Now that I’m very, very, very, nearly finished with the monster hoodie, I’ve been contemplating other knits for family.
This marathon knit which has left my fingers and shoulders very sore (each side is the same length as a dress on me), so I think it’s time for a few quick knits.
The cool of winter has reminded me that there are little nieces and nephews who “require” dressing in the unbeatable snuggly warmth of wool…
I’ve got a few patterns queued, and as I know that there are a number of baby garment knitters among you, thought I’d share:
Fat Kitty makes me giggle. So cute!! I will add a fat, fluffy tail though, and maybe some long whiskers. The pattern actually comes with charts for a rabbit, cat and bear, so you can take your pick. It looks like it’s designed especially for one of my nieces. The pattern is from Just Jussi, the talented designer of the hit Aviatrix hat, who is coincidentally also a Kiwi. I haven’t decided on yarn yet, but I do have quite a bit in the stash, so I will probably pick some machine washable wool (just to avoid being told that it got shrunk in the wash).
Just Jussi has put together some very cute designs. I also picked out Liam because what keen knitter can say no to fluffy little sheep on a baby knit!? It also happens to be the name of my nephew, although I think he’s too old for it, and I will probably knit it for his brother when he arrives later in the year. I have the perfect yarn in mind for that, a beautiful fingering-weight merino in blue that is very soft, and very suitable for a baby.
The aptly named Favourite Hoodie caught my attention recently too, and I can see it knitted up in a lovely, natural coloured pure wool. Perhaps more of that same merino but in a creamy yellow. The best thing about this yarn is that it is dyed using eco-friendly methods and non-toxic dyes – which makes it very guilt-free knitting for babies. It’s just a pity it’s not sold any more.
Looks like they’ll be keeping me busy for a while!
Before I do that, I do have a couple more ‘almost done’ knits that the recipients are hanging out for:
This is a scarf I’m knitting in snuggly Zealana Kauri (check out the fancy new packaging!) for a certain young man who has requested a long, warm (and soft) scarf that he can wrap around his neck a couple of times and be able to tuck it into a keyhole so that it doesn’t slip off while he’s wearing it. It’s based on my Keyhole Scarf pattern which is designed to be unisex. I’ve adjusted it for worsted weight, and cast on 39 stitches using 6mm (US 10) needles. It’s coming along beautifully, and such a quick knit!
The other young man’s hat in juicy orange is almost done too:
In case you are wondering about it, here’s the beginning of the Southern Skies. It has come along a bit since I took this picture.
How’s your knitting going?