Since I put down my needles after completing a number of Christmas presents on 23rd December 2010 my attraction to, and need for, knitting hasn’t diminished. I picked up my knitting needles again on Christmas Day 2010 at PBM’s Mother’s house and starting knitting. Since then I’ve knitted four headbands, two pairs of baby booties and two berets. Here’s why.
My work friend, Corinne, is on sabbatical in NZ at the moment to catch up with friends and family and attend two weddings. Before she left the UK at the end of summer she found out two of her European friends are expecting babies, due this March if I remember rightly. She had seen pictures of the baby booties I had made PBM’s sister’s expected twins and thought it’d be nice if she could give something similar to her friends when they have their babies, in yarn that she had chosen. So we took a trip to John Lewis on Oxford Street after work one day, picked out some Debbie Bliss and Rowan yarns in what appear to me rather NZ inspired colours, and tasked me with knitting them up into two pairs of booties and two berets in time for her return to the UK in February. After our little shopping trip we met up with her boyfriend Stefan and PBM and head to El Camion in Soho for a (very delicious) Mexican. And here they are – complete and well in time:
As for the four headbands I’ve knitted, one of those – a lovely green aran yarn – was a commission for my work friend Nina; one was a nice turquoise one for me, similar to those I knitted my East Yorkshire friend Lizzi and my Mum for Christmas; and two were aran wool heather coloured ones in my own design to try and sell via my Folksy shop. They’re not on Folksy yet, so if you fancy bagging them for yourself before then, please do let me know. Both are the same (seen below) and for sale at £8. A snip when you consider the dreaded Topshop sell not-so-nice alternatives starting from £8 and hundreds of people have them. Instead you could be one of two! Here they are. For those of you who enjoy knitting yourself I may well share the pattern via Ravelry: