Friday, April 25, 2008

Kids' Stuff: FOs

Recent FO's for two friends' babies (sorry for the lousy shots- the sun was on it's way out for the night).

Top picture:
-Crocheted baby hat with tassel, my own pattern
-Knitted Baby Kimono (I) pattern by Cristina Shiffman, in the Mason Dixon Knitting book

Bottom two pictures:
-Knitted cotton baby hat, my own pattern
-Knitted Baby Kimono (II)

Thoughts on the Baby Kimono follow...

Pattern: Knitted Baby Kimono pattern by Cristina Shiffman, in the Mason Dixon Knitting book

-for Baby Kimono I: Knit Picks Swish Superwash worsted weight in baby blue and ... forgot! Some reddish-orange denim yarn bought at Webs- it's very soft
-for Baby Kimono II: Sugar'n Cream cotton worsted in natural unbleached and Lion Brand Nature's Choice organic cotton heavy worsted in Walnut

Needles: Size 8 Addi Turbo circulars

Other: Crochet hook, size H


-Pattern: This pattern is a super fun, easy and quick knit! I love that the pattern doesn't follow a very conventional construction- it helps keep things interesting. Of course, it's such a little knit that you're done soon after you cast on, so that helps too. I can see myself making more of these in the future, for other babes.

-Yarn: This pattern was designed with Sugar'n Cream in mind. I used it for my second version, and while I like the natural, raw-looking results, it isn't my favorite to knit with. It feels sticky and slows my rhythm down. The Nature's Choice organic is loooovely. So soft. Like a cloud. Adore it. It is very hard to knit tight with it, though, as it is also somewhat tacky-feeling on the needles. (I don't have much to complain about for this particular pattern, though, since I only used it to crochet on a tie.) As for the Swish, I think I've said before that this is an knitter-friendly yarn. I stand firm at that, though it does have a hint of that superwashy plastic finish to it.... The denim yarn I used for the ties (and for the matching crocheted hat) was so delightful to work with! Soft yet firm, and easy to work in a tight gauge. Wish I could remember the make of that stuff.... Anyone recall some closeout denim sold on Webs a few months back?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Hats for Sale!

Finally- my etsy store is up and running!

FO: B's 2nd Boy Hat

Just over 2 years ago, I finished a baby blanket for Jeremy's friend's new born baby boy. Now I'm putting the finishing touches on a jacket and hat for the same friend's second baby boy. Pictured above is the hat- the first piece of the set to be completed. I crocheted this little number yesterday afternoon, using a soft cotton denim yarn in kind of an orange-red blend. I topped it off with a tassel of baby blue merino, to match with the jacket (it is pictured underneath the hat in its unfinished state).

Happy Birthday, Lil MC!

My adorable nephew, Lil MC turned 1 year old this Saturday! I can't believe a year has passed already. Each time I visit him, I'm amazed at the new parts of his personality that have emerged. He is such a fun-loving, sweet, adventurous little man. I cannot wait to see what this next year holds for him.

Happy Birthday, baby!