Wednesday, 27 August 2008

FO : Helena Baby Jacket

DSC02833, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

A quick little knit from the top down. See the pattern called Helena at The only quibble I have about knitting top-down raglan is the really long rows that you get just before you divide off the sleeve stitches. But once that's done, you can watch it turn into a try-on-able-as-you-go cardigan. I love that.
This cardigan pattern has a handy trick for the extra cast on stitches at the underarm which eliminates the need for any seaming - something to remember for the next February Baby Jacket, which will probably actually be a February Lady Sweater. I've been itching to cast one on all winter, but I keep on finding myself making other things that have a deadline. Now as winter edges towards a close, I find myself with a little gap in the knitting schedule. I guess I'll get to wear it next year.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

More baby stuff - FO and WIP

I finished the never-ending edging on the baby blanket.  Whole project is ravelled here.

Then I started on a baby jacket to match. This baby is going to be a girl, so I'm going a little more feminine, while avoiding baby pink.  Ravelled here.

What a difference a wash makes

DSC02826, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

same sheep, same wool, bottom skein washed, top skein unwashed.

Monday, 18 August 2008

spinning and edging

I've made some progress in learning to spin. Yesterday we learnt to ply. I think plying is much easier and more satisfying than making the initial singles.

This is Corriedale-Finn which has been spun "in the grease" so the yarn still feels pretty sticky and full of lanolin. I have to wash this lot before the next lesson so that we can muck around with dyes. I'm looking forward to seeing how much lighter this will become once washed. Our teacher has shown us a sample that she has spun up and washed from the same fleece - the difference looks to be quite striking. So watch this space.

The latest baby-knitting news: I'm making slow-but-sure progress on edging a blankie for M&A's baby. I love the way that side-ways-knitted-on edgings finish off a knitted blanket neatly with plenty of stretch. But working them always seems to take forever - almost longer than it took to knit the rest of the blanket!

This edging pattern comes from issue 21 of Busy Needles - an old Marshall Cavendish magazine that Mum got a year's subscription to back in the early 1980s.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Dear Aunty Paisley...

J_week2 067_R, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

Dear Aunty Paisley,

Thankyou for my lovely green and gold cardigan and hat. It’s just perfect to wear while I’m cheering on the Aussies at the Olympics.

I was toasty and warm in it when I went to visit the Maternal Health centre nurse today. I just need to grow a bit more, as the hat keeps falling down over my eyes. Thankfully mummy rolled it up, so that I could see and be seen!!

Lots of love

Baby J.

Thursday, 7 August 2008

I done gone and knit another hat...

IMG_0189, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

The Cabled Rangoli Beret. Ravelled here. Pattern here.
Mum says this one is a perfect fit - just the thing for keeping the brain warmed up for Sudokus and The Age cryptic.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

It's not mine...

DSC02799, originally uploaded by Paisley Womble.

It's on loan from the guild for the duration of the series of classes that I have signed up for. I have some homework to do.
My goal by the end of the series is to have made a hat from my own hand-spun.