I’ve got quite a few things I could be blogging about, but can’t seem to motivate myself to do it (story of my life, really, except for knitting and crochet!)
I have been knitting! Yes I have! It was with much relief that I picked up the sticks again last month after sending off my Easter Show entries – I hadn’t knit a stitch since early January! I might have even already mentioned that to you, but it still amazes me. Fortunately, I remembered how to cast on, and in just over a week I had this:
Pattern:. Floyd by Martin Storey from Rowan Miniature Classics. I’ve knitted this before, for Connor, and found the pattern a tad on the small size. So I decided to knit the 6-9 mo size, even though the new little guy is only 2 mo. And I added a bit of length in the body, as the
Rowan Handknit Cotton shrinks a wee bit in the wash and dryer.
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton, 1 ball each in red, blue and stone – all up I used about 105gm. I had a ball of red leftover from Connor’s vest, so used it for the bands, and striped the blue and stone. If I buy one more ball I reckon I’ll have enough for another vest!
This is a nice cotton, a bit thicker than a regular DK/8ply, more of a worsted weight really I think. It is nice to knit with and knits up beautifully. And easy to wash and dry if necessary!
Sticks: 3.25 and 4mm sticks
Modifications: As mentioned, I made it a few cm longer in the body. I also left off the pocket, since a baby doesn’t have much use for pockets in their garments! And the stripes add enough visual interest anyway, I think.
Time: 24 March – 2 April
I don’t often repeat patterns that I’ve already made, but I can see myself making this one again. It’s just a nice cute vest – classic and versatile.