Monday, May 10, 2010

May Baby Sweater

Last weekend one of my very good friends gave birth to her third child - a baby girl. She has two boys, so I decided it was a great excuse to stall on the "Roo" knitting and crank out a very fast, but very cute Baby Sweater on two needles aka February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman.
May Baby Sweater
I knit this with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the Old Rose colourway on 4mm needles.
The result is a very open lacy sweater - perfect (I hope) for the coming months.

So Roo has stalled, part way through the hood. This is now my evening/TV knitting as it is too big to cart around as commuter knitting.

Which meant I finally cast on my March Knit Love Club Socks - Spring Shoots.
Spring Shoots
These are a Cat Bordhi inspired construction - with the simplest and most effective toe up cast on I've ever done - take a look at these You Tube video's and try it!
You knit a tube which you cut to insert the leg, like the Houdini sock in Twist Collective. It works really well, is very easy and fits like a glove.
The yarn is Brooklyn Handspun Soft Strength, a nylon/merino blend. It is quite fuzzy compared to a lot of merino yarns I've knit with. I think I should probably be knitting it at a slightly tighter gauge than I am - probably on 2mm rather than 2.5mm needles - I'm not sure these are going to be particularly hard wearing socks, but time will tell.
Finally, I'll leave you with some very tightly spun merino, the gorgeous "Clan". My April package from the Yarn Yard sock club.... the colour is based on Natalie's Rhodedendron, but it matches my Azalea almost perfectly.
Clan April 2010


Dawn said...

The baby sweater is lovely, a firm favourite of mine. Beautiful Clan! I've not tried it yet ...

Roobeedoo said...

Oh that is one cute baby cardi! I have fallen behind with my baby knitting and they are starting to "pop" - eek! Must get knitting!
Inspiring sock!
Fab Clan!
There's a lot of pink in this post! :)

Ling said...

Wow that was a super quick baby k.nit!
And I agree about Spring Shoots - interesting construction and the fit is great but mine's looking very fuzzy already after 1 day of wear. Let's see....

Linda said...

I love that little cardigan, I need a baby girl to knit one for now!

Flossie said...

Wait until you see what I'm going to blog later (hopefully tonight). I'm a bit spooked, but great minds definitely think alike!! x