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May 2012

Designed by me Knitting

Phoenix Rising


Happy Bank Holiday Monday! Or, depending on where you are in the world, Happy Monday!  Both being equally deserving of a little pick me up, today I have a very very long overdue treat.

Way back in the annuls of time, I took Cookie A’s sock class at the very first Knit Nation.  Yes, we’re talking that long ago.  I’d like to say it was back in the days of lots of sleep and lie ins but I was enormously pregnant with Kitty and she was tremendously keen on the dawn chorus even as a bump so not so much.
With one thing and another I didn’t finish knitting the socks until February 2011, and it’s taken me another year (and a bit, and another month or so) to actually finish writing up the pattern. 
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But at last, and with great ta da! the Phoenix Socks pattern is available on Ravelry here Phoenix Sock Pattern as a free download.

It’s a top down lace and cable sock pattern with a heel flap heel and my standard toe.  The instructions are written for chart and written out, but I highly advise getting to grips with the chart, to my mind the written instructions just make life more complicated than it is.

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The pattern would look best in a solid or semi-solid, I think there’s just too much going on for it to cope with anything highly varigated.  I used Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Smaller Yellow Ant, now available from the Verdant Gryphon which is just fabulously wonderful gorgeous sock yarn – I have jumper quantities of a couple of colours in the stash (shh), and these are perfectly comfy cozy socks for a chilly wet May day.

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As always, if you have any questions about the pattern just get in contact and I’ll try to help as best I can.

Family Finished Kitty Knitting Photography

Model, Kitty’s own


In a seemingly rare burst of sunshine earlier this week, Kitty and I nipped outside to take some photos of my most recently finished knit before our ever so exciting trip to the post office to send it off to Baby C who arrived on Good Friday

I borrowed Teddy to help us out with the photos, and Kitty, who is of course by now a veteran knitwear model, decided to teach him all about posing for the camera.
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“Now then Teddy, are you listening?  What you have to do is this:”
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“When you see Mama with the big black box on her head you run towards her as fast as you can.”

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“Then she backs away from you pressing the buttons on the black box saying funny things like ‘stay in the shot’ and ‘if any of these are in focus it’ll be a minor miracle’.  If you giggle a lot it’s even better.”

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“I think Mama likes that game a lot because we play it all the time when it’s sunny.”

“When you’ve played the chasing game for a long long time and you think you might like a snack or some milk, sit down and do your bestest smile.  You know, the one that makes the big boys and girls say ‘aaa’ and make you scrambly eggs on toast for breakfast.  That’s my favourite thing Bear, if you get some I will eat them for you.”
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“See, this is my bestest smile.  Mama, banana now?”
The knit in question was of course an Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket, top of my list of useful and cute baby knits both as a knitter and a Mama.
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As Baby C arrived a month or so early at a slightly wee weight of 6lb something, I’m sure that a month or so won’t make a difference in the fit; Kitty was wearing hers until she was about 4 months I think, and she had a couple of pounds on him from the start.

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I just hope he likes ladybirds.

The Bare Necessities

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman

Size: Newborn
Yarn: Two and a smidge balls of Adrifil Knitcol (a DK weight superwash sock yarn) in colour 053
Needles: 3.25mm Knitpro circs
Alterations: None
Time to make: a month.  I can knit one in a weekend, but the world has been a busy place.
Would I make it again: This was my 11th.  Do I need to answer this one!