Whipping up some winter woollies

I have rediscovered my love of knitting this winter. Not that I had ever successfully completed much aside from a few very simple baby singlets, a heap of beanies and the requisite scarves you give to your Mum, Nana, Aunties, sisters and besties. My sister was expecting her first baby and I thought it would be nice to make her something special for the new addition to the whānau. So, being a lady on a mission I hunted out my knitting needles. These were finally located, lodged between shelves and the back of the craft cupboard, referred to more commonly by those who live with me as The Junk Cupboard.

I settled on a patten from The Baby Knits Book by Debbie Bliss. It was filled with lots of delicious little projects. As I’m still a relative novice, I settled on a simple moss stitched baby blanket (which turned out to be a perfect fit for the car seat!) There is something soothing about knitting for little people, even selecting the wool was fun and considering my lack of patience there was the added bonus that the project didn’t take all that long to complete.

Buoyed by my success on completing this (and being a little sick of k1 p1,) I decided to look for something more challenging that I could make for my nearly 3 year old. The project I decided on can be seen on the front cover of The Close Knit Gang and much to my amazement I managed it with a minimum of unpicking and unrepeatables. It turned out gorgeous – hand made but still looking funky and current (I knitted it in brighter colours). I really liked this book, lots of great patterns, easy to follow and it gives suggestions on alternate colourways if you don’t like the ones pictured.

I am currently creating a cute wee hoodie for a nephew from Wonderland , after getting side tracked along the way making the fingerless gloves, in Knitting for Children 35 Simple Knits Kids will love to make. These were requested in Crusader colours naturally, by my rugby mad 8 year old who was finding his hands were cold when scootering to school on some of our colder mornings. They were quick and easy with the pair finished in two evenings. He surprised me again earlier this week by flicking through a copy of another book I had brought home, Easy Kids Knits and has put in an order for himself. I have that lined that up for my next project as the hoodie is nearly done.

After that though I am going to be at a bit of a loose end, so any recommendations on good books for patterns or your favourite recent projects that are still relatively easy would be most appreciated!

10 thoughts on “Whipping up some winter woollies

  1. robertafsmith 11 September 2012 / 9:36 am

    After the Feb “you know what”, I knitted my first ever cardie for myself and I found it to be a very soothing, therapeutic activity. I even wore it out in public! Now I’m knitting squares for an Afghan blanket. So I agree, it is a great winter activity. But what will we do now in Summer, Aurelia?

    • releccleleccl 11 September 2012 / 1:55 pm

      I figure i could just try switching to summery cottons rather than DK wool based winter projects and maybe take some of Marion’s advice below. Hmmm… think i will have to find myself an exciting summertime pattern :).

  2. mj 11 September 2012 / 10:10 am

    Wow. I’m impressed at the knitted cardigan & fingerless gloves. you’ve been busy this winter. I’ve attempted socks with double pointed needles this year & have just given up for the time being as I keep managing to get the yarn twisted & several dropped stitches. It turns out I am much more of a scarf & simple project kind of gal. Roll on next winter when I will try again …

  3. Marion 11 September 2012 / 1:31 pm

    It can be a summer activity. First find a “knitting bag” and fill it with your current project, then break out the deck chair in a sunny spot, settle down and knit. Optional accessories – a book and a cool drink. Very relaxing.

  4. simonehindin 12 September 2012 / 2:26 pm

    Summer is a great time to do some dyeing. I prefer natural dyes partly because its all an experiment and I’m interested to see what colours I’ll get.

  5. purplerulz 12 September 2012 / 5:48 pm

    I’ve been knitting toadstools, scarves for statues and other yarn bombing activities…. my attention span is too short to knit big jumpers etc, so a toadstool to put in the garden only takes an hour and gives me a chance to knit without a big committment of money or time!

    • Marion 13 September 2012 / 11:31 am

      How do you knit a toadstool? Do we have a pattern book on that in our catalogue?

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