Dale & Dolly – Baby’s Needs

Baby needs

“Dale and Dolly” is the collaborative work of The Bookworm and I. After I sketch out my idea in goofy little stick figures and scrawled lines of dialog, I hand it over to my thirteen year old daughter who works her magic. Her attention to detail and sense of humor make this comic strip what it is and I give her all the credit for this amazing series.  

Knitting for Someone Else’s Baby

In a swap on Ravelry, I was roped into knitting a baby sweater (not that it took much arm twisting. Everyone knows me enough to guess that I jumped at the chance!). I am very pleased with the results.

IMGP9825Beyond Puerperium, size newborn; knit up in Madelinetosh Vintage, Sequoia with wooden buttons from my little button stash

Ravelry page here

IMGP9827I have knit this pattern several times now, in different sizes and in different gauges. I even used it as a base for the rainbow gown that I made for The Blessing. It is an excellent pattern, well written, logical, and worth every penny.

IMGP9832I was also very happy with the way that I packaged it up to send it off. I sent the yarn tag so the recipient would know how to care for the sweater and I wrapped enough extra yarn around it for future repairs if needed. Then I sewed an extra button on the tag, just in case. It looked really great – a package I would love to receive myself.

Knitting for babies is so fun – even babies I don’t know.

Baby Girl Knitting

While I am perfectly happy not finding out the baby’s gender until the moment I push it out, it sure is fun when my friends find out what they are having! Girlie knitting is so much fun, so when my knitting buddy found out she was having another daughter, I was very excited (in a purely selfish, now-I-can-knit-something-gender-specific kind of way). And I knew what yarn I would use, too.

Mosaic Moon BFL/Silk top always comes in a super fluffy braid of yummy fiber goodness, and this braid, dyed in the Colibri colorway, was no exception –

IMGP8353_medium2I spun it up right when it came in the mail and n-plied it to keep the colors pure. Then it sat in the stash, waiting for the perfect project. Ravelry stash page here.

IMGP8437_medium2The perfect project ended up being something straight out of my head, a onesie with frills and a balloony butt. Ravelry project page here. (I pretty much wrote out every step, so if you wanted to, you could make one, too.)

IMGP9332_mediumIt is always so much fun to see how my handspun knits up, and this was no exception. I am very pleased and proud of how even this yarn turned out and pleasantly surprised by the way it striped up.

This was a very hard thing to give away, but there are few as deserving as the recipient. I am so excited to see her little baby girl wearing it in just a couple more months!




A Baby Hat Remix

You may remember this hat.

This is the Stella Pixie Hat. I have knit this hat three times – one for the Munchkin and one for each of my cousin’s twins. It is an easy knit and adorable hat. Everyone ooohs and ahhhs.

Recently a friend of mine asked for help. She has several pregnant friends and needs to kick out a bunch of baby gifts. Enter this hat. It works for both genders, is simple enough for a beginning knitter, and is small enough to finish in time for the baby shower. Except that it is written for fingering weight. I decided that if I rewrote it for worsted weight it would be much easier for my newly knitting friend to complete.

At the same time, I needed a baby knit myself. Well, not for myself, but I needed a quick baby gift for a friend whose pregnancy went by way too quickly for me. You see, about nine months ago, a bunch of my friends in bloggy-land announced their pregnancies. I immediately promised hand knits to each of them. Easy, right? A few little baby things with nine months to complete them in? The problem is that these are not friends that I see every week or even every month. I didn’t see their growing bellies and therefore the time got away from me. Nine months just flies by when you are not the one carrying the baby. So, new babies were popping up all over the place and I had knit nary a stitch for them.

By the time my friend approached me for help with her gift knitting, I was almost all caught up. Just one more. A darling baby girl born to a friend on the other side of the country in late December. So, I sat down one day, figured out the rewrite for the pattern and knit the prototype – a darling Stella Pixie hat in Malabrigo Worsted, Velvet Grapes.

But I didn’t take pictures.

Before you get upset, I will say in my defense that without a little newborn head to model it, it really wasn’t anything worth photographing.

Besides, V needed a new hat and I was getting really good at sizing these things, so I knit one for her. A little bigger, but still the same darling hat in the same softie yarn, modeled on the most beautiful baby girl you will find anywhere. 🙂

Stella Pixie Hat in Malabrigo Worsted Velvet Grapes (Raveled here)

Ruffle Bum

I have been promising my cousin that I would knit her a soaker for for her girlie since Februaury.
Well, I finally got it done.

That is the front.

The best part is in the back.

Cute, huh? I don’t have it on a baby because my baby is way to small for this puppy. I had so much fun with this soaker.

Three things about this knit:

1. The pattern is from the Sheepy Skirt Collection, but the ruffles are my own creativity at work. I had to figure out where to start and end the ruffle rows, and next time I will make them shorter. But, I did get them centered perfectly, so I am happy.

2. This is made with the same Madelintosh Tosh Merino that I made V’s most recent soakers with. While her soakers have faded in color, they have also felted just enough to make them totally awesome diaper covers while still retaining their softness and beauty, making this yarn my favorite soaker yarn to date. Too bad it is so costly… and I am a little bummed about the fading, but light pink is just as pretty as dark pink, so it’s all good.

3. I hope it fits. After knitting teeny, tiny, newborn sized soakers, this larger size (for an almost one year old) looks enormous! I am glad I finally got this done because if I waited much longer I would have been knitting toddler size longies instead!