Pattern: Polly from Rowan Kids
Yarn: Cotton…of some description!
Colourway: White and hot pink
Purchased at: Black Sheep Wools
Total cost: Who knows?
I have something lovely to share with you today.
No….not Miss Button, gorgeous as she is.
The hot pink loveliness!
Ma has made not one, but two of these lovely cardigans for Button this summer. As well as the pink one featured here, there’s a white one too! They’re such a super basic as they go with everything. Sleeveless, short sleeves, long sleeves…yep…they’ll work.
It’s a great little cardigan for cooler spring weather, or the end of summer days when you just want to take the chill off of shoulders. Or, even, layered over long sleeves on cooler days.
Can we talk about the little “pleated” frill along the bottom hem? Too adorable, no?
The yarns, being cotton, are machine wash and dry-able. Perfect for a young lady who loves getting up to mischief and mayhem.
The white one recently had blackcurrant juice spilled down it. A quick wash with a spot of bleach…et, voila…good as new.
I cannot recommend this pattern enough. It’s a quick knit that results in a cardigan that gets worn again and again. It’s pretty without being twee, but grown up enough to make the heart of a 9 year old girl happy.
The weather continues in its unpredictable vein, with 4 seasons in one day being the norm. The school holidays are flying by and the house selling/purchasing saga continues.
So when we were gifted a warmish and sunny day last week, we hit the park for fun and photos.
This is another great workhorse of a sweater from Ma. The pattern is an old Wendy/Peter Pan pattern number 747. The yarn is a mystery acrylic blend, which is perfect for mudlarks as it can be thrown in the washing machine and tumble dried if necessary.
Slightly oversized but not sloppy this is a great shape for layering for warmth, with plenty of room for climbing and playing.
Cute fan shaped bobbles make the boxy shape more feminine.
You can never tell with Miss Button if something you make for her will be worn to rags, or languish at the back of the wardrobe hardly worn. This is one of the former. It’s her current go to sweater for playing out and park days and just generally keeping cosy.
I don’t care how twee matching sweaters are, I simply can’t get enough of these munchkins in these sweaters. Too adorable for words!
Three colours of Drops yarn in each sweater purchased from Wool Warehouse. Drops is my new favourite brand of yarn for kids clothes. Great quality and great prices. And it washes up super soft. Which is important in this house because Boy will not wear a scratchy sweater. And, to be fair, who can blame him!
Maybe Ma will add a comment to let you know exactly which yarn she used. I, for the life of me, can’t remember.
I cannot tell you how much I want a yoked sweater for myself!
And a bit more sunshine. Our grey northern light doesn’t lend itself to midwinter photography. These have been fiddled with in iPhoto to make them vaguely presentable.
But still….cute sweaters and cute kids will shine through however lacking the skills of the photographer!
My friend Liz has a seemingly bottomless stash of mystery yarn, and every now and again she passes a bag to me to be knitted into something lovely for the kids.
Invariably I pass this yarn to Ma, and she works the magic with her lightning quick needles.
These two sweaters are no exception.
First up is Igor…a free pattern from Drops Design available to download from Ravelry here.
Add in an adorable sea-foam yarn and my sweet little blonde girl, and you’ve got a match made in heaven.
And if that’s not enough…Boy got a new cardigan too.
I also love this honeycomb cable. This pattern is from the Jolly Beachcomber book that Ma has knitted from many times before. If you haven’t bought that book yet, go an do it now. Please! We absolutely love the patterns and just keep going back to this book time and again.
It being the first dry day of the week we made the most of our trip to the park.
We couldn’t leave Carter at home.
And finished with a quick pit-stop at the cafe.
I finally have something new to share with you. Although it’s not one of my makes.
This is one of Ma’s!
It’s from the book Labour of Love by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard.
I love this rich cranberry colour on Button. Especially at this time of year when she’s looking a little tired and pale. It really perks her up (roll on the Christmas holidays and some time off school!)
Ma knitted the largest size (a six I think) and we’re of the opinion the sizes run to the small side…but this still works perfectly for Button. The only change to the pattern was that the neckline was very low so Ma added another repeat of the neck band in a single strand of yarn, rather than doubled as per the pattern instructions.
Oh, could my post titles be any cornier?
Ma has been busy with the needles again, so here are the last couple of knits for the kids for a while. They are all set up for the summer…it being England, and all! Not renowned for it’s glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures! You’ll see what I mean with these pictures…it was grey and rainy yesterday…and it shows!
I suspect this pattern is from the Jolly Beachcomber book. I suspect Ma will comment if it’s not.
First up can I say a big thank you for all the lovely comments on the last post about The Boy’s surgery. I cannot tell you how much they all mean to us and we’re hugely grateful for all the good wishes.
Thursday night he was more than a little miserable and he didn’t sleep much. I got a lot of cuddles!
On Friday morning he was really freaked out by the fact that he could see two mummies, so we just stayed in our jammies and had a very lazy day. At 8 o’clock he couldn’t even walk down the stairs. By 3.30pm when we picked Button up from school, he was jumping off benches and balancing on kerbs!
I’m astonished at his resilience.
Today…he’s his normal ebullient self and is off visiting Grandma!
In his new red sweater knitted by her.
Pattern: Jolly Beachcomber Knits, pattern number 2337.
Yarn: Hayfield bonus Aran
Bless him…he looks like he’s gone a few rounds with Mike Tyson! It’s hard to see from the photo but he has bruising on his forehead and cheek from the retractors, and the makings of a cracking shiner!
At the moment the eye looks a little “over corrected” too, but I’m assured that as the swelling goes down this will settle into place. And he tells me that it’s a “little bit hurty but its ok because it will get better soon”. I love that boy!
I simply cannot get enough of red garments for these kids…it’s a great colour on both of them! And the Jolly Beachcombers pattern book is fabulous. We go back to it again and again.
High praise from Mr Pickypants!
It’s bitterly cold still in our neck of the woods. Button has been very brave venturning out in shorts for photos. Thankfully Ma has been busy with her needles as they had grown out of pretty much all their knits.
First up is a little jacket that Button has had before. She absolutely loves it, and this time Ma made it with long sleeves, so it’s even cosier.
Pattern : Sirdar 2358
Yarn : 80/20 poly/wool from Abakhan at £6.17 for a 400g ball
Much as I’d love them to be clothed in Madelinentosh all the time…these two are R.O.U.G.H. on their clothes. This yarn can just be thrown into the wash and comes out as good as new.
Pattern : Sirdar Jolly Beachcomber No 2334
Yarn : As above. Thankfully as well as being resistant to small people, this yarn is also soft. Boy is a whiner about wearing a sweater. Unless it’s super soft it’s a no go.
The thing about having nothing that you have to do, is that the temptation to do nothing is rife.
As there’s only a whole load of sofa surfing going on, I thought I’d share the most recent Made by Ma, which, of course, features cables.
What can I say…I’m a sucker for cables!
The Small Print
Pattern Book: Patons Play Days Book 4
Yarn: Patons Cotton Tropicano DK
I will get my butt into gear soon. Maybe.
Ma has been mighty busy with her needles.
Lovely new knits for the small peeps in our household have been turning up with delightful regularity.
I, on the other hand, have been a very lax blogger and all round bad parent by not photographing these lovelies in a timely fashion so I can share them with you.
So, in the time honoured fashion of buses, here they all are at once.
Pattern: Sirdar 2358
Yarn: Sirdar Aran
I love cables. You might have noticed that cables pop up on this blog a lot.
I love our children in cables.
Add a red hood and Miss Cutie Button and it’s a perfect storm of knitterly delight.
Pah! Says The Boy.
I can do “cool dude” just as well as you do “Cute”!
Yarn: Mystery yarn donated by my friend Liz.
Me…I think he looks like he should have a smallholding, with sheep and rare breed pigs.
And this shot is just to remind myself that they’re not always beating the c**p out of each other!
More cabled loveliness for The Boy!
Pattern: Baby Bamboo Too Pattern G
Yarn: Patons Tropicana Cotton DK
He looks far too preppy and grown up in this one. And it also evidences the recent growth spurt between the front and back being knitted and checked against him and the sleeves being knitted! Thankfully it’s not too short, but we’ll be making future knits just a bit longer.
Big thanks go out to Ma for such sterling work with the needles.
Especially as she’s going to add some length to the navy sweater.
She’s the best!
And I’ve still a couple more knits to share with you, one by Ma and one that I’ve done. I’ll share these this week and then we’ll be up to date with all our recent makes just in time for KCWC!