2 questions

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been posting regularly, I've been traveling a lot the past couple of months, the holidays kept me busy and I'm about to head out again for another couple of months. I will have 2 projects to post in the next couple of days though.

Anyway, I have two questions:

1. Has anyone used any of the Lucy Neatby DVD's? I am always looking to expand my library, but don't recall hearing anything about these. Any input would be appreciated.

2. I finally have a friend that's going to have a baby. What kind of fibers and brands do new Mom's and Dad's like for a knitted baby item?

Many thanks, and I hope everyone had a great Holiday and New Years!


MMario's picture

RE: fibers for a baby item.

washable, washable, washable!
able to be machine washed and dried.

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albert's picture

Re: Lucy Neatby.

I haven't seen them myself, but recall that Jesse, aka kiwiknitter has had good things to say about them.

Bill's picture

I have a bunch of the Neatby DVD's...they're very well done!
Highly recommended!

Bill's picture

I've done some things in organic coton...great stuff...just remember it shrinks a lot! My baby blanket shrank about six inches.
I knew it would...it's cotton...even though the yarn shop said it wouldn't.
So I allowed for it...knitted the blanket to be about 42 inches square...all reverse cabled...and it was perfect when I took it out of the dryer.

Thomasknits's picture

I was teaching a class on double knitting this past summer, and I borrowed a lucy neatby dvd on it for inspiration... She is extremely thorough and very good pedagogically. She gives a short introduction, and the rest of the dvd is segments of video of her hands and the knitting needles as she walks you through everything you could possibly ever want to know. Definitely worth the purchase.

Baby gifts: Washable and soft. Perhaps Berroco comfort?


YarnGuy716's picture

For baby gifts I always go with washable yarns.

I don't have the Lucy Neatby DVDs but have only heard great things about them from those who do have them.

HuskerChub's picture

If you want baby things that feel and act like wool but are machine washable and dry-able, will stand up to wear and still look good I recommend Plymouth Encore. It comes in DK and Worsted weights is 75% Poly 25%wool but does not feel like you are knitting plastic! Don't tell the parents about the wool content, if they are "those kinds" of parents, they'll never know it's there. Also, (on soap box) avoid yellow for newborns, if they have any jaundice, the yellow of the baby clothes, blanket will throw their coloring off. Not to mention...ick. And I never knit baby clothes in pastels, babies look so much better in dark deep rich colors, usually due to their being so "yellow" to begin with!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Haven't used the Neatby videos but have had glowing reports about them. As to baby items, I use materials that can go in the washer and dryer. Parents of newborns have enough on their hands without worrying about specialized care instructions. And you never know when a well-meaning family member - or friend - will just dump a load of laundry into the machine to help out. I have to agree about yellow (unless it is in a colorway with strong accents) but have gone with pastels and regular shades to great effect. Have fun with it. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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VillageKnittiot's picture

for baby stuff I like the Berroco Comfort as well. Washable is key for new parents who don't have time to handwash and block.
Lucy Neatby?! LOVE HER! I have several of the DVDs and they are very informative (learn something everytime I watch them) I also love how she shows things in Western and Continental knitting styles. I think they are definately worth the price.

mrossnyc's picture

Thanks for everyone's input, I appreciate it and will keep it in mind once I get a couple of other things done first...I will also look into the DVDs. Thanks again!