peppermints & poppies

where life imitates art

the yarn fairy… February 1, 2011

Filed under: Knitting — Katherine @ 5:45 pm

Legwarmies modelled

Shortly before Christmas, a little package landed on our doorstep. Well, more realistically (but much less poetically) shortly before Christmas a little package was unceremoniously rammed through our letterbox by the postman (who has broken said letterbox three times already and who I suspect may have underlying anger issues). Destruction of our front door aside, I opened the package to find two lovely little balls of Baby Cashmerino (phwoar) in deep pink and apple green (you may have noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with pink and green together for baby girl things). They were a present for me and the little one from the lovely Heather, and came along with a card which suggested they become a pair of Legwarmies.

I carry Beebs a lot in her Manduca, and her little legs poke out and get ever so cold, so legwarmers were a fab idea, and one I set about on at once!

Mmm, soft...

They’re lovely and soft, and have been a big hit around the baby group circuit! And they keep her little protuding limbs so lovely and toasty that I have immediately set about on her next pair, in self-striping and black sock yarn. Colourific!

Legwarmies II

Thank you, yarn fairy. We loved our present ❤


the wonder weeks… November 19, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 10:21 pm

Just as I was allowing myself to think that I had this whole parenting business down, I was introduced to wonder week 19.

Wonder weeks, if you are unfamiliar with them, are weeks in the life of a baby where, alongside making significant developmental leaps, they become a right pain in the behind for the duration.

Shakey Shake

Right on time, a 19-week-old Phoebe learned to grab a toy and shake it, pick things up and put them in her mouth, sit supported and roll from her back onto her front. She also cried about nothing in particular, didn’t want to be put down, slept in chunks no longer than 2 hours at night, and totally refused to nap.

Yesterday she hit 20 weeks, and has begun to allow me the luxury of a morning nap again. A nap for her, that is. I’ve been knitting.
Self Striping

I finally found the perfect project for a couple of skeins of Rico Creative Poems Aran that I’ve had stashed. I saw a couple of great looking Baktuses (Bakti?) using it striped with a plain grey. So that’s what I did. Dead easy project, but I love love it! It’s so soft and squooshy and warm.


It’s going to look just the ticket with my new grey wool winter coat.



Hopefully it won’t be so long before my next update. I have a few projects which aren’t a million miles from completion, so all we need is for the elusive afternoon nap to click back into place, and I should have a whole bunch of stuff to show you!

Think sleepy thoughts for us…


hat’s the spirit… October 17, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 7:40 pm

This week, autumn has brought me 3 things:

1. Light so bad I have had to take my photos with the flash on (boo).

2. A three-and-a-half month old baby.


3. An obsession with crafting for the aforementioned baby. I’m on hats just now. After the disastrously small earflap hat from a few weeks ago (turns out it wasn’t me and my terrible gauge-measuring, it was me and my awful pattern-following!), I decided that actually a cheery little fair-isle hat was just what the knitdoctor ordered. I based it on the same pattern, with a fair amount of winging in there. Those elephants were based on the ones from the Ella Funt pattern, and the hearts, well, they’re just hearts.


Because old BigHead is on the 75th centile for head size (bang on 50th for height and weight now), I decided to make a toddler size, knowing my gauge is always a little tight, and other than being a bit long, it fits her well. And the little purple elephants go SO WELL with her little purple elephant t-shirt!

Not sure!

Don’t mind her expression, she does actually like it! She’s just the least photogenic baby in the history of the world. She can be all smiles and giggles, but the second you point a camera her way, the sullen face comes out. We’re going to have to change that, I think!

Before I go, I’d just like to thank people who comment on these entries. I’d like to take the time to reply to you all individually, but my spare time is kind of precious at the moment! I appreciate that you read, and I appreciate when you take the time to comment.



the craft has got his hat on… September 6, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 5:31 pm

Stripes!Crafting with a baby around takes a little getting used to. Gone are the days of hours devoted to yarn or fabric or words. Crafting with a baby is quick and dirty. You get your kicks where you can.


A stripe here, an earflap there. A two hour project stretches to fill four days. But I’m getting there!

An unprecedented decision on Phoebe’s part to actually try sleeping at bedtime has got me off to a flying start, and last night I wove in the final end on her very first hat. Unfortunately, poor gauge-measuring on my part means it’ll probably fit her for all of about ten seconds, but just for now I think she’s looking very dapper indeed!


Pattern is the Children’s Earflap Hat by SweetP Knits, knit in the round. 4.5mm needles, remnant of Rowan Pure Wool from Baby Granny Blanket.

Project Projects reaches 10!


baby’s first monsters… June 5, 2010

Filed under: Knitting,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 8:39 pm

Carrying on my productivity, yesterday (while hiding from the heat!) I finished knitting Daphne and Delilah from Danger Crafts. I opted for felt/embroidered faces so they’d be baby-safe. Made from Kool Kotton in Aqua and Tomato – a bit copied off the original pattern, but I’m ok with it.

They’ll live on a shelf in little one’s nursery for the minute. The nursery, incidentally, which is coming together well! We’ve painted, we’ve acquired most of the furniture. Just need a few bits and some finishing touches and will be good to go.

That said, we went for our antenatal class/hospital tour today, and touches of the faintly terrified are beginning to edge in.

I shall distract myself with craft.


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 🙂