Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hats for Small Heads

So, I took that Spunky handspun and made some baby hats. One for our baby and one for Jon and Kelly's baby (Nate's best friend, they're expecting a girl 2 weeks after us!).

Baby hats are so quick to knit, and cute too. I started a little baby dress too. More handspun, of course! All those single skeins of handspun in pretty colors, they have found their destination.

Baby Hat Recipe, Ultra-quick worsted-aran weight.

Handspun yarn, about 2 oz will easily make a hat

Size 8 DPNs

CO 56 stitches

Knit til' you have 5 inches of hat

Start decreasing

Decreases: 1st row, k6 k2tog til end of row
2nd row, k5 k2tog til end of row
3rd row, k4 k2tog til end of row
4th row, k3 k2tog til end of row
5th row, k2 k2tog til end of row
6th row, k1 k2tog til end of row
7th row, k2tog til end of row

Cut yarn, leaving 6 inch tail, thread tail through remaining 7 sts on needle, pull tight, and weave in ends!

Cuteness in 2 hrs or so.

Oh yeah, and more baby sockies too. This time with some handspun.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Oh, Baby!

You're a little girl! You're healthy so far, measuring right on, and moving around a lot. All the bits and bobs seem to be in the right places, and working well! We're very excited. Only 50% more of this pregnancy left!

The wonderful Bezzie sent you a little tee to wear, with a sheep on it. SO cute. Thank-you! I think she sells these kinds of things in her Etsy store if you're interested...

And I made some yarn to knit a little hat for you. Spunky Eclectic dyed this South African Fine Wool (sooooooo soft!) and the colors seemed perfect for a little girl to wear.

So little one, we look forward to meeting you this summer. Keep growing and be well in there, kick me often, and one day I'll tell you all about these things and how it was when we first found out.

Friday, March 07, 2008

What I'll be doing for the next month +

The Victoria Shawl, from Victorian Lace Today. I'm knitting it for my sister in law, Lisa, for her wedding in June. Started on Sunday 3/2/2008. Lets see how long this one takes to finish!

The center panel takes 25, 16-row repeats, and as of this morning I have finished 8.5 repeats. Then the edging which is knitted on as you go. Hmmm, wonder if I'll finish it by the first weekend of April...

Here's something I started, oh, back in December. The Bird in Hand Mittens by Kate Gilbert.

Started on the way to Michigan, knit in MI over Christmas, and not touched since. I really love the way they're turing out though, I should put these back in the rotation!

Last, a small FO, a tiny Ipod cozy. Knit in oh, a day or less, also in MI over Christmas.

Couldn't let that new music holder get all dinged up!

Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Baby Surprise Jacket

So! In addition to the little sockies that I finished last week, this Baby Surprise Jacket (Elizabeth Zimmerman, of course) came off the needles this weekend, and awaits a real live baby to wear it.

Even Nate loved how adorable this one turned out. I used roving I bought at Artisan Knitworks in Grosse Point and spun into a worsted weight 2-ply.

The buttons came from Kristen, some cute little plastic vintage ones in a bluey-teal.

No modifications, just knit as directed!

Now, I'm itching to cast on for something cute from the "Natural Knits for Babies and Moms" book, but instead I started a lace shawl for my sister in law's wedding. Lace, haven't knit that in a while!

I think I'll do a WIP post this week, and try and wrangle some into control.

And a spinning post. I have about 40 skeins of natural colored wools to show off, that sampler spinnig project is done!