Friday, 5 June 2009

Warmth for winter

With two teeth bothering the little Miss for the past few weeks, I haven't been getting a whole lot of sleep. As a result my craftiness has been confined to the couch for a little while after the kids are in bed, where I have been madly knitting away at this little hoodie for Austy. I needed it off the needles to get a start on something warm for poor Maddy who has next to no winter woollies in her wardrobe, due to her growing out of everything way too quickly.

I normally knit in 100% wool (or cotton for spring/summer) as I am a natural fibres girl. I love the warmth and I love the feel. But this time I decided top use the nylon stuff that the pattern was designed for. Personally I think it would have been nicer in wool and now I'm not so sure I want to knit up the stuff I bought for Maddy, but I have bought it now so really should use it. The yarn is Sirdar Snuggly - it is soft and snuggly as the name suggests, easily washed and probably good for the amount of upchucks that Maddy has been doing with those teeth coming along (the second one cut through completely last night while she slept... or rather didn't sleep). And for Austy, it's a bit more dirt and food resistant.




The pattern came from Sirdar Baby Knits (316), Pattern I - Hooded Sweater with Stripes, knitted in size 3-4. Love the book - especially for boy babies and toddlers, and love how Sirdar cater for such a size range (so I can still use it for Austy for next year too). Just not too keen on the weight and drape of Snuggly DK. Not sure about the drop sleeves - I'm a raglan lover, but unfortunately all the raglan patterns were in 4ply which would take forever to knit up in his size (I'm still plodding away at the cable vest in 4ply for him!). Now to decide what to knit for Maddy. I am thinking the cabled hoodie jacket on the far left, second row in the pic above using a ruby colur and hope to get a few unbroken nights of sleep again now those two tiny teeth have arrived.

7 comments:

JazyJae's said...

That would look so lovely in a ruby colour, as would the one below with a fuschia flower. The one Austy has is just gorgeous.....I wish I could knit as lovely as you do.

Emma said...

Is that the jumper Austy had on today before he got hot? I would never have guessed it was a mummy-made-it! Well done! I've promised James after the party tomorrow, we'll stop and get some 'wool' so I can knit him a new scarf - the full extent of my knitting ability!

Austy's Mum said...

Yep - the very one Emma!

Kylie said...

It looks great Joy - I agree with you on the snuggly though - lovely patterns but not so nice yarn (cant call it wool really can you when it originates from a barrel and not off the back of the sheep!)

sue said...

Austy's hoodie looks great. I agree that the Sirdar snuggly doesnt have a weighty feel to it and I have knit a few items in it but I have used other 8 ply wool to knit those same patterns from the book. I did actually knit up the same jacket you are going to for Maddy in chocolate brown and it turned out so beautifully. I think the cables knit up well in strong colors and the ruby color would be perfect. I have knit the same hoodie you made but I just used 8 ply spotlight wool and it turned out so nicely. I cant wait to see what else you make out of the book.

*Leigh* said...

This is leaky from December 08 parents group. You are SO clever! I don't know how you get the time to make all this gorgeous stuff!

Sereknitty said...

Like you, I much prefer wool, or natural fibres, but your hoodie turned out beautifully! I also like strong colours, so am very in favour of the ruby yarn.