Lots of knitting

Plenty of knitting going on at the moment. Marina has finally settled on a good way of making her 10 stitch blanket . She has worked at finding the best way of doing it for her and the result now is a lovely blanket which is growing each week. Meryl’s blue best is expertly knitted and is very neat. It is soft and drapes and the back had some interesting Aran effect knitting so it’s a very stylish vest. Sonya’s slippers, based on Hilary’s pattern are coming along and are so cheerful and colourful. Jan’s cream slouch beanie looks good. We tried it with her felted purple hat and that made a visually interesting impact on the hat which really dressed it up. It’s a good hat because you can style it. Think the knitting needles are still out because our weather has been very erratic and we have hat a lot of cold , windy and wet days which stop us form easily being outside as we normally are at this time of the year.

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One piece baby jacket

one piece knitted baby jacket

Maria was doing clever things on Monday. She was knitting a one piece baby jacket which was more or less a rectangle and then you folded it it cleverly and voil√† – it was a stylish baby jacket! It was a lot of fun testing our brains to get it folded properly and so it ended up being a good brain training exercise. She’d used lovely caramel and white variegated acrylic yarn. Babies need easy care garments.

There are some lovely free knitting patterns for baby jackets on Craftsy.

baby jacket knitted once piece

Have we got hats!

We love making hats. They can be a good way to use up oddments or smaller amounts of spun yarn. They can encourage us to think creatively and then we can always think about style and colour. This week we had some really good hats.

Alexis had some flat topped knitted hats which she had made from her own dyed and spun wool. Lovely colours and a different sort of design for a hat which was a bit more stylish than a beret or beanie. The felt trims were a nice addition but the colours! The lavender one had such a lovely mix of other colours in it which were picking up the light.

Cathy made a fluffy , puffy child’s beanie from the acrylic yarn leftovers he had. Some acrylic art yarn gives an interesting effect. She mixed them, with some fawn linen yarn . Making a pompom from acrylic , fluffy yarn wasn’t so easy.

Christine had made 3 green hats from her spun wool. It’s a lovely green and the pastel buttons just go so nicely on these hats to break the colour and then add a cheerful visual lift.

Knitted slippers

We love Hilary’s knitted slippers. The bag ones are great because they are so easy to store or pack. It’s a great design and then they just stretch over your feet to make dainty slippers. The other ones are slipper socks and could well be knitted bigger and then felted. There are lots of knitted slipper patterns to choose from on guidepatterns which also has a Facebook page. The thing with knitted slippers is you can use up oddments and they don’t use a lot of yarn. Hilary had knitted the smaller ones in homespun yarn and then acrylic so we could see the difference in how they look and feel.