Tuesday, 24 September 2013

An Army of Knitting Ninjas

I'm not sure how it's happened but I'm very pleased that it has. An army of knitting ninjas has appeared seemingly from nowhere and created an Autumn/Winter selection of wooly delights for our Missy! As you may know, although I try and make as much of my own wardrobe as possible, my lack of knitting skills means I rely on charity shop finds for my own knitwear provisions. I thought that I would need to do the same for our baby: hoovering up charity shop jersey and knit things and making the wovens (plus some simple jersey trousers) where necessary. This was concerning me a little because, whilst good quality jersey items have been abundant secondhand, I hadn't found much nice baby knitwear when out 'hunting'. I needn't have worried because a mountain of warm loveliness has appeared! I'm so grateful to the talented and generous women who have made these things, that I'd like to share them with you here...


This gorgeous and super-soft limey-green cardi with heart motif has been made by Mumma E! What you are witnessing above is the outfit I've packed in my hospital bag to bring Missy back home in. C.U.T.E. 


But that isn't the only item hot off her knitting needles: she has also created this other gorgeous green 'rig out' (pictured above) that's a bit bigger. Green items seem to be a theme with my mum because she's convinced that our little lady is going to have ginger hair. I have explained to her twice now that both parents need to carry the ginger gene for that to be possible and there are no gingers in our family, but anyway, these are lovely greens she's picked. Allegedly a knitted coral hoodie is in the pipeline... she's on fire is Mumma E!   


And then... This glorious set of cuteness appeared from my mum's mate Kate who lives in Scotland! Despite the fact that I have never actually met Kate, her generosity is so deep that she made us this phenomenal little set and bought us further cuteness for lucky little Missy.


And then we need to talk about Brenda. Brenda is my mum and dad's next door neighbour. She used to be mine as well between the ages of 11 and 19 (me, not Brenda). Well, Brenda could clearly clothe whole nations if sufficiently sorted for wool! She made both little lemon sets pictured above (along with some matching mittens that I forgot to photograph) PLUS the blue dress and cardi set and pink buggy blanket pictured below AS WELL as another pink dress and brown buggy blanket not pictured. Damn that lady has skills AND speed!!!


Now I know very little about knitting, but check out the amazingness of the stitch pattern of the blue dress (close-up pictured below). That can not be easy. 


What's up next?: NAUTICAL BOOTIES!!!!!!!!! These are the fruits of knitting needles belonging to Christina, an assistant/teacher at Sew Over It. Christina is quite frankly one of the nicest parts about working at Sew Over It at the weekends and I miss her now I'm on maternity leave. Can we just spend a minute looking at these!?: 


And last (in terms of most recently received, i.e. today!) but of course not least: a GORGEOUS crocheted pixie hat from the seriously multi-talented Emily. Look how well this hat is going to go with the nautical booties?! 


As I have mentioned, I am super grateful to all these knitting legends for their amazing gifts for Missy. She hasn't even got a clue right now just how lucky she is, or how cosy she will soon be! 

10 comments:

Xenia Kathryn said...

So perfect! Your little girl will get lots of use out of these! And there's nothing sweeter than a baby in handknit sweaters. What a lucky baby, to be surrounded by so much love already!

Best wishes as you prepare for your sweet bundle to arrive!

Philippa said...

Aww these are so sweet. Babies look so lovely in 'proper' knitwear!

HoffiCoffi said...

These are all so lovely - impossible to pick a favourite!

emily said...

Oh wow, those nautical booties are awesome! She is going to be one toasty little lady! x

Amanda said...

What precious, wonderful makes! What amazingly talented ladies you know! This is so very exciting! Yay!

tialys said...

All gorgeous - I especially like the first one though. What a lucky Miss.

geogrrl said...

I can say as a knitter that you are what is referred to as "knit-worthy". Those are beautiful, with a lot of love in each stitch. I'm sure your little Miss will be very comfortable in them.

PootleandMake said...

Awww they are all so beautiful. Love the green set and the little socks are so adorable. Really admire your efforts to create an eco wardrobe for little Miss.

TinaD said...

Baby sweaters are the BEST--great for those of us knitters with short attention spans, and pretty much adorable by default. These are really lovely; it is good that you have folks to rally 'round. I hate to say it, but Mumma could be right about the ginger...it is a mutation of the blonde gene, and can apparently spontaneously reoccur. My youngest is a ginger (more Nicole Kidman than Ron Weasley, but still), when there's not a hint of ginger-itude in my family anywhere. We're all that funny white-blonde that goes ash over time. These sweaters will look lovely with any haircolor, and I would think will be a great antidote to the oceans of candy pink babywear in the shops.

gingermakes said...

Wow, these are so beautiful! There's just something so special about handknit baby garments. :)

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