Sunday, 16 March 2014

Preparing for Spring

Baby Penny in her Kimono

The last time I posted I was busy knitting this gorgeous kimono for my new granddaughter Penelope Constance so I thought I would share this photo of her when she tried it on. As you can see the sleeves were still a little too long but since then she has flourished and it's now a perfect fit.

A better photo for seeing the design.
 The wool for this kimono was donated to me and so cost me nothing. The next freebie came from my own stash. I had bought a pack of aran weight yarn cheaply many years ago but had never got round to using it. When I saw this free pattern on a fabulous Facebook page called Weightstitches I figured it was about time to get going. It's called Bloomsbury Kids by Svetlana Volkova and is knit from the neck down seamlessly in the round. I loved the fact that the main detail was down the back.

Back detail
It was great not having any sewing up what so ever to do and Martha loved it!

Martha modelling her new sweater

You can just about make out
the pattern detail despite her hair.
It is always much easier to find lovely patterns for girls but when my grandson Lucas requested a jacket with his initial on I was more than delighted to oblige. Once again I had another bargain pack that my niece gave me and I used an old baseball pattern and simply knit the L separately and sewed it on later.

One Happy Boy

As Requested

By I had finished his jacket I spotted another pattern on Weightstitches but this time for a baby jumper for Penny. It only took a small amount of yarn and I risked starting it with beautiful left over wool from one of my sister's projects.
Penny's top with Heart detail

Literally all the wool that was left - Phew!

Penny modeling her new top
 It is actually ages since I started on this post but I abandoned it as my trusty desk top is so old it won't let me update my browser beyond Explorer 8. As this version is no longer supported by Blogger I was experiencing all sorts of difficulties so I have resorted to my laptop and things are fine. In the mean time I have knit another spring jacket for Martha in time for this bout of sunshine we have been experiencing here in the North East of England. Hope you like it.

Cabled Jacket with 3/4 Sleeves

Martha modelling her new jacket
I even managed to squeeze a pair of matching leg warmers from the remaining wool.


  1. your family are lucky to have such a creative grandmother. They are all gorgeous but I particularly love Penny's top with the heart detail, such a lovely colour x

  2. Thank you Jayne. I love that top as well. It's a clever pattern, knit in one piece, based on a top on sale by Vertbaudet. My daughter often gets kids clothes from them.