Sunday, May 2, 2010


This post is bought to you by the number six. Last month I had serious issues with the number six. I am hoping this month will be different! After all May is my favourite month! Mother's day and my birthday! This year I am hoping to get LOTS of fabric!! tehehehe!

So... the number six? Well, as you've probably heard Julie of Jaybird Quilts is hosting a hexagon quilt along over at the Old
Red Barn Co group on Flickr. How many sides does a hexagon have? Six. Yes! SIX! But this is what I ended up with...

I couldn't figure out why on earth I couldn't get them to fit together like everybody elses! Then I counted how many sides I had. Idiot! My ruler wasn't the right angle and I've ended up with octagons!!!! So know I am trying to figure out how to make these into a wee lap quilt. Cutting into my Figgy Pudding was a BIG step for me so I was gutted when I realised I'd bought the wrong ruler! I even asked the lady at the quilt shop and she said it work fine :(

So... I've splashed out and bought the right rulers after reading the instructions again! They arrived last week from American Jane Quilts. And I also bought a jelly roll of Figgy Pudding. The DP will kill me when that arrives in the post too. I am praying it arrives Wednesday - my working from home day so that I can smuggle it inside :)

I also found this wee Sublime book online...

I must have been living in a cave this past year - I had no idea they were up to The Fifth Little Sublime Handknit Book! I have the first and second books. They have such sweet and styley little handknits for babies and children!

Anyway, I bought it instantly when I scrolled through the images and saw this little coat...

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I thought this would be perfect for the wedding for the boys! I've ordered a very dark navy yarn which match their wee little outfits perfectly. Isn't it the sweetest little coat?

Anyway, so back to my issues with the number 6... I decided to get back into the rhythm of knitting by making this little coat for Gus. Nice easy garter stitch to get practice my tension.

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Gus is still quite wee so I decided to knit the 6 - 12 month size. He's still wearing a 6 - 12 month cardi from the first book... After casting on and knitting 10cm, it just felt too small! I kept measuring it and my tension was practically perfect! It wasn't until I compared size charts between the fifth and the first book that I noticed a BIG difference! The 6 - 12 in the fifth book was the measurements of the 3 - 6 months in the first book! I was so disappointed and peeved to be completely honest! I had to start again and am know knitting size 1 - 2 which is the same size as the 6 - 12 in the first book. 6 additional stitches. It doesn't sound like much but it makes a HUGE difference!

So now I am super worried that Ollie might not fit the 2 -3 which is actually the same measurements as the 1 - 2 in the first book! He's still pretty small for his age too... and I thought I could always make it longer if needed. So lets all hope he doesn't grow a bunch between now and November!!! Fortunately I erred on the side of caution when I ordered the wool and ordered 2 additional balls. So I have the right number for the pattern. But I might get another. Just to be safe. The lady at the store only has 7 of the colour and batch left.

Sorry for all the words. What a super long post! Perhaps I should have done this in part 1 and part 2! Hope you have all having a great weekend!!


  1. that coat is precious!!! i love it. and your hexagons looks great.

  2. Bummer deal with the ruler and knitting patterns. Glad you have a back up plan though. It is quite distressing when you cut into favourite fabric and things don't go to plan. Happened to me last week. I still haven't recovered.


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