Tuesday, 11 March 2008

FO and thrift...

so, a little FO (finished object of course) to share...from knitting patterns from the domestic sphere - an asymmetrical bulky cardigan and sideways shortrow hat. I stumbled across these on ravelry while looking for something sweet to knit for my friend Maaya's new baby. I've never done this shortrows technique before, once you get used to it it's great. Give it a go. Yes, I know I have already decided to do a quilt...haven't you worked out yet that I rarely stick directly to planA? the quilt will get done too I hope...although baby arrived 3 days early instead of the expected week late so I am under just a bit of pressure now...
I obviously don't have enough babies in my life to say I am crafting 3 goodies for this little one (most of my friends have moved on from baby stage now) ...but hopefully there will be one more very special baby being announced soon..NOT mine I hasten to add, but someone very dear to me is waiting and seeing right now...send her all your positive vibes for some good news later this month...

digression over...here's the knit...

it reminds me of a little kimono, which is kind of appropriate really as Maaya is Japanese...the yarn is Blue Sky Alpaca organic cotton and it is beautiful, soft, warm, perfect...

Meanwhile Saturday saw a bit of thrifting action (have decided to go with the "thrifting" word, so much nicer and more concise than "rummaging around charity shops" to describe the activity). I had to leave the kids at home and drop my bike in for a service and of course the queues were REALLY long in the bike shop (honest Mr G, stop reading now dear) which enabled a bit of a detour and the scoring of the following delicious old skirts which are just crying out for some cutting and repurposing....(or wearing, I just can't decide!)



I also managed to find these glasses (for 25p each) which will hold a long cool drink just perfectly come Summer (assuming Summer remembers Britain this year)


and finally, the darling smallfry #2 was VERY excited last weekend at going to her first proper party as a properly invited quest who received her very own invitation ...so excited she forgot to show her face as she ran out the door...



smallfry #1 wasn't so impressed by missing all the fun due to the pox but that's quite another story...suffice it to say many compensatory DVDs have been acquired...

PS on the subject of ravelry - if you like yarn crafts and haven't yet signed up I urge you to do so now, it is simply the best resource out there...if you are signed up you'll find me there as overmilkwood...

17 comments:

JackBlackRoady said...

That is a sweet little baby jacket! It's lovely, and you did well to get it done in time for the early baby!
xxx

Katy said...

good lordy that's lovely cardi and hat!! And I am most excited about the skirts - why, oh why isn't there more fabric out there like that????

juanitatortilla said...

Those skirts are really pretty! Wear them!

Have been neglecting Ravelry for a bit now, for some reason.

Joleo said...

That's a lovely cardi. I would wear that myself. If I was the appropriate size of course.

I'll hunt you out on ravelry I think, just to look at your clearly superior skills

rag_grrl_nz said...

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, it's so nice to "meet" you :)

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

That knitting is really gorgeous! Makes me wish mine were still little so I could knit them something like that! Although I think I'm rather glad they are a bit older now! Lucy x

Lindsay said...

OOOH I love the cardi and hat! What a wonderful colour. I'm with the pp, it makes me wish mine was little enough to wear things like that again.

Hope smallfry 1 is feeling better.

Abby said...

oh wow.... great thrifting and gorgeous knitting what a vibrant colour. I am head over heels in love with ravelry too.... all my sewing has taken a slide for the minute with all that knitting and crochet inspiration....

Jodie said...

Love love Love that green - what a lucky baby!

JOinTAS said...

I think I'll have to practice knitting, the cardi is gorgeous and the colour is beautiful.

Stacie.Make.Do. said...

I just signed up for ravelry yesterday - I can't wait!

And your thrifting finds - woohoo. What a score.

And that baby sweater and hat? Precious. I would've been proud to put it on any of my babies, and I'm sure it will be received with pleasure for the newest one.

asti said...

Fab finds ! No skirts like that round her unforyunately :( Yes agree on the thrifting word, we don't really have an equivalent do we ? Great little knit too, love the colour.
Hope the pox is nearly gone ?!

asti said...

Sorry re spelling!! I've got to slow down...I really should NOT be sitting at the computer when the house looks like it does....hence the rush..

Helen said...

Gorgeous knitted kimono and hat! I love green. And great thrifted finds too. I am off to find you on ravelry now (I am angharadknits, so you should get a message saying I've added you to my friends soon!)

Meridian Ariel said...

lovely baby jacket.. and totally fab thrifting finds, there is nothing in the shops around here it is all just really awful tat nothing of intrest and all the sweaters are acrylic from asda. grump.

I havne't been on ravelry for ages... perhaps becuse I'm a terrible knitter but I do get suckered into looking at the lovely things people have knitted.

Janet said...

I love, love, love the little sweater and hat! I am so glad to have the link to the pattern. And thanks for stopping by my blog...it was wonderful to hear from you! Cheers!

amy said...

the cardigan is adorable. and i love to knit with that yarn. it is so wonderful.