Monday, 30 June 2014

Who Wants To Hop?

I've been tagged in a blog hop by Little Woolie, and I'm looking for three other people who'd like to join in! I'll post my blog next Monday, answering some questions about my creative process, and the sorts of things I like to make. If you'd like me to introduce and link to your blog, so that you can take part as well, just comment below - it's fun, and a great way to let new people find your blog.




Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Baby Knits

A few weeks ago I read this post from Dottie Angel, about her "Little Knits for Small Beings" club. Basically, she's started knitting lots of baby clothes, and is putting them away for possible future use. I can totally understand this - baby clothes are so quick and easy to knit, and invariably cute.
 
At the moment I don't have any babies to knit for, as both my children are school aged, and friends' children are already at the toddler stage. But something is compelling me to knit tiny things, and I think I have been strongly influenced by Dottie's club! So here are the latest little clothes I've been knitting away at, a baby cardigan in first size (was supposed to be bigger but I misread the pattern) and some tiny little baby slippers. The cardigan is a British Hand Knitting Confederation pattern, number 36. I used James C Brett Kool Kotton, which is a cotton/acrylic mix, and finished it off with some mismatched buttons from my button jar.
 
 
 
The slippers are probably very impractical for a real baby, as they will just get kicked off within minutes, but they were too adorable for me to resist making them! The pattern is from 50 Baby Booties to Knit, a book I have used a lot over the years, and I used more of the Kool Kotton and decorated them with roses. They're knitted all in one piece, and take about half an hour to make each one, using only scraps of yarn.
 
 
 
Now I'm discovering that my new addiction is satisfying my urge to cast on different projects all the time, and because they're so quick, I actually finish them rather than adding them to the work-in-progress pile.
 
Works-in-progress are being slowly worked through, however. I finished a Kim Hargreaves cardigan that has been on the needles since 2011. I don't know why I didn't finish it off years ago, as the whole thing took about 6 hours to complete. Only problem is, I hate it! I'm going to wait a few days and then try it on, take some pictures, and decide if I can learn to like it and even wear it. In theory, it should have been the perfect combination - Kim Hargreaves pattern, Rowan Handknit Cotton, and a pretty pastel purple colour, but the fit is all wrong.
 
I've also finished all the squares for my mystery crochet project, and have almost 100% decided that it's going to become a cushion. I just have to do the annoying sewing bits, and then it should be complete.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Little Daisy

If you're looking for the perfect gift knit for a new baby girl, I can highly recommend a pattern. It's called Little Daisy, and is from the Third Little Sublime Hand Knit Book. So quick and easy to make, it's a delightful little design that fits babies from birth to 3 years. I absolutely adore Sublime - their yarns are on the expensive side, but they are truly high quality, and make perfect baby clothes. Their pattern photography is gorgeous as well, there's a very soft, vintage aesthetic that runs through it all.  
Little Daisy only takes a very small amount of yarn, and works well in cotton or wool, though I prefer the springiness of wool with the garter stitch yoke. Here's my most recent version, worked in Rowan Pure Wool DK from my stash.

I also made one in James C Brett Kool Kotton, which I quite liked because it was very soft and summery.

This version was knitted in a generic acrylic yarn, and I added some extra rows to the sleeves to make them slightly longer. I love the colour, it looks slightly blue in this picture, but it was actually a fresh minty green.
Finally, my very first attempt was knitted with some really old Sirdar Silky Look DK. I didn't really like the finished effect very much, as the stitches looked quite messy, and the cardigan felt very floppy and loose.
But I liked the pattern so much that I made three more, and will probably knit more again in the future! If you're not a fan of the short sleeved look, there is also a long sleeved version in the book, along with lots more cute patterns.
 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Hooked

Hooked - because I really am! I was knitting away at a number of different projects this week, making a vintage baby cardigan,


and a doll's dress for my daughter, 


but a little part of my brain was longing to start a new crochet project. I'd just finished this blanket, a shell pattern one in Rowan Fine Milk Cotton, and I had no idea what to do next.



I didn't have enough yarn to crochet anything big, and I didn't really have the money to go out and buy more. Then I remembered that I had a lot of Rowan Revive yarn in my stash, which I had won in a competition ages ago, and never done anything with. It's made of recycled silk, cotton and viscose, and has a rather rough texture.



The colours aren't the sort of bright shades that I like to work with, they're terracotta, brown and cream with flecks of multi-coloured thread woven in. I looked at these balls of yarn for a while, and then decided just to start crocheting and see what happened. I started off with these little squares, and a few days later I have 16 of them, and I've added an extra round onto each.



I also bought a 50cm square cushion pad from Ikea, and I think this project will eventually become a big cushion of some sort. I might give it away, or I might find a corner of my house that isn't so brightly coloured and could do with a bit of muted decoration. I will probably buy lots more wool and crochet some more vibrant, colourful things!