Pretty pink loveliness – baby blanket

2014-08-15 12.46.342This project was a delight from beginning to end!  When I heard that my next-door neighbours were expecting a (surprise) baby, it was a perfect excuse to try out a pattern I’d been eyeing up for ages. I loved it because every other row you get to stop thinking and just knit knit knit without worrying about ribs or cables!  Perfect tv knitting.

Oh, and the reason it is so very very pink…  New baby is a lovely girl after three boisterous boys. Mum has been waiting a long time for pink!

This is a free pattern by LondonLeo, available here on Ravelry.

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Tiny fairisle mittens project

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So I bought myself a cute cute fairisle knitted scarf from a charity shop for 50p.  I imagined myself looking all GAP Kids and No-Efforts-Chic in my new accessory.  Anyway, it was a bit musty so I chucked it in the washing machine.  Big Mistake – poor scarf shrank and turned to felt… I was sad.   But then I remembered all those great felted-jumper patterns on Pinterest and realised the opportunities!  Cue some nice scissor and sewing time and VOILA we have The String of Tiny Christmas Fairisle Mittens (snappy, I know).

I have strung it up over my knitting books (and underneath Husband’s ludicrous board-game stash shelf).

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Puff and I had a lovely afternoon putting the Christmas tree up.

That is, he was meant to be asleep (and I was meant to be knitting) but he decided against that…

That is, Husband and I were meant to have already put the tree up but Husband now has flu and is in bed, so Puff and I are holding the fort.

I would like to draw your attention to Puff’s excellent attention to detail on the lower branches (how many baubles is too many??).

Pen’s Pals

Oh cute little friends!  I made these pals for my lovely niece Penny. The whole project was made from bits and pieces I had hanging around (like all the best presents right?).  My most favourite bit is the tartan bag made out of an old New Year’s costume.  To be honest I was pretty heart-broken to give them away.  Good thing that kid is cute.

The pattern for the rabbits, bears and their itsy bitty dresses can be found here, on Little Cotton Rabbit’s blog.  

Lace Meadow baby blanket

IMG_20131121_140948This was my first foray into lace knitting and I found it to be bloomin hard work!  I was following the Lace Meadow pattern by Estelle Macdonald (available for free on Ravelry), and I can’t tell you how many times I had to unpick my rows having found that my lacey holes were one stitch out!  I can’t fault the pattern – no, the problem lies at my own door.  Knitting anything more complicated than a flannel, watching Strictly, supervising the Small Boy and stirring pasta was never going to work out.

Anyway, all’s well etc.  Blanket now busy wrapping up a sweet new babe and I am really happy with the result!