Saturday, June 30, 2007

 first post and (finally) some girly baby knits!

Hi all,
I'm Kat and currently pregnant with my second daughter due in September. My oldest is nearly 2. I've finally gotten around to some actual knitting, we moved last month and have been busy trying to get situated (and find the camera so I can actually post pics).
First up are newborn longies from the perfection pants pattern with the curly purly waist, done in uruguay merino dyed in "foxglove" by mosaic moon.

Then I was inspired by all the adorable hats posted here so I had to do the upside down flower hat from itty bitty hats. I used paton's merino.

more at my blog.

 One little hat for my little man

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It's a little big for him, but as a friend said, it's all about perspective...I didn't over-estimate his head circumference, I gave him room to grow - lots of it!

The sweater that he's wearing is one that I made before he was born. It too is rather large roomy.

Aside from that I have just been knitting little longies for some custom orders.

First a pink girly one..
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and then some purple and brown ones, also for a little girl
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Both pairs are knitted from my own hand-dyed yarns.

That's all the baby knitting I have done for now.

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 Friday, June 29, 2007

 My Sassy Dress- up Girl

The Dress
Originally uploaded by islandj.

Well, she's a bit more than a baby, but I hope you'll bear with me!

This is a top down raglan, based loosely on a Debbie Bliss Raglan pattern. It was destined to be a "normal" sweater, but when it was time to stop (at the waist), I realized I had enough yarn to make a dress, not enough to make a second something. So I kept going... making up the pattern as I went along. There is a fake cable and YO's on the raglan and also at the increase on either side of the skirt flare. Then I added YO's around the short sleeves, and wove a ribbon through (as you can see, Miss Clever here already undid one of the ribbons, so we are working on a better method).

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I used a cotton-linen tape yarn (leftover from another project), and while it is not as soft as I would like for a babe, it drapes will and is light.

As always, there's more on the full blog!

 Monday, June 25, 2007

 Keziah Adelaide

We welcomed Keziah Adelaide into the world this week. The birth story can be read at my blog

Born June 21st at 10:02 am
7lb 6oz 20.5 inches long

She is an amazing baby and we are so excited she is part of our family.

 Saturday, June 23, 2007

 Baa Baa Black Sheep Cotton Bib

I made this bib for my little guy yesterday:
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(My own pattern, made up on the fly, with Greek Super 10 Butterfly cotton.

I think he likes it.
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I can't get enough of those gummy smiles.
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More pictures at my blog.

 i love baby hats!

Baby hats and baby blankets are my favorite things to make, probably over all. There is just so much variation out there. It is so exciting. A friend of mine inspired me to try to make a stiped baby hat and carry the colors as i go. It is done from the bottom up and there is a jog line that i need to work on. It seems that in my attempt to keep the line from having holes i really pulled that line too tightly. Oh well. I am sure i will learn in time. Despite that they really did turn out cute:

This first one i did for a girl at work who is due in September. Then i decided that it was too Christmasy (not that i don't like Christmasy it just wasn't what i was going for). What does everyone think? Is it Christmasy? This one is made from Caron Simply Soft. So then i made this one:

Did i mention she is having a boy? I really liked this one. So cute. This one is made out of Red Heart Baby Something. Then i made this blanket to match:

I am sorry the picture isn't very good. It is a really cute cotton flannel blanket which i crocheted an edging on. I used a size 10 crochet thread. Not having babies of my own, i hear from others that these blankets are perfect, espeically in the summer. Another friend of mine has requested 3 more for her son. More pics of those when they are all complete!

Congradualtions to all the new moms out there!

 Snuggly ears

Here is my latest baby knit (although for my 18m old toddler) - a cute little earflap hat from Zoe Mellor's Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots. I have been wanting to make it for such a long time and finally got around to it. I made the medium, thinking that as most patterns in the book start at about 9m size and go up to about a size 3 or 4, that an 18m sized head would be medium (wish there were measurements listed insead of just sizes!) As it turns out, the medium looks like it would be fine for a 12m old, but at 18m my son doesn't get quite as much coverage as I would like. If I pull it down over his forehead the back of his head is exposed. Oh well, it will do for now until I can make him his stripey hat, scarf and mitt set that is now underway for our trip to the snow.
The yarn I have used is very soft (and non-scratchy, low-pilling) knittery fine merino in there seaworld colourway. The colours are gorgeous and it is perfect wool for a baby hat as it's non-irritating and wears well. The blue edging had to be extrafine and soft too, so I chose the Italian merino Zahra for that, and the colour match is perfect.

A little while ago (perhaps a month or so?) I also made a pair of newborn longies for an order. They are made from Treliske - a New Zealand organic merino, just perfect for newborns as it is sooooo soft (although does need handwashing). I dyed it with food colour to create the very boyish, nautical colourway. I must say, it made me very clucky to be knitting something so tiny again, and nice and quick after making everything in size 2-3yrs for my big toddler. All I can say is, bring on a bigger house SOON so I can start trying for nuber 2 and can knit newbie stuff all over again!

Finally, lots of cuddles to all the new babies in here and sleeping vibes to all the new mums. Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous baby pics (not that it's helping my cluckiness!!!!LOL)

 Thursday, June 21, 2007

 Short & Sweet

I love baby knits because, for the most part, they are cute and quick. An exception to this rule is the baby blanket... some of you read the saga that was the knitting of my first baby blanket-decidedly not quick.

Behold the Albatross Antidote!
This is the Baby Blanket & Hat from Natural Knits for Babies & Moms. I love everything about it! It was fast (Can you say 5 days?!?). It looks great. The yarn is good enough to eat. All the info you need to make your own is over at my blog.

All knits should be this good.

 Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Hi, I am new here, my due date should be July 17th, however, my OB said that I shall have an induction because of my high blood pressure and baby's condition. So, tomorrow will be the day for induction, I am getting quite nervous and excited for this plan. I hope everything will be fine.

I am going to post this hoodie project that I finished few months ago. I hope I can knit more in the future and share more with all of you.

My website :

Hoddie with a doggy

Hoddie with a doggy 2



Pattern: Nashua - BLOOM, Spring and Summer 2007, Hoodie.

Yarn: LANG - Tissa, 100% cotton.

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 tiboodoo kits finished

Thank you for kind comments to my previous post!! I'm very much encoraged and I came to work on baby's care and knitting more ardently.

Photo is tiboodoo's overall and cardigan. I bought them for 0-3 months,which I could buy online.Their finished mesurements are little small for my baby,I arranged the measurements of overall more narrowly and longer.The yarn of for the 6-9 month cardigan sufficed, too, when yarn where overalls remained was added.

More photos of overall are here,and cardigans are here



 Monday, June 18, 2007

 Better late than never...

Born March 20, 2007
9lbs 12oz
21 inches
I was induced on 3/20 but ended up having a C-section. I knew it was a possibility since he was a big baby so I wasn't alarmed or upset. I was actually more nervous about the epidural I got. =)

We are both doing really well. He is getting big and I am getting the swing of mommydom. At his 2 month check up, he was at 13lbs 9oz and 23.5 inches.

Since I have been so bad at posting, I have a few more photos to show as well:

Here Danny is modeling the 5 Hour Sweater I knit for him in Malabrigo yarn. It was way to big for him to wear while it was cold! Hopefully he will fit into it this fall...though at the rate he is going, I never see him wear it. =) There was also a matching hat that he wore home from the hospital. I never got a picture of him in it and afterwards, my hubby accidently felted it! (He felt awful about it) It did turn out to be a perfectly shaped bowl though lol!

1. Danny at 2 1/2 months
2. Danny and Me - self portrait as you can probably tell =)

I don't have much else to share as far as knitting goes. I have tendonitis in both of my wrists/thumbs so I have been avoiding knitting. I did get a crochet book for mother's day - Adorable Crochet for Babies and Toddlers. I might try something from there soon since my right hand doesn't bother me as much as my left.
Mostly, I'm just enjoying being a mom. =)

 Sunday, June 17, 2007

 Heirloom Dress

This dress is finally finished. This pattern is from my grandmother's collection and is over 50 years old. She knit one for me 32 years ago and I wanted to make one for my daughter. My grandma was a preacher's wife and she knit this dress for every baby born in the church. I used Louet Gems sock yarn which is beautiful and machine washable. The lace pattern was easy to follow and I love how it turned out. I am very glad to have this connection to another knitter in the family.

 Friday, June 15, 2007

 Hi There!

Baby Bolero

Hi Everyone, I am baby crazy, but don't have any of my own. I might adopt some day, but I'm not in a hurry at this moment. But I LOVE everything BABY. If I was expecting, I think all I'd do is make baby clothes all day, every day. This is my most recent finished project, from Debbie Bliss (who else) knit with Cascade Cloud 9, which I love because of the angora in it. I like this color, too. It was a quick knit, and I enjoyed the short rows for the collar. Currently I am 3rd as far as posting the most photos to the knitting for babies pool on flickr. Although I have to admit that a couple of them are photos of things my customers made in my yarn shop (I sold it so I could knit more). You can see those images here! If you have any questions about any of these patterns, please email me.

I'm finishing a cabled vest and working on a matinee coat (both also by Debbie Bliss) using baby cashmerino. I'll post them when they're finished.

 Thursday, June 14, 2007


this is the only work in progress around here lately... hopefully more knits to come soon! Up next for baby - knitted toys!

 Wednesday, June 13, 2007

 A little late posting

Nickname: wingNut
Born: May 17, 2007
Weight: 9 lbs. 13 oz.
Length: 21 1/2 in.

He is four days old in this pic. My husband was having fun taking pictures of him doing computer related things :)

 Tuesday, June 12, 2007

 Debbie Bliss Baby Shawl

Recently completed, much to my relief! Loved the pattern and the feel of the yarn, but what a lot of knitting! More details at my blog here.

 On his due date.

Here he is himself!
Jonah Zebedee
4:58 a.m.
7 lb. 9 oz.
Red hair.
Nursing rockstar.

 Hi Everybody

Just a couple of pictures to show some of the knitting progress for baby Cierra's wardrobe. Hope that you enjoy. More info on all the knits here. Happy Knitting.

 Saturday, June 09, 2007

 Keziah's Nursery

I was very busy knitting a lot of items for the new baby. My favorite thing for the nursery is this clothesline. The hats are from Itty Bitty Hats knit in Rowan All Season's Cotton. The washclothes are from 100 afghan squares to knit and the pants are Alison's design. I have quite a few more hats that wouldn't fit on the line.

The blanket was also knit out of 100 afghan squares to knit and Rowan All Season's Cotton. I am so in love with this yarn and I can't believe it is discontinued. I bought almost the complete stock from two different stores.

 Thursday, June 07, 2007

 Child's Placket Neck Sweater

Inspired by others here, I made the Child's Placket Neck Sweater.

This is a quick and easy knit, which is a good thing, because I have yarn to make another one! They will be gifts for a friend who is expecting twins.

More photos (including the sweater on the cutest model in the world) on my blog EyeKnit.

Thanks for the continued inspiration!

 Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 Baby Sweater

I knit this sweater for a friend back in January. I used this pattern one other time and I love how it turned out. The self striping yarn was really fun too. My baby is due in 11 days and my blog will be updated with all the projects I have been working on for her.

 Tuesday, June 05, 2007

 It's not Ravel...

But it is another Bolero!
Here is my second Baby Bolero from Oneskein. This one will be kept in-house and I have plans to make one more, maybe with short sleeves. I really enjoy knitting this pattern despite the provisional cast on (tedious) and having to pick up so many stitches at the end for the ribbed trim (I always get nervous picking up stitches- will I get the right amount? will it look good or all loose and messy? It is a relatively quick knit (three days) and when you have a deadline how can you beat that?

If you want the details on the yarn and all that good stuff please visit my blog...

More baby knits soon- I'm really trying to crank them out now that I have less than six weeks to go!

 Monday, June 04, 2007

 Baby Shrug

I just completed the Baby Shrug from Simply Baby by Debbie Bliss. It's a relatively easy knit, but easy can mean easy to muck up! Details of my drama on my blog, should you be looking for a little entertainment between feedings.

 Pair of Placket Sweaters

Child's Placket Neck Sweater, from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
both in the second size out of Woolease.

I was able to gift both of these yesterday at the same event. Very cool.

I think the pattern intends for the opening to be along the shoulder, but I put in the middle, not sure if it's the front or back, probably will depend on the baby and mother's preference. When I finished it I decided that I liked the way it looked and that it probably didn't even need the buttons or beads that the pattern calls for.

I got a great knitted baby present this weekend! You can see it here. I was very excited, I'd seen the blog about it last week, but didn't know it was for us! There was more, I'll take a picture for my next post.

I'll make more of these, but I'm taking a break for now.
Back to socks!

 Cute & Cozy Pants

I can't remember if anyone else has knit these but I really like the results:
These are the Baby Bottoms from Knitting Pure and Simple, the highwaisted footed overalls version. I made them with Rowan Handknit Cotton in Chime. I know a lot of folks don't like knitting with cotton but I like it. These are knit in the round so there is no seaming :)

These are for my very own little boy-to-be (six weeks and counting... every second). I knit the newborn size but my gauge is large which is fine, he'll grow into them. My husband loves footed pants for babies (he hates chasing little socks & booties around the house) so I may end up knitting several more pairs of these as the pattern goes up to 18 months. My next pair will probably have the elastic waist option, just to be different.

More details and a close up picture over at my blog.

Happy knitting! It's crunch time for me- I have to decide what I really want to get done before the little one puts in an appearance... time to Prioritize! (ugh)

 Sunday, June 03, 2007

 Preemie Beanies

I completed 2 "Preemie Beanies" from March 2007 Creative Knitting Magazine this weekend, in two different sizes. The pattern was very easy to follow. More details at my blog here.


 I have FO!!

YEAH!!! I did it!!!!!! Despite of not having time!!!!! They are big for my baby, but she will grow... They are not blocked and I'm hesitant to do it because I don't know how this yarn will react on it.
Yarn: Patons SWS (I LOVE these colors!!!)
Patern: Knit it! spring 2007
Needles: US 8 (5 mm) (my new Knit Picks, I love them)


I posted this because:

A) Although it was already up at Zimmermania, now he fits in it alone. (though it does not really fit.)

B) I no longer have time to knit anything new, but I wanted to have something to show here.

C) I am shameless. Yes, I just want the world to see. (Now I have to promptly photo his twin (the small one) and get that on because everything has to be equal or mama gets a guilt attack.)

I miss knitting and plan on making the second tomten similair in yarn, just different colors. The pattern is EZ's, of course, the yarn Lion Brand Organic Cotton, the baby Owen at 6 weeks. May the Force be with you.

One can find more on the Jedi and his Master here.

 Friday, June 01, 2007

 Churning 'em out

The hat and socks below were knit with just one skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (accents were knit with Opal Uni) ... and check out how much I had left over! There's enough there for another pair of baby socks.

yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock ("Flamingo Stripe")
Opal Uni (color #15)
Sweet Baby Cap (free pattern)

This makes four baby gifts down, with one to go. When that's done I can knit for my baby with a clear conscience.