Whichever stars have aligned, we are in the midst of much change. A lot, actually. Only one fell to be met with knitting, and it is the happiest of them all!
He is now just over 6 weeks old, and oh, joy I am an Aunt! The design is Welcome to the Flock by Julia Farwell-Clay. All variations of this sheep cardigan are adorable. It was so much fun scrolling through that I did it twice!
My version is knit heavier than the pattern suggests. The yarn is Diamond’s Luxury Collection fine dk-weight yarn in superwash merino. With 3.5 mm needles, I got 21 stitches & 26 rows per 4″.
The substitution made for yoke changes. The single row of sheep ends with a 7-row open heart in black. I added a 3-row peerie from Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting (page 49) into a 1-row peerie pattern.
It wasn’t all blue but nearly so! How could I not spin for this? Seriously.
This Targhee wool top is from Corgi Hill Farm, and was spun in just a few days at the end of March. It was 5 oz/ 140 g in her “Frozen Fjord” colourway. Spinning was on the Watson Martha in double drive on the larger whorl for a 2-ply yarn of 382 yards.
Some gifts are just a joy to make. A first Mario the Artistic Rabbit by Jenna Krupar in Noro Silk Garden yarn went to my cousin’s 2 year-old this Christmas. This second version used approximately 130 yards of the handspun Targhee wool.
Needle-felting for a tail with kid mohair locks was my favourite part. The new parents agree, and are keeping the toy well out of their dog’s reach!
Indefensibly perhaps, I knowingly went with these mis-matched button eyes. Let’s chalk that up to character.
Give the baby a vest!
Maybe you are starting to see how my hands were a little full with the baby knitting?
Shopping the stash resulted in a lot of ends to sew in! This is a pattern from Sirdar’s baby bamboo knits pamphlet 323B. After some other tries, I decided on this as the best colour sequence:
A = Neutral: col. 141
B = Dark blue: col. 150
C = Kelly green: col. 122
D = Light blue: col. 138
It was all going fairly swimmingly (literally – four colours to juggle) when I realized about the square armholes. They ought to have been shaped… With a shortage of yarn & patience that mistake took it to a very preppy level.
We are planning our trip to meet this little one & celebrate his birth in person. It means a second short trip in 2 months but will be more than worth it!
The clematis is in full bloom now but you see, I was thinking of posting in June but just got swept away by all the things.