Wednesday, 21 March 2012


This post should really be entitled ‘ My Creative Space, a book review, girl style and miscellaneous ramblings’ – you know me, always trying to stuff heaps of random topics into one blog post!


When I was pregnant with Isabelle and found out I was having a girl, the first thing I bought was this book Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger. I’d had my eye on it for a while as the patterns are just gorgeous!


Having not knitted since childhood (a scarf that got wider and wider as I seemed to add stiches), I set about knitting this vintage pixie cap which is a beginner pattern. I was holidaying down in Christchurch with family at the time and my step mother helped me re-learn to knit. (It’s amazing how you never really lose these skills.)I remember resting the knitting on my pregnant belly.

I made it 3-6 month size and finished it quite quickly (well all but the chin strap.) Last winter I tried it on Isabelle but it didn’t look quite right (I think it was the lack of hair poking through. But I tried it on her now and it suits her a lot better, and still fits (just!)

My lovely Mum finished off the chin strap for me last night (thanks Mum!!)


I would totally recommend this book and pattern to everyone – it’s such an easy pattern to learn to knit on. It’s basically just a rectangle that you sew together up the back…

Annnd… as fate would have it when googling for a link to the book, I stumbled upon the author, Hadley Fierlinger’s blog which very generously has a free pdf pattern for this pixie cap (amongst other things) – so now you can make your own too!!!


Here are some other things I love about ‘Vintage Knits for Modern Babies’:

-It’s beautifully presented with lovely photos

- There’s a really helpful introduction, with information on choosing yarn, garment care, some really interesting history and more…

- A Kiwi connection. The author, Hadley Fierlinger, although originally from San Francisco, now lives in beautiful Wellington, NZ (my old home town!)

- And did I mention that the patterns are gorgeous!!!


I hope to get into knitting a bit more this Winter

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces (you should check it out.)

And, if you haven’t already make sure you enter my Foundry Print Giveaway, to be in the running to win this lovely 'the many and the few' print… As they say – you’ve gotta be in to win!

Jen xox


Anonymous said...

I've issued this book from the library but really do need my own copy. Isabella looks adorable in her pixie hat..well done and thanks for the link :)

Mumma Bear said...

Your girl is super duper gorgeous! Love the pixie hat!
I want to learn how to knit and crochet so I can make things like this too!

Anonymous said...

Love the pixie caps, I haven't knitted in a long time. Maybe this winter I can get back into it! x

Jo's Place said...

That wee hat is just gorgeous. I'm going to have to find myself a copy of that book. I've been knitting for 4 years now and it's turned into a wee obsession. Have you joined Ravelry yet? It's worth it :)

Notchka said...

I got this book from Book Depository last year. I made the gloves and the little dress and the pixie hat and the bunny is next! Great book, so worth the money :D

Sally said...

That hat is stunning. So perfect in red. Delightful +++.