I have finished the baby blanket! I used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino DK yarn and the pattern is from Sublime Little Hand Knit Book 600. It was a nice easy mindless project to knit, especially with my baby brain at the moment!
It varies slightly from the pattern, in that I’ve used 6 colours, not 4 and I’ve done mitred corners on the border.
Doing mitred corners was easy. I picked up stitches along the edge of the blanket and then increased into the first stitch on every subsequent row. I then mattress stitched the corners together.
I’ve finally finished knitting our baby his first cardigan. I started it before we had the 20 week scan so we didn’t know if it was a boy or girl. I knitted it all apart from the button band and then had to wait till mid-February to know which side to put the buttons and buttonholes on.
Trouble is, I lost momentum then and started knitting something else.
However I picked it up again recently to finish it off and thought to myself that it was look quite large, for the 0-6 months size. When I measured I found that it was a bit too big in places, so I had to undo and shorten both front pieces and the sleeves. (The length of the back was fine!). Don’t know how I measured them before but they were longer than they should have been.
Finally sewed it together and put on the buttons this week and I’m pleased with the outcome.
The pattern is a Sirdar one: #4423 Cardigans in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Cotton DK and that’s the yarn I used too. Sadly it has now been discontinued, but any DK yarn could be used instead.
Wow! It dawned on me today that yesterday was my blog anniversary but I hadn’t twigged until just now that it is the 10th anniversary of starting this blog, and therefore 10 years ago when I started knitting in earnest as a keen newbie. I almost wasn’t going to write a blog post as my crafting mojo has been very up and down this past year or two. I still love knitting and sewing but what with renovating a house for 18 months and finally moving into it in the summer and running your own business, I just get in from work and don’t have the energy to do anything.
The past three months though, I’ve had a good excuse for feeling extra tired… we’re expecting a baby in July! In fact today, on my last day of the Christmas holiday break, I went shopping in Exeter to try and buy some maternity trousers. All my jeans and trousers are getting a bit tight now.There is a distinct lack of maternity wear around in the shops. What are women meant to do? I did get a pair of maternity jeans in JojoMamanBebe. They are way too long though and the waist is a bit high, but they’ll do and I can take up the length. I get the feeling they are catering for taller women.
I’m not going to bother to do a list of what I achieved last year and my aims for this year. With a baby on the way, who knows what I’ll have time to do.
I have however started some baby knitting – a plain white cotton cardigan. We won’t know if we’re having a boy or girl for another 6 weeks but I was dying to knit something, so plain white it had to be.
We have a new yarn in the shop for this coming Autumn from Sirdar. It’s called Baby Blossom Chunky and it arrived just a few weeks ago.
It’s a really clever self-patterning yarn, which gives the appearance of an ombre effect in one colour and then a field of flowers!
I decided to knit a v-neck cardigan from one of the accompanying pattern leaflets to see if this would work for me… And it did!
I did actually knit 3 front pieces, because when I did the second, no blossom pattern appeared. It was just about to start at the point I finished the front. So I reknit it, and used the yarn from the “spare” front for a sleeve, because I didn’t mind if that wasn’t patterned.