This little pile of wool is what is left of a weekend of fun woolly frolicking! I have made two felted wool Kinder Bags, for Nora-Who-Is-Four, and her little brother Wee Finn who is already running about wildly. I can just see the little guy now, toddling about collectin’ stuff in his wee blue bag. How adorable that should be.
Truth is, these are just the beginning of the second wave of hand-made gifts I’ve made, as the first wave is already gone with the post to far-off lands, as I was in such a rush and didn’t get a chance to photograph. That’s me, just here, a delirious maker-of-things … casting on , then off, then on…. forever in a frenzy of gift-making. Will it end? So far there’s no sign of it!
That’s not the end of it ! I must continue through this kid’s knitting delirium as I work steady towards the imminent pattern… as oh… there must be a pattern! Yes, so I am casting on for one last, another, a test knit official for this kids’ pullover pattern, and I hope to get ‘er ready to come out and play by the Autumn Equinox. But these little pullovers are getting sent off to Jeff’s little g-kids right away, and you’ll have to excuse me for being a little quiet for a while, but I have got a lot of work to do so I can soon be f-is-for- finished !
This *possibly may be* the only gift I plan on knitting for the holidays this year. I started with a Louisa Harding pattern, a very simple pattern indeed, thinking for a first-time toy knitting, I couldn’t go wrong. Ah, but I couldn’t help myself from changing it all around… so this is a very modified version. I used up some left over pima cotton boucle yarn from her baby blanket I made almost 3 years ago, and stuffed it with a bit of wool fleece I had in my loft closet…not bad for a first toy , eh? Kitty is purring and ready to go to Nora for Christmas!
I was up against a decision just before Nora’s kitty was finished: 1. Spend from now until xmas knitting gifts, or 2. Design fun new things! Though in recent years not my first choice, but gifts can always be bought , so I am choosing to work on new ideas through the holidays instead. ::sigh of relief:: ((however, this doesn’t prevent me from giving away my prototypes…lol)
Coming up: Another something to add to the ” Vineyard Rows” ensemble, as well as another thing from a ways back… in blue !
A blanket knit of pima cotton ~ designed by me ~ for a very special baby girl who is due to be born in the beginning of April.
I love cotton. Don’t get me wrong, I really do, but it is very lifeless yarn to knit for such a large thing as a blanket, or even a sweater for that matter. I never really thought I would be opinionated about yarns, and maybe being a spinner has something for my penchant for wool in particular. I love wool. I love, love, love how it is resilient and alive and has ‘bite’ on the needles, how it can be so well tensioned around fingers, and feel so natural.
But this is really about the April Baby blanket.
It turned out huge, by the way ~ slightly larger than 36in x 48in ~ after it was washed and tumbled on medium heat in the dryer, to try to get it to shrink. On the bright side, it’s a perfect ‘crib blanket’, for baby to grow with, at least until she’s three. Or five. The fluffy 2ply pima cotton boucle just makes one want to dive right into it and take a nap.