It would be gauche for me to say that this is the best sweater in the world that has ever existed, but look at it! It is full of all the joy that knitting a sweater should be. Its simple, colourful wide bands of colour …
When Jen from A-C Knitwear announced the A Year Of Techniques project, there was one subject that I really, really wanted to appear in the line up, and that was steeking. Steeks are perhaps one of the more jovially divisive techniques in the knitting skills …
Thank you so much for the helpful, understanding and corroborating responses to a recent post, where I had written about a pattern that I had a number of issues knitting, a sailor-style sweater with intarsia motif: Brendan. I had detailed the issues that I’d had with the pattern (neck opening size, motif size, motif placement) and the steps I’d taken to try to deal with the pattern errors and inconsistencies, before having chucked in the towel and decided that it wasn’t worth the extra hassle at a time whilst I had been ill.
A number of people said to just frog the entire project and re-use the yarn for something more pleasing, which I would have done if by the time that the edgings, intarsia, front and back seamed pieces, etc, wouldn’t have meant that I’d have ended up with a load of awkward scraps. so, instead I put an hour aside today and decided to just knit a few edgings onto the neckline and sleeve holes, so that at least it was finished. I used my own Apply On-The-Fly iCord edging to ensure that the unfinished edges were quickly and fully enclosed. When it came to the sharp turn at the bottom of the neck opening, I picked up not one, but two stitches at the lowest part before moving the stitches up the needle, and knit these three together (again, through the back loop), to make the turn, doing this twice at the lowest point of the neckline.
It’s not finished to the degree that I would have liked, but I knew that I didn’t have the heart to work on it any further, and for relatively little work at least the edging has made it look in some way usable. I did as was suggested and tried the finished piece on Giantmonk, but shall we say that he is just a little, er, ‘rotund’, to wear it without making him look like he has been unfairly stuffed into it. I don’t know if Baby Awesome will ever wear this: I’ll see how it looks when he’s finally here.
For now I shall just put this with the other finished sweaters and see what becomes of it, whilst the pattern of hand-knits in the nursery grows one higher.
Though there are many further things that we could do with the nursery, it is, to all intents and purposes, ready for if Baby Awesome comes into the world. There are some finishing touches that I hope will be done in time, but as I reach full term today I feel at least comfortable in the knowledge that we will be at least partly ready.
Now as each day passes it feels a bit like a countdown to an indeterminate moment. I am trying to steady my nerves with simple knitting and un-fussy tasks, but tiredness is starting to get the better of me, and discomfort makes any concentrated length of time spent on a task a bit difficult. Mostly, however, I am just too nervous and excited to concentrate.
For now, the little whale sailor top sits waiting in the nursery along with all of his other things: whales and narwhals, fish, lighthouses and images of the seaside and bright oceans. I like to wander into the room when the house is quiet, and imagine spending time there soon.
Over the weekend I decided to knit a little cardigan with the remnants of three shades of Drops Baby Merino in Ice Blue, Lavender and Navy using the Little Bubbles pattern. As it was knitted with the three yarns left over from completing the Snuggly Bums Trousers, …
Last week a postman came to the door with a huge soft pillowy parcel addressed to Baby Awesome. Not entirely sue on the legality of opening someone’s mail before they were born I checked the senders details to see that it was from the lovely Vivianne of Kismet’s Companion. I contacted Vivianne to ask if she would mine if myself and Mr Awesome opened it in his stead, or if it should wait until he was back home with us. With her blessings we enjoyed uncovering the jewels within.
What gave the parcel such a squidgy bulk was the most beautiful baby blanket. This is folded beyond quarters just to allow me to photograph, but it is in reality a beautiful large size, detailed by crocheted lace layered borders and a running satin ribbon to compliment. When we dress the cot I shall take a picture of it in situ, because it fits so perfectly in the room we have decorated in neutrals with navy detailing.
I hope if Vivianne reads that she will be able to confirm that I have threaded the ribbon correctly! After we received the parcel and had opened it we also got word that the ribbon had been re-threaded into the lace other than where originally intended once it had been washed before sending (not that I would ever have been able to tell, it was beautiful where it arrived) but I have done my best to re-thread it as initially intended!
Also included were two smaller, separate little tissue-wrapped parcels, which contained two beautiful cardigans. I simply love these; one smaller in a warm neutral colour, slightly blush, with beautiful cabling and detailing along the raglan shaping; and another in a dark red colour with beautiful little turned collar and lace patterning on the lower half, a couple of sizes larger. We are so overwhelmed and grateful for such thoughtful and beautifully handmade gifts. Our little one will wear them and love them, and he will grow knowing the true value of friends and where his most special blanket came from and how much it means.
You can read all about the beautiful items above on Kismet’s Companion’s own blog post, which also has a much better picture of the blanket in full size, as well as other baby knits and crocheted blankets that have been sent to other lucky parents-to-be. For now, Baby Awesome’s two little gift cardigans have joined his other hand knit clothes, ready for his arrival. I am so glad that they all cover a range of sizes, because though I do want to see him in his most treasured hand made items from the first days, I know that he will grow so quickly that I will hardly seem to be able to take it in, and it will be good to know that he will be able to feel the love of handmade for as long as he is happy to wear them.