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Friday, 18 February 2011

Safe New Arrival & Birthday Presents

Ah, where to begin?  I'm drinking very strong coffee and wishing I could go back to bed again!  Bed is warm, bed is nice, I like being horizontal and dreaming.  I don't like waking up :-(

Anyway, I'm still busy knitting.  I have a few "this has to be done before x" projects on the go, but I think I'm on track so that's ok.  My friends S&B have a new addition to their family, baby Niamh was born last week (Thursday I think) so I had a sudden creative inspiration for the new ball of Opal Sock Wool that my aunt had given me and sat down as soon as  I heard the news and cast on for my first ever Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  This has to be one of the most amazing, interesting, fantastic  pieces of knitting architecture on the planet.  I have to admit, reading the instructions I was a little baffled (as with any of the EZ patterns I have tried, they don't make much sense when you read them first until you actually have needles and wool in hand) but I did exactly as I was told and the next day I had the most perfect baby jacket imaginable.  EZ is the Ronseal Lady, her patterns do exactly waht it says on the tin, erm, page, well you get what I mean!
I still had some yarn left over so I made some booties for Niamh from my own design (pattern here on my blog under 'No Sew Bootie-Full Booties' and also as a free download on Ravelry).  They took another day or so to make and I bought buttons for the jacket and ribbon yesterday to complete the present.  The outfit is also for Niamh, but I can't take credit for that, Tesco's is a lifesaver!

The booties are a little like unidentical twins with the colour changes in the Opal!  I like it though, she's guaranteed never to come across a baby with the same booties on!!!

Another project that I have to have finished for a particular date is my 'Children of Lir Stole' by Martha Waterman which is for my mother's birthday in March.  It's 4ply on 5mm needles so it shouldn't take too long.  I bought 50/50 cashmere/cotton 4/28NM in crudo (cream) from Colourmart and it's beautiful yarn.  The stitch definition is fantastic, it barely needs blocking to open out the lace pattern, and it's so soft.  I can't wait till it's finished.

It'll be even better when it's washed and it 'fluffs' up a bit!

Until next time, happy knitting


  1. Isn't the BSJ the best pattern ever! It's so fascinating to knit it up and then the final transformation into a beautiful garment. I love it. Your lace stole looks great, I love the story of the Children of Lir, I must check out the pattern.

  2. Thanks Sinead, EZ is my knitting hero! I can see many more BSJ's in my future! I might get creative for the next one, now that I know which piece is which!
    I'm almost halfway through the stole and it's turning out great, the cashmere cotton is so soft and drapes beautifully, I'm tempted to buy some more. I'm debating whether to add a lace edging to it when it's finished.
    "Traditional Lace Shawls" was my first ever lace shawl book, so it holds a special place for me, I'd recommend it, there's some very pretty patterns in it.