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Pretty and practical: baby knits

28 May

Golly gosh gosh.

It’s been a while since I paraded around and showed off my first completed adult cardigan.

It’s surprising how much a job can take over your life and leave the little time remaining good for two things: eating and sleeping.

Understandably knitting slid down the list of things I wanted to do, however I am determined to make the time to pick up the needles and get cracking.

Since I last posted I’ve started work on this bad boy from Claire Montgomerie’s  Knitting Vintage.

NAUTICAL KNITS: Vintage-style Breton jumper

However as I’ve only just cast on, it’ll be a while until I’m finished and posting pictures of it…

Anyway, enough of that, there is exciting news here at SKP, my best friend is pregnant, which can only mean one thing in my book… baby knits!

Instead of idly flicking through baby knitting patterns and thinking ‘that looks so tiny and cute’ and leaving it at that, I can pick up my needles and clickety click click my way through booties, blankets and bibs. EXCITING TIMES.

Here’s my baby knits wishlist so far:

Booties: These one-hour baby booties from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook.

If it turns out she’s having a baby girl, I am most definitely knitting these :

FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD: Ruby red baby booties

Although the patterns seems to have been taken off the website *curses* I’m sure I can find a similar pattern elsewhere and adapt as needed.

But if it turns out to be a baby boy, I’m going to have a go at these teeny-tiny adorable Ugg booties:

UGG-LY THEY AINT: Gorgeous little booties

Pattern and image courtesy of -kandikane-

Blanket:

I love basket weave stitch as I find it very warm and soft against your skin, which is perfect for someone so small and delicate. *Aww*

I’m thinking of going for gender neutral colours, maybe a light green with a dark green contrast border. Thoughts?

BASKET WEAVE: So soft and pretty

One thing all these yarns will have to be is machine washable and durable. As lovely as cashmere blend baby items are, hand-washing at a particular temperature isn’t going to go down well with a sleep-deprived new mum.

My motto is pretty and practical.

These are just some of the patterns I’ve been cooing over, but I’m sure there are plenty more for me to discover. Any favourite go-to baby patterns anyone could signpost me to?

Happy knitting! SKP x

Aside

My first cardigan *knitting pride*

1 May

It’s finally done. The last stitches have been cast off, the buttons sewn on, and the finished item pressed lovingly (and very carefully) with the iron.

The cardigan that I often blogged about and repeatedly apologised for not being finished is completed. Not only is it finished it has also been worn with great pride and, I like to think, with great style!

SHEER DELIGHT: one happy knitter and her new cardigan

 For those of you new to the story: Hi my name is Sheknitsandpurls and I am a recovering sleeve-phobic.

The story began when, filled with the confidence of having finished a non-scarf item that I would wear in public, I decided to bite the bullet and have a go at something with sleeves.

It resulted in a last-minute Christmas gift for my two-and-a-half year-old nephew.

I was pleased with how that went, so I then decided to go big and knit an adult-sized one for myself. And this is the result:

STRIKE A POSE: The finished item

I loved  knitting with this yarn. The skeins themselves looked lovely, and the colours that developed as I knitted made the whole project so exciting and unpredictable.

AND AGAIN: The back of my new cardigan

 The first pictures don’t do the colours justice, (I decided to take pictures on one of the gloomiest days of the year) here’s a better one:

TASTE THE RAINBOW: Forget Skittles, this cardigan's got all colours covered

The number of colours in this cardigan makes it a really versatile piece as it complements a wide range of outfits. I’m so pleased with it 🙂 not that you can tell or anything…

FINISHED PIECE: ready to be shown off to the world

 Ironically having worried about knitting, setting and sewing in the sleeves I found doing that one of the easier parts.

 The worst bit that made me want to throw the whole shooting match out of the window was picking up the stitches for the button band. Boy did I get mad at the number of times I had to frog that bloomin’ row. But as it’s done now I’m starting to get over it. Just about.

So yes, that’s me. My sleeve-phobia is cured (huzzah) and my first cardigan is done. I know it’s nothing on the standard of some knitters, but I’m hoping from these baby steps, more fabulous knitted items are to come. BRING. IT. ON.

SKP x

Knit happens

20 Apr

I cannot believe just how quickly time is flying over. If it carries on at this rate it’ll soon be Christmas!

Although my knitting mojo is well and truly back, so are about eleventy billion other things. I’ve been thrown well and truly into the lion’s den at work now the new intake of students have started, I’ve celebrated five birthdays (one my own), Easter and all the family trappings that having a close-knit (pardon the pun) family brings.

Unfortunately it’s not all been fun though, I’ve also experienced a family bereavement which knocked the wind right out of my sails. 

What can I say? The last couple of months have been busy and unfortunately knitting had to slide down the list of priorities. But no more, the cardigan is one step closer to being finished *yay* and now all that’s left to do is attach the sleeves and sew on the, as yet unbought, buttons. Then I get to wear it – my favourite part!

Speaking of birthdays (all five of them), one present I did receive was knitted-related and was this gorgeous knitting bag:

Perfect birthday present: Vintage print knitting bag

I love the delicate vintage print, the spring colours and the wooden handle. It holds so much knitting too, which is always a bonus. Isn’t she a beaut?

Hope you have a productive knitting weekend. Cardigan sleeves, here I come! SKP x