Monthly Archives: September 2013

Cats and Dogs

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puppy-hatThis is a hat I crocheted for my cousin’s little boy. He’s having a puppy-themed first birthday party! He’s going to rock this hat if he keeps it on, because he’s even cuter than it. I’m making one for Worth too because he saw the work in progress and decided he needed some of that in his life too. I used this pattern by Sarah Zimmerman and the washable merino wool from Knitpicks.

kitty-costumeThis is a project I’ll definitely want to blog about again, once I can get a picture of it on the newborn kitty herself. Dorothy decided months ago that she wanted to be a witch for Halloween and that she wanted her new baby sister to be her black cat, which seems like a totally fitting Halloween costume for a baby who is just going to be dressed up and paraded around to suit her mother and big sister for at least the first six months of her life. Dorothy was set on a really expensive witch costume from Chasing Fireflies, but fortunately we encountered a much cheaper but equally awesome version at a TJ Maxx. I looked all over the internet for a newborn kitty costume, since as I said before I’m not that into sewing costumes that are only going to get worn once or twice. (I did break my own rule last Halloween and sewed Dorothy’s Little Red Riding Hood costume and Worth’s wolf suit. Dorothy’s dress was just as disappointing to me as I’d thought–she wore it on Halloween and never again, even though I thought I’d made it in such a way that she might consider wearing it as a regular old dress without the cape, but no. Worth, however, has worn the wolf costume enough that I don’t regret the time. He even wore it to music class at least once last spring! And he looks so awesomely Where the Wild Things Are when he wears it around the house.) Anyway, I could not find a ready-made newborn kitty costume. I found many infant costumes, but my baby due October 12 would surely be overwhelmed by a costume intended to fit a child up to 3 months. Plus comfort is a big issue for a newborn, and many store-bought costumes are itchy. So I ordered a newborn-size black onesie and thick black tights (not pictured). I crocheted a kitty hat, mittens, and booties and fabric glued felt on them for the paw pads and inner ears, then I stitched a kitty tail and little pink belly onto the onesie. There’s no reason I can’t put the booties, mitts and hat on her sometime again, except that I’ve made so many at this point they may never make it into rotation!

I admit to feeling pretty miserable here in these last weeks. I’m totally feeling the “advanced maternal age” stamped across the top of my chart at my obstetrician’s office. As the weather finally turns cooler and fall decorations and winter squashes start cropping up everywhere I’m feeling very ready to reap this little harvest of my own. I’m trying to remind myself that another two weeks aren’t a big deal in the big picture, but I have to say that 16 (or so) more mornings of dragging my huge, sore, cumbersome self in and out of bed and around to all the places life requires seems a little daunting at this point. I think all the baby projects are done, she just needs to show up and try them on!

Baby’s rainbow ripple blanket

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baby-blanket1 baby-blanket2 baby-blanket3Miss Baby’s crocheted blanket is done! I’ve been working on this slowly since before she was even a thing. I saw the pattern on Ravelry (it’s from the blog LemondedeSucrette) and thought it would look so beautiful in rainbow colors, so I started it, assuming I’d need a baby gift for someone close at some point, then was (I confess) somewhat surprised a few weeks later to discover that I was the one who would have need for a new baby blanket. So I guess that worked out. It’s made out of Knit Pick’s Shine Sport yarn, which is just perfect for baby blankets. I made a solid blue blanket with a cream band around it for Worth out of the same yarn when he was on the way. It’s just the right weight for draping over a baby in a car seat because the blanket puddles softly into all the little crevices yet is so soft and lightweight. I used the colors Serrano, Clementine, Dandelion, Macaw, Reef, French Blue, and Pageant. This has been one of those projects that makes people stop and look if I’m working on it out and about because the colors are just so beautiful. It’s hard to get a photo to do justice to all of them. The yarn is also wonderful because it’s machine-washable and doesn’t bleed; this blanket has already been washed in warm water and dried in the dryer so it is all ready to go.

So I made the blanket a generous size (with Worth in the top photo to show scale) so I can use it to lay her on or to drape over her in the car seat, or wrap her up in it, as needed. It ended up taking two balls of each color yarn. Now I just need a baby to put under it!

 

For Mom and Baby

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folklore-bagI made this bag earlier in the summer but never posted about it. Now, as I was putting it away in favor of a bigger bag that is more fall-colored and has room for diaper change stuff, I thought to photograph it.  I used the Folklore Bag pattern from the book One-Yard Wonders. I’ve made this pattern a couple times before and have probably blogged about it. It’s a great pattern–the bag is a very nice size and shape. I used indoor/outdoor fabric left over from another project.

baby-in-redThis project is for the new little one. I was looking through the baby clothes a couple weeks ago, wondering what I would pack to bring her home from the hospital. I chose an adorable little turquoise and red one-piece outfit I’d bought from Sweet Peanut early in my pregnancy. Then I realized that in early October it might be chilly, and–oh no!!–the baby had no hats or booties to precisely match this particular outfit. I could hardly sleep that night, because, you know, when something like that gets into a pregnant woman’s mind there is only one way to get it out. I became completely convinced that she has to wear that outfit home from the hospital, and I had to make a hat and booties to match, immediately. Fortunately I had this revelation on a Friday night, so I had a nice free day the next day to knit (knook) a red baby hat and crochet some red booties to match before I had to try and sleep again. It was also fortunate that I had some red wool on hand. It was only a part-skein, but I finished the job with a few feet left over (close!) and it was just the shade of bright red I needed. I even found a velvet-covered button in my button jar to finish off the flower. Serendipity! I didn’t use any particular pattern, just a basic baby-sized beanie, a crocheted flower I eyeballed, and booties based around the free pattern from Lion Brand I use frequently. These ended up a wee bit itchy for a newborn, so I put a little hair conditioner in with my wool wash when I blocked these. Now they are soft and ready to go. 26 more days, but 3rd babies sometimes let their mamas off the hook a wee bit early, don’t they? I can dream…

Baby bibs

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bibs1A friend of mine recently asked if I’d like to contribute baby bibs to a fundraiser she was hosting for a charity in Africa. I was glad to, especially since bibs are easy to do assembly-line style and I could use the opportunity to get all the baby bibs done I had in mind for my new one at the same time. I chose some global-looking batiks (all are reversible) for her fundraiser bibs and embroidered the cheeky message “Give peas a chance” on the top one. I hope they sell well!

For my own girl, I made a set of five bibs in the bright little birdie fabrics I have used for her crib bedding and quilt, then I made five more in novelty prints (ok, mostly travel trailers!) to round out her collection. These are all just basic cotton bibs that fasten at the top with snaps. I don’t remember exactly where I got the pattern, but you could cut around your own favorite baby bibs just as easily as using a pattern. The only trick to them is to clip the seam inside in plenty of places so it presses out smooth around all the curves. These are all similar to the bibs I made for Worth a few years back, but are cut a tad longer to catch more spills. These are so much softer than plastic bibs, and they hold up well to normal messes. If they get super gross  I just give them a quick rinse and hang them to dry over our kitchen laundry bin before tossing them in. Otherwise I just add them in with our rags and towels as-is. They also fold up small so it’s easy to keep one in my purse once the baby’s big enough to be eating meals out and about. I won’t use any of these until she starts solid foods, but I’m glad to have them done and ready now.

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A new fall hat and a neckwarmer

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hat-frontAhh, a nice head-only photograph that shows my tired eyes but not my enormous belly…38 days to go. Will my patience and/or my poor hips hold out? At least I have a cute new hat! I bought this pretty yarn at a local yarn store on a whim last year and now I have no idea what it was. It’s a little self-striping, a little variegated, just pretty and soft and nice, with this perfect blend of fall colors.

hat-sideA side view. I got this pattern from a Leisure Arts knooking booklet, but it appears to be very close to this pattern on Ravelry.

hat-backAnd a view from the back. I’m so relieved to have an article of clothing (besides shoes) that will continue to fit me for the next 38 days and beyond. 🙂

neck-warmerWhen I was knitting this neckwarmer/cowl thingy for myself last winter I worked on it one afternoon sitting on my grandparents’ couch. My Mamaw loved the idea of a neckwarmer–an indoor/outdoor accessory that fits in with today’s scarf fashion trends and is warm and pretty and all that. I got the idea that day that I should make one for her in a silvery gray that would set off her light blue eyes and silvery hair. So I started this Honeycomb Neckwarmer from the book Crochet So Fine in Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn in Gray Pearl. Then, before I could finish it, I was sitting next to my Mamaw somewhere else and she mentioned that she liked the idea of a neckwarmer so much that she immediately knitted herself one in a silvery gray. Ha! Great minds clearly think alike. Or apples don’t fall too far from trees, or something. So then I wasn’t in such a hurry to finish mine anymore, since the surprise of a second silvery gray neckwarmer just doesn’t seem as exciting as the surprise of a first.  But I’m sure mine looks different, and after all, it was such a good idea that she can probably handle having more than one, so here before chilly weather starts again I did manage to finish this one. It drew up a little and lost some stitch definition when I laundered it, but the yarn feels so soft I think it will be nice up against the skin.