An F.O. at last!

Or is that “a F.O.”?  Anyway, I finished the the kool-aid dyed soaker for E (except for the waist elastic which is at mum’s house).  After all that hmmmming and haaaing about the cuffs, in the end I got brave and just used the dyed yarn to see how far it would go – it lasted for 5 rows each cuff, plus the row of picked up stitches and the cast-off, and I still had 2m left!  So I really didn’t have anything to worry about.

I did the cuffs last night while watching Mrs Caldicott’s Cabbage War (very enjoyable)  and today I did a wee bit of embroidery on the back.  I’m still not in love with them and I was feeling lazy so I kept the design simple.

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Pimp my soakers part 2

So, I decided to have a go at embroidering my soakers to zhuzz them up a little.  Here is my first attempt, on  a soaker knitted in Treliske organic merino (yummmm!).  I played around with duplicate stitch, chain stitch and lazy daizies – my first ever embroidery experiment.  It was also the first time I made an i-cord.  ugh.  not my favourite thing.

 back view (its supposed to be a butterfly. yes really.)

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front view:

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I wasn’t entirely happy and wanted to improve on that effort, so I did another flowery girly sort of soaker, this time for a friend of E.  This was actually my first try at circular knitting, using the Punk Knitters pattern.  After that I never bothered making a soaker on flats again, I love circulars!:

 front view:

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back view:

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First Post!

Well.  What does one write in a first post?  The start.  The beginning.

 Hmmmm, this is supposed to be primarily a knitting blog (with a bit of other craft thrown in) so I guess the start was a year ago when my daughter E was a couple of months old and I picked up a pair of knitting needles to make her a soaker to wear over cloth nappies.  And I’ve been addicted to knitting ever since.  Pretty early on I discovered Storm in the Attic and aspired to knit like that one day. Then I found Baa Bum Knits and just about slipped over in a puddle of drool. One day. I will. Create woollies like that.