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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Baby Clothes

I have finished and photographed the projects I have knitted for the soon to be born baby. But still haven’t finished the quilt. As we do not know the sex of the baby, I used navy blue and teal as well as off white. All the yarn was in my stash, even the ribbon but I did have to buy buttons for both the cardigans. I have made the bootie pattern a number of times but both hat patterns and cardigan patterns were new to me.

In no particular order here are the items that will soon be flying across the pond.

The pattern is Lara's Version of Stay-On Booties and the yarn is Wendy Beach Baby DK left over from a crochet project.

The pattern is Little Greenup and the yarn is Vanna’s Choice. Taiga Hillard has many simple and similar baby patterns available on Ravelry. I had made a couple for this baby’s sibling but wanted to make something different.

This pattern is Baby Sophisticate and I have thought about making it for a while. The yarn is Red Heart Soft. I like the shawl collar design but I don’t think this is the best pattern to achieve that.

I like making baby hats but I wasn’t sure how much they would be worn as this baby will be born in Spring. So I made the Magic Hat as it is designed to stretch. Having made one hat, I had to make another so I made Quick Ombre Hat. I love this pattern and will make it again for a different baby.

While knitting all these baby things, my mind was wanting to make something for my own granddaughter, so some yarn was ordered and there was yet another cast on on Friday.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some More Cast Ons

You would have thought that after working so hard to finish a load of projects at the end of last year and into this year and not working on existing projects so that I could knit some baby clothes that I would be holding back on starting new projects. But no!

Somehow I have managed to cast on three projects this week.

This year I wanted to make a concerted effort at using yarn that I had been given but had put this off to make the baby clothes. I started with the yarn that I knew what I wanted to make from it (or so I thought), I even had set up a project bag with yarn, pattern and needles for when I was ready. Except I changed my mind a few rows in. I started the Speargrass hat pattern as I had heard people say that it was a good pattern for handspun yarn. I had less yardage than called for in the pattern but wasn’t too worried as I would make the hat less slouchy. I wasn’t worried about yardage up until I cast on. And then I became more convinced that I would run out of yarn before finishing the hat. So I pulled it out and started One Night Hat. I’m much happier with this pattern, although by the time I finish it, it will not be hat wearing weather.

The next cast on was a mystery knit along that started on Monday. There was a big lead up from announcement to start of the MKAL. As you can probably tell from reading this blog, I do like mystery knit alongs. This one is for a gnome! And I can use left overs. This is the first clue which is part of a hat.

These are the yarns I am going to use. The pink is for the hat and the purply is for the body and one of the other two colours will be the beard.

I am not concerned about this MKAL. There are many, many people taking part, it’s a small project using leftover yarn, the designer has already published other gnome patterns.

The final cast on was for Pi day. I didn’t have a Pi day project last year but was keen this year as I had pattern and yarn. The yarn is a merino/silk blend that I purchased on the LA yarn crawl last year and the pattern is Evenstar. This is the start.

So once again I have way too many WIPs but I like seeing all the lovely yarn on the needles.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

And Here’s The Knitting

I’ve finally got a photo of my finished Advent project. This is the project that three of us were working on in December and none of us finished in that month. I’m really pleased with the result – it’s big as you can see. I used three complete skeins of yarn. The lilac is Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in Lavender Latte, the colour of the month for April 2018; the other two colours were specially designed for the Tits Out Collective, the dark is by Earl Grey Fiber Co. and the light is by Queen of Purls.