Hergest Helly

Stories about my art and craft and home…


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Another funny baby hat…

Here is the white hat finished…

Should I add more tentacles?

Should I add more tentacles?

I picked up stitches and knitted i-chords all around the top – I love the look!  I did toy with making them different colours… or even making eyes for the ends… maybe I’ll do that on another hat… hmmm…

I hope this baby isn’t going to get a complex wearing my daft creations!

Happy days…

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Another pair of booties…

This is a fun pair…

Rainbow yarn...

Rainbow yarn…

… and this time I crocheted little circles on the ends of the ties instead of making pompoms.  My mum said that babies put their feet in their mouths and she thought maybe pompoms wouldn’t be a good idea…  I hadn’t thought of that…

So I decided to try something different and I rather like this alternative.

I have 2 more pairs to finish off with some ties and a couple more pairs on the needles… baby due in just over a month…

Happy days…


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More baby knitting…

This is a little jacket drying on a mesh doo dad thingy over the bath – I just LOVE those buttons…

Soon be dry...

Soon be dry…

I am never happy sewing on buttons… I think it stems from when I did my brownie sewing badge and had to sew various buttons onto a piece of cloth.  I was a GOOD and COMPETENT sewer as a child – I made all my doll’s clothes and some stuffed animals too… and I did embroidery… BUT… Brown Owl (my knees feel weak just thinking about her…) simply picked up my “wonderful” work and pulled a button off – and I failed my badge… I was mortified as sewing was the thing I was best at.  Its stayed with me all these years and I still worry about buttons…

As for the hat, I’ll finish it with i-chord streamers and pompoms – probably white, but maybe multi-coloured to sort of match the jacket buttons… I’ll have to rummage in my bits of left over yarn to see what colours I can find.

Can’t wait to cast on for something else – I am loving this baby knitting…

Happy days…


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Bootie knitting…

Here are the first pair of booties completely finished…

Yellow booties...

Yellow booties…

… I have another 3 pairs knitted and awaiting their pompoms – so cute!  These were made with 2 bits of left-over sock yarn – they only need about 20 grams and are knitted on 4 needles.  I have been raiding my basket of bits of left-over yarn and I have lined up yarn for many more pairs… they are addictive 🙂

Pattern is Cutest Booties by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee via Ravelry – a total joy to knit.

Happy days…


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Baby knitting…

Just finished this little cross-over baby jacket…

Hope this fits...

Hope this fits…

I used some pretty sock yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) so nice and practical – and I have just enough left over to make matching booties…

I adapted a pattern I found in an old Phildar baby book – took a while to sort out the tension but its ended up about the same size as the original pattern.  It does look small – but I guess new babies are quite small 🙂

My next challenge is to see if I can knit this (or maybe a cardigan) top-down – the raglan shapings were fairly even – it’ll be fun to try!

Happy days…