Finished Object: Baby Kimono

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This is technically one I finished a while ago, I just hadn’t bothered to sew it up, then it got packed when we moved in June and only surfaced again a few weeks ago. I started it after my birthday so it does count in my 28 before 28 Challenge, it was supposed to be my first completed project! Whoops.

As you can see I messed up the shoulder of it, but it was only something I noticed after finishing the knitting and so I decided to leave it as a design feature 😉

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It’s knit in Stylecraft Special DK (as is everything I work on apparently!), in the Bluebell colourway, which is a beautiful colour! I love it, it’s definitely one of my favourite SSDK colours.

Ravelry Pattern Page: Baby Kimono
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Baby Kimono

Project 8 out of 28 complete 🙂

FO Friday – Sherbet Blanket & Hat for Baby

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It’s finished! Whoop! Baby has a blanket to come home from the hospital in. It’s actually smaller than I originally intended, but it’s the perfect size for the pram and car seat, so I’m really happy with it. I am hoping to whip up a big granny square or something over the next couple of weeks, but given that I literally have two weeks until my due date I think I’m pushing it slightly.

The colours are Stylecraft Special DK: Pomegranate, Spice, Citron, Spring Green, Cloud Blue, Lavender and Grape.

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There was some standing on small coffee tables involved here…

Project 5 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Neat Ripple
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Sherbet Blanket
Direct link to pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern

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I’ve also made a hat in the same colour scheme as the blanket, it’s just knit stripes rather than chevrons but it’s still cute, I’d like to attempt a matching cardigan too!

Project 6 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Sherbet Rainbow Hat

FO Friday – Pink Hat

A little one this week. Here is the little pink hat that I finished up yesterday for Mum’s colleague:

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Pink Hat

I do love this pattern, it’s really simple, easy to knit up, very quick and very adaptable. This is the same pattern that I used for the Minion Hat in this post and it comes in a variety of sizes, not just newborn. Which makes it perfect really! I’m going to use it to make a few hats for my baby too next week as I’ve been told to take some in my baby bag, which I haven’t even started yet!

I was going to add a little flower to this but I’ve discovered that half of my books are still at the MILs, including all of my flower books (of which I have many!) so we need to get to Ikea, buy our bookshelves and install them ASAP so that I can have my books back!

Mum says that her colleague loved it and commented on how tiny it was, I don’t think she quite realises how small they come out!

This is project number 4 out of 28 🙂

Long time no see!

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It’s been three months since I last posted, to the day. I have been pretty busy in that time and, to be honest, I’ve been working on the same project that entire time, so I just haven’t bothered updating as it was moving so slowly due to a mix of procrastination and genuinely being bloody busy.

News and updates I suppose. I’ve started maternity leave officially. It’s going to be a bloody long one as baby isn’t due until early November! However we have had to relocate for Nick’s work, so we moved back to Essex on the 1st of September and my last working day was the 31st of August. Nick has to head up to Coventry for his training tomorrow, so I’m being abandoned for two weeks whilst that occurs, which suits me as I have a lot to be getting on with!

I completed all three blankets with two evenings to spare. I’m really chuffed with them. All three are rainbow themed, GC (the eldest) has a standard bright rainbow, SC (the youngest) has what I’m calling a Sherbet Rainbow, which was more pastel colours, whilst CC (the middle) has a dark rainbow theme. They seemed to like them thankfully and I’m hoping that they will continue to do so! That’s 3/28 projects complete before I’m 28!

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For an idea of the size of these blankets, this was SC’s one on our double bed. This was over 150cm wide (whereas CC’s was 160cm+ and GC’s was just over 140cm IIRC). Unfortunately, I don’t have any wonderful photos of the blankets as the weather turned after I finished them on the Monday evening, I asked Nick to take them outside for me whilst I was at work on Tuesday whilst the sun was shining gloriously all day. He didn’t, so this is the best I have and the colours don’t show up at all, which is disappointing.

All three blankets were completed in Stylecraft Special DK and I used the Ripple Blanket tutorials over at Attic24 (Ripple Blanket Know-How and Neat Ripple Pattern).  Each blanket started with a 213 chain as recommended (though I got drastically different sizes!) and I only repeated each set of seven colours 6 times, I think that they ended up being about 120cm to 140cm high. They needed only just over one ball of each colour.

(Links to my Ravelry Project Pages for each blanket below)
The Standard Rainbow was made using: Matador; Spice; Sunshine; Kelly Green; Aster; Violet; and Plum.
The Sherbet Rainbow was made using: Pomegranate; Spice; Citron; Spring Green; Cloud Blue; Lavender; and Grape.
The Dark Rainbow was made using: Lipstick; Tomato; Mustard; Kelly Green; Petrol; Lobelia; and Emperor.

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In other news: in July we had two new little ratties join our mischief (which now makes 9!), two boys who we have called Rygel and D’Argo, the last of our Farscape themed names! D’Argo is the mismarked hooded black and Rygel is the tiny Himi/Siamese. Rygel is a runt but he hasn’t got the special needs that Ashi did and is fine with other rats thankfully, though he has seizured so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it was the ridiculous heat and not epilepsy, which is something that Ashi had. They were neutered on Tuesday so that they can eventually join the girls with Ben (who was neutered before we got him) once Howl passes away.

Howl seems to be going strong though! His tumour has stagnated in growth, his respi issues aren’t bothering him too much and despite the beginnings of Hind Leg Degeneration (common in old rats) he is still able to make his way around comfortably and happily. Ben is starting to show his age as well now and can’t seem to shake a nasty respiratory infection that keeps reoccurring, but given that he was over two when we got him that’s not surprising! One of our girls has a tumour as well which is growing steadily, it’s not at removal point yet but as she is now just two we’re currently undecided on how to proceed with that one, we’ll have to see how it grows and how she is, she’s very happy at the moment though! It’s making us rethink whether we’ll get girls spayed in future though, two of the three female rescues we’ve had have developed tumours, our younger two breeder girls (who weren’t spayed, unlike our older two breeder girls) haven’t shown any signs of them yet but they are both under a year so we’ll have to wait and see for them.

For those in the rodent world, we also bought a second hand Savic Royal Suite, which ended up being too badly corroded to save (to my husband’s dismay, he’s seriously upset about it!), so we’ve succumbed and bought an SRS brand new earlier today as our girls cage is currently being held together by fabric yarn O_O

I have also bought all of the yarn I am allowed to buy and am on stashbusting mode. Later this week I will be going through what I think is my entire stash (I think some is missing between moves but we’re not sure! I swear I had more chunky somewhere though!) so I’ll keep a running tally on here of what I have! It will help me with the 28 by 28 challenge anyway…

FO Friday: Jip the Owl

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Back in January my sister asked me to make an owl for some friends of hers expecting a baby later in the year. They love owls, they like purple and silver, so this little fellow emerged!

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I used Stylecraft Special DK in Wisteria, Silver and a smidgeon of Saffron. A couple of small pieces of felt and some 9mm safety eyes for the eyes 🙂

I decided not to do the feet and tail as it was going to be for a newborn, who would eventually grow into a baby who gums everything then a toddler who chews everything and I didn’t want to have too much on there that they could chew at and risk pulling off!

Ravelry Pattern Page: Jip the Owl
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Purple Owl

Newborn sized cardgian

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I made this back in March and finished the knitting then, but have only just got around to blocking it and sewing on the buttons. It did have a little yellow robot crocheted for it but the robot was awful, so I’ll try to find a suitable yellow fabric to sew a motif on at some point when I’m next near a fabric shop!

This was a really nice and simple pattern, it’s the first time that I’ve made human-sized clothing and the second time I’ve made clothing generally!

Ravelry Pattern Page: Perfect Baby Boy or Girl Top Down DK Jacket
Ravelry Project Page:
My Newborn Cardigan
Direct link to pattern:
Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days – Blog post link
Yarn:
Stylecraft Special DK – Aspen (1422)

Wavy Moss Hat

I love [UK] moss stitch. Love it. It’s my favourite stitch despite the effort. I don’t often use variegated yarns but on the rare occasions that I have, I’ve used moss stitch. There’s something really magical about moss stitch, IMO. It’s very simple but it creates a lovely texture. It also properly brings out the colour in variegated yarn projects.

I was browsing Ravelry trying to find a pattern to use up some Cascade Rabat I bought in a sale a couple of weeks ago. I was eyeing up some colourful Noro Kureyon but it was double the price and whilst I wanted to treat myself, I wasn’t going to go all out slightly regret my sensible head talking me out of it now though. But, anyhow, I came across this pattern:

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Wavy Moss Hat
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Cabled Moss Hat

It’s gorgeous! I love it. Beautiful and simple pattern and really easy to make. Though in hindsight I prefer the beanie to the slouchy hat, I think that I suit beanies more.

I was trepidatious about the colour changes in my yarn as the cable band is knit first and in the product the colour change would be horizontal. You then pick up the stitch on the ‘side’ of the band which form the top of the hat and that colour change is vertical on the finished product. I am also not a fan of cables being done in variegated usually, I love cables but they often get lost in colour changes or yarn that is too dark/light to really show it off. But it’s turned out nicely despite both of my concerns and they don’t bug me enough not to wear it. I now want to make a matching cowl. I don’t actually like the cowl that the same designer made to be this hats pair, I’m just going to modify the cable band and make it wider. Not sure if I’ll add another cable to it though yet. Decisions, decisions.