Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Ribbed hats for baby girls

So far we're having a good year for baby girls. I wanted to make gifts for two special wee girls but just didn't have the chance, with all the moving shenanigans, to sew up cute wee trousers or dresses (which would have been really fun). Since I really did want to make them something I had to rely on my fledgling knitting skills........somewhat risky but I think I pulled it off.

I went back to the Boyfriend Hat pattern having successfully adapted it for John.  I played around with the basic pattern until I got a length and depth of hat that seemed right.  I used one of Katie's hats as a template and aimed for 6 to 18 month size.

The yarn is Rowan Kid Classic (a lambswool and mohair mix - I wanted these hats to be very soft) and I knit double with Feather and Tearose.  I decided I couldn't go too far wrong with a colour as pretty as Tearose for baby girls!  Ravelled here.

Clearly Katie is a little big for the hats, but that is as it should be as she is two and a half, and despite the rather odd perched-on-top look she was very happy to model for me (long may that continue) - I wasn't rash enough to ask her to stay still, I just chased her around with the camera while she scooted. 

I raided my stock for bibs to go with the hat for my cousin's wee girl.  There wasn't a lot of point sending bibs for Sarah's baby.  Sarah and her mum came to my bib class at The Stitch Gathering and I know they have since made some for Molly - so a couple of favourite lotions were sent off with Molly's hat instead.

Other random bits and pieces::

:: John set off for his new job in Inverness on Monday, and he tells me his bike commute this morning (from Avoch, on the Black Isle, to Inverness) was simply stunning

:: we think we may be making progress on the house - fingers crossed

:: we may also have somewhere to buy.......with only a few homeless days in between

:: if it all falls into place we will be moving very soon, scarily soon in fact, but we can't actually do anything until things firm-up on our house

:: the sun is shining, isn't it wonderful?

:: Charlie, the cat, is determined to sit on my knee while I type, he is not a help but he is lovely

:: I have made this dip for the kids' snack this afternoon

:: I want to try making gorse flower and honey icecream

:: this article really has me thinking, I try to give my kids a fair bit of freedom, and believe it is very important, but I think I may not be going nearly far enough.....this article is very thought provoking.  Please do read it.  What do you think?

I do hope that the sun is shining with you too.  I'll be back as soon as possible with a little giveaway.

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tutorial: Cosy Kid Cowl

A quick pop in to say 'hi' and to let you know that I have a tutorial for making a Cosy Kid Cowl  (using knit fabrics) over on Annie's (The Village Haberdashery) The Daily Stitch blog.  This is just about the easiest knit fabric project ever and is very rewarding..........for only a little time and effort you can make one small person very happy (for evidence just take a look at Annie's Harvey, at the top of the tutorial, and my Katie, at the bottom!).

Annie and I are cooking up a little giveaway this space!

I do hope that you are all well.  We're in house selling limbo at the moment.  Nothing much happening, maybe it will pick up after Easter (she says hopefully!).  John and I are off to Inverness tomorrow.  He's doing some work stuff and we'll also look at a few houses, and visit another primary school, to try and make a final decision about which area, and school catchment, we'd like to live in.  We really don't want to move the kids, school-wise, more than once so feel we need to decide where we're going to be and then commit to it - so even if we start off renting we'll have to keep our eyes blinkered so we don't run the risk of falling in love with a house in another area.  There's so many decisions to make and it all feels a little difficult when we don't have much control of the timsecale.  Well, except for the fact that John starts in less than 2 weeks time!  And that we'd really like to have the kids up there for the start of the school year in August.

See you soon for giveaway time.  Wishing you all the best and thanks so much for sticking with me and my sporadic blogging!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A Husband's Boyfriend Hat

Following my success with the Giftie Slouchie Beanie I really wanted to knit another hat as soon as possible.  I had to bully poor John into looking at yarn and hat options with me - he really wasn't convinced that I could find a yarn that wouldn't make him itch (he's very sensitive, poor soul).  But I was hopeful (and determined!) that I would be able to find something soft enough - so that I could satisfy my knitting urge and hopefully make something that he'd like to wear.

We settled on Auarucania Puelo from Meadow Yarn.  John loved the variegated jade/royal/forest/denim colour-way and I was pretty sure that, being 100% llama, it would be very soft indeed.  I had imagined a more subtle colour than this (I was thinking of a rugged grey) but there's only so much persuading one can do with a husband who isn't convined of the merits of a handknit hat in the first place!  And, I did try to remember that he'd be the one wearing it (I hoped).

We went for the Boyfriend Hat, a free download from Ravelry. John asked that I make it deeper so that his ears would be well covered.  My first attempt was far too big and the actual knit felt too lose and not warm enough, not what I had been hoping for.  Next attempt I doubled the yarn and only cast on 70 stitches.  I knit for 7" before decreasing (rather than 5.5" in the pattern) - and it worked.  A hat that John likes, and will wear.  Doubling the yarn worked well - it is much thicker and chunkier and shows off the ribs better.  The yarn really is very beautiful and soft too - the very fact that John is happy to wear it means it must be very soft indeed.  Ravelled here.

And the rest of these photos are from a wee walk yesterday at my mum and dad's house (they are still in South Africa, but will be back in a couple of weeks.  It will be wonderful to see them again and to go back to just one dog!).  We went over for 36 hours just to have a break from the house and selling.  I had to pop back home for a viewing but it was still good to escape, walk and not think about whether the cats have been walking in the bath again (it is driving me nuts, I have had to add it to my list of things to do before a viewing.....check for muddy cat prints in the bath).  Two more viewings this afternoon.  We've only been on the market for 5 days so all is going well but I am thoroughly over the novelty already - and I suspect the dogs are going to get very fed-up of spending time in the car too.

I hope that you have had a lovely weekend and have had a chance to enjoy some sunshine too.

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