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.