I have a footwear problem. I have a 7-and-a-half size foot, but some boots only come in whole sizes. So my comfy shearlings and my waterproof wellies are just a wee bit big. I decided I needed some nice thick slipper-socks to wear over my regular socks, both to keep my feet extra warm and to improve the fit of my boots. I used this free pattern for chunky slippers, and bulky wool-blend yarn. I made the pattern a little smaller, with both 2 fewer stitches around the foot, and 1 inch less in length, because my foot is on the small end and because I wanted them to be snug over my socks and not bunch up inside my boots. The pattern knitted up very quickly and the idea was a success. As I was knitting them, I couldn’t help thinking “there is probably something like this at Target and I could just buy them and find out that they bunch under my boots without going to the trouble of knitting them myself!” but actually I don’t think I could have found something comparable in a small size and a wool blend. And they don’t bunch up, so hooray! I’ve worn them under both my pairs of slightly-too-big boots, and they are perfect. They also improved the warmth of my wellies, which aren’t really insulated snow boots but serve as such for a Kentucky girl like me.
I 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.
This 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…
I’ve had yarn projects laid out for this baby since spring, and enjoyed a yarn purchasing spree and pattern shopping extravaganza right after we found out the newbie would be a girl. Then I did nothing with the yarn and patterns all summer because, you know, it was summer, and it’s not that fun to knit or crochet in the summer. I spent my down time reading novels like a proper pregnant woman in the hottest months. Things have cooled off in the last week, however, and my nesting instincts have driven me to the hook (and knook) to make some of these little projects reality. I made these wee booties from this Flower Slippers pattern, paired with a basic crocheted beanie, to complete the new baby’s hospital meet-and-greet outfit, along with her name onesie from a few posts back. It was hard for me to put aside my usual bootie pattern and try something new, but I remembered that Worth’s first day booties kind of squished up against his hospital ankle bracelet so I wanted to make a low-cut pair this time. My reward for trying a new pattern is that I loved this one, too, and I’m sure to make more in the future.
Since this little pumpkin should be born two or three weeks before Halloween, of course she needs a pumpkin hat. I used a pattern from this Baby Beanies book that is specific to knooking, which I bought because of the lovely knitting-to-knooking stitch translations in the back, not knowing if I’d ever actually use the patterns themselvest. The pattern was nice up until the decreasing started, at which point either I or it became a little off, but the hat still turned out cute. I added the little stem and leaf. Then I thought she’d need booties to go with this hat too (I never say “no” to more booties), so I used this pattern, which I bought from the Knit Picks website. They seem more like baby socks to me than proper booties, but I like the pattern.
I’ve got more projects I’m excited to share soon, as soon as I do some blocking and finishing and a little house-cleaning (yeah right!).
I can’t believe I’m blogging about sewing instead of camping, because we did go camping and it was not a disaster! Yeah! The curse has been broken! I’ll put up photos later, but right now I’m going to share some of the sweet baby crafting I’ve been doing. This fall seems to be a very busy time for babies among my friends and cousins. I’ve been churning out cute little bibs left and right and have finished a couple little projects in too much haste to photograph them, but I did manage to snap these before they were out the door. This is a flannel-lined cotton jacket and booties based on patterns in the One Yard Wonders book. I’ve blogged about patterns from this book before; it’s so great. It’s become my go-to for quick and cute gift ideas. This jacket came together really quickly and could easily be made in fabrics for a boy or a girl. It’s not grouped with the booties in the book but I thought they made natural companions for a gift. These are for the baby girl expected by one of my cousins.
This little diaper kit was inspired by a Pinterest pin. I have always kept little drawstring bags with diaper change supplies tucked in various spots I might need them, and have even given new mothers drawstring bags before with a suggestion to use them as such, but I had not thought of packaging them as “kit” to make a gift. I bought a pack of newborn diapers (and am now, creepily, being sent baby coupons by Target), some individual wipes packs, a box of disposable changing pads and some individually-wrapped hand-sanitizing wipes. To make up the kits I just stick one or two of each item in a handmade drawstring bag and stick on a little printed label. I’ve now used these bags as add-ons to several baby gifts recently. I feel like they’d make a particularly nice gift to a second-time mother who may be over the hassle of a big diaper bag but who still needs to have all the diaper-change goods at the ready.
I knitted (knooked) a coffee cozy to keep in my purse so I don’t have to feel guilty when the baristas at my frequent coffee spot act like they aren’t really supposed to be giving out paper sleeves anymore. What’s up with that anyway? But now that I’ve got my sweet woolen one I’d never go back. The coffee heats up the wool and it feels so cozy and nice in my hands; it definitely enhances an afternoon coffee-on-the-run experience. I used this pattern and wool left over from my Bonita hat. I followed the pattern and had the correct gauge but I think I could have gotten away with skipping the last set of rows. I usually order smalls and this fits mediums or larges a bit better. This is one of those frivolous projects that you don’t really need but can really make you feel pampered when you use it. It would make a great gift for someone, especially paired with a special bag of coffee beans or a reusable mug. Every time I’ve pulled it out and slipped it over my coffee someone has smiled at it or told me how pretty it is. Why not have nice little things that elevate small moments in a typical day?
I don’t even know how many times I’ve made this pattern but I continue to love it. These booties are my go-to baby gift. I don’t usually photograph them but I felt like it had been a while since I’ve blogged about them. (They’ve probably appeared here a few times since Worth wore a pair home from the hospital–I’ve even made them bigger and felted them.) Sometimes I change the look of the booties a bit by crocheting in the backs of rows the pattern says to crochet into the front of, and sometimes I do the ankle bands differently. I think doing a nice high ankle with some ribbing helps them stay on. I usually embellish them with buttons or bows or something to make them unique. They really help little baby socks stay on. This pair is for a friend whose baby is due any day now. Homemade baby gifts are so nice for being able to take a little time to think about the new little person who will wear them. I hope the wee girl getting these little booties feels snug in her community of family and friends as well as her warm feet.
I can’t seem to get one great photo of this wolf hat so I’m trying to make up for it in quantity. Worth is so fond of the hat that for a couple days he even wore it at breakfast. (Aside: Every time I see Worth in this hat inside the house I have to think: “The night that Worth wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another…”) I got inspired by this hat in Crochet Today but decided I liked the shape of this knitted one a bit better. For some reason I was never able to just sit and work on this project for a long stretch so it seemed to take forever in starts and stops for me to actually finish it (and I knitted one row that should have been purled–don’t look too close). I went back to the original crocheted pattern to make the ears but then the hat looked so cute and Worth was already so fond of it that I just stopped. I can’t remember exactly which yarn I used but I think it was a bulky washable merino from Knitpicks. It’s very soft and warm and should fit him next year too–good, since winter seems to have exited early and I finished the hat rather late.