Posts Tagged ‘baby’

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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

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Little crochet rocket shirt

October 27, 2012

On the whole we had a pretty wet and dreary summer. I guess “pretty wet” is a bit of an understatement in fact, since according to some reports it was the wettest summer in England and Wales for 100 years. It didn’t stop us having some fun though, we got outside as much as we possibly could, and it soon became clear that the little man really loves slides. I spent a few weeks hunting one down on eBay and was chuffed to bits when I finally won an auction — until then they had kept selling for more than double than I was prepared to pay.

I was also chuffed to bits at how this t-shirt turned out.

Pattern: Rocket applique from Little Crochet by Linda Permann (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Anchor Embroidery Floss
Hook: 2.5mm

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Little fair isle hat

February 5, 2012

It all seems to be learning about new skills and techniques this year. My last project (the Chevron lace fingerless mitts) required me to learn all sorts of new things, and since I was feeling quite adventurous after that, I thought I’d try something I’ve been coveting for years but not quite daring to have a go at — fair isle knitting. I always thought of it as something for people with far more skill and experience than me — and more patience too.

Once I found the pattern for this little hat I was so keen to get started that I couldn’t wait to get the right size needle. See what I said about having no patience? Both Baby D and I have been under the weather here for most of January and were too ill to venture out to the yarn shop (which is a good half hour’s drive away and not really large enough to take a pushchair into anyway, and Baby D is now too heavy, wriggly and grabby for me to try to carry him in there!).

The pattern calls for a 3.5mm 40cm circular needle — all of mine were far too long — so I went with the next best thing I had to hand, which was 3mm DPNs. Even though I made the hat in a larger size to counteract the smaller needles, it still turned out way too small — probably the right size for a newborn or even a premature baby.

The size really was the only big problem though. It turns out that fair isle knitting really isn’t as scary as it looks. I think I made life harder for myself by using DPNs — going around the “corners” where you change needles without pulling the carried yarn too tight took some getting used to, but since I knit all of my socks on DPNs it wasn’t completely strange and it only took a slight adjustment to get it right.

The pattern really is gorgeous. As well as the fair isle pattern I particularly love the little i-cord loop on the top — I’d never heard of i-cords before and I love them. So clever!

It only took a couple of days to complete, and — you know what I said about patience? — I couldn’t wait to try again to make one that would fit. I realised that even the largest size would still turn out too small, so I adapted it by adding a couple of extra pattern repeats (I cast on 140 to start). This time I was mostly worried about running out of yarn (the yarn I used was left over from making this striped hooded jacket a couple of years ago. Do you remember that?), but it worked out perfectly.

It’s just the right size that it should last Baby D the rest of the winter. With the snow arriving today, he’s certainly going to make good use of it!

Pattern: Little fair isle hat (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply

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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!

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All quiet

November 10, 2011

Time is slipping away through my fingers and I never seem able to catch it. It may be very quiet here at Fantasy Landscape but that isn’t a reflection of life — more the polar opposite, as it is rare these days to get a quiet moment. While I don’t get a chance to sit down and write often, I wish I could do so more than ever since there are so many moments I don’t want to forget.

I have been busy with lots of projects — some still waiting to be blocked, others posted off to friends before I remembered I should take a photo. I’m crocheting a rippled blanket or two, like so many seem to be at the moment, and finally got around to planting my hyacinth bulbs into glass vases for some flowery winter cheer.

The little boy is six months old already — well, nearer to seven months old now as it has already been more than a fortnight since his half-birthday. He’s a bundle of joy and mischief, and keeps me on my toes. Weaning is going well — he currently has two meals a day, porridge with fruit puree in the morning, and some other fruit or veg purees in the afternoon. His favourites are pear, broccoli, butternut squash and mango — the boy eats more exotic foods than his mum and dad! I really enjoy making up his little portions of food and the freezer is suddenly full of pear cubes, butternut squash cubes… one squash makes an awful lot of baby meals!

He even enjoyed spinach.

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Not what we had in mind

August 8, 2011

This morning we were supposed to go out to the Mother & Baby group at the day nursery where Baby D will go when I go back to work. (Thankfully that isn’t for a while yet.)

But this mummy has a sore throat and was feeling decidedly under the weather — and this baby was having a grumpy day, and, when he wasn’t crying or feeding, wanted to do nothing other than sleep on his Mummy.

Since cuddling a sleepy baby and crocheting is just about possible to do at the same time, I decided to make the most of it and start on my “pay it forward” items. I foolishly decided to take part before fully realising just how little spare time there is when you have a new baby in the family.

It wasn’t what we had planned, but it turned into quite a lovely morning, really!

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Tag blanket

August 3, 2011

I saw one of these for £10 in Mothercare at the weekend. I was almost tempted to buy it as it was so cute, but £10? “I could make one of those with stuff from my stash for nothing!” I thought. And so I did.

There are countless tutorials on the web but it’s such a simple idea that even as a the novice seamstress that I am, I was able to pretty much make this up as I went along.

Baby D does seem to like it. Kind of!