Too Much Yarn, Not Enough Children!

I’m in the middle of projects and I’m finding it hard to decided on the next major project.

I’m drawn to colourful yarns and have a few rainbow yarns which I know will make nice jumpers. They are waiting, patiently, to be made into something wonderful but there are only so many jumpers a child can wear.

All these jumpers are made using the same pattern book. A pattern I can almost knit in my sleep. The jumpers are from designer Julia Stanfield at Just One WIP. I have used the Hotshot  and Little Einstein patterns from the pattern book The Little Rascals. They are so simple and quick it’s easy to experiment with colour and patterns. There are various options for hoods, collars and pockets so you can create the jumper or cardigan you need.

The Hotshot is great for little ones, the short sleeves mean cuffs don’t get dirty or wet, yet they still have a warm layer on. They are designed with a positive ease, meaning they can be layered up. Great for autumnal days, with a long sleeved t shirt underneath. I usually throw one on with a top and leggings. I made a few for each of mine last winter to match various outfits. I’m thinking of making a few more for them this winter.

The Hotshot jumper is knitted in a round on circular needles after the initial flat knitted part. Both patterns, and infact all of Julia’s patterns, are seamless. No sewing required. Once the item is finished, you just need to weave in the end and you’re done. This is what drew me to this pattern, the first I bought online. Normal flat knit jumpers were a slog, I was too impatient. I don’t think I’ve ever completed a flat knit pattern. These, on the other hand, have become a bit of an addiction. Trouble is, I don’t have enough children to put them in!

WIP

Like other fellow crafters, I have secret place. A place where incomplete projects go. Once a project is in there, it rarely escapes, let alone being free’d to be completed.

I have a special WIP (Work In Progress). It sits in a wicker hamper onto of the wardrobe away from the other WIPs. It’s not like other the WIPs, it will never be completed.

3 years ago I gave birth to a beautiful girl. Our second daughter, Eliza. We had a rough time during the birth which caused her complications. Sadly, 3 days later, Eliza died in my arms.

Our world crumbled. My soul was drained. I became a shadow of myself.

Whilst I was pregnant, I knitted Eliza various items. I couldn’t keep them, so I decided to frog them, and make a memory blanket. I knew how to knit, but had always wanted to crochet. I picked up a hook and learnt. The monotonous nature of knitting and crochet became healing. With each stitch I grew stronger. With each stitch a little part of my soul returned.

The squares are sat neatly in their wicker hamper. That blanket will never be completed. My grief will never be completed either. It’s part of me, I have grown to carry it.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month with a Wave of Light in 15th October. In countries around the world, candles are lit at 7pm for an hour. This creates a Wave of Light round the world in memory of all the babies lost in pregnancy, at birth and in infancy. Eliza died during the Wave of Light. Knowing there were so many people thinking of her as she died was a comfort and in the following years, the Wave of Light has helped us remember Eliza. Please light a candle for all those precious Angel Babies.