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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Busy fingers during the down time

Angela and others wanted to know
whether I'd found time for 'me'
over the past couple of weeks

So take a loooky here

I had a rummage through the bags and bags of wool/yarn
out in the garage and decided I'd do some more knitting
What else lol

All or just about all of the last knitting frenzy
with the exception of the lacy scarves
involved plain knitting
so this time I decided I wanted to knit
some things that had texture

Naturally it meant I had to spend hours
pouring over all the patterns
gathered from years af knitting
for several generations
all neatly tucked away in folders

I say neatly
but there are times when I remove one
supposedly to look at suggested materials
and it ends up sitting there beside the chair
along with lots of others
which means sometimes I'll go through the folders
and see blank pages
which then means
scouring the house for the missing ones lol

Anyway using some of my freeby acquired wool/yarn stash
this is what I've come up with

click on pictures for a clearer view

A really nice aran type boy looking jumper/sweater
A Shepherd pattern No. 1621
Which I am knitting in a green colour
(great for playing in the garden and not showing the dirt)

Lots of texture there
and also a reminder of how I'm not endeared to double moss
and there is lots of it on either side of the cable panels
so I'm going to be picking it up and putting it down

Then I found this pattern
an old Peter Pan No P834

Cardigans and jumper/sweater
with texture in the form of a wavy design
Just knit and purl stitches moved in various directions
to achieve the look

Not sure where I got this yellow from
but it looks better in real life than the photo

Knit in 8ply it is quick and easy so I have finished the back
and from what I can read the front follows the same lines
but the sleeves have an all over design which I may or may not do
I first knit this lovely little Angel Top
for our eldest granddaughter nearly 17 years ago

The picture of the baby is from the pattern book
Its an older book
Sirdar Baby Book No 100
knitting/crochet designs Birth to 6 months

Don't you love the way the 'mother' is dressed
Frilly negligee and adoring looks towards the baby
Tru to life??
I've tried but can't seem to get a clear photo
of the small amount I've knit so far
it sort of shows the really easy
but difficult looking stitch
also the turn up row for the picot edge

Now still looking for texture
I thought I'd try this little number

I found it tucked away in a book called
Hayfield Baby Flair Book
There are lots of great patterns in this book
my copy has been used a lot
is well worn and falling apart 

I knit the one on the cover for several of my grandbabies
Their mums thought it novel to have something with their names on the front

I wanted to use some variegated woool/yarn
but it didn't look right in the garter stitch
so I'm actually knitting it in Stocking Stitch

Soft girly colours with an unusual neckline
and straight set in drop shoulders sleeves 
So there you have it
even tho its not making much of a dent in the mountain outside
theres something there to keep me going for a little while

These will all go away towards the charity stalls of 2011

ps The little note on the rib band is the size that I'm knitting
If I have several things on the go there are times when I need a reminder
as to which size I'm actually knitting lol
Handy when there are instructions for more than one size


  1. You have been busy and love all the patterns you have for kids wear. Kids knitting gets done so quickly.

  2. Such beautiful garments there, you certainly were busy whilst not having the internet,


  3. Cathy these are all so lovely, nothing looks nicer or more beautiful than a garment that has been home made and with love. I love all of these my friend.......:-) Hugs

  4. How very pretty! I love the pastel colors you are using - pictured in the last two images. All of those patterns give so many ideas. I love doing that.

  5. Each item is beautiful! What lucky children will be wearing a new sweater soon. The sweaters look so soft and there is nothing nicer than a handknit sweater. My mother always kept Ashton is sweaters as she was growing up..have saved them for future grandbabies.

  6. Wonderful creations there Cathy. I have never been a knitter but have always admired people who do. My mum and sister were wonderful knitters but that gene bypassed my fingers and brain apparently. I tried knitting a sweater in a class for hubby once but it looked like it could have fit an octopus when it was finished. I left it up to the experts after that.
    An English Girl Rambles

  7. I just love hand knitted sweaters for babies and little ones.

    Gill in Canada

  8. Beautiful Knitting!!!! Fun to see it. Isn't it great to keep the old patterns and have a look back?


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