Tuesday, 31 December 2013
It wasn't a white or frosty Christmas this year, but we had a good time.
There was plenty of food, and drink, and family and presents. Santa and his helpers brought me a small pile of yarn, including some sock yarn and some of Natalie Fergie's silk. Two skeins. Yum. I'll have to think carefully about what to do with that.
As well as all that there were trips to the panto, the cinema (Frozen and free birds - the latter most definitely a complete turkey), and a bit of time outdoors and plenty of hunkering inside watching the rain lash and/or the wind howl.
I didn't get all of my Christmas crafting finished, but no one seemed to notice. I did make lots of fudge, and some fabric sacks for under the tree, and some shoe bags for my husband man and two raglan tees for the jelly bean. So, it wasn't a complete disaster.
As for 2014, well now. Next week I will be back at work and adjusting to another new pattern of daily to-ing and fro-ing. Time for crafting and blogging may be hard to come by, but I live (always) in hope.
Happy New Year. Let's make it a good one.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Last night:12 mince pies and one batch of peppermint bark.
This afternoon: another batch of peppermint bark and finishing the girl socks. It's amazing what you can do when the baby sneaks a crafty nap into the middle of the afternoon.
Pattern: generic top down (44 stitches)
Yarn: Regia Mosaik (4 ply)
Monday, 16 December 2013
I've finished my Christmas shopping (probably) but I haven't really got going on the crafting. I'm still knitting the first pair of socks, and strangely I haven't started to panic.
Maybe it's the sloe gin? Or the thought of mulled wine that is keeping me feeling so optimistic. Christmas is definitely coming. Our tree is up, most cards written and sent, presents are nestling in their hiding places. But there is still a huge list of things I'd like to make...
Cards received: 14
Cards written: 41
Cards posted: 40
Mince pies made: 18
Socks made: 1.75 (toe shaping to go)
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Cards written: 21
Cards received: 12 or so
Cards posted: 20
Mince pies made: 18
Socks completed: 1
The shopping raid was a reasonable success. I managed to gather a fair number of suitable gifts by visiting only two shops. There are just one or two things to left to buy, but still a whole host of things to make. Yikes!
Better get on....
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Cards received: 5
Cards sent: 12
Mince pies made: 18
Socks knitted: 0.5
The sock is crawling along slowly, but I have turned the heel and almost finished the decreases for the foot. Of course stealth knitting always goes a bit more slowly. Well, that's my excuse and I am sticking to it.
I love the yarn - it's so fabulously multi coloured and with enough pink, I think, to please the jelly bean. This one is Regia Mosaik.
I managed a spot of Christmas shopping on Monday and ticked off a few things for the children. I'm planning another raid tomorrow to do the grown ups and that. Will. Be. It. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
2. The green tin next to the green tin of pears in the back of the cupboard might not be pears. it might be chickpeas. You should really read the label before you open the tin (see 1).
3. An unexpected tin of chickpeas can be harder to use up than you think. Particularly when your mother-in-law has already offered to bring supper for the following day.
4. Crawling babies always make for the dangerous things (particularly sockets and fireplaces). (I knew this one already, but little bean is reminding us of it all over again)
5. You should always read information about deadlines carefully. Sometimes there is a little bit of small print which is critical.
6. It is good to get things done well ahead of a deadline. But immensely satisfying to think you might miss it and just manage to do it with a few minutes to spare.
7. Christmas shopping is best done in an organised fashion - weekday mornings are preferable. The objective is to cross things off the list, and not to visit as many shops as possible. If you can do all your shopping in one place, then don't hesitate.
9. Soft play and wifi makes daddy happy and the children happy and whiles away a gloomy Sunday afternoon.
10. Ordinary puddings can be made Christmassy by adding a spoon or two of mincemeat.
11. Making your own pastry may induce (well-deserved) feelings of smugness (I mean, it's pastry: flour, butter, water. What's difficult about that?)
12. School nativity plays are always, always brilliant.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Before you gasp in horror at the thought of chocolate advent calendars, I hasten to point out that the three calendars we have (yes, three) are the result of some grandmotherly
We have a lovely fabric calendar with pockets, made by my mother-in-law, and for which she supplies chocolate each year. In addition, my mother sends the children a chocolate Advent calendar as well. So we have three. All of them chocolatey.
In other news, progress on the Christmas list is going slowly because there have been some w o r k things to get out of the way. Still, the sock has grown a bit since yesterday, and I have ordered the turkey. The Christmas tree is next.
In other non-knitting and non-Christmas news, little bean is now crawling. He spent a week or so moving around in a non-conventional double knee shuffle, and then on Monday he managed to co-ordinate his limbs. He is only 6.5 months! So, we are rapidly adjusting to life with a very mobile baby.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Jelly bean socks now cast on.
Christmas cards received: 3
Sent (or delivered): 1
Last night the husband and I went out together, probably for the first time since little bean was born. It was the husbands work Christmas do. We had a great time, with some really lovely food (really lovely) at cafe st. Honore. (It's a lovely place to eat and if you are a fan of Alexander McCall Smith you might have seen it mentioned in one or two of his Edinburgh novels).
My in-laws babysat and we got home to find two out of three children had been wailing and/or gnashing their teeth at our absence. Oh. Dear.
The evening out also meant no time for getting on with Christmas things, but hey, I'm feeling super relaxed about everything this year. I don't know why as I have done next to no gift shopping and no real plan of strategy for the people I do need to buy for.
But I have made the cake and a hat for the baby. Its a start.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
While little bean and I were inside keeping cosy by the stove, I managed to finish off the last few rows of his hat. I still need to make a pompom and sew in the ends, but I'm ticking this one off the list. Done.
Baby hat, knitted in 4 ply oddment (grey ribbed brim) and variegated sock yarn (Regia I think). No pattern. I just winged it based on 100 stitches on 2.25mm needles, with a few stitches added after the ribbing to make it comfy.
As if babies were not charming enough, they are so amenable to modelling knits even at the dinner table. Cute huh?
Christmas 2013 in numbers:
cards received: 2
cards written: 12
cards posted: 0
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
2 bars of soap
2 bottles of sparkly nail varnish
1 bag of ground coffee
3 bottles of wine
2 miniature pannetone
3 jars of jam
Several boxes of biscuits
Lots of chocolate, including a chocolate Santa
A chocolate log cake, and
A make your own Christmas crackers kit.
I don't think we'll need to buy anything chocolatey for a while! We have been sharing things out and delivered biscuits to our elderly (but not frail) neighbours this afternoon. It is nearly Christmas after all...
Christmas homework update: I'm currently concentrating on little beans hat - it's fairly mindless, and I need to read some things for work, which I can do at the same time. I got past the ribbing and onto the main part of the hat. The finish is in sight, but do I go for a pompom or an I-cord stalk?
::hat for little bean (started)
::t-shirt for jelly bean (cut out & ready to stitch)
::socks for the bean
::socks for the jelly bean
::quilt for ma and pa
::finish the Phoebe cardigan
Seems impossible really, but you never know I might find a tear in the space time continuum which would give me some extra days to get it all done.
In other news - school rang today to say we had won a hamper at the Christmas fair on Saturday! The bean said "OMG" when I told him. Indeed.
Can't remember the last time I won anything in a raffle...
Monday, 2 December 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
It's all very well thinking 'I could knit or sew one of those' but if you don't actually have the time to knit or sew it for yourself then you just have to remember you are wearing big girl pants and Buy It.
Shopping with a baby is good for focussing the mind. If you like it, if it fits and meets your requirements then buy it. Do not hesitate or wonder if there is something nicer/cheaper somewhere else. Babies are only small for a fleeting moment, best not miss it.
Do not believe size labels. Ever. Use them as a rough starting point and adjust as required. It's silly to reject something which fits/looks nice just because it has the 'wrong' size on the label.
When you are shopping for clothes it helps to have a good idea of what you want/need and to stick to that notion without getting distracted. Step away from the lovely skirts (you have lots of those) and Concentrate on Trousers!
Wearing a new cardigan for three days straight is a good sign that you have bought something very useful, even if it was a bit of a whim... It is also a sign of something which does not show baby dribble or sticky handprints. Double bonus.
Stashes are meant to be used. There is little more satisfying than sending my son to school with a home sewn shepherd costume made entirely from the stash.
Muslin squares make good shepherd headdresses if your tea towel collection is unsuitable.
Families can be very surprising. My mother surprised me in a wonderful and generous and thoughtful way this week. It will affect the whole family for some time to come and was completely unexpected. Thank you Ma.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
He's such a lovely baby - capable of fantastic smiles, and now able to roll in any direction. He's started the hands and knees backwards shuffle and bum wiggle that mean crawling is likely soon. Yikes!
Those big children will really need to pay attention to the small bits of Lego/plastic that they scatter hither and thither as they go. ...
I am just trying to enjoy these baby days while they last. 6 months already! We love you little bean.
Friday, 25 October 2013
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
I love it. For some reason the plain sleeves and self-patterning body appeal to me. (For the record I love the contrasting sleeve/body combo in the first one too). It's neat. I still find the neck finishing a bit of a faff, but didn't find any obvious way of improving it this time round.
Monday, 21 October 2013
These socks were top of the pile - a gift for my dad which stalled somewhat when the little bean was born. As is my usual style I combined two yarns. However, for the first time I changed the way I knit the toe in order to create a thicker fabric and strengthen the area around the ball of the foot which - I find (YMMV) is the first place to develop a hole.
The effect, as you can see, is to change the pattern of the fabric and make the stripes run perpendicular to the those on the rest of the sock. All I did was to knit alternate stitches with my two yarns (rather than alternate rounds) and make a double weight fabric as you would in any Fair Isle knitting. It does shrink the width of the sock slightly, but I haven't had to adjust the number of stitches to maintain fit (my dad tried on the first sock a wee while ago).
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who 1) already does something similar or 2) gives this a try. I need to refresh my sock pile, so I'm definitely going to make myself some squidgy toed socks to see how they work out.
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Much to my husband's disgust we each now have our own bag for hats and gloves etc. Last year there were two bags - and I was the only one who could find anything! And, since I am keen to foster independence, the move to one bag each should mean that the children can find and, importantly, put away their own things.
While we were sorting things out, the jelly bean persuaded me that she needed a new hat, so we went shopping in the stash and something sprang onto the needles. I don't have a pattern, I just made it up as I went along.
Unfortunately it turned out a bit bigger than I anticipated, so it's turned into a hat for me (yay!). A smaller one will surely follow....
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Thursday, 5 September 2013
For some reason, my knitting needles have been silent over the last couple of weeks, and there has been no knitting or crochet for a while. The stripey Charles I started earlier in the summer has been washed and blocked and given a neck band and button band. I just need to sew up the arms and side seams to finish it, but has been languishing in my knitting bag for a week or two now. Still unfinished.
We were distracted somewhat by the jelly bean's fourth birthday, which was a Great Occasion, just as it should be. There was cake and bunting and cards and grandparents and an outing - with a few young friends - to see a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I managed to sew a couple of things for the great event, including 5 fabric 'party' bags for the friends who came to celebrate, and a purple wizarding robe (upcycled from a pair of wide-leg velvet trousers) to add to the dressing-up basket.
She's a right one that girl. She has a t-shirt which says 'Though she be but little, she is fierce'. Fierce and beautiful and bright; and we wouldn't have her any other way.
Thursday, 8 August 2013
I had a good hard look at the Deli cardigan the other day (which I finished last year), and didn't really like what I saw. The slightly frilly trim was a bit too much - making it difficult to fasten neatly, creating a flare at the bottom hem, and making the back ride up. I decided to do away with it there and then. Well, it was warm and I was feeling rash and brave. For the record: there was no alcohol involved.
Little bean watched the ripping. He had no idea about the significance of this, given the great endurance required to knit the blinking thing, but when he grows up, I will be able to show him proof that he was there for the great frogging of 2013...
I am happy to say: Deli looks a Whole Lot Better Now. I do need to replace the frill with something else - but actually, it hardly needs anything, so there will be a plain and simple button band in due course that will allow me to button the darn thing up.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Anyway, if you are sitting comfortably, then I'll begin.
The other day I found myself at home with two boys (one larger, one smaller). It was raining, so we needed something to do other than watch TV (which the larger boy would do all day if permitted).
I had seen a blog somewhere (can't find it now) about making superhero masks, which seemed perfect for the bean, as his role play usually involves being a superhero or a ninja (or both). We have a good pile of craft felt in the house, and we set to work using the felt and some aged bondaweb.
The bean chose which masks he wanted to make; we made some templates using paper and bondaweb; cut them out and ironed them onto the felt. Easy peasy.
Of course, I will not mention at all, the small - really very small - incident with the new iron and a piece of black felt. I guess it must be another of those arcane rules of physics that when buying a new iron it is necessary, in a balancing kind of a way, for the dial on the new iron to work in the opposite way to the dial on the old iron. So, I feel entirely blameless here when I tell you that innocently turned the dial the wrong way and melted
Anyway, superheroes are not to be phased by such happenings, and we made 3 masks in all, one for each
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Despite resolving to sew down my stash, so far I have failed miserably.
Last night I took advantage of a quiet evening and a sleeping baby to make a start on the mountain of projects and mending. The result: 6 baby wipes upcycled from an old top, and a third pair of pyjamas shorts for the bean.
The wipes were ready to stitch, and the shorts just needed a bit of finishing - neatening a seam or two, stitching and elasticating the waistband.
The two projects had been waiting neatly for some weeks, and it is good to move them from the WIP pile to the FO pile. But, I still feel rather gloomy about getting to grips with the rest of it.
A big issue for me at the moment is the constant internal dialogue about what to do with the time available. Naps are still a rather moveable feast (little bean is 11 weeks), so there isnt much certainty about when or how much nap time there is to: do housework, play with the bean and the jelly bean, make supper/lunch, read, work (grrr) or craft.
Of course crafting tends to come lower down the list than most of the other things - after all, you can't feed small children with fabric or yarn. And hungry children are - in my experience - pretty bad company. Although they are not quite as bad as (my) children when they are hungry And tired. Oh man.
Still, we are where we are, and there is a fourth birthday to plan and sew for, so. Watch. This. Space. I have a plan...
Friday, 26 July 2013
We are starting to enjoy some produce from the allotment, including a goodly amount of raspberries.
We take no credit for these as they were on the plot when we arrived. But, we are enjoying them nevertheless - here in a tasty cake. Mmmm, yum.
Friday, 12 July 2013
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
All stripey I tell you.
Progress somehow seems faster when I am making stripes. Maybe it's the 'just one more row/stripe' thing, or just the way in which the completion of a new stripe makes progress palpable in a way that plain knitting is not. Is that just me?
Anyway, the blanket is coming along and gobbling yarn to the extent that I am wondering whether I might have to buy some yarn to make it big enough. But, as is often the case, I am getting ahead of myself, and therein lies danger.
The danger is mostly to do with unecessary stash augmentation. I am getting a whole lot better at putting off yarn (and fabric and clothing) purchases safe in the knowledge that today's bargains will be replaced by tomorrow's bargains. And, over the last couple of years my yarn stash has been slimmed and trimmed.
My fabric stash on the other hand has not. It grows when I'm not looking, fattened up by discarded clothes and linens: a ripped shirt, an old duvet cover, some tired t-shirts... The challenge is finding the time to do some sewing which slims and trims the fabric stash in the same way as the yarn stash.
It's my summer challenge: sew my stash.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Saturday, 22 June 2013
Here's little bean wearing his mama-knitted Charles. And here he is snuggling under the endless blanket in its current form.
The blanket is coming on fine - in line with my little and often philosophy I'm trying to manage a row or two every day. Unlike knitting, I can just about manage to crochet while I am feeding the baby. Who knew crochet was amenable like that?
And look at all that wool at midsummer! What on earth? For the sake of balance and accuracy I should point out that yesterday we were all in short sleeves and sandals. It's not always grim up north...
Thursday, 20 June 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013
I haven't cast on yet, but that's only because I've been busy feeding a baby, trying to ensure most people in the house have clean pants to wear tomorrow, and make something dinner-like from the dregs left in the fridge. How is it, that a fridge that was respectably full only yesterday now looks as though it belongs to an impoverished student, close to the end of term?
I digress. The new project is going to be something small, and pink, for a small girl I know who recently had her first birthday. I failed to make her anything when she was born, and I owe her and her big sister BIG time. The blue sparkly Phoebe (which is not quite finished) is for her sister, and I have an idea about making her a bigger and pinker version of the Charles which I made for little bean, and which is proving to be even nicer on a baby than it was on the needles.
In other news, the crochet blanket is starting to look a bit less like a very long brown wolly bookmark. After two blocks of colour (each block = one small ball of yarn) I've devised a stripe pattern for the next part of the blanket. This is partly because I like stripes, and partly to keep life interesting. There is something more-ish and manageable about knitting just one more stripe, in a project that is likely (if I think about it logically) to take a Very Long Time. It could be a never ending blanket...
As well as the blanket, there is poor old Phoebe to finish off (really, there is not much left to do...) and those man socks which, it turns out, aren't for my husband at all, but for my dad. The Regia jazz stripes are, apparently, well outside the acceptable sock comfort zone for my husband. He was fairly diplomatic about it and while we were talking about the colour thing, he also let me know about some of the fit issues he has with the other socks I have made him. These have all been noted, and no doubt as a result of my wisdom, maturity and age, I managed not to take these comments to heart or run from the room beating my breast and gnashing my teeth. I took it, as knitters do, with grace and good humour (ha). Its hard to say whether he will be getting any more handknit socks in the near future...
Happy Fathers Day, Dad. There are some socks coming your way.
Saturday, 15 June 2013
So, what was I saying about WIPs? Reader, I am weak and couldn't resist any more: I cast on a new project.
This is not just any project; this is a stash battering project that should take care of a good amount of yarn. It's another crochet blanket - big enough for snuggling under on the sofa, or covering our bed. I say this confidently, although I am not following any pattern, and don't really know how much yarn I've got or how much I might need to make a blanket of the size I imagine.
It must be a crochet thing, i'm not usually so blase about knitting projects and yarn amounts. But my fingers were awfully itchy, and I just had to start. Today.
I cast on (do you cast on in crochet?) this morning, managing a few stitches here and there whilst out and about with the children.
Most of today's crochet action happened once the small people were asleep. It is gobbling yarn already, and the end of the first (small) ball is nigh.
I won't bore you with any pictures of this narrow ribbon of dark brown woollyness. Instead I offer this - a picture of little bean enjoying some afternoon sunshine in the garden. (Yes, we do have sun in Scotland, despite rumours to the contrary!)
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
One thing I have learned over the years is that action little and often is no bad thing. Most of my knitting is done this way - a round or two on the bus or waiting for a doctor's appointment.
Now that the little bean is here, this is more true than ever. However, there are lots of things to do, not least of which is to stop fantasising about new projects and finish some of the WIPs piled up here and there.
I managed to grab some time today for more sewing. The third pair of pyjama shorts got some attention, and I quickly rustled up a couple of washable baby wipes.
These wipes are modelled on some fab Imse Vimse wipes a friend passed on to us. I made use of a top I deconstructed the other day because the stitching and fabric were tearing. Two layers of this fine cotton were sewn together to make a thin cloth perfect for washing/wiping a baby's creases.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
As well as welcoming a new baby to our family, in recent weeks we have also been blessed with our first Edinburgh allotment.
We had an allotment in Bristol, which I acquired only a few weeks after moving to the city. Getting an allotment in Edinburgh has been a completely different story. No quick chat with a committee member and turning up to see which plots were on offer. Oh no.
In Edinburgh there is a waiting list; a really LONG list. Shortly after we moved here, we added our names to the list.
8 years later we have finally got a plot. Yes, eight years. A lot has happened in that time: we got married, moved house, moved jobs, had 3 children, put in a new bathroom, put in a new kitchen, had significant birthdays and all the time we were waiting for an allotment....
It's lovely - only a couple of minutes walk from our house, and well loved by its previous holder. So, before we started work there was rhubarb and currants and raspberries and mint and other herbs.
Today we spent a couple of sunny hours at our plot, sewing seeds with the children and doing a bit of watering and tidying up. Not a bad way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
When we got home, a bit of water play in the garden helped take care of the worst of the mud. I hope our little beans look back fondly on these afternoons - carefree play (no roads, no cars) in the sunshine, getting really really dirty.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Little bean is taking up most spare moments, as you would expect of a 3 week old baby. And, to be fair I am trying to savour these baby moments as I know how fleeting they will be....
Yesterday was the first day I managed a stitch of any kind. I got my machine out of the cupboard and finished a second pair of pyjama shorts for the (biggest) bean.
I upcycled them from some pyjama jackets I didn't wear - and which were taking up shelf space in my wardrobe.
As the bean often complains about being hot at night, I thought some short pjs might be a good move. I cut out 3 pairs using some existing pyjama trousers as a template. The first pair were quickly pressed into service, and have been a great hit - and yesterday I fixed the elastic in the second pair.
I'm so pleased with these - they are filling a need and helping me to declutter my wardrobe, and they cost only pennies to make....
Monday, 20 May 2013
All is well here - we are enjoying getting to know our littlest bean, and adjusting to life as a family of five.
We are lucky enough to have a few knitters in the family, so here is the little bean in his first handknit....
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
Still waiting for the baby to arrive, and finding things to occupy my time and hands.
Alas, knitting does not really appeal - I need short discrete tasks: sorting washing, hoovering, tidying etc. I'm not sure if that's to do with brain power or just physical discomfort - sitting still is hard at the moment.
Soon. It will happen soon.
Monday, 6 May 2013
The waiting game continues, with little sign of the impending arrival, despite various encouragements.
Whatever my own feelings, at least my midwives and husband seem to be fairly relaxed about things. We'll review our options at the end of the week if nothing has happened by then....
Keep your fingers crossed.
Friday, 3 May 2013
I'm not an experienced quilter, so doll quilts seem like a good way to get some practice.
This is my latest offering, made with some scraps from a couple of other recent projects.
I felt brave enough to try my walking foot, and some freehand wiggly stitching lines. The jelly bean seems to like it, so I think that counts as a success....
Thursday, 2 May 2013
The knitting gods smiled on me yesterday and I found an extra ball of the blue yarn I needed.
The most miraculous part of this is that it is the same dye lot as the other balls I have. Yippeeee!
However, despite walking round Edinburgh for several hours, the baby has not yet taken the hint about moving towards the exit. So, today's list of things to do includes a quick hike up nearby Blackford hill...
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Much is happening in these parts,and there are oodles of finished and in progress projects stacked up.
The sewing machine has come out of the cupboard again, so I've been whipping up a few things for the children....
This morning I'm off into town to get a few things (thread, ribbon, elastic) including an extra ball of that sparkly blue yarn - if I can find some. Phoebe is coming on nicely, but I think I'll run out of yarn....
Still no sign of the baby.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
A new project cast itself on yesterday: Phoebe from Rowan Kids. I'm using some sparkly yarn I bought in the sale a few months ago. It's for a friends daughter, soon to be 5, and much neglected by me on the knitting front in times recent.
It's just what I need while we wait for this new baby to arrive...
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
It's my husband's birthday today. He left for work early, so the grand presentation of gifts will come this evening.
I'm trying to finish this sock, so he'll have something handcrafted in the pile. We'll just gloss over the fact that this is sock no. 1, and there is no chance of sock no. 2 before then...
Happy Birthday my love.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Wouldn't you know it: you wait ages for a FO and then 2 come along at once.
This is Charles (0-3 months) another pattern from Jaeger book JB29, knit in some Patons Diploma Gold (4 ply blue) and some grey yarn from the stash.
No modifications to speak of, although I am not terribly enamoured of some of the fiddly finishing around the neck, and I might do things a bit differently next time.
Dolly is finally finished - she has taken an absolute age because of all the errors and false starts along the way.
Sewing up took longer than necessary because I managed to mismatch one sleeve and armhole, and it took a couple of attempts to apply the trim to the neckline without casting off and sewing on.
Anyway, here she is in all her glory: pattern is Dolly from Jaeger book JB29 size 3-6 months; yarn is Patons Diploma Gold 4ply - the colour is a deep raspberry. Only modification was to apply trim directly without first casting off.