Today I’m officially the most pregnant I’ve ever been. To celebrate (!) that fact, I thought I’d tell you what I’ve been up to since finishing work.
What hobby could be more perfect for the time between finishing work and waiting for baby to arrive than knitting? I love the idea of making some little bits and pieces for baby when you’re too huge and knackered to do anything that involves too much moving. The only slight problem is that until recently I didn’t even have the vaguest idea on how to do it.
Buttonbag make crafty gifts, with their Buttonbag Baby range being specifically designed for those awaiting a new arrival. The knitting set, costing £20 including delivery, contains everything you need to make a pair of mittens and teeny tiny booties in a lovely cream shade, packaged in a pretty little suitcase.
There are instructions with pictures detailing how to knit and purl, as well as making and slipping stitches and knitting two together (check me out with my lingo!). Unfortunately after about an hour of attempting to cast on following the instructions, I had only managed to cast on three stitches that kept falling off my needles, much to the amusement of S. The instructions do advise seeking help from someone who knows what they’re doing, which I think would probably have been helpful. However, after spending some time on Youtube I cast on and knitted a few rows and felt a huge sense of achievement!
After my initial difficulties, I amazed myself by knitting the mittens and booties within a week! When it came to sewing them together I found myself having to seek help from my mum, a knitting guru, as I really didn’t have the foggiest! Unfortunately the needle supplied with the kit doesn’t fit through the button holes and my Mum needed to use one of her own needles and threads to sew the buttons onto the booties. I wouldn’t have even attempted to sew on the buttons myself, I wouldn’t trust my sewing skills with something so chokeable! Lack of sewing skills aside, I’m really rather proud of the finished result.
Since making the booties and mittens, I’ve really caught the knitting bug and am now halfway through making my second baby blanket! I’ve loved learning a new skill and it’s certainly helped pass the time while I’m waiting for baby to arrive.
*Disclosure: I was sent this item in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.*