Surrounded by baby knits

Wow, it’s been a bit quiet around here recently huh? Well in the background I’ve been busy knitting away since my knitting mojo returned. And it returned with such gusto that I’ve been too busy knitting to actually write about what I’ve been doing.

Baby knits 031And I was right when I predicted this would be the year of babies for me. Four of my cousins, one of my best friends and many of the knitters I know have just had babies or are currently pregnant. I guess I’m just getting to that age. So I am surrounded by baby knits with no end in sight.

IMAG0292 (1)Not that this is a problem, baby knits are cute and quick. And then you have the fun of finding the perfect buttons to compliment the yarn and pattern. I love really bright contrasting colour buttons and have been trying to work my way through my stash but have ended up buying some when I just don’t have the perfect button to hand.

Baby knits 027The first and second photos show in threes: a baby cardigan by Kelly Herdrich, both knit using DROPS Baby Merino that I bought from Winnie’s Wool Wagon a while back. I love this yarn, it’s a fingering weight, superwash wool and comes in a variety of bright colours. And at €3.50 for 175 meters it’s great value too. Using less than a ball and a half I knit the purple one in size 2T with it fitting up to about 6 months (at a guess, I don’t really know how big babies are) and the pink one I knit the 3T size which I would guess will fit someone from about 6 months up?

I’ve also gotten feedback from the recipient of the purple cardigan that the short sleeves are great, which I’m delighted to hear because I hate knitting sleeves. I see a lot of these cardigans in my future and in fact have another on my needles at the moment.

Baby knits 023The red cardigan is Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker and I really love the teal contrasting buttons. The yarn is Mirasol Yarn Samp’a and the 6-12 month size took about 2 balls. I assumed because this was cotton that it would be machine washable but the yarn band advises hand washing. I put it in the wash when it was finished and it came out ok but I’m not sure if it withstand a lot of washing so I’ll have to be careful about who I give this one to.

I’ve also finished one Old Growth by tincanknits and have plans for a second one. And as I mentioned I have my bajillionth In Threes on my needles. These are all knit using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Sunset that I picked up a couple of months ago. More on that soon(ish)….