Author Archives: mrsknitandpurl

Yes, you are right… I’ve knitted a boob!

I haven’t done much knitting recently other than the occasional round on my never ending jumper. Life with a toddler (can’t believe she isn’t a baby anymore) is hectic and also for the past couple of months I have been completing an online learning module to become an ABM mother supporter. This means that I am trained to support mothers with breastfeeding and to point them in the right direction if they are struggling with more complex issues. I have really enjoyed the training and am keen to start my breastfeeding counsellor training course next. This will take a couple of years but I am want to learn more so that I can help even more mothers.

Anyway, at the groups I go to, there is often a knitted boob or two hanging around for demonstration purposes. I figured that making my own would be a quick project that would provide a useful resource and also use up some yarn from previous projects.

The knit itself only took a week or so and I’m quite pleased with the result. The colours work reasonably well considering I just grabbed some yarn from my scrap bag. Here is the link to the pattern just in case you want your own knitted boob! I can’t wait to take my knitted boob to the ABM conference in London in a couple of weeks and learn even more about supporting breastfeeding mothers!

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Baby ballerina!

I’ve finished another project. This is good as I have 2 baby wizard cloaks to make (don’t ask) and am returning to work in a couple of weeks (albeit on a part time basis). I’m sure my knitting rate is going to slow down now.

I picked up a pattern for a baby ballerina cardigan and some Sirdar Snuggly Crofter img_4930Fair Isle effect DK yarn (Shade 0177) a few weeks ago. The pattern is great as it goes up to 7 yrs old. I was undecided what size to do for my daughter as, although when I cast on she was 10 months old, she is still in 3-6 month clothes. In the end I choose the 6-12 month size and then reaslised I better crack on with it before she grows too big. For the first time in my life I circled the numbers for that size (previously I’ve always made the smallest size) but even with the circling I almost forgot a few times! I decided to make the sleeves slightly longer as she had fairly long arms. Amazingly the sleeves match – this was pure luck as the second sleeve was with a brand new ball of yarn and I literally just started from the end. It’s strange how these things happen sometimes.

img_4928I finally finished yesterday and spent most the evening sewing it together, adding the popper and the ribbons. I haven’t blocked it or even ironed it yet as I was desperate for my daughter to wear it today. It’s a little short in the body (although I think this is partly the design) but other than that I’m quite pleased. It got a few compliments at baby group this morning. What do you think?

I’m not sure what to knit next. I still have an adult jumper on the go so perhaps I should focus on that. I also have loads of random baby DK yarn in my cupboard. I don’t want to make a blanket -any other suggestions on what to do with it?

Teapot sweater!

Back in June, my sister gave me a knitting kit for my birthday. It was for a teapot sweater and came with a pair of beautiful beaded knitting needles and some Dartmoor National Park sheep wool. Well last week I finally got round to casting on.

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The pattern had lots of ribbing and mock cables – easy to go wrong with my 10 month old daughter crawling around – and oh boy, did I go wrong! For the first time in my life I ended up pulling out a needle and ripping back (10 whole rows). I was terrified but also couldn’t continue once I had spotted 3 huge mistakes. Amazingly though I managed to sort it out without having to completely start from scratch. Although I think this was more luck than skill. Once I had sorted that out and focused more on what I was knitting, the rest grew quite quickly. And now my teapot has a jumper!!

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My next project is a wrap cardigan for my daughter. I bought the pattern, yarn and ribbon last weekend and I am desperate to start it. Perhaps I’ll start tonight with a cup of tea from my newly dressed teapot!

Mini crochet project

We had a family outing to the zoo the other day as we were given an annual pass for Christmas. Unfortunately when we arrived home I realised that I didn’t have my knitted phone case. I searched everywhere but with no luck. I was gutted as that was the first thing I knitted.

I decided that I should make another one. We had a short break at my mums for new year and I stupidly forgot to take anything with me to do. My mum was doing a bit of crochet so I flicked through her DK book and there it was … a pattern for a phone cover just like my old knitted one but in crochet form. So I raided her craft room and found some yarn and a 4mm hook. Having only done granny squares and one little project a while ago, it took a while to get going but after a few dodgy rows I got into the swing of it. It only took a couple of days and when I got home I dug out a bright button to finish it off.

I think I prefer knitting but now feel a little more confident to attempt a few crochet patterns. Any suggestions on what I should attempt next?

Just in time for Christmas!

Well… life with a baby doesn’t leave much time for knitting. We are always busy going to groups, catching up with friends and of course the everyday routine of feeding, playing, napping and cleaning. In fact, now that she’s crawling, there’s next to no time.

However, since the summer, I have been slowly knitting a hedgehog for her and today I finally finished – just in time to wrap up and put under the Christmas tree! It was a pattern from the Woodland Creatures book that I used to make my snail, frog and owl that you’ll see in some of my old posts. The ‘spiky’ yarn was a little tricky to knit with at first but once I got going it quickly became easier.

Really I should have finished it last week, but I had the silly idea of knitting a hat for my friend’s newborn daughter. I cast on last Friday and was visiting her on Tuesday
morning so I had to work quickly. Luckily baby hats aren’t very big! Anyway, I finished it with time to spare and she was delighted with it. Here is a very poor picture of it. Now to decide what to knit next…

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Slow…slow…snail…

Well, my beautiful baby girl arrived back in March by c-section as the stubborn little monkey would not turn and she has completely changed my life. We have been having a fabulous time going to hundreds of different baby groups, swimming and having visitors. Oh and of course wearing some baby knits (both the ones I made and ones people have been kind enough to make for us). The last 3 months have simply flown past with little time to do much knitting. In fact last weekend was spent at my sewing machine making a superhero costume. However slowly but surely over the last 3 months I have been knitting a snail using some left over yarn and today I finally finished. The shell matches the cardigan and hat I made while pregnant so I am probably one of the only people in England hoping that it’s cold tomorrow so we can show off the matching set!

Must… stop… knitting!

Right. This must be my final project before I have my baby. Only have a day left and have a long list of jobs around the house that need to be done. I managed to buy dog food and defrost the freezer today, but apart from that I have just been knitting! So here is my final completed project before I become a mummy… a pair of baby socks. They were so quick and easy to knit and amazingly I managed to get them both matching exactly (more luck than judgement). And the best thing? They match my socks as I used the left over yarn from the socks I made last year. I feel a good photo opportunity coming on. Although I will feel a little guilty if baby is a boy as they are a little pink!

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