Friday, 16 August 2013

Knitting - An Update

So here it is...
The first 5 cms or so of the first baby jumper I have ever attempted to knit! (Pattern from the Debbie Bliss Knitting For Babies book).
I am pretty thrilled to say the least. It has already been blood, sweat and tears to come this far I can tell you!
I am a little out of practice (massive understatement)! 
I have also discovered aluminium knitting needles suck. They are mighty slippery and thank god I only needed to knit 2 rows using them before switching to much friendlier plastic ones for the body of the jumper.
Just casting the stitches on took me a whopping 5 attempts! It's amazing how hard it is to cast on just 57 stitches and keep 57 stitches by the end of the task! After knitting just a single row, I would find I either managed to add some stitches, or lose some altogether.
All good now though. I have checked (and re-checked) and 57 it is.
Then there's the problem of knitting around children. Five year old Taite managed to tangle his foot in my wool and walk away while attached to it in record time. Oh how I wailed as I watched everything trailing behind him...sigh.
It has been a nice quiet occupation for me though. It's very relaxing mentally and physically to knit. 
Doing it when no-one is home and the baby is asleep is even more so. Wait, that's the case anyway isn't it!
I am slapping myself on the back and throwing kisses at myself. It's great to apply myself to a fun project I have chosen and to stick with it. Let's hope, I can keep up with it all the way to completion. 
Then I will invite the press in for question time and photographic opportunities.
I must resign myself to the fact that Celeste may be aged around 19 or so by the time her baby jumper is completed. In between a week of school camps, illness and aerobics competitions, you can't say I didn't try.

A highlight of my week was this:

Indiana at the 2013 Aeroskools Aerobics Competition. Out of 30 teams, hers came 5th!
Feeling the pride! I just adore this photo which made me cry! What a superstar!



  1. Love to knit and the yarn you're using is gorgeous. I have found my fave needles are bamboo, they're light but not slippery. I bought a full set on a sale and have never used my plastic ones since (other than 20mm because I dont have them in bamboo)

    1. Thanks for the tip! I have just jumped online and purchased myself a set of the bamboo needles and they are such a bargain too!

  2. Great pic of your girl AND your knitting. I'm impressed - I haven't tackled knitting yet - bought some needles and wool this year but that's as far as I've got. I only learnt to crochet last year and love it so I thought I'd give knitting a go but there are only so many hours in a day!

    1. I have my sights set on crochet too - will try to master the knitting first since that's where my tinky little bit of 'skill' lies!

  3. Wonderful! Your tension is superb. Just take your time and enjoy the fact you're knitting a gorgeous garment. I have just blogged about the three 'In Threes' baby cardigans I've not long finished. It is such an easy pattern with no seams and all knitted in one piece. I tend to use bamboo needles a lot as the yarn does not slip, especially when knitting socks on 5 dpns!

    1. I am so pleased to hear about my tension! There's lots of it in my neck but when it comes to the knitting, well, I have no idea! I am going to head on over and check out these little cardis of yours.

  4. So I had a dream yesterday I was knitting, and now I'm even more inspired to do so. Going to get myself some wool and needles this afternoon and give it a whirl!

    1. Oh Jess I am so excited for you! Funny how dreams can do things like that. Sometimes if I dream of cakes, I then have to go and eat one - just an example you know...
      Maybe you can blog your creation!

  5. Such a Pretty Colour for a jumper, will look so cute when its finished.
    Congrats on your Daughters success, she looks so very talented completing a jump that high :)

    1. Thanks Lisa. I hope I can manage the big finish part. I had a quick glance at the sleeves section of the pattern and broke out on a sweat!
      Indiana is VERY talented at her aerobics. Momma won't let her quit it - EVER! Sound like a bit of a pushy stage Mom don't I! ;D

  6. very clever! knitting was to slow for me :) I quite like to crochet granny squares though!

  7. What a pretty coloured wool. You are amazing, knitting and 6 little kidlets! So lovely to find your blog via your comment on my blog via Maxabella???? Looking forward to sipping my cuppa and having a little wander about this lovely little place:)

  8. Wow! You are so talented! I cannot knit at all! You should be immensely proud of yourself. Well done, I am looking forward to seeing the end product! Shelley AKA Money Mummy

  9. Well done! I feel it's high time for me to break out the old cross stitch bag and resume work on the last one - I think it's about a year and a half old now! A new baby will do that to you. Good luck, hope it comes out beautifully (I'm sure it will!)

  10. Hi, it's Caz from The Truth About Mummy :) Would you be able to email me an address to have the Bissell AirRam you won sent out to today. I usually draw a new winner if I haven't had a response by now. I know you've emailed - but still not with an address. Thank-you. The AirRam is amazing and I'm sure you'll love it :)

  11. I'm curious, as I read back through some of your older posts, if you finished this project? I can't seem to see any other update after this one. I love knitting and have been knitting since I was in primary school. Crochet on the other hand is something I've only started in the last year so I can understand your comment about blood, sweat and tears :)

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