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UFO progress

I've been making some progress in actually finishing some knits recently. The stash of baby gift knitting has been growing.  This doesn't mean that I have cleared the entire mess of unfinished objects from the work basket though. Still plenty of ends to weave in & last little bits of sewing to finish...
Better get a move on; these babies are being born whether or not my knits are finished!

Sewing for small people

I've been sewing some bits for a certain small human; I've made two slings from instructions based on this tutorial by Jan Andrea. The first sling was made using blue & lime green cotton fabrics from Murphy Sheehy. I was reluctant to entrust a child's safety to one measly layer of fabric, so used a thin lining with thicker cotton fabric. As a result, the pleats were very thick & my sewing just a bit messy. I also suspect that I cut the fabric a bit wider than the recommended 30''.
My second attempt, on the right, is sewn in grey & blue finer weight cottons. As the fabric is lighter, there was not as much bulk to sew through at the pleats. I'm happy with my attempts to sew some practical items, but am still waiting for the little one to arrive, so have yet to test these out. It is my intention to use these slings while pottering about the house etc, as little ones like to be held, and I like to have my hands free to do stuff!
I've also been work…


I'm anticipating a new arrival, and seem to think that the only way to prepare for this small human is to knit all the things. I would usually stick to 6 months plus when knitting for other people's babies, as they grow so quickly, but have made a few cardigans intended to be suitable up to about 3 months for my own.
Pattern; Linnie by Justyna Lorkowska Yarn; main colour - Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino contrast colour; Schoppel Wolle Zauberball, plied before use Buttons; from Hickeys Fabrics Modifications; I cast on using the MC before changing to the contrast; I increased by an extra 8 stitches before separating for sleeves. Instead of making the button holes as part of the main garment, I knit on button bands afterwards. I did not use the contrast colour at the cuffs or end of cardigan as written in the pattern.
Pattern; Tomten by Elizabeth Zimmerman Yarn; Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Buttons; from Hickeys Fabrics Modifications; I knit this in 'sport' weight tension r…


Trying to work my way through some of the very many unfinished knits in the pile is proving to be very tedious. I love striped things, but there is a disadvantage; twice the ends to sew in. This may take some time...

Decisions, decisions...

I do love my button jar, but sometimes find that it leads to having to make tough decisions. After much deliberation, may I present some new finished objects - a range of baby cardigans.
 Pattern; Demne, by Annie Cholewa Size - newborn (with room to spare) Yarn; Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - I used just a fraction under 2 balls. Buttons - from the stash. Probably from Hickey's from a while ago.
This pattern has you provisionally cast on many times, just to use some special cast off. I didn't bother with the cast off, but unfortunately, didn't read ahead, so ended up otherwise knitting as directed. It seems unnecessarily complicated, though I have yet to sit down & figure out the sensible way of knitting this. I'm happy with the finished garment but will likely avoid the pattern in future.

Pattern; Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker Size 3 - 6 months Yarn; Hedgehog Fibres sock in Hunter Buttons - from the stash. Probably from Studio 54 in Blackrock.
I've knit this pa…