[knitting] Update

 

Terpander

As promised last time, I’m back with some knitting. Recently I’ve been showing mostly sewing but my first true love is still knitting 🙂 I had to stop playing with my needles for 2 months last spring because of tendinitis and it was hard! I didn’t know what to do with my hands in front of the tv. So Anne and Saki, I totally understand what you’re going through! Just like Saki I have a great physiotherapist who is doing wonders.

Terpander - Melissa Morgan-Oakes

Terpander – Melissa Morgan-Oakes

 

Terpander

I’ve finished my maternity socks, Terpander by Melissa Morgan-Oakes, from the book Sock Knitting Master Class. I really like this book and have already made the Stealth Argyles, the Pussy Willow Stockings and the Asymmetrical Cables. I love the last two but not the Stealth Argyles as the knitting is not tight enough. As a result, the socks slip down the calf all the time, it’s very annoying and I finally gave them away. I did use the yarn called for in the pattern and my gauge was perfect. Oh well..

I called them maternity socks because I had started them in May 2013, hoping I could knit during my stay at the maternity. Ha ha ha. I was so naive. Considering my food was always cold when I finally managed to sit on my bed and eat during the 4 days I spent there, there was no way I could knit even one stitch.. So if I ever have a second baby, I won’t bother bringing my knitting bag with me. Some can knit before the big moment, I couldn’t even breathe properly!

I’ve enjoyed wearing these socks, they’re knit in Regia 4-ply, a yarn I bought in 2011 somewhere in Limousin. Of course the cables do require some attention but that’s what’s interesting about this pattern: there’s always something going on!

I’ve also finished this little cardigan for poulette: the pattern is Eole by Nadia CrĂ©tin-LĂ©chenne. I find it really cute with the windmill increases and the i-cord border. It’s been finished for months now, I only have snaps to sew, but it was way too big so I wasn’t in a hury. I should get a move on though otherwise it’s going to be too small by the time I finally sew those snaps 🙂 I knitted a size 18 mo and my poulette is 17 mo next week.

 

Eole - Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Eole – Nadia CrĂ©tin-LĂ©chenne

For her I’ve also started a new version of La Petite by Rebecca Newman, the previous one is too small by now of course. For the winter version I’m using two strands of Drops Alpaca. I had 5 balls left from my Gwendolyn cardigan. I don’t know if I’m knitting the long sleeves or not. I initially wanted to sew a sleeveless jumper – aka a vest – but all the patterns I found were very masculine. So I thought I might do this one with short sleeves, but now I’m not sure anymore.

La Petite - Rebecca Newman

La Petite – Rebecca Newman

On the needles for me is Port o’Leith by Kate Davies, with Jamieson’s and Smith Aran. I’ve already knitted the big collar and started the gansey but I ran out of yarn and I need to order at least 3 balls.

Port o'Leith - Kate Davies

Port o’Leith – Kate Davies

So whilst waiting for my yarn I started the Devlan jumper by Bristol Ivy published in Wool People 7. It’s our KAL for this winter, a special KAL because each one will be knitting a different pattern 🙂

Devlan - Bristol Ivy

Devlan – Bristol Ivy

 

My needles are on fire at the moment! Next time there will be a little sewing for poulette and if all goes well, some for me too. What about you? Does autumn make you want to pull needles and yarn out of the knitting basket?

See you soon!

Sophie

[sewing] [knitting] Petite Pullover & Pyjamas

Some sewing and some knitting for my little one: first La Petite which is a simple top down pullover mixing yoke increases and a raglan part. I didn’t do stripes but went for a very bright green, which is a colour that suits my daughter’s complexion.

 

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La Petite Pullover: colour is much brighter that this..

I used Annell Miami yarn which is an inexpensive cotton/acrylic blend that I really like. It’s a joy to knit, it goes in the washing machine, there are plenty of colours and it wears very well. Perfect for my dribbling baby or when she eats bread! I don’t exactly remember how you’re supposed to finished the hem and cuffs, but I didn’t want to do a garter stitch border or ribbing. I had planned to do a hem to be sewn to the inside, but as you can see, I never did and just left it as it is! I quite like this look, plus it’s the lazy way 🙂

The pattern is very clear, instructions are precise and bonus: they are given for two different weights of yarn. The sizes range from 6 months to 10 years, it’s really worth the 5.5 USD. There will be more versions of this in the next couple of years.. I will try to add a picture of her wearing it.

For my next make, you won’t see any picture because it’s two pairs of pyjamas required by the nursery and they’re staying there. They recently asked us to provide pyjama pants so that in case of an emergency evacuation if the babies are sleeping, they don’t end up only wearing onesies in the street. I’d rather not think about this happening… Anyway, my little baby is now the proud owner of beautiful handmade pyjamas with dots. The fabric comes from TyFlorian Boutik and the pattern is from one of the most recent Ottobre magazines (#9 from issue 1/2014). It’s supposed to be doubled, but I only used one layer of fabric. It’s already rather warm in the nursery and they wear sleep sacks anyway.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

You couldn’t find an easier pattern and I did both in less than two hours, including the tracing of the pattern. I went for a 72 cm size (she’s 69 now) and I quickly checked the fit before giving them to the nursery. I added a sewn in little label with the size and her initials. I forgot to take a picture of the label, silly me! but I think it’s something I’ll do again, it will help me remember which size I did.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9