Monthly Archives: July 2015

Babies do have big heads

Another blog post, news of another baby – this time a cousin to our neighbours and a little boy. A really cute one. I just didn’t know what I wanted to make for this little guy until I met him and then a design came ready formed in my mind.  A jumper. With plenty of room for his head. His head is entirely normal sized for a baby, but I remember with my kids that a determining factor in whether they wore a jumper was whether the head hole was big enough to enable me to put the jumper on the baby easily. No baby likes a prolonged “jumper stuck on head” moment.

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I was pretty pleased with my solution. A dipping neckline and stand up collar made by knitting the collar flat and joining in the round for the body of the jumper. Then crocheting round to get a nice neat finish. It worked! And a tiny pocket. This is a kid who can wear orange.

The swoosh and the ahh

I go through phases in crafting.  A knitting project takes me and that’s all I’ll work on until it’s done. Lately it’s been spinning. I guess partly that’s because I’m looking forward to holiday season (last day of school today – yay!) where we will be travelling a lot with lots of yarn and no spinning wheel. So now I do have quite a bit of yarn and holidays are looking sweet.

I think one of the reasons a particular project grabs me is the prospect of what I’ll learn through that project; a new knitting technique or something new in spinning. A spinning technique I’ve wanted to master for a while is the long draw. I’d read that it’s pretty addictive, and that’s been my experience too. It’s all about the Swoosh and the Ahh. When it goes right, you move your right hand rapidly away from the spinning wheel with the fibre held fairly gently and swoosh, ahh, a lovely piece of a single appears before you. Goes perfectly with tennis (it would have been great to see Federer win, but Djokovic just managed more swoosh and ahh).

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I’d say my best success so far to date has been 100g of merino (easy spinning) which I hand dyed. This time I tried dying the fibre rather than the yarn and I preferred the result. Less pooling, and you can choose the bits of fibre you spin to create the colour effects you want.

And a friend bought me a stamp so I can make labels..

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Crocuses for a March baby

Seems like there’s lots of baby news around here. I mean, not right here, just to be clear. More like next door. We have the best next door neighbours that there are. So good they let us share their garden. Which is to say we cut down the hedge and share the double garden. It is great. They are great. So they were definitely eligible for a blanket when they announced the arrival of a beautiful baby girl. She was due in March, just as all the crocuses round here are helping us remember what spring looks like and will be coming soon (I know, now it’s July; I’ve been busy..). So Anne Hanson’s Crocus Patch seemed like the right choice.

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I really enjoyed this pattern. Interesting enough to keep me on my toes but also predictable enough to be relaxing; the kind of pattern you can settle into.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

What is extra pleasing is that I have spotted the blanket around the place, chilling out on the floor and on the back of the sofa: evidence it Is Used. A knitter’s heart’s desire – not just stuck in a draw somewhere.

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

Made with Repix (http://repix.it)