Handmade Knitting

Elwood {handmade}


When I started a little baby knitting recently I looked out of the window at our gorgeous searing hot blue skies, at the garden where my children were running around in as little as possible, and at my vegetable patch wilting with effort, and thought no one needs a baby cardigan in the summer – I’ll knit a bigger size.

And in that act of faith, placing my confidence in a season not known for sticking around, I may have caused what is being predicted to be the wettest June ever ever ever. Sorry about that.

Space for the Butterflies - Elwood knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

But on the plus side, it’s very cosy to curl up indoors under a quilt and watch the water trickling down the glass, catch the flashes of lightening from the corner of your eye and count for the thunder that follows, and it’s very conducive to knitting too.

A lovely friend of mine has added a little baby boy to her family, and as in my head babies mean knitwear, I cast on for a little something.

Space for the Butterflies - Elwood knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

The pattern is Elwood, part of the Little Old Man collection of baby knits (and what a brilliant name for a pattern collection!). It’s a little jacket/cardie, knit with as few seams as humanly possible, and in this case, made from Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which is one of my all time go to baby yarns for being both incredibly soft and squishy, and very very washable.  It’s the kind of knit that makes you give even more baby cuddles, because they’re just so huggable while wrapped up in soft fluffy wool.

Space for the Butterflies - Elwood knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

Space for the Butterflies - Elwood knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino AranF

or once I don’t think I changed a thing about the pattern save for the yarn and the colours – I think it would be equally lovely in Malabrigo like Kitty’s Christmas cardigan, but I’m not going to inflict hand washing on a new mother of three – I don’t even do that to myself.Space for the Butterflies - Elwood knit in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

In some ways it feels like I’ve not been making very much of late; time has been full of family and the boring sorts of things like cleaning the house (necessary but not always that fun) but I have been sneaking in a little bit of quilting on my current big quilt so if I’m very lucky, I might just have a finished quilt to show for it soon.

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On and Make Do and Push for Funky Kid Friday

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  • Zeta 18/06/2016 at 7:43 pm

    So so lovely! My best friend is also expecting a boy. I feel my hands itching for casting on….!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 20/06/2016 at 12:19 am

    Such a gorgeously cute little cardi Carie… I love it!

  • Eline @ Emmy + LIEN 20/06/2016 at 11:40 am

    It’s absolutely adorable! I love grandpa-style cardies on little boys, and I’be added this straight to my Rav queue for my own little boy. Thanks for the tip x

  • Tracy 24/06/2016 at 10:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, how cute is that sweater?! So – I’m curious, how long did that take?? I am just now learning to knit – teaching myself via youtube videos, so I can teach my 7 year old, because she has been most insistent! I have only knit a few washcloths so far, and they take a tremendous amount of time. Like – I could perhaps have made a small quilt…. Lucky friend, to have received such a gift from you.

  • sally 06/07/2016 at 3:30 pm

    June was obviously a write off as far as the weather was concerned and I have come to terms with that, but if you’ve sabotaged July too with this I’m not going to be impressed despite how cute it is!