit on the train whilst listening to my iPod. Great fun (and if you use round needles you don’t end up taking out the eye of the person next to you either!) I found it a pain to cart round pattern books, changes of wool, scissors, needles etc. So I started to make a whole load of blankets, really basic things that I didn’t need a pattern for and could just knit or crochet away at on the train without needing to think. One of my favourites was the alpaca heart blanket from natural crochet for babies and toddlers. Again I cheated and didn’t use alpaca but the supermarket 4ply. But it still came out great (left). Once I’d made one square I could just churn them out again and again without much thinking required. Result!

unfinished wool hooded cardiganAnd finally, my item of shame. This should be the gorgeous wool hooded cardigan from natural crochet for babies and toddlers. A gem of a find as there are so few nice crochetted clothes out there for babies. I even began this using the proper wool (Sirdar eco wool DK). My poor partner made the mistake of asking what I wanted for my birthday last year and I said I wanted the wool for this item. The poor bloke trekked around Bristol for most of the day, on and off several buses, to find me this wool. And here it is (right), about three inches of the back crochetted. It wasn’t that I didn’t try. I did. Repeatedly. It was just so blooming hard. I must have restarted that piece about eight times and still ended up in a muddle. But fortunately the book sizes up to 18 months so I’ve at least a year to restart it again and finish it. And send my bloke out for an extra few balls of wool for the increased size. Well, actually, on second thoughts, perhaps I’d better get that wool myself….

Knit-tastic : Debbie Bliss baby donkey jacket

July 3, 2010

Time to show off some of my knitting. I love to knit and did loads whilst pregnant. In fact going out and getting a baby pattern and some wool was one of my first actions after I got my BFP. I’ll put up a few of the bits and pieces I did, but wanted to start with one of the pieces that took me longest but is also one of the cutest.

This is the Debbie Bliss donkey jacket, from The Baby Knits book. I used the recommended Debbie Bliss cashmerino wool, which is lovely to knit with.

I think one of the sad things with baby knitting is that the time for them to wear the outfit is very short. This took me weeks but he only wore it about three times. Luckily we’d decided to get some professional family photos done and I was able to get a shot of Bub in this jacket. It makes all the hard work worth while, as I hope you’ll agree!


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