I feel like I have finally emerged from the longest winter. The sun has finally come out here in the UK and the clocks have moved forward giving us longer lighter evenings. I feel like the cloud we have been living under has been lifted and I have renewed energy again.
As spring has finally sprung, I felt it was time to catch up with all my knits! Although I try to photograph and note as many projects as possible, plenty slip by without documentation. With a full time job it is difficult to find the time and light in the winter months to photograph all my projects and so even years can pass by before I get round to photographing some projects. So I plan a series of posts over the coming days and weeks to document these lost knits.
The first today are some baby clothes I made in January of this year. They were quick and easy knits which I made for my husband’s cousin’s new baby Toby. Before he was born, I didn’t know if he would be a girl or a boy so chose neutral colours. I dislike pastels however, so chose a bright sunny yellow and what I thought at the time was grey, but actually turned out to be a soft lavender once I got it home. Although this sounds like a strange combination, they actually worked well together. The yarn I used was MillaMia Merino, a swedish yarn company, and the pattern I used was Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan by Jennifer Hoel. It is a good choice for children’s knitting, as it comes in lots of bright colours and is superwash. It is also quite tightly spun resulting in a lovely crisp fabric particularly in garter stitch. This will also hopefully mean it is less likely to pill. This was a very simple pattern which I have used before. I like it as it’s very gender neutral, so great for people who don’t know the gender of their baby or who are not blue/pink fans.
To accompany the cardigan, I made a simple baby hat: The Fresh Picked Baby Hat by Leslie Clarkson. This was a free pattern on Ravelry and I chose it for it’s simplicity and again gender neutrality. The baby booties were Tiny Shoes by Ysolda Teague from Whimsical Knits 2. I really love this little accessories book (and the first one) and have knit nearly everything from of it! These shoes were such a quick knit, only taking an hour or so, providing such instant gratification I could see them becoming addictive! These were also a good stashbuster as I used left over Quince&Co from my Chickadee cardigan. The rest will turn into hexipuffs.
Apologies that the photographs are not my best. I had to snap a few quick pictures late night before sending them off in the post. They were well received, and we got to see a very happy baby Toby sporting his knitwear a few weeks later.
Watch out for more lost knits coming soon.