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.
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.
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 made this to go with a eggplant purple baby trousers is so pose to be the same size. I used my leftovers to make them so the colour is the same, I really like this pattern is the second time I used it and I think I will made another in the yarn as well just to be shore of having a matching set that fits as the same time that or something else that can fit in to this set.
The leftovers from the tiny cardigan became this cute matching beret. The pattern is Wee Liesl Beret by Ysolda Teague and the yarn Pickles pure alpaca, a wonderful combination. I think this is my favourite colour at the moment it’s perfect, the more I look at it the better it is. I have a hope that the beret and cardigan will fit some future child at the same time, I love matching hand knit baby outfits.
This project used up every last bit of the yarn, I think I only had half a meter left, with is perfect.
I really don’t like leftovers from my project, what are you supposed to do with them? It feels completely wrong to throw them away, but not doing so have given me a stash the size of a small mountain consisting of started balls of yarn, with not enough left to make something substantial of it.
So what do you do with your half used skeins?
How is it possible to have this much yarn and still never have yarn. I do occasionally use this yarn for small projects as mitts and cuffs but the incoming from other bigger projects in the form of leftovers are much larger. We have a dresser it the hallway that contains our (or most of my) sweaters, some other stuff like shopping bags and my yarn. The problem is that the leftover yarn occupy 3 drawers, sweater overflowing 1 and stuff 1, the sweaters need at least 2, but yarn that is unlikely to be used but might be is occupying the space and if I want to buy yarn for a new next project there is nowhere to put it. I think the ideal situation would be 2 yarn drawers (1 for planned projects and 1 for leftovers) 2 for sweaters, 1 for stuff, but how do I get there in I good way?
How do you manage you stash and what does it consist of?
Snoningstrøje from Strikkede babydrømme (Lullaby Knits, in english) by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard, but I used the free pattern in danish found here. I made it in Sandnes Alpakka in the colourway 5563 somewhere between blue and purple. For the 18-24 months size I used 3.5 skeins about 400 meters. I lengthened the body 3 cable repeats and shortened the yoke 2 or 3 cable repeats since the original had a very long yoke which can restrict arm movement. I think that the ribbed cable structure will allow it to grow with the child and make it fit for a slightly longer period. Now that I deciphered the pattern, being 1/4 danish don’t make it any easier all though I will send the next danish pattern to my aunt so she can translate it for me before I start.