Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Eat Your Veggies Baby Hat

It looks as though more friends of mine will be having babies this year, so it was a good thing I started practising my baby knits. The Eat Your Veggies baby hat was irresistible and finally I had an excuse to make it. It is tiny!

I am not entirely sure it will fit a newborn's head, but I hope it does. Right now I am knitting another one of these in white, though I may opt for something entirely different because I tend not to knit the same thing twice. Where is the fun in that?

I had to knit the hat with 3mm DPNs because the recommended size didn't look any good at all. To make up for the difference, I cast on more stitches, however. I used the same Sirdar Snuggly DK that I had for the baby cardigan earlier and I still have loads left. That is why I am considering making a jumper or something similar for the next baby.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Magic Mirror and Scottie Dogs

It seems as though I am back to my old multitasking self again. Right now I have a few projects on the go and the latest ones are my Magic Mirror socks and a baby cardigan.

These socks have been in my queue on Ravelry for ages and since I got some nice sock yarn for Christmas last year, I can finally knit them. It would look better in yarn of a single colour or with subtler shades, I suppose, but right now I am not being picky. After having had to begin knitting these socks three times, I finally found the right size for me. I am using 2mm needles and making the large size socks, which fit well. I am still just 2/3 through the first sock, though.

Beth and Dan revealed that they are having their first baby in August and of course I immediately knew I was going to knit something for it. Incidentally, I bought the latest issue of the Knitter recently for the first time in many months and it had a pattern for the Scottie dog cardigan that I thought would be a great way to learn how to knit a proper garment. It all went very well and very quickly too, but I have found that I really hate sewing in the loose ends! I do not mind assembling the pieces, however, which was rather fun to my surprise.

The cardigan still needs blocking before it is done, so I hope the intarsia will be smoother than it is at the moment. I guess I knitted it a bit too tight. I am not entirely happy with my colour choice, but there wasn't a lot to choose from in the shop at the time. What is more, Beth and Dan don't want to know whether the baby will be a boy or a girl, so I had to choose colours that would be neutral. I hope these are fine.

The buttons are from an old blouse of mine that I no longer have. Luckily, I tend to keep buttons for no particular reason and they do come in handy sometimes.

I may well knit some baby booties and a hat as well since there is a lot of yarn left. I would also like to knit myself a spring shrug, but can't find the right pattern. So I may have to improvise, which means lots of measuring and maths. Yikes!