So you know that feeling when your to-do list is 101 pages long (and that is only for the list of personal art projects you have ideas for, I haven’t even counted the should-do list) and you go visit your mother and she’s like “I’m giving up knitting for crocheting and I’ll be using cotton exclusively here’s all my knitting supplies and your dead grandmother’s knitting supplies too” and it’s a stash that’s bigger than your stash at home is and your mind says “where will I keep it?” but your craft fingers reach in and pull out 25 mm needles and the softest wool you’ve ever experienced and you just have to immediately start knitting up a cable scarf that is going to be too warm to ever wear because of climate change and you just don’t care because it’s the most wonderful wool you’ve ever knitted with?
Yes I know this is a completely universal experience I’ve just described.
Also, this is a big cat, to give you an idea of the scale of these needles. They are ridiculously fun to work with.
What is that between the pomegranate blossoms?
Bumblebees and hummingbirds!
A mobile for little Leander who should be joining us soon.
A knitted fox scarf.
As worn by Alicia Boshoff‘s Selkie.
You probably can’t notice it but that flower
is entirely infused with Rose Geranium Essential Oil and
now everyone is flitting around.
Sweet Adele is now more than a year old and I made her this purple jersey with the lovely Elle Baby Soft.
The pattern called for six buttons and two back panels. And I knitted the back panels only to realise that the jersey is constructed to have two fold-over pieces buttoned with only two buttons at the top, which basically means that the back can flop open. Not what you want when your primary concern is to keep a child warm. My version has one solid, proper, warm back (basically a duplication of the front but without the buttonholes).
A set of four knitted African animals finger puppets made for Baby Finn. He loves it when they give him kisses on his cheek.
With the hippo I ran out of yarn halfway through! And the poor hedgehog’s head is skew, and with that furry wool it is impossible to unsew. I like how the lion came out at least.
This jersey is so tiny! I loved making it. The baby girl is due in June/July. The mother is not doing too well.
May this jersey be worn by a perfect, healthy little being. May she be born after gestating long enough to form properly. May she bring her parents so much joy.
Dear Finn’s hat:
When I was a little girl, I really wanted finger puppets. I guess I never actually told anyone this because I’m sure my mom would have gotten me some if she knew I wanted them. Anyway, I read that it’s beneficial to expose your baby to finger puppetry because it helps teach socialisation skills. Not that my kid needs help (he’s a flirt) but I’m making finger puppets because I can.
Here’s the Work-in-Progress picture I took on the 13th already:
Here is where I am with the next one:
And here is the lion and a crazy hedgehog (I finished the lion yesterday, after re-doing the mane twice):
Babies take up a lot of time, but I’m very excited, I’m starting my art classes again next week. Hopefully I won’t let a month pass before sharing what I’m doing, but I’m not making any promises.
(And apologies for the blurry pics but honestly, I’m too lazy/tired/meh right now to do anything about it).
(And by the way, what my baby did when I tried showing him the finger puppets? He promptly grabbed the hedgehog by the hair and stuffed the face into his mouth. I should have known better.)
I have been very busy knitting!
First is the jersey I made for my friend’s baby. It was so sweet, they were saying that their little girl (95% sure it’s a girl) won’t have any handmade things except for what I make her! And then, as we were leaving their house after presenting this pink jersey, their beautiful Golden Retriever retrieved the only hand knitted jersey … ai. Luckily, my friend saw it before the dog had a chance to start chewing. And their dogs are well trained, so he actually listened when she said “Stop! Down!” whereas my Labrador would have taken that to be the start of the game. So the jersey was just a little wet, no actual damage done.
Then, I’m making an orange jersey for my own boy (due 1 April).
He’s also getting a frog.
Who is currently armless because I ran out of wool. Who would have thunk it? I originally started making this frog for Leila’s wedding but she was too big.
And finally, I finished a sock. The stitches pulled funny because I was knitting with only three needles, not four, and using the fourth one as a cable needle. Turned out to be a bad idea. I fashioned a different cable needle in the end, but should probably have just started over.
I actually made this little one for Leila’s Wedding, but she’s too big. So she’s going to be a gift for a recently pregnant friend. Congratulations!
Who needs to post a gazillion pictures when one anigif will do? You are looking at a bunch of little knitted objects that I had made for Willem’s birthday. One day I’ll add a “craft” section to this site where there will be more details. These nuggets started with this pattern but I made a sum total of zero exactly like that design.