I knitted this toddler romper/trousers in Pickles exrta fine merino it has he most amazing deep eggplant purple. The pattern is from Sandnes garn hefte Baby 1415, the design is by Liv Stangeland. I have something of an obsession with knitting baby clothes at the moment there is no reason behind it but there incredibly cute and you can choose and an allover pattern without being stuck with it for a lifetime.
I wish it where possible to subscribe to Sandnes hefter, there pattern booklets and altho I don’t knit all the patterns I look at them for hours and hours for inspiration, wouldn’t it be nice to come home and find the new issue of amazing inspiration once a month. But they don’t come on a regular schedule nor have subscriptions since it not a magazine just pattern booklets from a yarn company.
Faunajakke from Paelas an other little cardigan made in Novena wool/alpaca blend yarn with porcelain buttons. I used 4 skeins for size 2 years. I really like this pattern but it’s a bitt of a pain to knit, I like to have a rest row in lace knitting but this pattern have alternating ribbing as a base to the lace which means that you have to keep track to the lace pattern on all rows however it is well worth the effort for this. the pattern does not have any neck shaping so I added a few short-rows at the neck just before the ribbing in order to make the front neck a little lower then the back. The Novena yarn is braided not spun which makes it light, fluffy and airy. This cardigan weighs 105 gram buttons included, very light which is nice and makes it a perfect layering pice not adding a lot of bulk underneath some outer wear. Nice for small people that have a tendency to be immobilized of there outerwear in the winter.
Angora kyse from Strikk till mamma og mini knitted in the yarn called for Pickles Angora that I had lying i my stash I do have enough for an other one but I thinking of maybe making a coordinating vest.
This is the 3 hat finished in 5 days, all made in the first 5 days of february, they don’t take allot of time to make but still.
This is flettet lue by tiddelibom a other norwegian designer. The hat is knitted in Pickles extra fine merino Den lysblå timmen, I think this is my favorite yarn, it is plain non super-wash comes in a ton of colours and works well for all sorts of stitches and has grate stitch definition. It is the perfect basic yarn that I comes back to time and time agin.
I made this Faunalue from most of my leftover from Snoningstrøje, this is another pattern from Paelas. The lace pattern isn’t the most enjoyable to knit but I really like the look of the pattern. I used 45gram (99 meters) Sandnes Alpakka for the toddler size, which is on the thin side for this pattern, the colourway is 5563, the perfect blue/purple colour. The alpaca doesn’t show off the stitch pattern as well as merino yarn would, but I think it looks great this fussy way to.
I really like matching sets, it always feels special. So now I only hope that they will fit someone at the same time. But we’ll see when that time comes. I’m also thinking of making more knits in similar colour that will coordinate well with all the little items I already have stored. To make more complete sets without knitting all the pieces, so that all the little cardigans and sweater have leggings and hats or something that goes with it.
This little sweater is knit from the top down in alpaca. I really like alpaca, it is warm, feels amazing to work with and it also drapes a lot and follows your body better then most sheep wool’s and it has a beautiful halo around it. The one thing I do not recommend alpaca for is colour work. I have tried twice and ripped back both times. It might be time to try again now that my colour work skills have improved but it is certainly not easy to get a good result.
Back to this sweater; the pattern is Perlemorgenser by Paelas an amazing small company for “knit kids design” it is a Norwegian company but the patterns come in both english and norwegian. If you knit for kids every now and then you should definitely check them out, so many beautiful patterns and a lot of inspiration. The yarn I used is 100% alpaca 160 meters/50gram and I used 4.5 skeins for the 3 years size. The pattern features 3/4 length sleeves but I lengthened them to about 9″1/2 which is the recommended full length sleeve according to one of my designer books.
I’m considering making one of these as an slightly oversize pullover for me in alpaca of course, to get a drapy warm sweater that goes over a thinner cardigan and still fits under a coat. Since I am a cold person and school is extraordinary chilly for a supposed to be climate controlled to STP or as close as possible since a consistent temperature is important in chemistry. But the only reason I haven’t cast on yet is that I can’t decide on a colour, will a white oversized sweater feel huge, is gray a better alternative or maybe pink, blue or red?
Islænder from Knit for your kid (danish) by Susie Haumann knit in Pickles extra fin merino. Did you know that I love colour work? It is a little harder to shop for if you are particular about the colours as I am especially when shopping online, but colour work is so rewarding you can see the amazing pattern growing as you make it. I feel about colour work as some do about self striping sock-yarn of cables, just one more and one more I just want to see how it grows a little more before I put it down.
As always I didn’t follow the pattern all the way, the main modification was lengthen it a few rows, it seemed very short before.
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.