I knitted two pebble vests for Arthur before he was born. Both were first size as I reckoned if he was anything like his petite sister he’d be thin and small but I was wrong. This boy has done nothing but grow and grow, and and those sweet little vests have never fitted him. I had two balls of tweedy mustard yarn stashed away in the hope of a new beanie hat for next autumn but what is a new born baby without some mama made clothes? So I knitted him this pebble vest on 5mm needles and hopefully he will get some wear out of it.
Also I regularly find I have accidentally dressed Beth and myself in matching outfits. I’m not sure if its because I had the colors in my mind when I was getting dressed or if because the colors get washed together and are ready to be worn at the same time. However, Graham noticed the other day that I have been doing it with Arthur . Thankfully Beth more often prefers to choose her own outfits these days or we’d look like a bad imitation of the Von trapps!
I knitted this five hour sweater for Arthur ages ago when I first learned we were expecting. This vintage pure wool yarn was found in a good will shop and I like the chunky tweedy texture of it. The ONLY down side is, uh, I ran out of yarn about an inch before the end at the back. Luckily I found a yarn in very similar color so its not too bad, and you know, he spends most of his time lying down anyway.
Finally finished! This is Beth’s new tiny tea leaves cardigan. I love this pattern but the neck is a bit wider than I like so I used ginny sheller’s notes. This can be found here. The colour doesn’t really show well in the pictures but the cardigan is raspberry red.
To avoid the January blues I always like to take this lull in the season to make plans and lists for the year ahead. However, being a libra sometimes I fantasise about my great ideas more than I achieve them. Typically I’ll have a great plan but wont write it down and then another great idea will butt in and I’ll become so consumed with that new idea that the last one will have escaped me. It can be rather frustrating trying to remember what I had been obsessed with last week.
However, something’s always stick. Graham and I have always wanted to live somewhere with a garden, Beth always plans for us to go camping, and I always want to do more knitting. So we are moving into a new house close to my family in February, I have reduced my hours at work which will give me plenty time to knit, and, um, do other productive activities, and we are planning to go camping when the weather warms up a bit. However, living in Scotland that will be exchanged for rain most likely. But so far, the plans made this year have been put in place and that is an achievement.
Since joining a knitting circle in early January I have also managed more knitting this year, which has been wonderful for mummy alone time. I recently completed another tiny tea leaves for Beth but this time used Ginny sheller’s notes to make a much tighter neck line. Her blog can be found here. Fresh off the needles the next project is to knit the adult tea leaves for my dearest friend but the pattern will need adjusted to fit her size so that will have to be put on the to do list. Plus Beth has been moved up to the big girls ballet class and reported the room is “freezing” cold so I’m casting on some leg warmers for her.
Talking of Beth, her and binky the kitten shared a perfect morning when he was visiting. I love how gentle and sweet they were together that day. I had to take some photos.
Lastly, for my darling partner, and as its burns night tonight, this is for Graham my true sweetheart.