Baby Bonnets – dreamy mohair and super soft acrylic

Last week we had the first bought of snow for the year. I absolutely love looking out the window and watching a blizzard. Unfortunately, whilst I wondered why there was water coming down our chimney I didn’t think to actually look out the living room window so I missed the whole thing. It wasn’t until I had to get the little lady from the childminders that I realised that it was snow, not rain, that was coming down and hitting the chimney balloon.

First snow of the year in bristol

I’ve been busy over the weekend making some very delicate newborn baby bonnets using Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This delicate yarn works up beautifully using a 5.5mm hook to create gorgeous patterns. I’ve made 3 so far, one in a v-stitch, one in a full shell and another in a shell after the crown. They’re so scrummy and lightweight. I wish I’d made one for the little lady when she was still small, it could have been used as a faux wig as she had no hair whatsoever and they’re snuggly warm too.

Mohair/silk newborn baby bonnet in salmon. Delicate photo prop

Grey shell bonnet in mohair. Incredibly delicate and prefect as a photo prop

I’ve also been making some lovely little 0-3 month hats using Stylecraft Special DK. This yarn is as soft as butter and a delight to work with as far as acrylic goes. It’s my go-to yarn for baby blankets at the moment also and the yarn I’m using for a few throws to go on our beds, although they’ll take me quite awhile to finish.

Cream acrylic baby hat in a lovely soft shell pattern 0-3 months

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WIP – Sunny Granny Baby Blankets

A week or so ago my other half told me that one of our close friends is terminally ill. She went into hospital just over a month ago with suspected kidney stones, and has been given a stage 4 diagnosis for the big C. Her eldest daughter has just had a little girl in December and I felt incredibly sad for her family. Our friend has been in a lot of pain and in hospital for most of the time since her granddaughter was born, so I thought I would cheer her up by making my first granny square baby blanket for her to give to her new grandaughter.

Sunny granny square baby blanket

I had yarn leftover so I decided to make a granny stripe baby blanket in the same colours for her to keep to one side if her younger daughter ever had a baby, then both daughters would have matching blankets from their Mum.

Sunny granny square blanket

I think having recently become a mother myself, accompanied by going through having thyroid cancer in 2010, I was especially compelled to do something to help this family through such a devastating event in their lives. I’m really pleased with how the granny square blanket has turned out, and I’m excited to see the finished stripe blanket.

Both blankets are made using Stylecraft Special DK and a 4mm Tulip hook. The colours used are: lemon, white, silver, and sherbet.