Friday, 29 June 2012

At it again

There's another swap over on the Itty Bitty Knitters group that I'm taking part in (surprise, surprise!). This time incorporating a lamb and some Jelly Babies/Beans.  My parcel is pretty much done. I just need to buy some goodies and finish knitting my lamb. To add to the parcel, I designed two dishcloths/washcloths. There are plenty of sheep/lamb washcloths on Ravelry but I thought making a design up myself would be a nice personal touch. Here they are, the Spring Lamb washcloth and the Sheep washclothThey are both quick knits and take less than 50 m of cotton yarn. In fact, I got both of these out of one ball of Rico Design Creative Cotton (85 m in 50 g) with a bit left over.

I mention a mystery KAL I am taking part in a little while back. Well all the clues have now been released and I'm way behind. Poor Benny is still missing a leg, his head, ears and tail. I know what he is now but I won't spoil the surprise just yet. I could have cut the yarn so that the colour repeats would match on the limbs but I thought I'd leave it a bit random and I like how it's turning out. Hopefully, little Benny will get finished over the next few weeks.

Finally, I thought I'd share this cool photo with you. 

(photo courtesy of Pat Salvatini)

Back in May, I mentioned that Pat (plynn) was helping out at a baby shower for military moms-to-be. She volunteered to make 40 pairs of socks/booties for the gift baskets and asked us for help. Well this photo is the result. In total 49 pairs (one didn't make it into the photo) of socks/booties were knitted and sent to Pat and I think there may be one or two more on the way. There are 36 gift baskets to fill and the extra pairs are being used as raffle prizes. Isn't it wonderful what a group of knitters can achieve?

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

On this day .....

.... 3 years ago, I married my best friend. Over those 3 years we've had ups and downs, sad times and happy times. Thankfully the ups outnumber the downs and we've had many more happy times than sad ones. For the last 3 years (and for the almost 5 years before) he has been my rock, my second self and my better half. He has held me while I cried through two of the hardest, most heartbreaking times we've had together and he has made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt and tears ran down my face. He is a wonderful husband and an amazing father to our little man. If it's possible, I love him even more now than on that beautiful day 3 years ago. 

So my darling, happy 3rd wedding anniversary! Here's to many more years together.

Now you feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter to the other. 
Now you feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.
You are two bodies, but there is one life before you and one home.
When evening falls look up and there the other will be.
Take each others hands and turn together
to look at the road you have travelled to reach this: the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you, even as the future lies ahead.
A long and winding road, who’s every turning means discovery.
Old hopes, new laughter, shared fears.
The adventure has just begun....... 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

It's raining, it's pouring ......

The weather here today is absolutely miserable. It's grey and raining, just not what you want for a June day. The forecast is for a month (or more) worth of rain to fall in 24 hours. Not nice. So I thought I'd share some of my recent knitting with you.

First up, the most annoying waistcoat ever! This is actually a really lovely, simple pattern but for some reason it gave me nothing but trouble!! Here's what went wrong.

1. I knit the 6-12 month size. Finished the back but it was going to be too small so ripped it out and to went up a size.
2. I discovered I was knitting with the wrong size needles. I knit the ribbing on 3.25 mm which was fine but knit the body on 3.5 mm instead of 4 mm. I discovered this on the first front panel. Checked the gauge on the front and back, they’re the same (although off a bit from the pattern) so I must have made the same mistake on the back. It looks like it’ll fit him ok so I didn’t rip it out.
3. On the second front I forgot to change the needle size after the ribbing but only discovered this when I had more than half done so I had to rip it out again. Then when doing the neck shaping, I decreased to 14 instead of 12 stitches, again only figured this out when I was about to cast off, so I ripped back some more and decreased the right amount this time.

After all that, I still think it turned out cute. The pattern is from the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK, leaflet 1927 and knit in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK shade 0152. It fits the little man well now (his 8 months), if I'd used the correct size needles it would be a bit bigger and would have lasted him into the autumn.

Next up, Potae. This is one of the patterns for members of the Matariki pattern club, over on the  K E L L Y group on ravelry. It's such a wonderful pattern, with lots of options for sizes and yarn weights. It's a simple design but turns out great. I really should have measured little man's head but he was asleep when I cast on so I figured I'd wing it and knit the 1-2 years size for the winter. Apparently he has a bigger than average head (although this is a snug fitting hat!). It fits him perfectly now! I could have done with knitting it a bit longer but he doesn't really like things down over his ears. I haven't blocked it yet so it should get a bit of width and length. I'll try it on him again after it's blocked and if I'm still not happy with the length I'll frog it back a bit and add another 1 or 2 cm before the decreases. If all else fails, my friends little boy is 4 months younger than little man so it should fit him nicely in the winter. I'm planning on knitting another one for him using this blue yarn (Wendy Bliss Merino) for the band and the garter stitch detail and the variegated yarn that I used for his Tama jumper (which you can just see in the photo).

Finally for now, I'm taking part in a Mystery KAL hosted on the Knitted Toys group on ravelry. The pattern for "Benny" is designed by Oliver Boliver and each week a new clue and part of the pattern will be released. The first clue was released on Monday, which gave us the pattern for his body. We don't know what Benny is but here's my progress so far.

I wonder what he'll turn into??

Also on the needles at the moment is a pair of socks for me and another hat for Alexander, but more about them another time.