Pink toes

baby feetWe had a couple of cold nights and I immediately wished I had made some baby socks for Charlotte, so I made some. These are some scrappy socks. I used a teeny bit of leftover Colinette Jitterbug in Whirley Fig and some Louet Gems Fingering Weight in Pewter. Working from the toe-up I cast on 12 stitches (6 per side) and increased the toes until I had 32 stitches total. Then I knit for about four inches and then did an inch of ribbing and cast off. These are plain ol’ tube socks so she can wear them through the winter as her feet grow. baby feet-4They fit well, but next time I might make them a smidge wider. I suppose she could also wear them as mittens if needed. baby feet-2Charlotte was 4 months old on the 16th and she’s a pretty happy little lady. Unless she’s looking at me like I’m a weirdo for taking her picture: baby feet-3I haven’t been as responsive to blog comments as I’d like to be and I’m sorry for that. I love reading your comments and greatly appreciate them. I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks and it’s definitely mentally taxing. In my other work life I’m a school based therapist at a school I adore. It is a wonderful job and most of the time but I often leave feeling like my brain has had a big workout all day long, so I’m not as active with responses as I’d like. I will always try my best to get at least one or two blog posts out a week because I love love love doing it. When I started this thing I really didn’t think anyone would read it, and I feel completely chuffed that people do, that I’ve made some friends from doing this, and I’ve also learned from a wonderful and vibrant community of knitters out in the world. I appreciate being part of the conversation.

Cover up those baby butts

Oh hai.

Oh hai.

I’m so pleased that all the knits from my last post are going to good homes. The overstuffed cedar chest in my house is breathing a sigh of relief as well. In the meantime I was knitting on some baby pants in the background. Though I’m thisclose to finishing Breezy (maybe 1.5 inches of ribbing on the collar), we had a cold night last night and are having a few more coming up. I know knitting for newborns only lasts 5 minutes, but since these just took a day and some leftover sock yarn to whip up, isn’t that worth it? baby pantsThese are inspired by Ze Tiny Pants, a free pattern on Ravelry. I changed most of it and tried to take some good notes this time because I always regret when I haven’t done that for myself. I added short rows to the butt for the curve. Hard to see, but I tried to capture it here: baby pants-5I did mirrored increases on the front around the center two stitches. baby pants-4I used some leftover Vice Carnal in Corpses Christi and some Anzula Squishy in Teal. This used 39.2 grams of fingering weight yarn, or about 160 yards of yarn. I’ve been bad about keeping up with remaining yarn weights after finishing projects so I don’t know exactly how much I used of either yarn. baby pants-3I feel happy knowing she has a snuggly wool layer to put over her sleepers for the next few nights. We are cosleeping and that means no blankets above adult waists, and no swaddling for baby. I’ve heard rumors of a colder than usual May and June, so maybe she will actually wear these for awhile.

Baby ready

I’ve finished the baby blanket, so the baby can come now, right? pinwheel-2This Pinwheel Blanket is finished. I used Dream in Color Smooshy in Callous Pink. I used almost 3 full skeins. The color looks very different in different lights. Sometimes the grey looks very grey, and sometimes it looks completely purple. I’ve loved and hated this colorway during the knitting. At certain points the skeins got very grey and I felt like they weren’t cheery enough for a baby blanket. Z’s was much more bright. I’ve decided to think of it as elegant and leave it at that. pinwheelThis ended up being about 40″ in diameter. I was aiming to make it the same size as Z’s and I pretty much succeeded. Even though I use the same kind of yarn I somehow got to more stitches and ended up with more leftover yarn when I made Z’s (800 stitches and about 1/3 of the ball). This time I used almost all of the yarn and only got to about 750 stitches around. It’s a bit mystifying considering I used the exact same size 5 needle. When I blocked this it greeeeeewwwwww, so I threw it in the dryer a bit to firm up.

I’m down to two WIPs, y’all. This is pretty crazy and kind of awesome. I finished and blocked Vitamin D and will show that soon. I’m still on the sleeves of Breezy Cardigan and it’s been fairly cool and damp the last few days, making me happy to knit wool. I have Kiddo Kicks socks that I’m saving for a small project to take to the hospital and that’s it. I’d better start dreaming of new knits…

The only kind of baby blanket I make

I must be addicted to Pinwheel Blankets. Aside from making the occasional square for a group effort blanket for kiddos all of the blankets I’ve made on my own are pinwheels. This one is my fifth, if I’m remembering correctly.

The formula is so simple. It includes ten sections that you increase with a yarn over on every other round and knit your heart out. Variagated yarns have a chance to sing, and I get to knit my heart out with rhythmic and soothing stockinette. pinwheelI’m sure there are scads of amazing baby blanket patterns out there, but I’m really hooked on this one. I’m also making this as close to Z’s baby blanket without using the exact same color of yarn. I used a Dream in Color yarn for Z’s as well and I’m really pleased with the way the yarn has held up with almost daily use in bed at night. It’s soft and doesn’t pill that much.

This is Dream in Color Smooshy in Callous Pink. Sometimes the darker color looks grey, sometimes it looks purple. It seems to change a lot depending on the light, but I feel that this picture is pretty accurate. I’m 34 weeks pregnant now and Z was born at 35 weeks and 6 days. I’d better knit faster just in case!

Crazy pants

I really meant to keep working on my Breezy Cardigan. I had good intentions. Then I remembered I’d be going to St. Louis and would see a good college friend who is also pregnant and due just a few days after me. I decided I must knit her something immediately. Tired of baby sweaters and socks, I decided to try out some pants. I perused Ravelry and settled on Ze Tiny Pants. The pattern is written for a newborn-3 month size. It’s pretty easy to adapt and I followed Catrinea’s example and knit them top down.

One pair is a DK weight. I started with 84 stitches and did 1×1 ribbing. The pattern calls for garter stitch, but I thought ribbing would be faster and just as attractive. After 2.75″ of ribbing I increased to 114 (sorry, didn’t take great notes), then knit about 1.25 inches before doing mirrored increases every 6 rounds in the center front for 3 times. After the third set of increases I did some short rows in the back to give a little butt curve for diapers. Then I divided the leg and decreased every few rounds till there were 46 sts per leg and then did 2″ of ribbing. This ended up being close to a 6 month size, rather than a newborn size, which will work out better for this baby. The yarn for this is Happy Feet DK in Lemon-Lime Sherbet. This used about 3/4 of a skein.

pants-2For the fingering weight version I took even fewer notes, but I know I started with 94 and increased to 126 after the ribbing. On these legs I did more rapid decreases, every other row on the inside of the leg (2 sts per leg) because I felt I would not have enough yarn otherwise. These are also in the 6 month size range. This yarn is some Koigu KPPPM (no idea of color number) and some Shibui Sock in Teal. I used a full skein of the Koigu and about 2/3 of a skein of the Shibui. pantsI am woefully behind on taking pictures of Marin, but it will happen soon. We traveled most of the week and even though I was wearing Marin often, it somehow didn’t occur to me to get photos of it. Oh well!

 

Another little sister

I made a Little Sister’s Dress for an upcoming little sister. A friend of mine is having a baby girl, due about 3 weeks before mine, and she had a baby shower last weekend. I whipped up this dress in the 6 month size over the past couple of weeks to give to her. The yarn is Laine Du Nord Baby Milk in Light Pink and Dove Gray. I got this yarn at Webs awhile back and I think it might be discontinued or no longer carried by them now. It’s a shame because it is SOFT. It’s merino, cashmere, and milk protein for the fiber content. These colors were remnants from the yarn I used for Cocktail(Dress) and I was waiting for just the right baby garment. Little SisterThis is the third time I’ve made this baby dress, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. My only mod was to make the top and bottom different colors.

I have been working on several other projects, but have been lax in blogging since I was at a conference a good chunk of last week. I will have some finished adult socks and matching kiddo socks to display soon, as well as some slow progress on a Breezy Cardigan very soon.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S MARCH! Where is this year going? My baby is due in less than 9 weeks at this point and I’m sort of freaking out. The nesting is starting to kick in and yesterday the sad state of my yarn stash was getting to me. It really needs a good reorganization (and probably some destashing, ahem), but I at least made sure it could all fit inside bins and drawers or the current UFO area for now. Closet organization and deep cleaning comes first. Oy.

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Secret baby knit unveiled

pinwheel-2I love making Pinwheel Blankets for babies. It’s a ton of stockinette in the round, so it requires very little thinking, and I like the idea of round blankets.  I used the Happy Feet DK yarn I recently acquired in the colorway lemon-lime sherbet.

pinwheelSince I messed up the first time, somehow only making 6 of the 10 pie wedges and not noticing until I was 2.5 out of the 3 balls into the project, this was not finished before the baby was born.  I finished it on day 2 of his life, so I got pretty close.  I’m happy with the result and happy to get to work on some other things.