The last of the tussilago baby accessories patterns is finally released and I think this might be my favorite of the three even if I think they all look best together. Tussilago hat is a helmet style earflap hat in the size range from preemie to 49 cm head circumference and is intended to work for children 0-2 years just as Tussilago mittens and scarf.
This was a brith and wonderful day and it always feels like a treat to work with this model, he so happy and adorable with his curly hair just like his mom. I knit all of these in Isager Alpaca 2 in a beautiful natural grey, I think that this makes the perfect set all knit in the same yarn and you can of course use a many different yarns for the patterns, this one it available locally to me and I live the depth in the colour and the lightness of the yarn.
New patterns! The new Tussilago Baby Collection is available for pre-order. You will recieve the Mittens pattern right away and the Scarf and Hat within a couple of weeks. As a special release offer you can get the entire collection for the price of one pattern until Friday October 7. I really hope that you will enjoy these patterns as much as I do.They are quick to knit and simple, but with a flair of elegance that makes them just as pretty as easy to make.
Continuing on the knitting small stuff I made a Blåbär Waistcoat in size 56, the newborn size, this one is made in some leftover Drops Alpaca that I used for socks several years ago when my mother in law asked if I maybe could make her a pair of soft wool socks for christmas. The socks have been worn out a long time ago but the leftovers were quite substantial so I thought that it could make a nice and warm tiny Waistcoat. I absolutely love this charcoal gray but choosing buttons has proven difficult. Wood and silver both look great but what will be the most stylish option and coordinate best with the rest of the outfit?
So I’m stuck in indecision and hope that my mind will clear a little by the time I have finished sewing in the size label.
As you probably know by now I love knitting and designing children’s wear and in doing so I have accumulated a bit of children’s wear. All of it use to live in my bridal chest, which was never used as a bridal chest but that is what we call big beautiful wooden chests here. Any way it has become a little full, almost overflowing all in a mishmash of colors and sizes. I realized that I had no idea of which sizes that where provided for and which were missed, so a few weeks back I ordered size labels and started measuring everything to determined the size and sewing in labels. I also realized that although I love the individual pieces, I’m the kind of person that really prefer a colour coordinated wardrobe and style matters to me. Even if this never will be my wardrobe it will be my future child’s wardrobe and I do care, maybe a little too much, and therefore I have decided to try and coordinate future makes within each size to try and make everything go together from now on. As I always say the first thing in trying to coordinate makes is to design on a color theme and I decided to go with gray, mustard and a tiny bit of white, navy and rust for all future 0-1 years items.
This photo below shows all the piles from the size organisation effort. I have surprisingly managed to spread the makes pretty well over the different sizes, these are newborn – 4 years.
I have had a bit of health troubles lately and have finally got back a little strength and motivation again and been able to knit a little. Thinking small is a big thing right now as I can’t go on for the same amount of time as I used to but I will get back there and start making sweaters sometime, but in the mean time I have been knitting on a few baby projects and I thought you might be interested in seeing them.
First up it’s this vanilla soaker that I knit in naturally white, Visjö from Östergötlands ullspinneri. It was a quick knit and a pretty straight forward pattern when you figured out which part of it that is relevant, it is a very long pattern giving instructions for several sizes and gauges.
It is so rewarding knitting for young children as it goes so much quicker and even if the time is limited, progress is visible and things actually get finished.
I have no idea about the fit as I don’t have a child in the right size at home, but the pattern is easy enough to follow and I think the fit is alright and therefore recommend the pattern if you are thinking about making some soakers.
My newest design, it is still only available as a pre-order but will be released properly very soon (waiting for the printer and shipping and things). It is a part of Pompom quarterly issue 18 Autumn 2016, the natural dye issue. It is a hat with a leaf stitch pattern in colour work and a fold over twisted rib brim for extra warmth. The leaf motif is inspired by the ash leafs shape with a nice organic round but pointy shape.
I’m so pleased with this design, it turned out just as I imagined even if I was very nervous sending away the hat and pattern to pompom. Thankfully their photographer Rachel Hayton manage to capture it perfectly and the hat fit the model, something I was very anxious about beforehand as I didn’t have the models measurements when I was knitting the sample.
It feels amazing and a bit strange to be published along side these other amazing designers and I’m so incredibly happy to have my first non self published pattern and to have it in my favourite magazine feels amazing. Although I love the freedom and non restricted timetable of self-publishing it is something special to have this and definitely want to aim for an occasional collaboration. If you want to get your hand on a copy of this lovely magazine you can order it on pompommag.com
I’m finally well enough to work a bit again, after a month of quite horrible exhaustion and stomach ache, it was never anything serious but the effects were quite extensive anyway. So now that I’m back I finally edited the photos from the blåbär waistcoat photo shoot over a month ago.
This is my friend’s awesome kid wearing Blåbär waistcoat knitted in Organic Knitters Alpacka and a prototype for a trouser pattern I hope to release this autumn. The only issue we had this day was that she really wanted to keep the waistcoat.
I’m so glad to have another new pattern Blåbär Waistcoat a cute ribbed waistcoat with a button placket. It is sized from newborn all the way to teens and the long design together with the stretchy fabric allows it to grow with the child. The skill level is marked as advanced beginner, that is to say that you need to know how to knit but not much more in order to be able to follow the directions with a little determination. This pattern will soon be available as a kit through organic knitters using her lovely fair superfine alpaca, which I used for one of the samples. It works really well with the design, is wonderfully soft and drapes beautifully but not too much. I have created this pattern in collaboration with Matilda of Organic knitters and it has been a delight working with her.
I have a few photo session fails with the waistcoat, it can sometimes be hard working with children that sometimes don’t want to be a part of your ideas at all, but as the pattern is finished and I wanted to be able to release it right away I went ahead anyway. I have another photo session scheduled this week and I hope that it will work this time around. In the mean time here is one of my testers toddler in her new waistcoat so you can get an idea of the fit. Isn’t she adorable? Click the image if you want to get to Julias Instagram (she’s one of my favourite and knits amazing children’s wear).
Every new release makes me skip of joy and this one turned out just as I imagined, super cute and functional. It is the best feeling in the world and I hope that you like this new design as well.
As I have said before, I think there can be a lot of focus on new organic and better produced but if you are going to really try and live more sustainable buying new/second-hand and produced from recycled materials or what ever slogan that is popular at the moment is still in impact. Buying new or new for you still makes an impact and I think that the focus should be to use what you have instead, even if it isn’t organic. The damage is already done in producing it. So to only buy when needed and then choose the better alternative is in my mind the more sustainable way. If is difficult for most of us, the lure of a new thing that you “really need” can be incredibly tempting but it gets a little easier with time. It is a constant fight however, not to do as everybody else and redecorate the living room every other year.
One hot topic here at the moment is plastic. But to throw out all your food storage and kitchen things over night and buy new in glass, wood and metal… The plastic didn’t become bad for you overnight just because you found out. Sending all your, still functional, old containers to landfill or energy recycling isn’t sustainable at all. I don’t want our home filled with plastic, but we are trying to substitute one item at the time as they go bad or break. You can always re-use jam jars as a lunch box, they’re sort of free and recyclable and leak proof as there used to be jam in them.
What I’m trying to say is: see what you have before getting anything new, even if you’re shopping second-hand.