Friday, July 27, 2007

 Baby Girl Gift

For my friend due to have a baby girl in September, I knit the Vine Lace Baby Hat. This was a fast knit and the easy lace pattern was memorized in no time!

It is sized to fit a newborn. However, I used fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Bare dyed with Kool-Aid by yours truly) so my gauge was slightly off. I did knit very loosely, and after blocking achieved the size I was looking for!

Below you'll find yet another pair of Christine's Booties, knit in the same yarn as the hat above. I love this pattern! This is the second time I have used it, and I plan to do so again before my own little one arrives in December! I did make a modification. See my blog for details.

They make a nice set, don't you think?

 Wednesday, July 25, 2007


These are my girlfriend's twins, Jamison and Jared, 5 months old, modeling the hat and sock sets I knit for them. Totally sweet! More information at my blog here.

 Tuesday, July 24, 2007

 Not so fast

A quick update on the gift sweater I was knitting for my friend's new baby ....

When I called last week to confirm the child's name, I learned that the boy -- who was born weighing just over eight pounds -- has been gaining a pound or more a week, and is now, at the grand old age of seven weeks, weighing in at over 17 pounds. Which means that the red sweater I knit him wasn't going to fit.

O.k., I thought, no problem. He can have the stripey one I was going to keep for my baby. It's bigger, the colors are gender neutral, and Babies and Bears sweaters are a fast knit. He'll have it in more than enough time for fall. Four days later, it was done.

yarn: Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes (Key West #WS03)
pattern: Babies and Bears sweater (from Cottage Creations)

I even had the perfect leather buttons tucked away into my button box:

Just before I mailed it off I decided to check the size one more time. Good decision.


O.k., fine. I'll keep BOTH sweaters for my baby. Which is fine, but leaves a baby boy in Iowa sorely lacking in handknits, a state of affairs that offends my knitterly soul. Luckily for my peace of mind, however, a solution was easily found ... all it took was a trip to my LYS and the purchase of some bulky weight yarn:

yarn: Ironstone Farms Harmony (MC = #11016/CC = #13060)

I'm pretty sure this one will fit him until December at least.


 Saturday, July 21, 2007

 Baby Gift!

hi all! it has been a little while since i last posted but don't worry i have been knitting baby things! there was a medical assistant student working at the office that i was doing clincials at that was pregnant with her first child...a boy. she was so cute and really excited. we threw her a little shower on her last day. this is the pathway it took to get to the final gift. first i made this baby hat:

then i decided that it looked a little too christmas-y and i didn't have a flannel blanket to match it at all. so then i made this one:

which i think is much cuter. then i realized that i had this blanket. i added the crochet edge to it:

it all turned out really cute! here is the gift all put together with a little blue bear and a book:

i really liked how it turned out and she was really pleased with the gift. i did finally find a blanket to match the "christmas-y" hat. more on that later!

 Harvey kimono - completed!

I finally sewed on the buttons to my little girl's Harvey kimono sweater from Natural Knits - and got her to wear it before she is too big for it!

Since the sleeves still fit, I'm thinking she can still wear it in the fall as a cropped sweater, which will be so cute...
Ah, the only bad thing about babyknits - they outgrow them too quickly!!
More on my blog...

 Friday, July 20, 2007

 Pants, pants and more pants

I have been knitting up baby pants and that's been keeping me pretty busy. Just wanted to share a few photos.

These ones were for a 6month old little girl. Pattern is my own and it is made to her measurements (with a little extra room and length for growth)
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and a close up:
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These ones were not intended for anyone in particular. I just wanted to knit some red pants, and so I did. They are now up for sale in my shop.

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They were made to fit a child aged around 12 months, so they weren't too slow to knit. Again, the pattern is my own.


 Tuesday, July 17, 2007

 He's Finally Here!

Finished object, 5 days ahead of schedule!

Samuel Aric
Born July 4th, 2007
11:20 pm
9lbs, 20 inches long
So thankful he's here after a c-section and a long labor.
More to come.

 Monday, July 16, 2007

 A tale of two sweaters

A friend of mine had her second child, a son, last month. They didn't find out the gender beforehand, so last May I started this cardigan for her, on the theory that red would be appropriate no matter what flavor she got.

yarn: Cotton-Ease ("Cherry Red" #113)
pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple Babies Neck Down Cardigan #982

I finished the edges with applied I-cord, planning to put button loops on later ... only to find, when the time came (it's a boy!) that I didn't like the way they looked. So I added ties at the neck and am calling it a day.

I've also started a sweater for our new baby, due in September.

yarn: Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes ("Key West" #WSO3)
pattern: Babies & Bears Sweater by Cottage Creations

I love the way this version of my standby baby sweater is working up, and contemplated sending it to my friend instead of the red cardigan, until I ran into stitch count issues on both the right and left sides. I'm going to have to put them back on the needles and do some tinking until I figure out where I went wrong (one stitch too many on the right, one too few on the left), and don't want to wait until I've done so to get the new baby's gift in the mail. Besides, I think that it's going to be a great sweater for an autumn baby. So I'm claiming knitter's perogative and keeping it.

I hope to get things back on track later today.

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 Saturday, July 14, 2007

 One finished object and One almost finished

Hi Everybody, I just wanted to show a couple of pictures of One finished object and One almost finished Object. The first picture is of a Shedir hat in baby size. Modifications for this pattern can be found here.And the second picture is of a quilt I made for our little girl due to arrive on the 10th of August. I will be induced on that day...if she doesn't decide to come earlier :) My husband is currently in Iraq and we tried to get a definite date so that he will hopefully be here for the birth...wish us luck! The quilt isn't completly done yet, I still have to sew the binding on by hand on the back but I couldn't wait to show you all pictures. More pictures and info on these projects and more can be found at my blog.
Hope that Everybody is doing well and Happy Knitting!

 Sunday, July 08, 2007

 Curlicue Coverlet

I didn't finish in time for the birth of my baby, but I did finish before she went off to college!

Pattern is the Curlicue Coverlet by Oat Couture. Yarn is Cotton Fleece in Dusty Sage. More info on my blog!

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 Friday, July 06, 2007

 Baby Berry Tart

I think this is my first post to the group, so "HI!". I have had it in my mind that I would make one day each week be "hat day" and I would work on just baby hats, but so far that hasn't happened. Oh well :) Anyway, this berry tart hat (from is for my sweetie pie, due at Thanksgiving. While I like the pattern and the resulting hat, I won't make any more of these - I just don't like making bobbles!

Being without an actual baby to try it on, I have had to recruit some innocent bystanders (for once, not the dog!)

Berry Tart Hat 1 Berry Tart Hat 2

I used Reynolds Saucy Mercerized Cotton and it took maybe two days to make.


 Thursday, July 05, 2007

 First post and FOs

I'm new here, my name is Cricket, and let me tell you I spent a week drooling over your archives. I love knitting for babies because I don't really have the time or patience for big things, and baby stuff - well, baby stuff can be whatever you want it to be and no one will think it's goofy. Everything is adorable on a baby.

I have two sweet girls. Blue is 3 years old and Ivy is 5 months old. Sadly, they get fewer knits than anyone except my husband because my friends are all baby making machines.

For example, I just finished a couple of hats for a friend whose B/G twins are turning a year old.

This is my first time even attempting to 'pose' my FOs as well. I've always tried to take pictures, but more often than not they are badly lit, I-finally-finished-and-it's-midnight-and-these-should-have-been-in-the-mail-yesterday sort of shots.

So then here are hats doing what they do best in the summer - hanging around waiting for winter.

The pattern: Kids earflap hat by Julie
The Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino
The changes: I added the tassles and the trim. I used Zoe Mellor's cabled earflap hat with the garter stitch trim as a model. Unfortunately I didn't remember to go down a needle size or two and my trim sticks out a little. But they're done, and I'm not ripping it out. Anyway, I don't think anyone will notice too much when they're on those cute little faces.

I'll soon post pictures of Katja, because I couldn't resist. But she still needs weaving in.

 Sunday, July 01, 2007

 It's a boy!

It's a boy!
Born Friday June 29 1:55 am

We're home, sleepy but happy!

Not much knitting for me for a while