Monday, February 06, 2012

Booties for Babies

I LOVE the Saartje's Bootees pattern on Ravelry. It's a quick knit and is a great use of stash yarn. Here are couple of recent pairs of booties that will be making their way to a couple of baby girls. I made a pair of these for Alice and loved them. They stayed on really well, although they didn't fit her for long. She got her mom's big ass feet :)

Where's Waldo Hat

I intended to send this hat to one of the holiday babies, but never got around to it. Maybe someone will have a baby around the holidays next year and I can send it. It's too small for Alice, now. It was supposed to be a holiday hat with the red and white, but once I finished it looked more like a "Where's Waldo" hat to me.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

For the babies

When I have been knitting lately it has all been for babies. I know so many pregnant women right now it is kind of ridiculous. I love baby knits though, because they are quick and thus more instantly gratifying than say a sweater for me would be. Although, I would like to knit something for myself again one of these days.

Here are a couple of hats I knit for my cousin who had her baby in December. At the time I made these they did not know if they were having a boy or a girl, so the green colors seemed like they would work for either. They had a boy, and I think that they actually are a bit more boyish colors, but Alice tried them on for me while I was making them and she looked pretty cute in these colors, too.

I knit these based on a basic adult hat pattern. I just fiddled around with it for a bit to figure out how many stitches would work for a baby. I think it ended up being 70 something and I was using maybe US 5 needles. I can't really remember, which is kind of a bummer because it means I'll have to do the trial and error process again the next time. Maybe it will come back to me if I decide to make more of these.

I also made a blanket for the babe. I used two flannel fabrics and sewed them together, then I crocheted a decorative edge all the way around. I must say this ended up being more time consuming than I originally anticipated. I did a blanket stitch by hand all the way around to give me something to crochet into. I found ways to do this with a machine online, but I couldn't find the right needle and just decided to go totally hand made. It turned out really cute and I'd love to make one again sometime, but I may look into a quicker option for establishing that base stitch row.

I got an email recently from the mom saying that the hats fit great and stay on his head and that the blanket gets lots of use for tummy time. So, sounds like these were successful gifts :)

I'm working on a whole bunch of other gifts that I hope to post about soon. Booties and hats and maybe another blanket, we'll see. I just hope I can find the time to get them all done before the babies are all a year old :)

Mommyhood has taken over

Well, here it is over 5 months after she arrived and I'm just now getting back to the blog. Sorry for the long absence. Mommyhood has taken over. She arrived on August 27th in the morning. 8 lb. 4 oz. 21.5" long. Healthy and perfect. We named her Alice and she's the sweetest little girl.

I have been able to finish a few projects since she was born and will post about them soon, but I thought that I should post some pics of the babe first. So, here she is!

All dressed up to come home. CLICK HERE for the post about her outfit.

Sporting the only hat I made that fit her. (3 weeks)

Feather & Fan in action. (1 month)

Rockin' out her purple booties. (1 month)

Modeling one of my LillyJean applique peasant tops. (8 weeks)

And here is a recent photo. Not modeling anything, just looking cute.(5 months)

Love her!