Friday, May 09, 2008

bearz in the hood

So I've been a bit rubbish with the knitting recently, as my name might suggest. Due to a nasty inflammation of the tendons in my wrist. Partly brought on by overhammering a computer keyboard, partly brought on by an easter knitathon, partly too much Mario Kart Wii. It's a bit better now. The GP fobbed me off with some paracetamol but it did seem to help a bit. I suspect this may be the placebo effect, but would that work if you suspected it existed? Or possibly moving to a Wiimote + Nunchuk combination instead of using the Wii wheel. Anyway. Look, I finally finished the woolly childHood! Don't have a proper model for it yet (the foetus for which it is intended is still a WIP) so George the bear kindly stepped in for this shot.

It's made from wensleydale longwool, which is lovely to knit with - really soft and lustrous. I picked it up at the rather awesome wensleydale longwool sheepshop. It's size 6-12 months. I did enjoy making this despite the wrist issues.

Things worth pointing out for other people who might make this pattern:

  • The button band is knitted in garter stitch, then sewn on to the stocking stitch front panel. I foolishly assumed, as the stitches were lying the same way, that they would line up in a 1:1 ratio, so this is how I seamed it. This wasn't the case: my garter stitch is a little bit slacker of gauge than my stocking stitch. Leading to a very slightly frilly looking button band. I didn't fancy unpicking the seam so I have left it like this as a 'feature'.

  • The hood is comically large. Like, about as big as the body. I can't decide whether this is a good or a bad thing.

  • I modified the button band to have buttonholes, rather than the suggested snap fastenings, because I felt it went better with the rustic feel of the yarn.

  • I didn't block it because I couldn't be arsed felt it went better with the rustic feel of the yarn.

FYI, George is actually a bit of a connoisseur of hand knitwear. Here is the jumper he usually wears. Knitted by a friend of my Mum's when I was a small child. It has withstood many years of battering. And yes, I was born in the 70s.


CatR said...

Tots have quite big heads for the size of their bodies, don't they? The blue and brown looks lovely!

rubbishknitter said...


yes, and i fear especially so in the case of my future child, if it is unfortunate enough to inherit its mothers oversized noggin. Am trying very hard not to think about the implications of this for the birth process.