Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ginny’s baby shower


Ginny Sheller is just about one of my favourite people so it is a real pleasure to be knitting something special for her new baby to be. Ginny was the driving force behind my motivation to learn to knit. She nudged me over the finish line when I was procrastinating about casting on my first proper project, a Milo, with encouraging words that made me believe I could do it. I did it. Her blog is the one I always turn to when I need a lift. Her words have the power to raise my spirits in laughter and also to make me cry. She has an inner wisdom that she so generously shares with us all. A gentle humbleness which is a leveler. A sense of humour that has me in giggling stitches. I want to thank Ginny for sharing her life and to tell her that she really has made a huge difference so many times when I needed it most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Ginny.

I am knitting a little Pilot Cap in Colinette Art yarn java plum (79% wool, 21% bamboo). I did a trial run last week for another little girl and there is a picture of it here in my last post. I want this to be perfect for Ginny and Jonny’s girl. I love this yarn so much, it has a soft lilac base with blue and coral variegated highlights.  I know Ginny likes this pattern as she has knitted it herself. I think that the hat will probably fit at around the 5-6 month mark, hopefully making it a late Fall / Winter knit.

So here is my holding place at the Baby Shower! Ginny, I will get this to you over the coming weeks and I promise every single stitch will be so full of love for you, Jonny and the baby. I cannot wait to see her and I am holding you in my heart in these last few weeks. Sending love, always.

Knitting hats

I’ve been a woeful blogger and knitter of late. That actually isn’t strictly true. I have completed a couple of projects but not blogged about them. I haven’t been a woeful blogger ‘of late’ either. Let’s face it I am hit and miss at the best of times.

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I knit my husband a Seaman’s Cap to replace the nightmare Beanie I knit him (remember the one with the ribbing? OH THE RIBBING!!). I’m not over the moon, he has to kind of adjust the band to sit right on his head which means it doesn’t look so pretty on. He seems happy enough with it but I am just not. At least it isn’t saggy like the nightmare beanie though. Maybe I’ll be fourth time lucky knitting him a hat. If the socks don’t get me first*

The second hat was another Pilot Cap bonnet for my friend’s baby girl who outgrew the newborn one I did for her. I love the way it turned out and it fits, with growing room. Knitting success.

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Next up…I’m undecidedly decided. I want to try *socks for Chris. He’d dearly love a pair. The ever lovely Sarah suggested a pattern which is perhaps too ribbing rich for my liking (!!!) although I think they look lovely. My dear friend and knitting guru, Valerie has also suggested the Rye socks and another pattern by Susan Anderson. They call for worsted weight (I balked at fingering and whimpered at DK, wimp that I am at the moment. I call it sleep deprivation)…but what worsted weight yarn would have a bit of nylon to make them wear better? So I’m floundering. ^his husband of mine is HARD on his socks. I need to research more. That means knitting less. So maybe I will cast on something for my little darling whilst I work out the details. Maybe I will procrastinate a while over what to knit him too, after all Summer is coming with it’s promise (ha! who am I kidding, I live in ENGLAND!) of warm weather… should I consider slippery cotton or a blend of cotton/wool…or get ahead for winter and stick with wool?

So there I leave you, my mind all unmade up.  I’ll be back with knitting news when I have something more interesting to share than indecision! Have a lovely week ahead friends.

I’m hooking up with Ginny and Nicole and look forward to catching up with your knitting adventures too.