#2019MakeNine – the end

I’m glad I did this and actually enjoyed it! This was the first time I’d set up a Make Nine for the year and although I often make way more than nine things in a year, I was good to have a focus for the year. I also think selecting specific fabrics from stash was also a much better idea than specifying nine patterns, for a start it made me focus on using my stash rather than buying new fabrics.

I did make more than my Make Nine (I’m way behind on my blogging), but I can quite happily tick off eight of my original nine. The other ninth won’t happen until I can find a pattern which works (it probably doesn’t help that Mr N doesn’t really like the fabric!)

Project One:  Swimwear
Consider this completed!
I used the fabric and made up the Jazz Tankini from Swim Style Patterns. Not perfect, I should have done an FBA, but I’ve used this tankini loads. It was used on holiday in Raro and I used it lots for our spa tub in the garden.
The blog post is here.

Project Two:  Burda 7767 (men’s shirt)
I’ve actually made two shirts for Mr N this year. One in the middle of the year and the other I finished for Christmas. Yes, I used the blue and white stripe for one shirt. The second I used some awesome NZ fern fabric.

Project Three:  Frangipani dress
Completed! I did not use either of the patterns I originally thought to use. I made it up using Simplicity 2444, mainly based on the fact that I used the pattern for some other fabric not long before and decided I liked the fit and I really wanted something relatively quick to make up.

Project Four:  Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat
Completed and I love this coat!

I even made up another one, which needs at least a basic blog post.

Project Five:  Baby somethings!
Lots and lots of baby somethings have been made up. A blanket, dribble bibs, cardigans, mittens, hats, booties and a penguin cocoon.

Plus even more which hasn’t been blogged yet!

Project Six:  McCalls 6696
All completed and even used the fabric I thought I would use. Definitely a success.

Project Seven:  Teal tartan coat
This didn’t happen. Mr N doesn’t really like the fabric and I really wanted to make something with a hood. I couldn’t find anything which I liked and would work with the amount of fabric I had. 😦 I’m still keen to make something. I’ll continue looking, thinking, cogitating and ruminating.

Project Eight:  True Bias Ogden Cami
Strangely I only made up one, but used one of the fabrics I intended to use at least. I’m conscious this pattern needs some fixing for me, so I might even try something else. Or add bust darts to cater for an FBA.

Project Nine:  Nightwear
All done! This nightie is in constant use. The colours make me feel so cheerful when I wake up in the morning.

There will be a #2020MakeNine, I’m working these out at the moment!

Babies Due

This year, there have been just a few babies making or due to make an arrival. One is still yet to come, but Mum to be has seen the gifts, so I can post here. Since I also love to knit in the evenings, it’s actually given me something to do in the evenings, probably another reason why I’ve not been blogging – I’d rather sit and knit in front of the goggle box! This now finishes off my Make Nine!

Baby blanket
A few years ago, I knitted a blanket for a friend’s baby, so following the success of that one, I decided to knit up this pattern again for our new granddaughter. This time I chose a pale green merino yarn. I made a smaller version, which ended up quite square.

Following the slight penchant the mother has for penguins, I found these cute penguins from an Etsy store.

I’m happy how this turned out and I know this blanket has definitely had lots of use in the pram during the winter months.

The deets
Yarn:  6 balls of Countrywide Yarns Windsor DK, which I think came from Evans in Masterton
Notions:  Sew-on penguins from Etsy
Pattern:  Plymouth Yarn F013 Baby Squares Blanket, size C, portable crib size
Changes made:  None

Another one/recommendations:  A great pattern and not difficult to knit, it just seems to take forever to knit!

Penguin cocoon
Also for this same wee human, I found this penguin cocoon pattern on Ravelry. I just had to make it, following the penguin theme! I made up a 3-6 month version, so it should fit for a while yet, since baby was only born last July and she’s quite small. It’s knitted in an aran knit (10-ply) so actually knits up quite quickly.

I don’t remember finding any issues with the pattern, I’m not an expert knitter, but managed to get this made up relatively quickly. The main body took a while to knit up, but after that, it was all pretty quick.

I love the way the decrease shows on the hat.

It’s quite difficult to attach knitting to knitting in order to retain the stretch. I decided to use a blanket stitch after asking around. The pattern doesn’t actually state what how to attach the different pieces.

The deets
Yarn:  Naturally Loyal 10-ply, most of which came from The Yarn Queen. I used 4 balls of black, 2 of cream and a tiny bit of bright orange for the feet and beak.
Notions:  Two little black buttons for the eyes
Pattern:  Poppy Penguin Hat and Cocoon set, size 3-6 months
Changes made:  None

Another one/recommendations:  If you love cute things for babies and small humans this is a great little pattern. As long as you have the patience to make up all those pieces! The only recommendation I have is to the designers to state how the additional pieces, eg, belly, etc should be attached to the main pattern.

Dribble bibs
OK, so babies don’t often need bibs straight away, but no doubt these will come in useful once she starts on solids soon, but bibs are always useful, are they not? These are a pretty simple triangular shape, so were quick and easy to sew up and turn the right way out.

I had these two Dr Who fabrics leftover from making PJs for Mr N and I thought they would be perfect for backing the bibs. I got a bath towel in the sale from Spotlight and used that to make the backing.

I cut and made these as production line. I’ll warn you now, if you didn’t know it, cutting and sewing towelling means a lot of fluff and mess! 🙂 Fortunately I had a nice sunny day to cut these outside!

The pattern came from a book I found in the library and is a bandana bib shape. The pattern also suggests using buttons and buttonholes, or other fastenings such as velcro, or snap fasteners. I checked with those in the know and they actually suggested just making a large enough buttonhole to push the point from the other side through. It makes it easy to remove when it gets mucky!

The deets
Fabric:  Bath towel from Spotlight, Dr Who Fabric which also came from Spotlight originally
Notions:  Thread
Pattern:  Bandeaux bib from Sewing for babies and children : 25 beautiful designs for clothes and accessories for ages 0-5 by Laura Strutt
Changes made:  I just made a single buttonhole so that the corner of the bib can be threaded through and pulled out again for easy removal.
Another one/recommendations:  Great pattern and easy to make up.

Sirdar baby cardigan, mitts, booties and hat
Another pattern I found on Ravelry. This Sirdar pattern is also available in a couple of booklets as well as individually. There is a V-neck or round neck cardigan, with booties, mitts and a hat/beanie all knitted in 4-ply stocking stitch.

With two more babies due, I bought three balls of two different merino yarns, so that I could make up cardis in one yarn and then matching hat, booties and mitts in the other yarn. The first set, I made the cardigan in the variegated yarn with accessories in navy. The second set, I knitted the cardigan in navy and then knitted up the accessories in the variegated yarn. Frustratingly, all I can find of the first set is an image of the cardigan testing various buttons! And I have no photos of the other set, so thanks to a special Mum-to-be for the lovely photos.

I’ve now made up two 6-12 month size cardigans and for some reason, I’m either making a mess of the counting or there’s something wrong with the pattern, since I’ve ended up with different numbers than on the pattern. Both have worked out OK, but it frustrates the OCD in me that it’s wrong or I’m wrong. I don’t know. Fortunately neither cardi looks wrong!

The sleeves are knitted first and placed on holders. The cardigan is then knitted from the bottom up joining the sleeves at the underarm point and stitching to the neck. The neck and buttonhole ribbing are picked up and ribbed.

For each cardigan, I elected to omit the buttonholes and stitch snap fasteners and buttons to make it easier to undo quickly. It also meant I could leave the first one as long as possible, since I didn’t know the variety of small human which was due! Each cardi also has a spare button sewn in the side seam.

The hat/beanie is basically knitted from the bottom up and then stitched down the back. I love the way this variegated yarn looks knitted up.

The booties have a long piece of rib which is intended to be doubled over. Then the top of the bootie is knitted and the rest is picked up to complete it. It’s quite tricky to pick up to be honest, not something you want to do when in a hurry! The mittens are a lot quicker to make up and also have a double rib for the wrist.

The deets
Yarn:  The navy blue is Patons Bay Dreamtime 100% merino 4-ply, the variegated yarn is Naturally Magic Garden Classic Prints 100% merino 4-ply. Again these all came from Evans in Masterton. The cardigan took just over a ball of yarn. The mittens, booties and hat all came from a single ball.
Notions:  Buttons, the blue buttons came from stash, the others with the caterpillar came from the Bernina Sewing Centre in Nelson when I was travelling

Pattern:  Sirdar 1819 cardigan, mittens, booties and hat, size 6-12 months
Changes made:  None.
Another one/recommendations:  For some reason I had the issues with the decreasing, but otherwise, no problems at all. The booties are a little fiddly, but other than that, really simple of make up.