Thursday, May 18, 2006

knitting for children


Various far flung cousins of mine seem to be big on the whole reproduction thing. Plus one of my best friends from university, Chris, is about to have his third. I'm working on a blanket for cousin Rosalind (her of the DNA scarf fame) and have just finished this set for Chris' brood.

They were great stash busting pieces. A small Haiku which I modified to a smaller size and to base it on st st. That's for the baby. Then for the two big sisters a Kate toy and a crochet scarf. I did the Kate in some bits of DK I had lying around, so its a bit smaller than the pattern. The red body is made from sock yarn, two strands held together. This gives a nice thick fabric which I think is important for toys - Susan at yarnbar has posted up some cool felted monsters recently, I think felting for toys is a great idea.

The other modification I made for Kate was to start with a figure 8 cast on, and on a similar topic I'd like to declare that the sewn cast off is wonderful. Why anyone uses anything else for toe up socks I don't know.

8 comments:

Philippa said...

Thanks for the links. I'll certainly be trying the sewn cast-off when I get to the end of my toe-up socks.

The Haiku is really pretty, lovely yarn. Hope we get to see Project Bakerloo soon... ;)

Gina said...

These are lovely projects, and they will be so very appreciated. One of these days, I will brave the toe-up sock!

the yukonomist said...

dearest alice,
it's your cousin anne here. your blog was recently brought to my attention by your mum who sent the dna rosalind scarf link to its partial namesake, and my dear biggest sister passed the link along to me.

my friend kim, the one you took with me to the portabello market many years ago (we remember your tiaras fondly), is a much better knitter than i. but i do like doing it. i like double moss stitch and a cowichan wool/mohair combo held together.

i'll knit you something from the yukon if you knit me something from london.... it needn't be huge or difficult. we might need to give me until christmas though, because it already doesn't get dark here, and the long summer days are not very conducive to knitting i'm afraid. but i could get the linen or hemp out of my yarnstash...

thinking about you...
anne

amy said...

thanks for that link - I've never tried that bind off ("bind off" / "cast off" - what's the difference??)

Elizabeth said...

Wow, great baby projects! I love your Kate in particular - the sock yarn looks really cool on the body.

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