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She’s here!

16 Apr

Quinn Marian arrived on April 9, 2013!

Here is a sneak peak at some newborn pictures featuring the sweater, hat and booties I featured in previous posts!IMG_0132IMG_0090IMG_0136

With those long fingers, she just might be a concert pianist…and most definitely a knitter. 😉  We are so very happy and blessed!

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Hat and Booties

9 Apr

I finished knitting the hat and booties I had planned to go with the Wrap Sweater I posted about a few weeks ago.  Just in time with less than a week until my due date!

I found both patterns in Natural Nursery Knits by Erika Knight, the same designer of the wrap sweater, and knit them with Baby Ull yarn. Here is the finished result:

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And a preview of the complete outfit:

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I’m ready whenever you are, baby!

Baby Wrap Sweater

19 Feb

I finally got started on some baby knits for my little bambino. Or should I say bambina? I was looking for the perfect ensemble to knit for her first pictures or possibly the coming home outfit. I borrowed a book from a friend called Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight, where I found this sweet little kimono style wrap sweater pattern.

The original pattern has a ribbon tie that wraps around and ties in the back. It is very sweet, but I decided that some simple buttons might be a bit easier to handle on our little peanut (buttons also make this pattern less feminine than ribbon, so this could be made for a boy or girl). I didn’t bother with button holes but added small loop holes by braiding three pieces of yarn into the edge of the sweater.

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I also added a simple tie on the inside of the wrap to keep her snug as a bug.

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I used Baby Ull superwash merino yarn in a smoky lavendar color and size 3 needles. This would be a great beginner garment pattern for a newer knitter – it only requires knit stitch and an increase stitch. The sweater is knit up in one piece, and then you just seam up the sides and under the arms. It is also a pretty quick knit for a garment – I was able to complete it in about 2 weeks of leisurely paced knitting.

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Next up are coordinating hat and booties that I found in another book I picked up – I didn’t realize until I got home that it was the same designer – I guess I like her style!

Oh, and I still haven’t forgotten about my unfinished herringbone cowl – I have a pact to work on it between my baby knit projects! Knowing me, I’ll probably be finishing that thing up during labor. ha!

On my needles…

15 Jan

Here’s what’s on my knitting needles these days.

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It’s a herringbone patterned cowl. The free pattern is available at The Purl Bee.

I think this is such a pretty stitch, and this is probably the most luxurious yarn I’ve knitted to date.    It’s Baby Alpaca and it is SOOOO SOFT!

Ok, I have to admit that this has been on this set of knitting needles for a long time – We’re probably pushing 10 months (most of which, lying dormant)…so this is my attempt to revive and finish this project so I can enjoy it’s super soft herringbone goodness before winter’s end.

Accountability statement: I will finish the herringbone project before this baby is born. (Yikes, I also need to get some knitting done for this baby!)  I can do it! That’s what statements on the internet can do for a person.

What’s everyone working on? Or reviving?

Christmas Sweater

27 Nov

If you’re looking for a quick hand-knit gift idea for the holiday season, check out this sweet little sweater ornament:

It’s s a great way to use up some scrap yarn – and you can use any weight yarn you want – it will just size the ornament up or down based on the weight.  It’s also easy to add stripes, ribbing, turtle neck, etc!

I used crafting wire to make the hanger. I’ve also shaped one out of a paper clip when I didn’t have anything else, but recommend crafting wire for the ease of use and a cleaner look.  I dare you to make one for someone else, and not want one for your own tree!

This free Pattern by Cheryl Niamath can be found on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cheers

And here are some other great free ornament patterns I’ve found on Ravelry (click on the image to take you there):


Cheers!

Button Hat

19 Nov

I recently offered up a custom knit hat for a charity auction.  The winning bidder picked this cute pattern that I’ve had in my stack of must-knit-someday patterns.  She wanted to incorporate the colors in her scarf into the hat, so I took her scarf and went hunting for some yarn to match.   I found two options that would work for the pattern and I thought went pretty well with her scarf.

She picked the Rowan yarn on the left, which would have been my first pick as well. I knit it up, and found a fun 2 inch button for the final touch.

Hometown peeps and friends in the Duluth area: I’m knitting a second edition of this hat for Stephanie Rambo’s benefit in Duluth on December 8th.  Go support Stephanie and bid on this hat (and lots of other things too)!!  Check out the details here: http://www.facebook.com/events/194143164054516/

The Lion and the Elephant

6 Nov

I’ve  touted Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Hats knitting book in a previous knitting post.  Another great book in her book series is Itty Bitty Toys.  I’ve made several of the toys in this book, but this was the first time I took on one of  the adorable reversible toy patterns.  I chose to make the reversible Lion and Elephant toy for my friend D’s baby shower.

I used KnitPicks Comfy Worsted yarn, a super soft and smooth pima cotton blend yarn.  Each animal is knit up separately. The bottom of the body is knit up like a small baby hat, and the head, ears, tail, arms, and legs are knit separately, stuffed with fiber fill, and sewn onto the body.  Here is a front and back shot of both animals.

To attach them together, you flip the bodies inside out and stitch the centers together towards the base of the heads.

Then the bottom edges are whip stitched together.

Here’s the final product!

If you are a knitter or crocheter and haven’t tried making a stuffed animal, I highly recommend it!  They make for fun projects and great gifts!