Archive for the ‘baby’ Category


New arrival

September 29, 2013

This is something I actually finished back at the start of June — a welcoming gift for a friend’s new baby. I was rather late finishing it, but that wasn’t helped by the fact that the little boy arrived a month early!

I really enjoyed making this — the pattern is by Lucy from Attic24 and as with all of her patterns it was easy to follow, and easy to get into a rhythm with — nice to work on without having to think too hard. The yarn I used was Baby Cashmerino which is lovely and soft to work with and the colours just pop. When I started making it I still didn’t know if the new baby was going to be a boy or a girl, so the colours were chosen to suit either. Adding the first round of edging was about the only part that I didn’t enjoy, but once that was done the rest of the edge detail was easy.

What do you think? I was totally pleased with it — I think it is possibly one of the nicest things I’ve made, if I do say so myself.

Pattern: Neat Ripple Pattern by Lucy of Attic24 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Hook: 3.5 mm


Little crochet

August 8, 2012

I realised, after flicking through this blog, that I haven’t picked up a crochet hook all year. I’ve done a fair bit of knitting what with one thing or another, but no crochet. Actually the last few weeks have been a complete break from yarn crafts. I’ve been very busy at work, very busy at home with a boy who is now running around, climbing things and being the cheekiest monkey you can possibly imagine — and in my few spare minutes I’ve been quite happy to sit and read or snatch a few minutes of the Olympics on telly.

I’ve been missing crochet though, and am utterly excited to have just treated myself to not only a new book of crochet patterns but some new yarn and hooks. Little yarn and little hooks — both in lovely colours — to go with my new book, Little Crochet by Linda Permann.

I’ve followed Linda’s blog for some time and have made at least one of her many lovely crochet patterns in the past. Little Crochet caught my attention because it seems to contain a few patterns which are suitable for boys — something which the crochet world definitely seems to be lacking. No telling just yet what I’m planning to make, though if you know the book I’m sure you’ll already be able to guess which pattern I’m looking at!

By the way — hello to anyone new who has dropped by Fantasy Landscape today. I have no idea why, but today has been my blog’s busiest day ever! Hope you will all come back again!


What’s that coming over the hill?

June 12, 2012

It’s a monster!

After making three caterpillars from Rebecca Danger’s great pattern, I was delighted to receive a copy of her book, The Big Book of Knitted Monsters for my birthday earlier this year. I absolutely love this book — there were lots of new techniques needed here for me but the book is brilliant and explains everything in detail. Backward-loop cast-on? I had never heard of it before! Knitting on a circular needle using the magic loop method? Nope, I’d never done that before either. How did I never know how to do that? Let me tell you, if you’ve never magic looped before you’re missing out. It’s a revelation. Three-needle bind off was new to me too.

The somewhat revolting yarn I used had been in my stash for many, many years — since before I understood that just because the colours are gorgeous, it doesn’t mean it’ll knit up looking nice! What better way to use some of it up than on my first knitted monster?

I’m looking forward to making monsters with safety eyes, but until the boy is a little older I’m sticking with the embroidered facial features. I’m very pleased to report that Baby D does seem to like his first monster — I’m sure it will be the first of many.

Pattern: Baldwin the Bathroom Monster by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hayfield Bonus Flash DK
Needles: 2.75 mm DPNs and circular


Paeyton’s caterpillar

June 12, 2012

This was my third caterpillar and I must say that after racing to get this one finished in time, I was all caterpillared out. I would be quite happy to never have to knit another caterpillar — not for quite a while, at least. Which is a bit of a shame, as I haven’t made one for Baby D or his cousin yet, but there is plenty of time for that.

I was really pleased with how this one, caterpillar number three, turned out. It’s a caterpillar with attitude, wouldn’t you say?

Pattern: Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Various acrylic DK
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs


Lily’s caterpillar

June 12, 2012

Hello my lovelies, how have you been since I last posted? It has been quite a while but I am now experiencing life as a working Mummy. You can all imagine how busy I am now, right?

I must say I’m really enjoying being back at work. Baby D has settled in amazingly well at his nursery which helps — I can only think how difficult it would be to leave him if he seemed at all unhappy there but he seems to really enjoy it. The staff are lovely, the environment is lovely, he gets to play in the garden every day, all the meals are cooked on site and socialising with the other children seems to be doing him a world of good. I have gone back to work part time (four days a week) so at least I get my one day a week at home with him, as well as evenings and weekends, of course. I think working makes me value my time with him even more.

He has turned one now, has four teeth (three at the bottom and one at the top) and is very nearly walking. He can stand unaided and races around with his toddle-truck, but just lacks the confidence to take any steps on his own. I don’t think it will be long now, and then we will all be in trouble!

I have still found some time for knitting here and there, but of course my rate of creation has slowed right down since being back at work. I also seem to have taken a bit of a break from knitting in the last week or so and have been thinking a lot about drawing and painting — an old love but something I rarely touch these days. More about that in a different post.

I was going to make caterpillars for all of Daniel’s little friends, but didn’t quite manage in the end. There were just too many birthdays in too short a time — it always was a bit ambitious, I suppose! This was the second one I made — a rainbow kind of caterpillar, if you’ll excuse the lack of yellow. I’ve had trouble finding the right shade of yellow for some reason. This caterpillar was stuffed a bit harder, and I think you can see a slight improvement in the facial features. It’s a very happy caterpillar, don’t you think?

Pattern: Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Various acrylic DK
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs


Lillie’s caterpillar

March 30, 2012

It’s hard to believe it but Baby D is only a few weeks away from his first birthday.  He’s one of the youngest in his peer group (the babies we met through my post-natal group) and the round of birthdays has begun.  We went to two birthday parties on Sunday — I swear the boy has a better social life than I do.

I figured I would try to make rather than buy birthday presents for all of the little ones this year.  I spent too long um-ing and ah-ing over patterns though, so I started knitting too late and had no hope of completing two caterpillars by Sunday. I finished this one in time though — meet Lillie’s caterpillar — I hope she likes it!

The pattern suggests the use of safety eyes and I do have some stashed away, but the packet says they’re not suitable for under-3s — so this was my first attempt at embroidering facial features onto a toy. The eyes are a little wonky but for a first go I was quite pleased, and if I succeed in making toys for all of D’s friends I guess I will get quite a bit of practice! I was stumped at first over how to hide the starting knot — but after a little experimentation (and a bit of Googling), I learned that the best way was to knot the end of the black yarn and then pull it in from the back of the head. The knot catches in the stuffing and becomes secure — and hidden!

Pattern: Chadwick the Shakespearean Caterpillar by Rebecca Danger (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Various acrylic DK
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs


Born under a star

January 6, 2012

Happy New Year everybody!

We’ve had a couple of days of dreadfully windy weather here. We suffered minimal damage compared to some parts of the country, but the fence between our house and the neighbours’ has come down, a lot of my loved plants have been knocked about and pots broken, and despite having our house number painted on it in huge white numbers, our recycling box was blown down the road never to be found or returned. Today, though, has been gloriously sunny, spring-like and fresh. I even heard a chaffinch “pink-pink”-ing outside which was very cheery and really gave me a glorious new year feeling, even though the worst of the winter is probably yet to come.

Christmas and New Year were fun, if a little chaotic. I may have taken a little too much on, resulting in a feeling that I didn’t quite get to sit down and enjoy things as much as I could or should have done, what with it being baby’s first Christmas. It was the first time we’ve hosted and overall it was a huge success though — it was good to see my family and everyone said they had a lovely time, which is what it’s all about I suppose!

I’m going to try to do a mini review of 2011 in pictures if I get a chance, but I thought I’d show off my first finished object of 2012 — this cute little blanket for Baby D.

I made one before he was born from a pale turquoise coloured Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn — it was his “coming home from hospital” blanket and he slept under it in his moses basket. He’s outgrown it as a bed cover now but as he’s got larger he’s taken to cuddling it and chewing on it — it’s his favourite snuggle-blankie and when we put him down to sleep he immediately looks for it and gets quite agitated if it’s not there. So, I figured I should make another as a spare — if only so that I can wash the first!

I couldn’t find the same colour yarn but found this gorgeous green Baby Cashmerino and hoped that the colour wouldn’t matter too much so long as it felt the same. It certainly seems to have done the trick — I finished it yesterday and gave it a light steam blocking before swapping it for the old one (which went straight into the washing machine). When he went for his nap he reached up for it, pulled it over his head and dozed off right away. I think we can say that’s a win!

Pattern: Born under a star baby blanket – from the book Purls of Wisdom by Jenny Lord (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Baby Cashmerino – shade 340047 (2 balls exactly)
Needles: 6.5 mm
Baby D approval test: Pass with flying colours!