Saturday, 21 May 2016

A blanket and mini blanket for baby Robin. On a rather grey day

So please excuse these photographs. Also they were taken on a phone as this was when my camera had just given up. Not my best. But sweet enough makes, so the state of the photographs has been forgiven
 As soon as I thought about making a baby blanket I wanted to put these two fabrics together, both leftover from some dressmaking for me as yet not shown. Well, a dress and a skirt... more details sometime! The ditsy floral dress made an age ago now, the blue floral skirt made last summer and that was when I decided they just had to go together, with the brightest pink piping. And it turned out just as I hoped. The grey floral is a cotton poplin from Fabric Rehab and the blue floral has been sitting in the pile for so, so many years. Possibly one of the longest term residents of my fabric pile. It has a light blue cotton background with oh so many blue daisies embroidered all over. Purchased in Brighton when the shop Velvet still had a separate fabric and habadashery shop.

There was some sneaky piecing for both fabrics as this was a using what was in the pile make. Sandwiched inside is some cotton flannel, as Baby Robin lives in Kenya so I imagined doesn't need anything too hot. I quilted it altogether on the machine with some large squares, which are totally lost in these photographs, but it did give a gently quilted feel
 The ribbon blanket is backed with the same flannel with some dreamy Liberty
 I have no idea how Liberty tana lawn will respond to scrunching and dribbling and enthusiastic baby cuddles, but it does look so pretty! I do hope it is still going strong as I was informed that it was a favourite of Baby Robin's... I shall let you know!

Monday, 9 May 2016

A knitted collar

Hmmm. I do like this, and wear it a lot even though there is a little part of me that thinks it looks rather like the sort of heavy rubber collar you wear at the hairdressers. I think it is the size. And I'm unsure of the colours I chose too - not the grey, I love grey - but the pink is a bit pretty pink for me. But I had popped into the local wool shop with a friend, with no actual purpose, and they had a special offer on delicious MillaMia wool. Not being able to resist, I remembered this pattern and so chose two colours from the very limited colours left... it really was a great offer and so the shelf was almost empty! (I should perhaps mention that the pattern is the Brita Collar from MillaMia's High Society book of patterns). And that is why I combined the lovely grey with the oh-so-sweetly-pink pink. The colours are storm and petal, and the pattern needs just one ball of each.
I followed the pattern until the final cast off stitch when I added a few extra stitches to create a button loop, whereas the original finishes with a ribbon or hook and eye. And look, there is moss stitch and dear little cables.

I seem to have been showing lots of wooly makes here recently - there are a few to catch up with after wintery months spent cosied up with a blanket and some wool, so hopefully some sewing makes soon. Though I have managed a seasonally appropriate knitted make recently, and fancy a few other patterns so maybe there will be some summery knitting and crochet too!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

A stylish cowl according to Mademoiselle Sophie

Not that Mademoiselle Sophie has seen or commented on my cowl... This is the Angora Cowl from the book Knit Stylish Scarves and Hats with Mademoiselle Sophie. A fun book as most patterns have an adult and mini version. Adorable!
 I used some oh so, so soft wool from the basket, so my cowl is a baby alpaca and mulberry silk cowl rather than an angora cowl. I bought this wool an age ago from Cafe Knit - pretty, full of dreamy yarns, and delicious coffee and cake. Yum. Anyway, purchased an age ago, possibly with a make in mind but I have no idea what that was and so it has been sitting in the basket. (For so long that this wool is no longer available). While this wool is oh so soft, the silk content means that it is very drapey and so it has been waiting for the right project.

And there it was, the Angora cowl. Mlle Sophie's version stands a lot taller around her neck, whereas this is floppy, but that must be that silk content. I used one strand of the wool - oh, I haven't mentioned what it is yet! Debbie Bliss Andes in the delightful pear colour.  The point of the cowl is knitted from the tip upwards and then knitted straight, with the two straight edges then joined at the back. As I knew this cowl would flop I knitted quite a few more rows after the increases in the hope that it would bunch up a bit more. And because I had two balls of this wool. Now it is finished and has been worn a lot (yes a lot - wooly cowls in April!) I do wish I had knitted even more rows and used the wool up. I now have a smaller ball of this wool sitting in the basket, which will no doubt sit there for many more years.

I have already knitted another scarf from this book, something slightly more springlike, and also have some other wooly makes to show before it gets hot and no-one wants to be thinking of such things. So, more wooly makes soon!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

A penguin for Leo

My friend's little one's first birthday was just the reason I needed to make this delight. Not sure now when, or where, I came across this pattern for the Up and Down penguin by Emma-Jayne Fakes but I was itching to make my own. Well, Leo's own.

This version has a slightly more elongated head than the original which is totally my fault - I should have paid more attention! He was made using some unknown black wool from the basket but I do think it was thicker than the DK used in the original pattern, and so he simply needed less rounds for his head. Oh well, by the time Leo has cuddled him and sat on him a few times, I'm sure no-one will notice.  The wheeled base is part of a toy I bought in the M&S sale a few years ago, for this very purpose.

Do hope you are having fun being one, Leo!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The other baby cardigan

Now knitted so long ago it possibly fits baby no longer... This was the second cardy I knitted for a soon-to-be-Gran-again last summer
Soon-to-be-Gran chose the pattern from a pile of my knitting books, which I was most happy about because of the moss stitch. This is the matinee jacket from Claire Montgomerie's easy baby knits. It is worth doing a quick Ravelry check for errata as my copy of the book has a few mistakes for this pattern. The wool used is a wool and bamboo mix - cozy bamboo by Ella Rae in Lullaby - chosen because the bamboo seemed suitable for a babe living in Australia
This is a very silky, drapey wool with quite a sheen. I had to size down to 3.75mm needles to get the correct tension. Oh, and like others before have said, this seems to be a fairly wide knit, certainly compared to the other cardy knitted at the same time.

How dreamy - a little pile of baby cardies!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Moss stitch mittens

Mittens for me. And oh, how I love them. Mittens and moss stitch...

My mittens happened as happily the same day the purl bee released their free seed stitch mittens and handwarmers pattern and I fell in love and had to make some now, Mr R gave me some wool as a Valentine's Day present. I am a lucky duck. That was two years ago. I decided that this was to be the pattern I learnt the magic that is the  knitting in the round magic loop. And it took me an age to understand but now... now everything for the almost last two years is knitted using the magical magic loop. No more ladders up the sides of my knits thank you.  And so I oh so happily knitted a mitt. And then, just as when I knitted some socks, I felt the happiness of having finished my pair of mittens and was all eager to wear them. The only problem was, I had finished one mitt. And so this one mitt sat, alone in a bag until I needed some telly watching knitting this Christmas time and they were rescued.
 The wool is the gorgeously soft and lovely to knit with Sublime baby cashmere merino silk dk, in Teddy red. Well done Mr R, you chose well

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Did I really just knit a minecraft hat?

Not so long ago, I had little idea that this is how I will spend my time. But I had pleading from P that I make one for his friend for his birthday. And that pleading has continued once P realised I had wool leftover and is now planning one for his very own lovely head
Strange, mottled effect on P's navy t - sorry. 

A few minutes on Ravelry found Alexandra Davidoff's Creeper beanie. I didn't happen to have any suitable colour wool in the basket, so ordered a ball of Cascade pacific in kelly green from Wool Warehouse. A true kelly green seemed the right colour, so this limited my wool choices, but really I have little idea what makes a good minecraft green. Cascade pacific is a rather floppy wool - I think the word may be drapey - with a slight sheen to it. The pattern is for a one size fits all, and I made a slight change from the pattern by knitting it on the same size needle, ribbing and all. Because I had the required 4.5mm and not a 5mm, and as it is made to fit adults and children I thought this would be OK. And it is OK, though the ribbing is fairly loose and it is quite large for a child's head. Also, peculiar gathered effect at the top. Next time (gosh, did I really say that?) I would use a simple hat pattern used before for a better fit and then add the duplicate stitch. The black wool was from the basket and whilst a similar weight it was much sturdier which may be why the green shows through the stitching. 

So, whilst I may not see this as one of my favourite makes, Ben was most happy with his hat. And Patch just a little envious. Happy birthday, Ben!