30 August 2010

Boleros Done!

Pattern: Sirdar 2174 – Bolero for Girls 1-12 yrs

Sizes: 1-2 and 3-4 years

Yarn: King Cole Premier Value DK – Pink (022) - 2 skeins

Needles: KnitPicks Options Interchangeables – Nickel 3.25 and Prym Circulars - Metal 2.5

Modifications: Looser gauge and lengthened sleeves

Verdict: A good pattern, and although one might find the lace irritatingly fiddly, it is worth the effort. Recommended.

They are finally done. What a race to get them done; to match the dresses my girls wore for a friend’s wedding last Saturday. The second one was completed literally half an hour before we left for the wedding (about 30 minutes drive away from where we live).

And… They only wore the boleros for another half hour... The sun came out! All that effort to get them done in time! Never mind. Winter approaches…

16 August 2010

Look at these little beauties.

Pattern: Provence Baby Cardigan by Classic Elite

Sizes: 12-18 months and 4-5 years

Yarn: Sirdar Country Style – Greystone

Needles: KnitPicks Options Interchangeables – Nickel 3.25 and 3.5 mm

Modifications: Looser gauge (to get larger size)

Verdict: Great pattern and highly recommended.

I taught myself continental knitting whilst making the first cardigan. It was a bit slow to start with but I soon found my rhythm. I wanted to learn continental knitting because I have heard that it is quicker than English style. With two children under 4 years, I need all the knitting speed I can get. I will keep you posted on this front, but so far, so good.

I finished the second one last weekend. My older daughter was so pleased with hers when it was finished that she danced around in it and (much to my delight) wore to the (windy) beach. It is a tad big on her (probably suited for 4/5 year old) but will see her through at least two winters! I hope…