Wrapped in (expensive!) wool

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I’ve been knitting for five years and yet I still haven’t knitted something for myself.  Last year I was so over stretched that I didn’t manage much knitting when I was pregnant.  So for the last 8 months I’ve been trying to catch up on all the projects I had planned for baby Arthur.  Although, in the back of my mind I kept thinking “In the new year I’m gonna make something JUST for me to wear”. I’ve also been picking up and dropping a tea leaves cardigan I’m knitting for a friend.  It’s getting there but I have too much emotions wrapped in making it.  It’s silly really.

For Christmas I asked family if they could give me vouchers for John Lewis because they have a lovey yarn selection.  And the best bit?  Well they have a massive boxing day sale and selected yarns are cut to half price. Really it’s a perfect combination of gorgeous yarns, reduced prices, and talented staff.  The store has a resident member at hand to pass on her vast skills and knowledge.  I told her the patterns I had in mind and she knew them all! She knew them like the days of the week. I plan on making the modified adult version of an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern and the help I got was wonderful! She told me to leave out the eyelets because I have a bust and what stitches I should pick up on the arms to help it pull less. Plus she carried Arthur while I picked the yarns I liked best.

The other yarns are tagged for Graham and the kids, and I’m equally excited to see them wear the end results.  Did you see the Rowan Cocoon? It is unbelievably soft and will be put aside for Arthur’s first birthday. I want to knit him this then I want to snuggle him like a teddy bear when he wears it. Yum! I think Beth will be getting new leg warmers to wear in the spring months and Graham is getting a hat. Every attempt to knit a hat thus far has been too small on his huge head. Hats seem to be my down fall.

I cast on my February Sweater last night but we had friends visiting so I put the needles down.  I’ve long learnt that wine and knitting is a terrible combination for me. So this morning I plan on getting properly into it while simultaneously supervising Arthur furniture walking around the house.  He keeps playing with the bin and hiding behind the Christmas tree. What a pest! The days of knitting with a sleeping babe on my chest have passed yet again.

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Halloween Gardening

ImageWe attend the children’s gardening group in the Botanic Gardens every Tuesday.  It’s really great fun and Beth gets so much from it.  This Tuesday the theme was, of course, Halloween. We carved pumpkins, peeled apples, and used our broomsticks to fly around the green space.

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ImageI quickly cast on this pumpkin hat for Arthur and managed to finish it last night.  I left out the leaves but I’m sure he wont mind. Image

We are going to a Halloween party in The Kelvinside Meadow this afternoon and then tonight Graham and I plan to watch some scary movies.

And tomorrow?  I’m making pumpkin soup! 🙂

 Happy Halloween!

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Yarn along

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This was knitted for Arthur before he was born but it was put away and forgotten about till yesterday.  My friend is a neonatal nurse and her Grandmother knits for her unit.  This hooded cardigan was a kind gift from her.  I’m glad it still fits him, it’s very sweet.

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On the needles I’m knitting Arthur a baby sophisticate.  It would have been finished sooner had Graham and I not had some wine on Saturday night.  I had to unpick 3 hours of slightly drunk knitting.  I remember at the time thinking knitting and wine complimented each other so well…….

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I’m joining Ginny today on Yarn along.

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Aviatrix baby hat

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Beth’s birthday is at the end of this month and the plan was to knit her a new winter hat.  She picked this yarn from a spring sale in our favorite store a few months back and at the start of September I cast on the Aviatrix baby hat.  I really enjoyed knitting this hat in a smaller size for Arthur during the summer.  However, as I started getting into knitting it I started to notice this hat was no way going to fit my sweet four year old daughters delicate head.  It was wide enough but just too short.  Luckily, I have a robust 5 month old son who has a lovely big boy shaped skull and, would you know it, this hat fits him perfectly.  Beth kindly said her brother can have this one but she wants a matching one so it’s back to the needles for me.  Thankfully I have a ton of TV to watch.  Graham and I are working our way through homeland (it is ACE!) and so the next few weeks of night time knitting is planned out for me.  Then I need to think about how I’m going to make Beth a bunny outfit for Halloween.  Oh, and I have a teddy bear picnic birthday party to plan.  And I agreed to do a jam making demonstration at our local harvest festival.  Ha! How can I possibly go back to work in April?Image

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Summer so far

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Argh! I can’t believe ho long it has been since I last blogged.  Its been a full on summer and I haven’t stopped to write down anything.  This really bugs me because I wanted to record what we’ve been doing so I could look back fondly on the memories in the cold dark winter months.  But, alas, my Mother did remind me I was awful at keeping a dairy when I was small and had much more time, so I should be aware of this. 

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Anyway, self criticism aside it was been a really special summer.  The days have been long, warm, and beautiful, and the company has been just as enjoyable.  Our garden is looking fantastic considering I’ve never grown anything other than mold (and children I suppose)  I am looking forwards to using the fruit and veg, chocolate and beetroot cake you say?

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On the knitting front little hats and cardigans have been flying off the needles. I couldn’t get into knitting much for Arthur when he was in my womb.  I was working too much and was frankly exhausted, but I have made up for it in the last few months.  Beth’s birthday is at the end of September and I am going to be starting her annual knitted “something” to wear in the next few days once I have finished Arthur’s cardigan.  Baby knits are so much easier, huh?

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This hat is aged 6-12 months but my 3 month old boy has a HUGE head!  I really liked knitting this hat because it is easy, fast, and looks so sweet on even the bigger of babies heads.Image

Oh my goodness, I love this picture!  Arthur looks disgusted at Graham’s burger.  Almost like he is thinking “Yuck! I’ll never eat anything like THAT!”

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Almost off the needles is Arthur’s sweet garter yoke cardigan.  I love this colour on Arthur and It’s very similar to the one he wears just now.

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Graham’s home brewed craft beers are ready to drink now and we have 36 pints of lovely beer to enjoy.  Graham reminded me to stop saying “ours” because I didn’t actually help him make it but I’m sure I gave, umm, emotional support.  I certainly watched him do all the work….. 

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