It seems there is a desire for aunties to get-to-gether and knit and from that this blog is born. So if you are an auntie-to-be, a fully fledged auntie, a great auntie, a God parent auntie, an adopted auntie or any other type of auntie I haven't thought of, then please do join and auntie-a-long with us.

All Aunties.........This Way Please!

I've made a start so come-along ya'all and join the auntie-a-long, we need your chat, your project pics, favourite links to all baby related yarns, patterns and other stuff.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Lacey Cardigan

I've almost finished the lacey cardigan I'm knitting in Baby Shimmer, this ones in White and I've just got to sew it up and add the buttons and take the photo to post.

Sunday, 26 August 2007

New Auntie Member

I am going to make this sweater for my DN. She is 16 months old so I am going to make the 1 - 2 year old size. I am using the same yarn as called for in the pattern and the same shade shown above. I'm not using the Funky Fur Magic because I don't like the different shades on the sleeves. As soon as I get a little bit worked up on the needles, I will post a real picture of my progress. We are going to the Oakland Stitch N Pitch so I am going to save the sleeves for that trip.

Friday, 27 July 2007

One Baby Shrug done!

Here's my 1st Baby Shrug and Socks from "Simply Baby" by Debbie Bliss. I have two close friends that are having girls in November, so I still have to make another set. I may make hats if I have enough yarn left over. I used the yarn specified in the pattern but added the strips in the ribbing to match the socks. This is an easy pattern and it turned out really cute.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Stitch Patterns for Baby Blankets

This is a book by Jan Eaton and contains knitted and crocheted designs, blocks and edgings for cot covers and shawls. There are a range of easy through to more experienced patterns and the ideal book if you want to design your own cot cover, blanket or baby shawl.

Premature Baby Patterns

It took some time for me to track down some premature baby patterns that I liked, there are some fairly basic ones on internet sites (see links) and one or two standard patterns will go down to 16" which is the larger size for premature; but otherwise I found it quite a job to find anything I liked. I have it in mind that the knits don't have to be boring and plain just because a baby is premature and often very small although I realise that practicability must be taken into account especially if you are knitting for babies that are still in hospital. Premature babies are mostly unexpected therefore parents aren't always prepared and may well have a huge collection of average sized garments awaiting the arrival home of their little one but these are not yet going to fit so a bundle of lovely suitable handknitted items in the appropriate premature size could well be appreciated.
I am knitting mine to make into little packs of each size which will go to a charitable cause such as the local SCBU unit.

In my search for such patterns I came across several that were quite suitably just the ticket and a series of books that made the whole effort worthwhile.

The books I write of above are called Early Arrivals and are published by Sirdar. I've managed to get hold of the Early Arrivals Book No.2 (no.301). The knits in this book are as delightful as the babes modelling them and pattern sizes start at 10" (25cm) through to 20" (51cm/6 to 12 months) and using from 1 ball upwards of Snuggly 4 ply and DK yarn. A blanket, hats and bootees are included too.

An excerpt from the book states:

"Designs have been included to suit a range of abilities. Easy knits which are suitable for the more inexperienced knitter, being strongly featured".

If you want a copy and are having trouble finding one, contact Sirdar on the links posted below:-



Little Treasures - half price on the Rowan site

Little Treasures is a pattern book by Rowan that contains sixteen designs by Lois Daykin using Rowan Soft Baby and Rowan have got it in their offers section for £2 something, I'm hopeless cos already forgotton and only just been on there but anyway the book is lovely with some teriffic patterns and was already a great price at £5 or was it £4.99, can you believe me I've a memory like a sieve.

When I first obtained my copy I thought that the designs were probably more intermediate than beginner and therefore a bit beyond my ability at the time so until now I've been quite happy just to flick through every so often and admire the georgeous knits and beautiful photography, it's the sort of book I just love having on the bookshelf to look at anyway. That said, it doesn't take long to acquire the experience needed to do the projects and I think there are one or two that I'll now be adding to my knitting project list.

Roses & Posies

Here is a couple of piccies from the Patons Roses & Posies book which contains eight Patterns for ages 0 to 18 months in Fairytale 4 ply and DK.