Monday, April 30, 2007

 Coming Home Outfit

Last week I out the finishing touches on the Royal Baby Set (pattern by Blue Sky Alpacas).

I want this to be part of #2's coming home from the hospital outfit when he finally joins us in July. I substituted Bunny Hop (50% microfiber Acrylic & 42% microfiber Nylon + 8% rabbit Angora blend - nice and soft to work with and I usually have issues with angora) for the called for Royal because I cannot justify $35/skein non-washable yarn for baby knits - who thinks up these things?!

I am a teeny bit disappointed because the booties are very large for a newborn (and they are actually a little bit smaller than the pattern says they will be!). I plan to make a smaller pair as soon as I work out the math to downsize the pattern (in a week or two- I want to feel like I have actually finished this project for a little bit).

More information can be found at my blog. Happy Knitting!!

 Sunday, April 29, 2007

Inspired by this post, I decided to knit two cotton hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for a friends of mine who is having twin girls. This is the first one:

Children's Cotton Hat

I used less than one ball of Sirdar Luxury Soft Cotton DK, and to account for the difference in gauge, I casted the number of stitches for the largest size to make the smallest size.



 Baby Sock Pattern

For those of you who inquired about the pattern I used for the baby socks previously posted here and here, you'll find the pattern at my blog here.


 My first post

Hello everyone!
I'm a mother of two sons, one is 3 years old, another is three months.

This is my latest FO, Duck All-In-One from Farmyard Knits by Debbie Bliss.
More photos are here

Another baby knits are here

Please visit my blog
(But...My blog is written in Japanese.Please come to see photos & datas!)


 Saturday, April 28, 2007

 New Arrival

Edden arrived last Saturday, by c-section, after a really painful and fruitless labor. It was worth the wait, though -- he's calm and happy during the day, and sleeps at night, and is generally the best baby we could have wished for. I can't wait until he grows into his handknits!

 Thursday, April 26, 2007

 Thaya Rose

Lots of babies born this week! I have a finished object to share as well...

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Thaya Rose
April 20, 2007
19.25 inches long

Been busy busy, but of course I'll try to update as much as possible on my blog :)

 Welcome Grasyn

Here's my latest FO... Grasyn Belle, born 4/23/07 at 5:14pm.


 baby leggings

baby leggings
Originally uploaded by the_crocheter.

I'm finished! This pattern is from E. Zimmermann's "Knitter's Almamac." I used Clover US 8 (5 mm) needles : one 16" circular and 5 dpn. Yarn is knit Picks Swish Superwash (100% wool). I started on April 3, finished yesterday. (I was knitting it on and off, not every day)

I'm very pleased with the results, especially with seams.

Originally uploaded by the_crocheter.

You know that seams shows if you are advanced knitter or just playing with yarn.

But the really pleasing thing was my husband's reaction. First he said "good", which in his jargon means "exellent." Then he thought a little bit and asked "Did you buy it?" "I knitted it" (Like he has never seen me knitting it--that's how he's paying attention to what I'm doing.)

The only confusing thing was what will be the size of baby leggings. EZ writes that "you shouldn't worry about it bacause babies comes in all sizes." Well, what if I want a particular size? It wasn't my case, though because there is no baby yet. I intended to use it for this fall and winter--we'll see how it will fit! When the baby will outgrow it, I'll be able to make leggings in larger sizes.


 Wednesday, April 25, 2007

 Baby Pullover

Baby Pullover

I knit this for a friend who is having a baby boy. The yarn is a cotton I got from Italy, I used about 70 gr of it. The pattern is Knitting Pure and Simple Baby Pullover # 214.


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 Tuesday, April 24, 2007

 Cotton Baby Hats

Pattern: Children's Cotton Hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Bernat Cotton Tots
Needles: US size 7 circs
Mods: none

I love 'em! They were a super fast knit, they turned out so sweet, and I love the Cotton Tots.


 Purple Sweater

Yeah! a finished sweater. Superwash merino that I dyed myself. Stitch pattern is from the Sock Madness round two pair, oblique spirals. I made the pattern up as I went along. It still needs a button on the collar.
Next up is a yellow sweater, the Baby Placket pullover, from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gift Thanks Christine for the link last week!

 Baby Bolero

Here is a cute little Baby Bolero (from OneSkein) that I knit last week as a gift for my friend's baby shower this past Saturday. I also created a little hat to go with it.

I knit the two pieces in lilac because the invitation said she was having a girl. Turns out she is only HOPING to have a girl- they don't know and won't know until the birth. Seriously. A note to all baby shower organizers out there: do not mislead the knitters of the world with inaccurate information. I will be mighty unhappy if the new babe is a boy and my work to make a cute girly sweater is for naught. More information is over at my blog. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Here are a few of the knits I have made for our Margaret...

A cardigan I designed, loosely based on EZ's seamless yoke sweater in Knitting Without Tears. I haven't decided on a closure for it yet, I may just leave it open since we live in Florida, it doesn't need to be too warm.
Mason Dixon bib with a ruffle and a pair of socks.

Matinee coat from Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss and the Marshmallow hat from Itty Bitty Hats by Susan Anderson.

And here is little Margaret Rose finally home after 3 weeks in the NICU, healthy, happy and up to 5lbs (from her 4lb 10 oz birth weight). She has on her lap a crocheted blanket given by some very generous ladies to the NICU. All the babies in the unit are sent home with their first blankets and hats donated by local knitters and crocheters, something we will be paying forward by knitting and crocheting tiny blankets and hats this summer.

 Sunday, April 22, 2007

 Newest little arrival...

Welcome to Baby L! Baby L was born 9 days late, Tuesday, April 17th, at 5:30 pm, after only an hour-and-a-half of labour, and she weighs 9.5 lbs, and is 21" long.
Birth story can be found at my blog for those interested in that sort of thing.

 Friday, April 20, 2007

 Oh, this is fun!

I finished the bunny hat the other day. This one is intended to be a gift for a friend's grandchild, but you can bet that I'll be making one for my babe sooner than later.

Next up is "Reversible Stripes and Dots", also from Itty Bitty Hats. Embroidery is not something I'd ever put on my resume, but I think I can make this one work.

These hats are like potato chips ... I can't stop thinking about which one I want to make next!

 Sweaters are fun!

Another finished sweater for little Samuel. I have 8 weeks to go and his sweater collection for Fall and Winter is piling up! This is the Baby Placket pullover, from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. If you decide to make it, make sure you read the errata section on her website. I did not find it until I pulled my hair out twice, went to my lys, pulled my hair out again, then did things on my own to try and make it work. This was all for naught. I could have saved myself a lot of shame spirals, negative self-talk, and visions of giving up knitting because I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT A PATTERN and what good am I. If I had simply scrolled down on their website and found the link for the revised pattern with corrections, my mental health would have been saved from needless anxiety.

I am now working on the Baby Tunic for Sammy from Knitting Pure and Simple.

 Monday, April 16, 2007

 Hopping down the bunny trail

I know a lot of people who are having babies or grandbabies this Spring, so I have a lot of hats and booties to make in the next few months.

First up is a Bunny Tail hat from Itty Bitty Hats. I spent an enjoyable hour at Joanne Fabrics yesterday trying to choose just the right ribbon to tie around those ears, then went home and got started.

Truth be told, all of the hats I have planned are from Itty Bitty Hats. I love that book.

 Layette Set

I have been working on a few things. I posted once about some little baby beanies that I knit up from some soft bumpity yarn, planning on taking the boys home with these capping their noggins if the hats fit…all ultrasounds have shown that we are having some big headed babies. Well, I still had a fairly generous ball left and some more chocolately brown ribbon, and I cannot seem to put my EZ books down because I belong to this blog too, so I cast on for booties. I wanted to try her instruction for an after-thought heel to simply the whole foot covering process. My, does it simplify. It works for the booties because the babies will not be taxing the heels with inconvenient actions like walking. The bumpity yarn was a blessing and challenge. You see, first you knit a tube with toe decreases at the end. Then you go back, snip a stitch, unravel a bit, pick up and knit in the round to create a ‘heel’. Ta-dum. The bumps hid my indiscreet picking up of stitches, but also masked the said stitches I was trying to pick up. It matters little as both pairs look wearable. I included the onesies I embroidered for the beans, inspired by this post.
Their initials came out okay, considering needlework is not my forte. My husband keeps looking at Bean 2’s and saying, “Are we going to call him ‘Oi!’?”. Our Aussie friends are quite fond of that saying and it permeated our language after we took an extended trip there. So, we have the ‘get them home’ outfits, but we do not have babies yet. I swear I will post pictures when they do arrive, baby knits look so much better on the babies. I have reached the wall of late pregnancy with multiples, but hanging in there, just thinking and dreaming about getting the beans here safely. Soon…soon. More FO’s at my blog.

 First Post

Hi everyone. I've been lurking for awhile and enjoying all your FO's.
I'm a Mom of 7. Our latest addition, our 5th daughter, arrived this past November. I love baby knits when I want to try out a new technique, so here's my first fair isle attempt. It's from the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino book, knit up in Baby Cashmerino. I really enjoyed watching the pattern as it came together and have already picked up more yarn to knit the larger fair isle cardi from Simply Baby for my 3 year old daughter.

 Sunday, April 15, 2007

 Debbie Bliss Cardigan with Moss Stitch Border

No babies yet, so will have to rely on "Mr. Bear" to model. This jacket is from the Debbie Bliss Baby Knits book and is one of my 'old reliables'. I made it in the 0-3 month size, in the very washable, cuddly Baby Cashmerino yarn ... one of my favorites. It took less than 2 balls of yarn. Loved the abalone shell buttons! You may recognize the hat and socks from a previous post here and here.

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 Saturday, April 14, 2007

 it's been a while

I have spent the last few weeks enjoying all of your posts and oohing and ahhing over the knit baby items and the brand new babies. Then it hit me- I'd completely forgotten to share my own newer baby knits.

So I'm sorry again for the long post but here goes:

Moss Block Cardigan

This is a cardigan I designed using some stash cotton and wooden buttons. You can't see it very well, but it is designed with blocks of stockinette and moss stitch.

Alphabet Blanket

This is the wonderful Alphabet Blanket by Debbie Bliss from the Baby Knits book. I used Bernat Softee Baby and found it a very fast, easy knit that looks great!

Pocket Pal

This is a "Pocket Pal" from a booklet by Val Love. I love how he came out but don't like the bowl hairdo I gave him, so I will be attempting another one soon.

Baby Socks

These are some baby socks I knit up using leftover Mega Boots Stretch that I used for a pair of socks for my husband. I can't wait to take a photo of daddy and son with their matching socks!


Last but not least I jumped on the Sheldon bandwagon and knit one up last weekend using some leftover Bernat Baby Coordinates from the dinosaur I'd knit.

Now to see what else I can finish in the 6 weeks I have until my son gets here!

Oops- I forgot to add my blog address! All these knits and more at

 Friday, April 13, 2007

 Tiny things

Hi all, I have been lurking for a while now enjoying all your gorgeous baby knits. I got the invitation to join a couple of weeks ago but wanted a new FO to show you before I posted. I have a 16m old son, so don't know if his knits qualify as baby things, especially since he is running everywhare and chatting, starting to say sentences now! He's certainly not a baby anymore. So I decided to knit up this jellydyed baby wool (the first of my yarn dyeing experiments) into a teeny tiny hat. Someone I know is having twins, a girl and a boy so I thought I would make them one each and perhaps a pair of booties to match. The second hat has the same blue edging and that same blue in the mc wool, but instead of maroon and pinky red it has two tones of green. I just cast on for that one late last night so am halfway through.

I wanted to show off this one though as it amazed me how the varigation lengths and the hat circumference lined up so perfectly to make these interesting diagonal stripes. The green one had only a slightly longer varigation length but isn't striping at all. It makes such a difference to the look of the hat.

I also knitted the doll's singlet and booties a few years ago... well the booties were actually for my son, but he was born with ginormous feet, so the doll got them. The photo shows a navy stripe where it shouldn't be, but I have been inspecting the bootie to see what it was and it has vanished - must have been a stray piece of cotton off the doll's everalls, just there to spoil the photo!

I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful baby knits and sharing mine. As soon as we find a bigger house we will be trying for a baby brother or sister for our son, so there will be plenty of baby knits to come!

 Wednesday, April 11, 2007

 Kimono Completed!

Here is my (finally) finished baby kimono ! I used Hobby Lobby yarns: Baby Bee Sweet Delight Twist in teddybear for the MC (a mix of blue, khaki and cream) and two strands of Baby Bee Baby in bare for the CC (cream). I knit tightly with size 7 bamboo needles. I'm still looking for some decorative buttons for the waistband. And I have to attach snaps, which I've never done before. How hard can it be?

Originally this was to be a gender-neutral gift, but I feel that the pattern-stitch border is more feminine than gender-neutral, so I'm hoping my friend due this summer will be blessed with a baby girl!

 Margaret Rose is here!

Just a quick note to you all...Margaret Rose decided she couldn't wait till May to enter this world and was born about 7 weeks early on April 2nd by emergency c-section. She was 4lbs 10oz and 17" long, a great size for a 32 weeker. We are both doing well, she has been progressing toward discharge, until this morning, she had a small setback, which will keep her in the hospital for at least another week.

Here is a picture of her at 3 days with big sister and brother...

 Baby Hat

Baby Hat

I have been playing with making self-striping yarn for my Etsy shop, and this is my very first experiment. I think I'll keep playing ......



 Tuesday, April 10, 2007

 Birthday Crowns

Sage's Birthday 010
Originally uploaded by islandj.

It was our peanut's first birthday today, and I made a little something I had first seen here a few months ago - a knitted crown. This is based on the pattern on interweave. I knit one crown following the directions exactly (well, mostly, I changed needle size and used a different yarn. What? You don't all do that?), and it wasn't exactly a huge success. So I took the lessons learned in the method, and created this in its place. It's a simple acrylic yarn, trimmed in a little pink fur (doesn't everything for little girls need to be trimmed in fur? usually I would think not, but lately, well, I'm coming around. I like this pink stuff). It's a very simple knit, and, for as long as I could keep it on her head, was a great hit, especially with her older sister, who, as you might imagine, already has her heart set on a pink one for her own birthday later this summer.

More on my blog, here, including one of the best (if I do say so myself) birth stories around. Let's just say crawling on all fours, swearing up a storm (something, like crawling on all fours, which I normally do not partake in) and a late night ferry ride made for a VERY memorable birth day.

 Monday, April 09, 2007


For Easter I felt compelled to knit a couple of things for my little girl...

First, the Toy Rabbit from Natural Knits for Babies & Moms.

And then after seeing Helen's post below, I had to knit up the Bunny Tail Hat from Itty Bitty Hats.As always, more pictures and project details can be found over on my blog.

Happy Easter all!

 Sunday, April 08, 2007


We did it! Milo arrived in a most dramatic way on March 27 weighing in at a whopping 6 pounds 11 ounces. Here you see him modeling one of his soakers, lounging on a blanket I made him and a blanket my grandmother made for me when I was born. Another photo and more disjointed one-handed-typing-while-nursing comments on my blog.

 all the little knitted things...

40 weeks today. I was hoping that I wouldn't get to take this picture.

I've been knitting at a frantic pace this week for the baby, and still it does not arrive. I sincerely hope that the little person will show up soon, but in the meanwhile, here's what's been keeping me sane this week (well, not all of it was knit this week, but this is everything that I've worked up so far).

Bottom row from left: Fiber Trends Baby Basics lace edged hat and booties with Baby Bolero (from One Skein) in my handspun merino/cotton; Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Sweater in my handspun merino; Bunny Ears hat from Itty Bitty Hats with Berry Baby Booties in Rowan Cashsoft DK Baby.
Top row from left: Christine's Baby Booties with Wood Nymph hat (my own design, pattern to follow) in Regia Bamboo Color (white/pink tweed, don't remember name); Marshmallow Bonnet from Itty Bitty Hats (finally finished it last night!) in Rowan Cashsoft DK Baby, Roll Brim Hat from Itty Bitty Hats with rib-cuffed booties from Fiber Trends Baby Basics in Rowan Cashsoft DK Baby.

If you want to see it all in a little more detail, click the picture to enlarge.

Here's a better pic of the pink booties and hat. Now I really want the baby to be a girl so that I she can model these. The point on the top of the hat is all kinds of Dr. Seuss-ish, and I almost made more crocheted loops for the top to fill it out, but then I really liked how spindly it looked.
Here's a close up of the back of the Marshmallow Bonnet. The pink things are just Oh My Gosh! I love it.
I knit the 6 month size, because it would be just too cute for stroller rides in the fall.

If this baby is a boy, I have a friend who's having a girl in a few weeks, so anything girly that I knit will still be well loved and used.

I'll be posting the Wood Nymph Hat pattern soon, so if you want it, check my blog later today.

 Friday, April 06, 2007


I have been visiting Knitty Bloggy Baby Bumpers for some time and enjoying everyone else's posts, but guess it's time to say hello.
I have a 5 month old boy and have been knitting quite a bit for him. Although my knitting time is quite restricted. I usually have to wait until he's asleep. This is the usual position I find myself in...

And currently this is my favourite knit. The weather has just turned autumnal so I have been able to take it out of the draw and put it on Mr S.

Debbie Bliss' Teddy Bear All-in-One. Knitted in Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton.
Visit me at knitting for love and sanity for more of the story.