Friday, 18 January 2013

A tale of 3 hats - adventures with wool

Call it pregnancy hormones if you must but in December last year I decided that I really must learn to knit.  Luckily for me my friend Jen (who I met at a quilting class) is an absolute knitting whiz and was kind enough to spend an evening showing me the basics.  If you love knitting you really should check out Jen's blog - she makes lots of lovely knitted (and quilted) things.

A tale of 3 hats

Jen adapted a pattern from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 2 so that I wouldn't have to sew any pieces up or join in any colours.  And off I went - safe to say I found it quite addictive!  Knitting may be one of my new favourite things.

I've decided that is quite enough hats for a while (all colours and flavours of baby are now covered!).  So on Jen's advice the Baby Cashmerino book made it onto my Christmas list and I am about to start my next project from it - Matinee Jacket.  (Starting this project neatly coincides with hopefully seeing Jen this week should I get stuck!!!)

Next knitting project
Yes I know it's blue & no, that doesn't mean anything - I like it and a pink ribbon will girly it up if needed!

When I went home to Ireland for Christmas my Mum showed me how to crochet.  After seeing Sarah's lovely baby blanket I suggested Mum might like to familiarise herself with Attic 24's lovely Ripple tutorial so that she could teach it to me.  

Start of crochet ripple blanket

I was very slow at crocheting but I started a Ripple Blanket this morning.  I've been told I need to rest more with my feet up so a slow project that requires me to sit down is perfect.

So today my favourite thing has been keeping warm under a quilt whilst knitting and crocheting and watching the snow fall.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Favourite Things Friday


TGIFF (which is at Celtic Thistle this week)


  1. How adorable are those little hats!!!! SO brilliant that you are branching out into new stitchy pursuits and doing them so well, may I add!

  2. Those hats are just gorgeous I can't believe they were your first attempt at knitting! Looks like you have all bases covered too :)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

  3. And I saw on twitter that you were up very early today, knitting! IRS such a 'do anywhere' craft isn't it

  4. And I meant to say that the hats are so cute

  5. Gorgeous wee hats A! And well done for picking up the crochet too! Jxo

  6. Those little hats are the sweetest things. Your crocheted blanket sounds the perfect project to keep you company while you rest.
    Take good care of yourself.
    Lovely favourites :-)

  7. Oh those hats are so cute!!! Happy hooking ;o)

  8. Those hats are adorable! Never heard of the cashmerino book -- I'll just have to check it out.

  9. I have never crocheted but I have knitted and never seem to do very well with it and I'm always dropping stitches! I do love your hats - perhaps I should try again :-)

  10. jumped straight into to the knitting thing didn’t you? I’ve been able to knit since childhood and never made it past the straight knitting stage ...My Mum still has to pick up my dropped stitches.

    Gorgeous hats , (hopefully you aren’t actually having twins or triplets ?) and that jacket is going to be lovely.

    Thank you for dropping in to FTF this week. It’s lovely to “meet” you.

  11. Those are to die for! How beautiful!!