Category Archives: Babies And Kids

The Last Pink Thing

I’m done with pink already for 2009. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve overcome my dislike of pink with all the super cute baby girls my friends are producing out there. But, lately, I’ve been craving rich, rich colors. Wait until you see my next project!

This was the last knitted gift for Isabella. These bibs are just so sweet. Every little girl out there should have some.

Pattern: Petal Bibs from One Skein book by Leigh Radford
Yarn: Rowan Handknit cotton in 310 and 332
Needles: Addi US 6
Measurements: One size
Started: January 8, 2009
Finished: January 9, 2009
Other Details: I really wanted to do three, but my yarn was delayed from WEBS. The third was supposed to be a light green – owell!

One of my favorite parts is putting gifts all together – and having some sort of theme. The simple pinks, greens and creams in it all really makes it beautiful. I love making baby things :)

For Isabella

One of my closest friends from way back when is having a baby in April. Last Saturday, at her shower, I gifted her a few of my latest baby knits. Andrea is all about the girly girl stuff (Andrea, I’m getting this from our conversation this past summer about wanting a “little princess”) – and I couldn’t think of a better blanket than this for baby Isabella –

Andrea loved the blanket; and it makes me so happy knowing that it is in the hands of wonderful parents-to-be!

Pattern: Eyelet Baby Blanket from Blue Sky Alpacas; design by Leslie Scanlon
Yarn: Blue Sky Organic Cotton in #80 and #606
Needles: Addi US 9
Measurements: About 27″ by 27″ without the ruffle
Started: December 16, 2008
Finished: December 23, 2008
Other Details: This time around I also knit the blanket on a US9 (rather than the loosey goosey US11 the pattern calls for). I ended up also doing another eyelet repeat to make the blanket square. I used about 2.25 balls of the pink, and a touch over 2 balls of the cream.

I also knit a few other little things as well to go along with the blanket. I seem to have this habit of getting stuck on a color theme, don’t you think?

Pattern: Ribbons from Itty Bitty Hats, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Jeannee #0016
Measurements: 0-6 months
Started: January 5, 2009
Finished: January 7, 2009
Other Details: I love, love this design. Having to find beautiful ribbon is the best part – its a great excuse to head to your local papery store!

Pattern: Upside-down Daisy from Itty Bitty Hats, by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Jeannee in 0015, 0016, and 0008
Measurements: 0-6 month size
Started: January 3, 2009
Finished: January 6, 2009
Other Details: This hat pattern is a true classic!

Okay, okay, this post is getting really long. I have a few other pictures to show – but those will have to wait until tomorrow. Yay for babies, yay for showers!

Bunches of Soakers

One of the cloth diaper necessities I was responsible for with little Amelia’s birth, was getting some wool soakers knit up. I jumped right in, following some of Johanna’s advice. Scott even helped out too; he knit the chocolate brown soaker and most of the variegated “Florida Sunshine” one. Impressive? Yes.

Pattern: Trim Fit Soaker Pattern by Meghann Holcomb
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed in Mint green and light blue; O-Wool Classic in Evergreen and Cornflower; Ellae Rae Classic in Punch and Aqua; Donegal Tweed in a chocolate brown tweed; and lastly, leftover Cascade 220 that I dyed up in the Florida Sunshine colorway
Needles: Addi 16″ US4 and US5, and Clover US4 DPN’s
Measurements: Various sizes (3-12 month range)
Started: November 12, 2008
Finished: December 8, 2008
Other Details: I was attracted to this pattern because it looked really comfortable on the babies – and natural. I added about a 1/2″ to an 1″ to the waist length, and knit all of these soakers on a smaller needle. I really hope Amelia likes them!

Angora Fruit Cap

Angora is just the softest, fluffiest fiber out there. I love it – but there are few places you can really utilize it without breathing it in! Little bits of it here and there is where it works out best, especially on the toes and heads of little wee ones –

Pattern: Kids Fruit Cap by Ann Norling
Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8 #9, and a small ball (maybe 10 yards) of leftover 100% french angora
Needles: Addi 16″ US7 (4.5mm) circular needle and Clover US7 DPN’s
Measurements: A 6-12 month size
Started: December 1, 2008
Finished: December 3, 2008
Other Details: I replaced the contrasting color with french angora – its super yummy now!

Sweet Little Knit

It was about 8 degrees for a high yesterday here in Boulder, Colorado – and there I was, outside attempting to take some pretty baby sweater pictures before the camera decided it didn’t want to work anymore…

Pattern: Tulips Cardigan by Lindsay Pekny
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Tulips cardigan kit
Needles: Addi 24″/32″ circular US7 (4.5mm) and US6 DPN’s
Measurements: About a 21″ chest, 6-12 month size
Started: November 22, 2008
Finished: December 2, 2008
Other Details: I knew my gauge was a bit on the tight side, so I followed the 12-18 month size, and ended up with the 6-12 month size. If you do plan on knitting any of the larger sizes, make sure you add more stripe repeats (maybe repeat the pinks) at the bottom of the cardigan, and on the sleeves. Also, I did end up slipping the edge stitches, but I wouldn’t do this again. It makes it hard to pick up enough edge stitches – which is important since the edge will be too tight!