Cuddlesome cardigan for Baby BAM


Sadly I didn’t manage to make any of BB’s Christmas presents this year. I had hoped to finish the stripey cardigan I was making in time, but we were just into the New Year by the time it was done. Still, on the plus side, it did mean that I had time to do a little photoshoot with one happy and cooperative baby girl!20160105_110641This is the third time I’ve used Louise Tilbrook’s wonderful Fuss Free Baby Cardigan pattern (which is free to download from Ravelry), and this time I added an extra few stitches to the larger size to accommodate BB’s every expanding portly little tum! I used Drops Cotton Merino DK, which feels gorgeous. I hope it washes well! Continue reading

Lazy daisy cardigan and rainbow baby hat

View from the windowEven on a grey, rainy day, I love the view out of the kitchen window in our new flat. Of course, the splash of colour provided by my orchids (the only plants I’ve ever managed to keep alive and flowering) and the beautiful sunflowers my mum bought me definitely help! The flat is slowly shaping up nicely, and just in time as our little one is due on monday.

At my latest check up I was told that the baby is on track to be at least 8 lbs, maybe more like 9 lbs, and given the size of my bump it does seem likely! So naturally I panicked that none of the things I’d made her would fit, and started knitting some in a larger size. Continue reading

Finished baby blanket and Magic Troll Vest

stripey knitted baby blanketI’ve taken so long to post this that another blogging milestone has snuck up on me! My two year anniversary as a blogger! When I started out I knew there would be times that I wasn’t posting as often as I’d like, but I honestly never considered that the reason would be that I’m too tired and pregnant! I am sleeping A LOT at the moment, and the combination of the hot weather and my blimp-like figure means I’m not getting out of the flat much. And as if preparing for the baby’s arrival wasn’t enough to keep me busy, we will be moving house in a few weeks too!

So, lots of big changes coming up, but all good ones! In the meantime the flat looks like a bomb hit it, and I spend too much time talking to the bump and not enough actually packing. Continue reading

My 100th post! Time for some wonderful washcloths then…

Somehow I have arrived at my 100th blog post! That seemed to come around surprisingly fast, so I scrolled through and counted each one, and yes this does make no. 100! Although, in looking back at some of the earliest ones, I’ve noticed what constitutes a post has changed quite a lot.

Really for my 100th post I should have something spectacular to show you, but instead I have these humble little knitted washcloths!

Knitted wash cloths

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Finished! My Lacy Leaf Shawl

I took part in my first knit-a-long… and finished on time! So naturally I procrastinated for a couple of weeks before writing about it. Well, it simply wouldn’t do to raise anyone’s expectations about me being efficient or anything, would it?

Lacy leaf shawlI heard about the KAL from Mollie&Claire (she had me at the words “This is going to be a seriously unstressful KAL”!), and up to eight weeks to complete a shawl seemed a reasonable target. Continue reading

Baby BAM’s growing collection of cardigans

Baby cardigansFinding the mental and physical energy to blog is a bit of a struggle as I’m in the defective weeble stage of my pregnancy (I wobble wobble, but I can’t get up!) I’ll just have to get on with it soon because it’s looking hopeful that we will be able to move into a two bedroom flat before the little one arrives. Judging by how hard and how often she kicks these days, she’s just as excited at the prospect as we are!

Although I do keep starting new projects, (I can’t help it! It’s an illness!) I am getting better at finishing things properly. The baby cardigans I made earlier in the year, during our long weekend in Rome have finally got their buttons and button bands. Continue reading

Cardigans for all – one very large, one incomplete and one very small

Grey cabled cardigan jacketI started my grey cabled cardigan at the end of November/beginning of December, back when it would have been useful! It would have been a fast knit, as it was worked up in super chunky yarn and 10 mm needles, but Mr BAM’s big grey jumper took precedence. I found I only had it in me to work on one big grey WIP at a time, and I needed a big dose of colourful crochet to cheer me up again afterwards!

The pattern was the one on the cover of Sirdar’s Big Bamboo Knits 2, and I knitted it in shade 202 Ferny, because that was on sale at the time. The shawl necked, cabled cardigan is easily the most technical garment I’ve ever knitted, but I enjoyed the challenge. Continue reading

Time for a little dolly – and a blanket in progress or two

After finishing two large WIPs in quite a short space of time, progress on my other numerous projects feels a little slow. There seemed to be only one way to go after such large and unwieldy blankets, and that was smaller, a lot smaller! Fortunately the perfect pocket-sized project turned up in the form of the kit attached to May’s issue of Let’s Knit magazine, a little dolly called Daisy May.

Let's knit Daisy May DollyI was very pleased how well she turned out! Continue reading

Finished at last – my Old Knitted Friend

For a blanket that was about 18 years in the making, my Old Knitted Friend is really isn’t that impressive to look at! But the fact that I started this much loved blanket as a teenager, and that it’s been a part of every home I’ve had since then makes it very special to me, and I’m almost sad that I can finally say it’s finished.

This is how it looks now with its new stripey garter stitch border.

Old Knitted Friend - the patchwork blanket Continue reading