peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

on being productive… May 28, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 11:29 am

So, Project Projects is up to seven!

Apparently me and maternity leave make excellent bedfellows. I’m sure my bliss will soon be shattered by the piercing cries of a newborn, but until then, my craft has got his hat on and he is totally coming out to play.

This is the little cotton carseat blanket I made for the little one. She is extremely blanketed already, but being due in summer, I thought she could probably do with a light, cool blanket to put her on until I rock out the Rowan in the autumn. I think this will do the trick.

This yarn is so lovely. It’s more Rico – Cotton Blend, which is a really nice cotton/acrylic with contrasty shiny threads running through (somewhere between soft cotton and mercerised). I picked the colours to be a little bit girly, but not insipid, and I think they totally work. If Rico know one thing about yarn, it’s colour.

I winged the pattern – just simple, chunky stripes, and finished the edges off with a little splash of that green.

Carseat – check. Carseat blanket – check. Now all I need is a baby.


generations… May 25, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 9:18 am

So, all of a sudden it seems that baby girl is due in five weeks. Of course, this realisation has hit me like a ton of bricks (or a teeny foot in the ribcage in the middle of the night?). Obviously I already realised I was having a baby. But then one day last week, I woke up and it dawned on me: I’m HAVING A BABY! SOON!


I have found my head spinning with new, unanswerable questions. Who will she look like? How will she sound when she cries? Will she like me? What if she’s not a she? What if I’m the worst mother in the history of the world?

I have found my solace, this week, in crochet.

I have also been acquiring hand-me-downs. Generations of hand-me-downs.

This is the blanket my great-grandma crocheted for my brother when he was born. He was her first great-grandchild. I remember her, vaguely. She died when I was three. She was ninety-one. I remember we crashed the car on the way to her funeral.

This is the blanket my grandma knitted for me when I was born. I was her first granddaughter. She’s still with us, and very much looking forward to meeting her first great-granddaughter, although she can’t knit any more because her hands shake too much and she has arthritis in her knuckles.

This is the tiny baby poncho my (thoroughly uncrafty) mum bought my brother when he was born. Hello seventies!

And finally, this is the start of the blanket I am making for my daughter when she is born:

It’s the sunburst pattern again, after finally working out my hooky issues, in my favourite ever baby yarn – Rico Baby Classic DK. I even managed to incorporate my little stash from waybackwhen, along with a few new colours. I’m trying to get enough pink in there to make it girly, without passing over the boundary with sickly. I think it’s working, so far.


issues… May 11, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 4:21 pm

First, some happy news. Teeny cardigan is all blocked and buttoned and hanging in a teeny wardrobe.

So, fuelled with completion success and facing a free weekend, I started thinking about my next project. 9 colours of Rico Baby – the softest synthetic I’ve ever had the pleasure of squishing. Junior p&p is probaby already the most blanketed child ever, and she hasn’t even been born yet, so she really doesn’t need another one. But need has never really been a factor in my projects before, so blanket it was!

A bit of thinking and experimenting led me back to the Sunburst granny pattern, and I cranked a few out to see. Then, mid-way into the third square, disaster struck:

RIP, my favourite 4mm crochet hook 😦

After an emergency run into town to pick up a new hook, I soldiered on, only to run into double disaster!

The two squares on the left are pre-disaster, with the old 4mm hook. The one on the right was made with the new 4mm hook. Clearly, they are not the same size. How can this be?!?

Cue another emergency run for a 3.5mm hook. This seems to have almost done the trick. Although they are still not the same size, they’re a whole lot closer.

I think I’m going to have to get yet another hook, though. I can’t get on with the metal hooks. I think it’s the shape of the handles clashing wildly with my unorthodox method of holding them!

A little treat just for me. Maybe that will make up for my disastrous weekend 🙂


on the block… May 3, 2010

Filed under: Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 6:04 pm

So, turns out infant-size things are a LOT quicker to knit than adult-size things.

Currently blocking is baby girl’s very first handmade clothing item – the Little Coffee Bean cardigan by Elizabeth Smith. Only in this case it’s more of a little jelly bean! It’s my first time picking up stitches along an edge, and doing a button band, and I’m feeling a bit pleased with myself.

Take that, insipid baby girl colours!