Classic with a twist

 

Some traditions are easy to follow and some are not. A few months ago I found out that apparently the clothes a baby wears when coming home from the hospital is a big thing, something to save as an heirloom. I didn’t know about this and neither did the friends that I spoke with about it. Some of them just shrugged and asked why bother but I couldn’t do that. I’m not good at cooking and won’t take home any titles as mother of the year for my cinnamon rolls. I’m not the one to run around playing and there are other areas as well where I won’t be the best. But I’m a knitter, that’s where I can do something and I’ll be damned if my kid isn’t going to wear the best stuff.

So I went in search for deliciousness. I knew almost immediately what pattern I wanted, or rather what pattern features I wanted – a picot hem. That would set this cardigan apart from all other cardigans.

I find picot hems adorable on the right garment but they are too much of a hustle to do on a regular basis (I did it on a baby blanket a few years ago and the rows on that one was so long I had enough of picot hems for a long time). For this project it was time to bring back the picot.

So what pattern could I combine with a picot hem? Something a little A-lined with a few buttons, since that’s simply adorable as well. And raglan sleeves obviously since set in sleeves is also too much trouble. (Yes, I see how it’s a bit contradictory that I want to make a picot hem, which takes some time, while I don’t want to be bothered making set in sleeves because they also take a lot of time but picots are pretty, set in sleeves doesn’t do that much for the overall look in my opinion.)

Then there was the question of yarn. I surfed some web pages just for fun and one day I just stumbled upon it. White merino with some deep pink spots, simply gorgeous. Just enough for an heirloom baby cardy, classic white but with a modern twist. I realized later that there were teal parts to the yarn as well. I think it was a mistake, maybe it got some spots in the making, but that’s just charming, I think.

Then obviously I needed a matching bonnet to complete the look. Another picot hem and a little bow to tie it up. All in all the entire set is adorable, just as I pictured it. It was a little big on Me Made when we left the hospital, we still used it though, after all it was the whole purpose to make it, but we picked it up again for midsummer and it fit perfectly.

Cardigan pattern: Maile Sweater by Nikki Van De Car. Bonnet pattern: Baby Butterfly Bonnet by Susie Sparkles. Yarn: Victory Sock from Knitted Wit, color Winterberry. Mods: I omitted the lace on both patterns and added a picot hem to the cardigan.

When a black cardigan is not the answer

We had a blackout tonight. Everything just went black when the power shut off – lamps, the TV, wifi, everything. If you are going to have a blackout, mid-June is the best time since it’s so light outside anyway. Indoors is a bit dusky but you can still see to do most things, especially if you sit by the window. If I hold a book up to the light coming in from the window I can see to read.

What I can’t do though is to knit on my black cardigan. Had I picked a different color it wouldn’t have been a problem (well, navy would be hard too) but now, with my black yarn, it’s simply not possible. I’ll probably just go to bed instead.

And to think I’m less than a sleeve from finished!

A day of many firsts

Midsummer Eve and the lightest days of the year (I know, technically summer solstice was yesterday) and Me Made’s first. We spent the day at my mum’s with friends and food and some very good advice. We’ve had a little break through concerning a baby bouncer, a pacifier and falling asleep in a stroller – grandma simply is the best.

Oh, and there were strawberries. And knitting.

Happy Midsummer!

Out of my comfort zone

The MCAL (that’s C as in Crochet!) started yesterday and I’ve been looking at the pattern clue a little. It says that the difficulty level is intermediate and I’m not sure I’m there, I’m not an intermediate crocheter. Or at least I’m not an intermediate level pattern reader. On the other hand, I’ve never let anything stop me when it comes to knitting no matter the difficulty level so why start now?

As I mentioned, I got two kits for this MCAL (I know, I’m crazy) which means I have to at least try to make it no matter the difficulty. I’ll just have to be bold and brave. And also wait till the right moment when I have enough, well, time.

Progress update

But what has happened to the black cardigan? Thank you for asking! It’s moving forward, I’m more than halfway through the second front but I discovered that I forgot to cast off for under the arm so I had to rip out a few rows to fix it. Now I’m caught up again and I’m moving on slowly but steadily. I’m crocheting when I can’t knit but try to knit when I can. (But let’s face it, the crochet project is pink and green and the knitting is black, which is more fun?) Once the second front is done I only have the sleeves left and they are short so there’s not much left.

I’m not worried about the knitting, it will happen sooner or later, it’s still knitting after all despite it being black, but the finishing, the blocking, sewing and weaving in ends, that I’m not sure will happen. We’ll see.

Am I insane?

There are more yarn coming in and I love it. In a weak moment a few weeks ago I signed up for an MCAL, a mystery crochet-along, As I’ve said before, I’m not a crocheter (except the one I started last week) but the kits for this one were so delicious that I just couldn’t resist. And this kit was the best one. It sold out so I got another one and then this one became available again so I got it as well. That’s right, I got TWO kits for an MCAL. That’s insane! I’m not even sure I’m going to start this project but I have TWO kits for it.

If I do cast on I’ll use the other kit though, I think I’ll save this delicious for a little while.

A nice slow day

Summer truly is here. Today was lovely, not too warm but maybe a little on the windy side. We took a walk, Me Made and me, and met up with friends at the playground, and we both had a great time, one walking and chatting and the other one sleeping. That’s pretty much all we did today but it was enough. I hope we get more days like that this summer.

Summer basket is a knitter’s basket

One thing I’ve found is that I could never manage as a teacher without my basket. It’s where I put my pens, my papers, my computer, my books and booklets and everything else I might need, so I can carry it to my classroom. Before I got a basket I kept forgetting things and had to fiddle a lot with holding everything in one hand while trying to unlock the door with the other. Now with my basket, I just put it on the floor while I open the door and I still have everything I need and then some. It’s perfect! Not to mention it’s pretty!

Now though, during summer, my basket was just standing there and I wondered what to do with it. At the same time I realized that my little stash problem, and by that I mean that there is limited space in my stash while I keep buying new yarn and not knitting it in the same rate as I buy it, was still very much a problem. There were yarn but no space. Eventually I got it. I had a basket on summer vacation, a device meant to hold things, and things that needed to be held. Obviously my basket, being on summer vacation as it is, needed to do what I do while on vacation: play with yarn.

Although, it actually didn’t hold as many skeins as I had expected…

FOMO

It’s summer out there but I’m spending most of my days indoors. I know it’s light and that everything is blooming and to dampen this case of fear of missing out I try to take pictures of everything summer-y whenever I get the chance, that and to smell the flowers, just to remember that it is summer and I’ve actually seen it.

I know it’s not that bad. There will be other weeks and other months and other summers, other roses and other light skies and other sunsets. It will be fine. I know that.

Something new

One of last weeks yarn purchases was this, five lovely skeins of yarn from Moods of Colors. I’ve never knit from that brand before so it’s exciting. It’s also exciting that the yarn company is Swedish which makes shipping both cheaper and better for the environment. I really like the colors and the package made my day when it arrived on Tuesday. I have absolutely no idea what to make with it though. I’m thinking shawls but don’t I always? Especially the two skeins to the right deserve a worthy project. Oh well, I’ll think of something eventually, I’m in no hurry, I have other projects in the meantime (and barely any knitting time) so I’ll be okay. But when that exceptional pattern comes along, I’ll be ready, I have yarn.