Its been a while since my last post. It has been super hectic at knackeredpsycho HQ, such that I had to take a bit of bed rest at one point to catch up on sleep! The day job is crazy busy until the end of July, and so my precious hooky time is being sidelined at the moment. And my obsession with knitting socks as a way of destashing has also meant that the time I have had has been spent with the pointy sticks rather than my hooks. But come August I plan to bury myself in yarn and work up all the designs I have been scribbling down on bits of paper. I have some plans for a little set of children’s items which I will share with you as they develop. All my shawl club bits I have had to keep under wraps, but I am looking forward to sharing some more of my projects with you as they develop.
The other things that are keeping me busy include the need for me to make a special blanket for my daughter’s nursery as a thank you before she leaves this summer, and to make lots of cute baby things as one of my friends is expecting her first baby and its a good excuse to produce lots of very quick makes. The added bonus is that these makes have to be in a practical yarn, and so I get to use up some of my nicer acrylic yarn as part of Project Destash.
I cannot show you my friend’s gifts as she reads this blog (!), but I thought I would show you some of my favourite baby and small child makes from the last year. Firstly, I love to make blankets, and these are firm favourites. This was my first star blanket, which used baby soft merino DK and was for a newborn. When I had my daughter most of the blankets I was given were too large to tuck around her in her car seat. This one is the perfect size. It used up yarn left over from a Peppa Pig jumper I had knitted for my daughter, which is why the colours are a little unusual, but putting them in this order really made each colour pop and I loved the final effect!
My go-to cot blanket is a shrunk down version of an Attic 24 cosy stripe blanket. If you begin with a starting chain of 120 it comes up the perfect width. For baby versions I prefer to use a neutral on the ‘plain’ rows and a variegated yarn in the granny treble rows, like this one I made using left over Ice Yarn:
At Christmas I was asked to make an owl themed blanket for a friend’s sister-in-law. I used The Hat and I’s pattern for this one, and added the lettering using the Moogly Alphabet patterns.
Clothes are always fun for little people. Last year we were stuck in a traffic jam and I made this circular cardigan for my daughter in the time I was trapped in the car (we missed our ferry to Ireland, so I had extra hooky time). The yarn was King Cole Riot, but my little one found it a bit too scratchy to wear, so I would make it in a cotton or bamboo for her next time. But this was so quick and easy to make and I loved the final effect. The pattern was a free one from Drops yarn, found on Ravelry, but there are lots of similar ones out there too.
In terms of hats, I like this, the Little Sister hat, without the flower. This one is worked in some left over merino sock yarn from Fleabubs (the Scientist was the colourway). It can look girly but in this yarn I think it works for a newborn of either gender.
You can see that I like to use strong colours with little people – something that will hide the messes but that make a really nice statement piece. I am toying with making a very special little set in honour of my friend’s baby, and as soon as I have done it I will share it with you here as a free pattern. I just need to put the socks down long enough to make it!