Thursday, 21 July 2011

Growing Room

Towards the end of last winter (2010) I started knitting another little boy's jumper.

The idea was to make one that would have a bit of growing room.

8 months later, there's still plenty of jumper left to grow into.

The pattern is from an Heirloom Color Works booklet published when the yarn was first released. I reworked the sleeves, knitting them from the top down, so I could add more length if needed.

He wasn't too keen on trying this jumper on last year, when it was finished. But now is happy to wear it.

I like the collar, and splits at the side - easy to get over a head & and easy to play in.

Yarn: Heirloom Color Works (for once I actually used the yarn specified in a pattern). I love this yarn, it's so soft to work with, and has a pretty good range of colours. I also like it's Bendigo Woolen Mills doppelganger, Luxury.
Pattern: 'Style 3 Jumper or vest with optional hood' Heirloom Color Works 8 ply.
Needles: Knitpicks (pro) 4mm circulars
Mods: As above, worked the sleeves top down.
My only point of frustration is that, even though Heirloom is an Australian company, they insist on forgetting the 'u' in colour.

I think we'll manage another winter out of this jumper!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Triangle Hat

Quite some time ago, I promised my son a Triangle Hat.

Shy? I don't think so.

He was quite taken with the idea, but it took me some time to get started.

In May we flew out to Lake Eyre. With 6 hours of flights in a (very) small plane I cast on with some rather squooshy dk I found in a little store outside of Christchurch NZ.

The hat was based on Elizabeth Zimmerman's three cornered tam, found in the Knitter's Almanac. The hat starts with a garter stitch band, then starts increasing at three points, before decreasing again at the same three points.

Ready, set, GO!

There was a 'bit' of ripping out of stitches after I realised that the measurements given were for an adult sized hat. Scaled down, the knitting progressed a lot quicker.

The finished item was warmly received, and has been worn often.

New hat AND new gumboots. What more could a little boy want?

I love that my little boy is so willing to wear what his mum makes him. I'll be sorry to see the day when he decides he's too cool to wear a triangle hat.

Taking a photo like mummy

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Checking in

Things have been busy lately.

Once upon a time (in February), a brand new baby girl arrived.

And four months flew by in the blink of an eye, and the click of a knitting needle.

So what do I have to show for that time?

Some crochet

Some (as yet unblocked & unbuttoned) fair isle

Some cables

Some toddler headwear

And some socks

Of course, there's actually more than this, but they're not photographed yet. You'll have to take my word for it.