Friday, May 22, 2009

DragonFly in Amber

I finished something!! Thanks for all the great 'lost mojo' advice on my last post, I think it's on the way back now and as evidence that I am indeed knitting again, here are the finished longies I made for M1.

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They're nothing flash, just "run of the mill" longies knit in The Wool Company Utiku DK. I used Jenny's great PML pattern which gives a really nice fit and is perfect for in front of the TV knitting as mostly its just round and round and round. I was going to do ruffles but in the end I just went for simple stockinette rolled hems - somehow (despite measuring her leg, trying them on and using another pair of pants as a guide) I managed to make the legs a bit short so at least the rolled hem will be easy to unpick and add some length to for next winter! So, not the world's most exciting FO but with the very cold spell we've been having this week its good to have some warm PJ pants at the ready. And its a finished object so I'm pretty pleased :D

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Wondering about the title of this post? Well, if you remember the question I asked about the stitch markers in my last post, the correct answer was of course "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldon (my favourite book in the series which are my all time favourite books). And the colourway of this yarn is "Amber" (replaced last year by the similar "Russet"). Ha!

I am hoping my nappy days will soon be over with DD coming up to two years, no more babies planned here (!!) and I wondered when making these if they would be the last longies I'd make for a baby of mine? I've also decided to close my SweetP "hobby" (calling it a business would be a bit disingenuous) where I was knitting soakers (wool nappy covers) and selling them with matching tee shirts. Just not enough hours in the day to do it justice and a variety of other reasons that made giving it in the best option. The last of my stock is listed on TradeMe here. So perhaps my "nappy knitting" days are coming to an end. Knitting longies and soakers was what got me hooked on knitting again and so it will be a bit sad once they aren't a regular feature in my knitting repetoire anymore. Clever Kelly has just released her seamless graft free longies pattern which sound very intriguing though, perhaps I'll give them a go before I give up on that nappy knitting....

17 comments:

Bells said...

oh they are so cute (great title too - I picked it straight away as the DG book).

I am going to soon make my first pair of longies, how funny since you are making, or have made, your last!

Liz said...

They are lovely! So cute!!

Hege said...

So cute and the color is beautiful.
I really want to read Diana Gabaldons books, but I'm missing book # 2, and it's very hard to find here in Norway... So I might have to buy the english version ;)

Have a great weekend!

Kristen said...

Gosh how CUTE! Love the colour. Glad to hear your getting back your knitting mojo back. Cant wait to see what else is on your needles

Rose Red said...

LOVE the colour of these pants - so cute!! Glad your mojo has come back!

emileeknits said...

Those are so cute!

lucky knitter said...

Oh my goodness, these are so sweet and I love the color!

Lynne said...

Very cute - I was told last night that I can expect to be knitting little things sometime in the next year!! It's been 23+ years since I knitted baby things for DD.

Jo's Place said...

Love that colour Gabes, she looks so cute in them.

I love those books as well, and have lost count how many times I've read them :)

Grace said...

Those are adorable! I've been trying to get out of a knitting funk myself recently, so I totally know where you're coming from.

Norma in NZ said...

Awww, they're so cute! glad to see your knitting mojo return.

PrincessPea said...

They are really cute! So, if you stop making soakers and longies, you'll presumably have more time to knit more for yourself?!

mazzygirls said...

Gorgeous colour, I love them! I have yet to cast on longies, I figure I should finish at least ONE project first! I look forward to more inspiration from your non-nappy-knitting :)

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Those are adorable and look incredibly comfy to wear. Don't stop knitting them - just make them slightly larger to fit yourself!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Those are adorable!

Love the series, have read them all :)

Kimberlee and Lies said...

The longies are great! I wanna try and knit a pair myself, they look so cute and will warm your beautiful little one well!
X lies

tikki said...

they're very very cute, Gabes. I love that colourway.

I knit Lily nappy free longies after she TTed a month after turning two, both day and night. But now at age four she has declared she is too big to wear longies any more.

There is something strangely addictive about longies and soaker knitting though