Keep It Simple

I read a really good post on the Kate Davies Designs blog which was entitled “less is more” . It’s a favourite saying of mine. I used to do a lot of cross stitch, and in almost every project I ever stitched I left something out. Maybe it’s just because I like very plain, uncluttered designs. I certainly find with knitting that I tend towards projects which are fairly simple, but with a twist that make them just that little bit different.

At present I have 2 works in progress. The one I’m going to share today is a baby jacket in aran weight yarn from the book Lullaby Knits by Vibe Ulrik Sondergard. I didn’t know about this designer until I found the book in the library. It’s published by Collins & Brown.

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I love the simplicity of this design, but I also like the ripple pattern created by yarn overs and knitting 2 together. The book also has the same design in DK weight yarn as a cardigan, so I may well make both of them. I think that this design would work OK for a newborn boy as well, and of course you can personalise it with some indie buttons if you want. I love buttons, like many knitters. I am lucky enough to have inherited button collections from my Mum, Mother-in-Law, and the mothers of 2 friends, and I really enjoy the process of riffling through my button collection to find the “right” buttons at the end of a project. The yarn I’m using for this jacket is a teal green with a cerise thread in it, so I think I might choose cerise buttons to highlight this detail. But I might have changed my mind before I get to that point, or I might find something I like better en route, who knows?

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Here I go again

I’m new to blogging. I don’t expect that’s news to anyone. When I decided I wanted a blog, I googled “free blog” like you do, and picked the first one. I didn’t get on with the mechanism for uploading photos, so I’ve switched. And so far I’m much happier because I can just do this:

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These are 2 little toys I made for a colleague’s twin daughters’ first birthday. I found the pattern in a magazine. They are intended to be topsy turvey with a face on each side and therefore knitted in the round. As I don’t get on with dpns I decided to knit them flat, and one sided for quickness.
I would say to any new knitters not to overlook knitting toys, especially in the early stages, as you can learn and practice many new techniques when making a toy, and often they use very little yarn.
This post is very brief as it’s by way of being a test transmission for my new blog. I apologise in advance as I expect it may change its appearance a few times before I really settle down with it.

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