Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Sock obsession – December

I did it!

An ickle pair of festive sockies for Little Miss.

I had plenty of yarn left over from my own elf socks so I decided to make a baby pair.

Again, I made it up as I went along so extra chuffed, particularly since she always seemed to be napping when I needed to try them on her!

Hopefully I can get a nice pic of us wearing them together sometime next week…

And look out for a run-down of my sock obsession year and some crafty aspirations for 2017

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Happy Halloween!

This was Little Miss’s Halloween outfit 

It consists of the Layla dress, a net petticoat, and a little hat – all made by me with some help from my mum!

Little Miss looked super cute at her photoshoot last week and I’ve had an idea to use the same materials for an outfit every year to see how she grows.

Time for a scary movie – Happy Halloween!

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Beat the Bump – hospital edition

Wow, I’ve barely touched any yarn since Baby arrived! Hardly surprising I suppose and I find that I don’t care much (although the urge to knit socks is getting pretty bad)

Anyway, we were admitted to hospital for induction on Wednesday morning. On the way, I cast on a simple garter stitch shawl using the yarn I bought in Iceland.

Upon arrival, we were told that the wards were busy and they needed us to wait.

And wait we did… for eleven hours!

Needless to say I got a fair bit done

It was quite funny at times because the staff kept getting distracted by it and asking me questions.

And the reaction when people saw the changing bag and shawl that my mum made us was incredible!

I don’t expect to get much done in the next little while but I’ll try to update as and when.

For now though, I’m just enjoying cuddles with my beautiful daughter *massive contented sigh*

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Beat the Bump – dodecahedron

I came across this when I was browsing Pinterest the other day and had to make one immediately!

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Celestine Crochet by Berroco in Stylecraft Special DK

It’s such fun to make and I think it’ll make a rather fun toy for Baby so a win-win all round.

I can picture loads in different colours and sizes (I just need some more stuffing, they’re quite big in DK!)

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Breaking news!

Another WIP finished – Baby has finally arrived, a little girl born yesterday at 8:59am, weighing 7lb15.

We’re all doing well and Baby is perfect.

There will be a couple more Beat the Bump posts to catch us up and then I shall make some pretty dresses!

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Beat the Bump – baby cardigans

Oh dear, I was convinced I’d already posted about my love of this pattern but I can’t find it so it’s possible I imagined it… or probably wrote it out but didn’t post it…

Anyway, a while back I fell in love with a cute little knitted baby cardi pattern. Free, top down, seamless – three of my favourite things.

I made two in 4ply cotton, followed by another for my brother and sister-in-law (I can’t find the pictures!)

However, with a July baby, I figured we wouldn’t need much newborn knitwear and then I found some hand-dyed rainbow DK cotton yarn in my stash…

Do you see where I’m going?

I finished knitting the yellow one ages ago but was resisting sewing the buttons on.

The red one, however, I started and finished after my due date. Including buttons and washing (while I re-washed my split back tank top)

I still love them but I think I need a new pattern, five of the same thing might be my limit!

The pattern is Linnie by Justyna Lorkowska and I used Stylecraft Cotton Classique for the main parts.

Hopefully soon we’ll have Baby here so I can make something gender specific!!

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Sock obsession – July

I finished my July socks, yay!

Riverflow socks

These were another test knit for the lovely Rebecca Milton and we were both on a deadline so I made sure to finish up some other WIPs before I got the pattern so I could give them my full attention.

I have to say, I absolutely loved these! The pattern is easy to memorise but adds that little bit of interest so it’s not just plain knitting.

And, for once, I had no issues with the sizing for my massive size eight feet.

Isn’t the yarn scrummy too? I bought it at the Ickworth Wool Fair earlier this year (I think I forgot to blog about it…) and it’s called Mini Rainbows by The Knitting Swede (to be honest, I’m amazed I can remember that!)

Next up: a gifty pair of socks which I probably won’t post much about until the new year because I’m not sure if the recipient reads the blog.

To be honest, I think I’ll cast these on sooner rather than later, just in case.

Oh and while we’re on the subject, Baby is now four days late so I’ve invented a new game called ‘Beat the Bump’ where I’m trying to finish a load of projects before s/he gets here. Any day now, I’m going to start cheating and making dishcloths or something to rack up my total because the little tyke is showing no signs of moving out!

Wish me luck and contractions!!

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Secret keeping…

…is hard!

I promise I’ve been busy crafting but I’ve also been avoiding situations where I might let slip.

Ready?

I’m pregnant!

We’ve known since November but we only started telling people after the 12-week scan so the news is still… well, new.

We won’t be finding out the sex so everything is gender neutral at the moment – Mum is knitting a lemon yellow shawl and I’ve made a tiny beige cardigan, soon to be followed by another. Oh, and the ‘hope blanket’ I crocheted when we were trying.

The downside is that baby is due in July so need for newborn knitwear is low. But I figure I’ll just make stuff for 3-9 months so plenty of fun to be had.

We’ve also bought a lovely second hand crib that needs to be re-painted and of course there’s the nursery to think about (not to mention the rest of the house!)

I’ll be back soon with some catch-up posts and hopefully some pics (if I can find my camera…)

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