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.
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.
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.
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.
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.