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.
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.
You probably know by now that I work in phases and for a period of time, all I want to do is knit sock, sew dresses, play piano… well this time it is make cute toys. This is Elijah by Ysolda and it is made in Sublime yarn’s Cashmere Merino Silk DK in the colour way Buttercream, a wonderful soft yarn and filled with wool and has embroidered eyes. I added a tiny tail since elephants have tails and it certainly makes him cuter. I bought the pattern at one of her birthday sales a long time ago but never got around to making it and I’m so glad I finally did. I made a lot of toys about 2 years back and gave all of them away, I have a tendency to say that I’m going to save them, but they somehow end up everywhere but here. Although they have been played with and that is the important thing, I felt like we should have some here as well so that we have something for our young visitors to play with. And I just like the look of a row with knitted or clothed toys in my “office” when I’m working.
The pattern is easy to follow, you knit the head and then you pick up stitches and knit the other parts seamlessly, which require less finishing then knitting in pieces and then seam. I think that I prefer seaming and did in fact seam the ears instead of picking up stitches, there is no going back and re-seam it if you realise that the arms are crooked if you work seamlessly and the first few rows are tough when everything is straining. I can totally see why she choose this construction, but I prefer to seam. When I made my first toys however I loved the idea of not having to seam everything up. I thought that her very detailed instructions for where to pick up stitches was wonderful and made the toy much more accessible, and it is very clear now that preferences change when your skills grow. I also used to swear by bamboo needles and I can’t stand them nowadays. They are blunt, lack precision and the stitches don’t glide smoothly.
I though it wold be to participate in the Ravellenic games this year, my goal was to make a large shawl or similar and use more of my hand spun yarn in another project. So off I went to the yarn store an find this amazing yarn that didn’t really fit for what I had in mind. Which was Air by Veera Välimäki so I bought 4 balls, total of 100 grams and 1218 meters, it seemed enough for anything or so I thought. After test knitting a patten searching I decided to make Hansel by Gudrun Johnston in double yarn. I started and realized that I needed more yarn so I bought 4 more balls + an extra skin purple silk for the border, It wasn’t quite enough but I made it enough using every scratch of yarn.
The result is beautiful but different, very different from the patten and I like it a lot.
The amazing yarn is Canard:s Qoperfina 8 balls + 150 meters jaipur silk fino, needles 4,0 mm. It’s larger then the original, but with smaller needles.