Monday, 25 February 2013

WIPs and a bonus!

Both my sister-in-law and I are expecting so there has been a bit of a baby buzz about my knitting lately. E, is a wonderful knitter. She is much braver than I will ever be when it comes to knitting, while I can do lace knitting, I won't tackle it with anything less than fingering weight yarn! I appear to a pathological fear of lace weight yarn so no matter how pretty it is or how amazing the pattern is I just haven't found anything that will make me brave lace weight!! E on the other hand will use it with aplomb and with whip up some amazing FOs in no time. She pretty much has the relatively easy (she could do this stuff in her sleep) baby knitting covered for her own little one. But this auntie had to contribute something before getting stuck into some serious knitting for my own little own. But ssssssh that projects are a secret for now but I will show you two sneak peaks of some stuff involved in some of the projects.

My little one only has one complete project at the moment but I plan on doing more soon (and granny is busy knitting too so I don't he or she will be left wanting for handknits). I played some yarn chicken to knit this cardigan. I had two skeins of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in my stash. I bought it about 2 years ago when I was pregnant on little man so I knew if I ran out I was in trouble. But with some adjustments (I worked only 6 rows of garter stitch on the body and sleeve hems instead of 8) I managed to eek out a 3-6 months Sunnyside cardigan with about 18 inches of yarn to spare!
This is a great pattern (and free!). It gives two options for either a lace-y or cable design and several sizes too. As we didn't find out if we're having a boy or a girl I figured the cable was the more gender neutral option. I've also cast on a Cuddles and Cables blanket in some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in a lovely rustly orange colour. I knit this blanket for little man when I was expecting him and I loved the pattern so it was a no brainer to knit it again for this little one.

In other baby news, one of the ladies on the Itty Bitty Knitters Ravelry group, Kerry, is expecting another little one any day now. Kerry is a wonderful member of our group and I knew I just had to knit something for her. I cast on a Beyond Puerperium cardigan and a Potae hat with some Knit Picks Felici that Julie Joolieknits also an itty bitty knitter) had on the Up for Grabs thread. When I originally got this yarn and cast on the cardigan I thought I'd just keep it for me as I was still thinking of something to knit for Kerry but the more I knit the more I came to the realisation that this was wanted to be sent to Kerry. So that's what I did.

Himself needed to pop over to his parents on Saturday afternoon so he took the little man with him. This gave me the time to finally, sew the blocks for his quilt together (at this rate he'll be lucky if he gets it for next winter!). I still need to do the border before I sandwich and bind it but my back was a little achy and the thought of cutting and sewing that much more wasn't appealing so I'll leave it for another few weeks. But at least the blocks are sewn together!! That's that biggest part of the work.

So onto the bonus. My 1 year blogiversary is coming up in a little over 2 weeks. I can't believe I've managed to keep this going so long. So in honour of this achievement (ha!) I've decided to do a little giveaway. I'm going to give away a skein of Hedgehog Fibres sock yarn (I haven't picked it out yet, hence no photo). A nice Irish yarn, which I thought would be appropriate. I'll do a random draw on March 13th (my blogiversary) and will announce a winner soon after. All you have to do is leave a comment. Please include an email or rav id so I can contact you if you win!!

Good luck!!