Monday, 15 June 2009

Fairy pants


Since the weather has turned cooler and it's much easier to get 5 minutes of knitting time in here and there rather than wait for Andrew to give me some free sewing time (he's always at the golf club when he's not at work). Madelyn is in need of warmer clothes so the knitting needles have started clacking around here. I started on a wrap cardigan using 4ply (I still have that snuggly DK sitting around but needed to feel some wool between my fingers before knitting that again). The cardigan is just using the leftover cleckheaton cocoon I used to make this newborn cardigan around this time last year.




Then the dyeing bug hit with the need for some new longies for Madelyn, so I dyed up some soft and thick Blue Faced Liescter aran for the purpose. I called the colourway "Chocolate fairy" as it sort of reminded me of little girls dressed in fairy dresses smeared with chocolate birthday cake. As with all hand dyed wool, I couldn't resist the urge to knit it up straight away. Unfortunately the longies didn't eventuate as I didn't dye up enough wool. I just managed these shorties, using all but around 20cm of wool after grafting. They have some growing room in them so hopefully will still fit when the weather warms up again. At the moment they are more like capris than shorties. Back to the wrap cardy now and the knitting seems so slow after knitting with big needles.



12 comments:

Tracy said...

I love them! The cord, the lace cuff and the embellishment all those perfect little details. Just so well done!

Liam's Mummy said...

They are really beautiful - the hand-dyed wool, the cute little flower and the lacy bottoms... your little girl is lucky to have such a clever mum!

Emma said...

They're gorgeous! I love the image your description of the colour conjured-up!

Peta said...

They are sooo cute!!! You've done a beautiful job dyeing the wool.

sharon said...

Beautiful job on the dying.

I am loving those little pants. Do you have a pattern for those? I am a beginner knitter but I think I would like to have a go at a pair of those for my little girl.

Ellie said...

Major knitting envy going on here.

They are just gorgeous.

sue said...

What gorgeous capris, and I love how the colors turned out. Yes I can just imagine little girls in fairy dresses covered in chocolate. I am sure they will still fit when the weather fines up.

Sereknitty said...

Those are absolutely darling! the floral embellishment, along with the tiny leaves truly make it.

AJ said...

WOW they are beautiful Joy! I so love your knitting!

Kris said...

Gorgeous!! lovely dye job too

Sandra said...

This is gorgeous! I have pants on my list for my 6 week girl - hope I'm not gonna wait till she turns 1:))

Kylie said...

They look great - fingers crossed that they will still fit her when the weather warms up - or you could always team them with a pair of babylegs!