Hedgehog Knits

Adventures in knitting from the eastern edge of Canada.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Another JoJo

Here is the product of my latest baby knitting, JoJo Cardigan #3.

This one was knit in DGB Confetti, a reasonably priced wool and nylon sock yarn that is available in a nice variety of colourways at my LYS. The solid blue is a heathery, denim-looking shade, and the stripey one is just fun!

Getting this finished was right down to the wire. My mom and I had Friday off and planned to visit my cousin and her new baby. Despite dragging this around with me everywhere for the previous week, I still found myself finishing up knitting the pockets and trying to steam-block the collar to lie flat at 8:00 on Friday morning! In the end, I had to soak the collar and present it, still a little damp, that afternoon.

JoJo #1 was given to my new nephew at a baby shower over Easter weekend, and #2 will go into storage to await the next little girl in the family - although I think the little baby boom that we've been enjoying is over for the time being, with no more arrivals expected in the immediate future. Except for my boss.... maybe if he has a girl I can give it to him...

I have several other projects on the go right now, both knitting and quilting, mostly using up scraps and completing long-forgotten items. One of these has been making juggling balls from yarn leftovers to donate to a charity craft sale:

The pattern, from Odd Ball Knitting which I recieved as a birthday gift this year, is meant to be a kick-bag/hackey sack. I thought that they would make great juggling balls, as they are small and fit easily in the hand, and have a nice weight (they're stuffed with beans). I even sewed the little carrying bags to go with them. I think these will be a big hit with the kids.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009


I don't really "do" Easter, but we do get together for a family dinner, and I can't resist making cute cookies for the nephews. Their moms seem to appreciate this more than if we added to the piles of chocolate that the boys will be given today.

If nothing else, it's a great time to celebrate that spring has finally arrived in these parts (I'm in complete denial that the weather man is predicting a couple of cm's of snow in the next few of days.) The crocuses are out and we've had a few nice warm days. I'm taking the studded snow tires off the car and proclaiming it officially spring at my house!


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It's a boy!

My newest nephew was born on Friday, and by chance my cousin gave birth to another baby boy on the same day, at the same hospital. Only two hours apart!

The new little guys and their moms are doing very well, and of course have lit a fire under me to get my latest JoJo finished asap.

Never one to focus on a single project for very long, I've also been dabbling in spinning a little.

This is a small (60g) batch of merino I bought at Lettuce Knit a couple of years ago. It's my first time spinning pure merino, and it's going pretty well. I find myself always wanting to spin very fine lately, although I generally prefer to knit finer gauges, so that's probably not a bad thing. It just takes a lot longer!

I don't know a lot about the technical side of spinning, and I only have the one spindle, but still dreaming about owning a wheel one day.

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