I’ve got two projects going at the moment, and while most days I’ve been doing no knitting at all, December included a McDonald’s birthday party, two days in hospital with Edgar, and a weeks’ holidays after Christmas, which provided some knitting opportunities. I’ve now mastered the sleeping baby in arms/knitting combo. The key is to get organised before sitting down, by the way, and having some extra cushions nearby for propping up the elbow!
The first WIP (work in progress, for the non-crafters) is the daisy cardigan that I wrote about here. I’m getting close to finishing it – I’ve got half a sleeve to go, and then the next job is to sew up the bits, finish the trim and sew in some daisies – three techniques that I will have to learn as I go. Phew! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – YouTube is seriously the greatest for learning. If you’re thinking about learning to knit, hop onto YouTube, and I guarantee you’ll learn it in a cinch.
The other WIP got it’s start because I didn’t want to take a nearly finished project on holiday and then potentially run out of knitting to do, or be unable to get online to figure out the tricky bits. This new one is a Milo vest (ravelry details here). A dear friend of mine gifted me the pattern and the yarn – a beautiful Madeleine Tosh twist DK, in a purple called Rose Amethyst – along with another cardigan and beanie she had knitted for Edgar. I’ve been eyeing off the Milo pattern for a while, so I was really excited to receive this and eager to get started.
This one is quite an interesting design, as you use an easy garter stitch on circular needles (a new skill for me there) and then you cast off a number of stitches, and ta-da, all of a sudden you have sleeves! How cool! It’s shaping up really quickly, and now I am up to the cable section. This is a bit exciting for me, as I’ve never tried cable knitting before, and the pattern offers a number of cable designs, too, so you could make a ton of these and make them all a bit different. So far, I’ve learned that I need to pull the yarn quite tightly, before I work the stitch on my cable needle, and the first few rows (before that lesson was learned!!) are a little loose, but I am starting to see the beautiful heart-shaped cable coming through, so yay, it’s working and I’m doing it right!
Aside from the cabling (which is really well explained throughout the pattern instructions), and one tricky stitch that needed some video guidance, the pattern is super easy. It goes from a newborn size all the way up to a 6, so I’m anticipating making a number of these over the next few years.
My knit time has been cut again, now that we’re home from holidays, but hopefully I will be able to squeeze in a bit here and there, picking it up for a minute or two at a time. Yup, that’s how it is at the moment. Routine starts again this week, now that hubby is back at work (sniff, sniff!) but there’s lots of excitement to look forward to in the next few weeks to look forward to, and we’ve really had a lovely time all being together as a family of five! Hopefully I’ll get through these two patterns over the next month or two, and then I’ve got a baby present to make for my very best friend, who is expecting in May… yay for new babies! I can’t wait!