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Baby knits – pom pom beanie

If there’s one thing babies need (there isn’t by the way – babies need shed loads of stuff), it’s lots of hats.

Finlay received a lovely 6 month sized hat and cardi combo from the mum of one of the kids at the hubby’s school when he was born. But other than that, he’d grown out of his newborn hats well before the cooler weather struck. With autumn really setting in, a warm hat is a must for Finlay’s walks in the buggy and swings in the park.

I bought Max and Bodhi’s Wardrobe pattern ebook from Tin Can Knits, which included the lovely cardi pattern I shared last time. I was planning on making the Bumble beanie. However, after realising I would need to go and buy myself 3.75mm and 6.5mm 40cm circular needles and 6.5mm double pointed needles (plus extras a little larger in case my gauge came out small as they often do) I decided against it. I couldn’t be doing with the expense. But more importantly, with no decent knitting shop in Walthamstow and the desire to get going with the knit as soon as possible setting in, I didn’t want to wait for an online delivery or make my way to John Lewis in Stratford City hoping they had the right sizes in stock.

Instead, I reclaimed a lovely little baby knitting book from my sister – Sarah Hatton’s 10 Simple Projects for Cosy Babies – so I could knit the Moss Stitch Hat. I love this pattern. It’s quick and easy and leaves you with a great little hat. I have made this hat a few times now for various babies, including Adam and Oliver, two lovely little boys up north in my hometown of Hull. And I think it’s always a hit.

I bought yarn from Drops again. I think Drops merino yarns are great value, great quality yarns. And with no synthetic fibres, they’re warm and cosy and lovely to knit with (Just an FYI – I hate synthetic yarns. I just don’t get the appeal. They’re scratchy and shiny, look cheap and are just not as warm. I don’t wear synthetic fibres, so why would I use them for my baby? They’re also not enjoyable to knit with.)

This hat required a double knit yarn, rather than the 4 ply Finlay’s cardigan required, so I bought Merino Extra Fine in mustard and north sea.

I knitted the main body of the hat in mustard and added an oversized pom pom in the contrasting teal, made using a cardboard ring like this one, to avoid the annoying, time consuming stuffing yarn through a hole over and over again method of days of yore. Boy, did that use a lot of yarn?!

I think it works. And Finlay loves it too!

Next up – switching the colours.

 

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Some knitted Christmas presents for 2012

Hats

As you may know, I often make Christmas presents for people. Especially for the many nieces and nephews. Here’s what I made in 2011.

I have knitted several hats for L1 and L2 in the past, but in the run up to Christmas 2011 L1, who was five at the time, said to me, “Aunty Sophie, I don’t want clothes anymore”. So when it came to her sixth birthday it was slightly entertaining to see L1 quite unimpressed with some of her presents.

But one day this autumn, when the family popped round to ours, L1 asked me to knit her another hat, this time “a plain dark blue one with no flowers or anything”. L2 then piped up saying she would like a yellow one. So, I used some of the remaining navy yarn from my Acer cardigan for L1’s hat, and bought some amber Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn For L2’s.

I used the trusty Sirdar Tiny Tots Essentials beret pattern and knitted two large berets that could accommodate L1 and L2’s Afro hair. L1’s beret ended up somewhat neater than L2’s, as I much prefer knitting with the rougher merino wool yarn than the silkier bamboo and wool yarn. Especially when using plastic circular needles. But I understand L2 was more than happy with her hat. So much so, that when P, the girls’ mother, put L2’s hat on L1 the other day, L2 wasted no time in moaning that L1 “is wearing my hat. Yellow is my favourite colour. Aunty Sophie knitted the yellow hat for me”.

L2 and L1 in their berets

L2 and L1 in their berets

L1 in her navy blue beret

L1 in her navy blue beret

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, of course, there’s the new addition to the family. The third nephew – baby A – entered the world on 19th December 2012. The obligatory Aunty Sophie new born hat was called for and I knitted up a lovely little white and silver moss stitch hat made from Sirdar Baby Bamboo. I amalgamated a couple of patterns from the Sirdar Tiny Tots Essentials pattern book to make this white moss stitch hat with silver brim.

Starting the hat for baby A

Starting the hat for baby A

Hat for baby A

Hat for baby A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bazz Man Doll

What with 20 month old OKBK getting a baby brother for Christmas, I thought it’d be nice to knit him up a little toy. For my last birthday my sister bought me Jujus Loops knitting book from the lovely knitting shop Loop in Angel. I’ve struggled with and given up on a lovely hat pattern in the book, but noticed a great pattern for knitted dolls – Bertie – which I thought I could easily rustle up out of scraps of yarn knocking about the flat.

So, I chose a variety of double knit yarns in navy, grey, white and maroon marl to create this lovely fella while watching Forbrydelsen on telly one Saturday evening. By the time I’d finished the him, Jeffrey and I saw a close affinity between him and O’s dad, with his hands in his pocket, baggy jeans, and Paul Smith-esque jumpers. So, we had to call him Bazz Man. He lived about our flat for a few weeks and when it came time to pass him on it was quite a shame. But I’m hoping OKBK appreciates him.

Here he is prior to stuffing and hanging out in the rosemary:

Bazz Man in progress

Bazz Man in progress

Bazz Man in the rosemary

Bazz Man in the rosemary


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Christmas Presents 2011

Well, this year I again decided to make Christmas presents. But, unlike last Christmas when I made snoods, headbands, teddies, hats and dresses, I was a little lighter on the workload this year. Partly because I’ve been researching my family history and partly because I don’t know why. So I only made seven presents this year – two crocheted flower hair slides (one for L1, one for PBM’s cousin’s daughter Akua), one cardigan (for L2), and four hats (one each for OKBK, L3, L4 and DK Hannah). Here are all but the hat for Hannah – I’m especially proud of L2’s cardigan.


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New baby knits

It’s been a while since I last blogged on knitting and craft. In my last two posts I took time out to talk about the state of racism in Denmark and some songs I was enjoying listening to. Shamefully, the last knitting I blogged about was back in January when I showed you pictures of my friend Emma in her Christmas knits.

Compared to my craft successes of 2010, being creative this year is slow going. But I have my excuse – wedding planning and wedding crafting. I have made save the date cards and am finishing off our official invitations while knitting and sewing lengthy projects which won’t be posted either till they’re finished or until we’re wed.

But luckily I today have some knitting to share with you, thanks to the lucky recipient being born yesterday. I’m very chuffed with these items; this was the first time I did some more frequent cabling and the first time I took on repetitive lace work, which set me up nicely for my wedding knitting.

All three patterns are from Sirdar Tiny Tots Essentials, knitted in Debbie Bliss eco baby cotton yarn (I don’t like Sirdar’s range). I do like Sirdar patterns though as I find them nicely easy to follow but, as always, too big for brand new babies, despite choosing the size for newborns and doing a swatch. But hey ho. It’s spring now, so by the time autumn comes round the hat and booties will feet perfectly.

Here they are:


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2010 – the year of craft

A couple of weeks ago I was thinking of what I’ve made in the past year. No wonder I at times thought I was developing RSI in my right hand. I was knitting like crazy. Here’s what I’ve knitted/crocheted/sewn/beaded between December 2009 and January 2011 (a total of 13 months), complete with links to the relevant posts:

And, that’s about as much as I can recall right now. But I think that may do for 13 months of knitting, sewing, crocheting and beading – at the very least 100 individual items. If I remember anything else, or if you think I’ve missed something off, let me know. But I’m rather proud of that!

Here are a few pictures:


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Two berets

A couple of weeks ago I blogged On and on I knit, and showed L2’s beret, complete but not modelled, and a preview of L1’s beret.

Since then L2 has opened her 2nd birthday present and I received a picture message from her parents on Thursday. Apologies for the slightly grainy image, but hopefully you get the idea. I think she looks cuuuuute. And the hat doesn’t look too bad either.

As for L1’s Christmas beret, I finished the body in the week and then borrowed the brilliant  100 Flower’s to Knit and Crochet from my sister to learn how to crochet some larger flowers. I wasn’t managing to overcome the more difficult aspects of crochet and was experiencing a few problems with some of the easier crochet patterns in the book. So, I settled for 62 Irish Rose tonight after feeling inspired and raring to go after visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally today. Et voila. Here it is. Rubbish photo, but will update when L1’s modelling it, which, alas, won’t be till post-Christmas 2010.


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The knitting bug

We’re almost two weeks into September and the nights are well and truly drawing in again. It seems that with September came autumn – the inevitable cooler nights, cloudier skies and rainier days – and I’m not holding out that summer’s returning somewhere along the way this month, like it did last year.

Of course, with this new autumnal feeling has come the desire to knit. I started knitting a column of leaves scarf from green silk and cashmere yarn way back in January this year and then lost the knitting bug in early March when spring was shooting.

But I am now well and truly in the knitting spirit and have knocked out a cream merino wool beret and two pairs of baby booties for my fella’s sister who is expecting twins in November. The parents won’t divulge the sex of the non-identical pair, so I chose to use purple and yellow organic cotton. I think they’ve come out wonderfully. I’m not too sure of the size, as, to me, they look rather large, but I guess they’ll grow into them if that’s the case. Next up, to knit, is a beret for the impeding birthday of said parents’ second born girl, L2. Better get down to John Lewis to buy some more yarn. Then, following that I think I’ll have to get back on the column of leaves scarf.

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