Friday, September 29, 2017

Squashy Hats

In the haste to come up with some last minute baby gifts I have returned to my knitting of baby hats.
Years ago that was my obsession. I made all sorts of hats many were given away and others have yet to be gifted. Here are a few variations of the Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier. It was a pattern that looked cute to try, something different from what I usually make. Instead of using a purple yarn to make it look like a berry I decided to use some stash yarn to make some fall baby hats.

I had a few skeins of Ella Rae lace merino in red orange and emerald green. Not enough to make significant sized garments but hat sized definitely. For the pumpkin hat I followed the pattern as written then knit a small tendril to sew on the top near the base of the stem. Very cute. I'm experimenting with another design where the stem will be brown and I'll add a tendril and possibly a leaf. I'm not finding a decent pumpkin leaf in the pattern library on Ravelry so that is my biggest roadblock.

The yellow squash hat is made from some stashed Madeline Tosh Vintage. I used the last bit of chamomile and laurel green for the top. I love this cheerful yellow. The girls think it's more of a daffodil hat than a squash. I'll take that in to consideration when knitting another one. I like that daffodil idea on though....I can see adding some petal edging that resembles daffodils. A very good idea. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bulky Waffle Hat

I made this hat for a friend. She wanted something for a teen girl to gift this Christmas. I used the Bulky Waffle Hat pattern by Linda Suda. I knit the hat using Bernat Alpaca in the sky blue color.

It was an easy pattern to follow. The bulky yarn made it very quick to knit. I do like this yarn and was happy to find a use for it. I originally purchased 4 skeins to make a baby blanket. That project never came about.....I highly recommend the yarn for easy projects. It's soft and nice to work with for quick projects. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I'm so.......stylish?

I am so glad that scarf weather is nearly here. For the second time this week I have spilled a sandwich down the front of my shirt, and it's only Tuesday. Clearly I cannot handle sandwich eating. I always seem to do this when I need to show up someplace and look reasonably presentable, not somewhat presentable. It's bad enough that I end up being the last mom to pick up her kid at preschool. That's the story of the fourth kid. 

While a moment of panic nearly set in, because today's sandwich incident was epic, I did see in my laziness from yesterday the scarf I abandoned after last night's soccer practice. That scarf covered in cheese chip crumbs is my key to success. The scarf is going on for the save to fool people into thinking I'm a very stylish lady rather than a very clumsy eater.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Sweet Rose Topped Hat & Sleeping bag

These little somethings were made for a sweet baby girl. She and her brother are due to arrive this November. First I made a little hat. A dear friend made a similar hat for my baby girl so I used her idea to make one for this twin girl. I followed the Umbilical Cord Hat pattern by Jennifer Jones but instead of knitting the i-cord to knot at the top I decided to finish the hat without the i-cord. I chose to use Cascade Yarns Cash Vero for the hat. Such a delightful yarn to use.

I knit the i-cord separately then sewed on top of the hat to form a rosebud. Soo cute! I used Jaeger Baby Merino yarn in color 109, a dusky pink color. I held 4 strands together to make the i-cord.  Using Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers in celery green I knit two leaves from the Knitter's Bible by Claire Crompton. The leaves were sewn to the top finishing the hat.

The other gift was made based off of the registry. I noted that the Mother had selected some knit baby bags. They were a cute cabled sleeping bag but I knew I would not have time to knit that cabled style in a day. I chose to make a good sized bag, large enough to put twins in together (maybe for some newborn pictures??) for snuggle time. I used Berroco Macro yarn to make this sleeping bag and knit it on the fly. No pattern just guessed how many stitches to cast on and knit until I was nearly out of yarn before decreasing. 

I made the boy a hat and sleeping bag too but did not remember to take a picture of them before wrapping them up. His sleeping bag was knit from Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande in Blue. I followed the pattern called Brandi's Snugglie Cocoon. This sleeping bag was knit smaller in diameter, meant for one baby. It will be a good blanket to have around for naps. I made a ribbed hat in sage green. Simple and versatile a great hat for a boy or girl. It also coordinates well with the rose hat so that they will be super cute together in their hats. 

I used yarn for all of these projects based on what was available in my stash. It all turned out perfectly and I love it when I can put to use beautiful yarns. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gramps part 1

So this project ended up not being what I expected. I chose to knit the Gramps sweater by TinCan Knits. I selected Madeline Tosh Vintage in Sequoia for the main color and Filigree as the contrast color. So far the combination looks great. I estimate the sweater will require two skeins of sequoia. It was supposed to be the boy sweater for boy twin but...I failed to pay attention to my gauge. I used needles too large this time and that was a mistake. 

Gauge Smage!

My gauge is off! Bah!

I knew better because Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn is a lot bigger than it claims to be when it comes to sweater projects. Now that this is most certainly not baby sized this "gift" is now going to be set aside while I work on a replacement gift for the baby it was intended to be given. I took measurements and this is looking to be more in the 6-7 year old size cardigan. This fit my 7 year old perfectly so I'll continue using her as my model while finishing this sweater. In the meantime it will take a break in the knitting basket.