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FO: Camden Hoodie and Peerie Booties

My close knitting friend Lauren is expecting a baby any day (minute?!) now!  I had been planning on making stuff for the baby and I thought I had so much time.  But man, does time fly sometimes!  In any case, I was able to finish up the main item I had planned.  (I also thought I was going to have time to make a sewn blanket.  What was I thinking?!)  When I bought the yarn we didn’t know the gender of the baby, so I went with a non-gender specific color.  Though I’m not all that interested in sticking to color stereotypes, etc.

What I ended up with was the Camden Hoodie in green and white:

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Camden Hoodie by Kristen Fanning

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Sport in Everglade Heather and White (3 balls green and 2 balls white)

Needles: 3.5mm (4US) for the garter body and 3.0mm (2 1/2US) for the cable edging.

Start Date: March 15, 2014

Finish Date: April 6, 2014

Yes, almost a whole month for this little sweater!  I don’t know how it almost took me as long as an adult sweater!  Though I kind of do.  I didn’t spend as much time on knitting that month, plus striped garter stitch sleeves in the round.  Yuck.

I made the 6-12 month size.  It looks fairly big, but I don’t really know baby sizes.  I didn’t make any modifications except maybe I made it a little longer to end with the proper striping.  I had to go down 2 needle sizes for the cabled edging.  Even then I felt it flared out a little more than I would have liked. It blocked out fairly straight though.

I had a few minor hiccups with it, but nothing too bad.  I noticed that my gauge seemed to change from one sleeve to another.  One feels much denser than the other one!  And it’s pretty tricky grafting the ends of the cable edging together, but I fudged it the best I could.  In the ball the Everglade heather color is very dynamic.  Pairing it with the pure white kind of tones down its brilliance, but oh well.

I had at least half a ball of yarn left over of each color, so I made some matching booties.

My Rav page for them here.

Pattern: Peerie Weerie Booties by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Needles: 3.25mm (3US)

Start Date: April 4, 2014

Finish Date: April 5, 2014

These were made while the hoodie was blocking.  I thought they would be larger than the newborn size in the pattern because I used sport weight yarn.  But they still seem pretty small to me.  I didn’t have time to block them though, so probably they will bloom a bit.  Of course now I am looking at the pattern page and realizing that the pattern called for sport weight and not fingering weight anyway…

I love the three color version in the pattern, but I wanted these to match the hoodie.  Plus there are considerably less ends to weave in with just two continuous colors!  Of course now these will have to be worn immediately and the hoodie won’t fit for another six months!  I should probably stop mentioning all the ways that I am disappointed in these projects since Lauren reads the blog!

It is pretty satisfying to knit baby stuff.  So cute!  So fast! (Well, sometimes.)  And I can’t wait to meet the new baby girl!

I just finished a little stack of other baby knits for another friend.  Do you guys have any go-to baby items?  I can’t stop queuing baby patterns!


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Chicken or the egg

Jill P.:

I had another baby event a couple of weekends ago.  My former co-worker Khai’s baby was turning 1!  This is the baby that I had previously made the Yoda Baby Hat for.  He was having a birthday party for her at his yogurt shop.  It’s the TuttiFrutti in Marina del Rey/Culver City, yum!  I decided that I had to make her a birthday present, but I only gave myself a week of lead time. 

I decided to use the Which Came First? pattern by Anna Hrachovec.  I think it turned out super cute!  It looks almost identical to all the other projects though.  I didn’t really give it any individual style.

Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Creme, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Buttercup, and some misc. orange yarn from Melissa.

Here it is, starting to crack in it’s flax nest:

My swan costume decided to check in on it as it starts to hatch:

And now it’s a little chick!:

I made no modifications to the pattern.  I hand-felted the pieces in the sink.  Because the Lamb’s Pride is so much thicker than the WotA, it didn’t felt quite as much and was slightly larger.  The way the pattern is reversible, the difference in size didn’t matter.  I put polyfil in between the two layers as directed, but maybe put just a little less because the egg has more volume to go inside the chicken.  I always get excited to knit toys, but then get frustrated by the sewing. 

Here are all my felted pieces before assembly:

They didn’t open presents at the party so I don’t know what the parents thought about my gift.  I hope they liked it!

My new coworker started last week.  I was nervous about having a new person sharing my workspace, 40 hours a week, but we are getting along great.  I even ventured out on a weekday night to see his band perform!  And you know how much I love animals in clothes.  His wife’s company, Ruby & Bee, makes the cutest dog clothes!  This work partnership was meant to be. =)

Halloween is coming up sooner than you think, and I really need to start working on costumes for my cats.  I’ve been debating doing a religious theme and having Paquito be a rabbi, and Olivia being a nun.  But then I don’t know what my costume would be.  Any good ideas?

Jill B.


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More baby stuff!

Hey Jill P:

I had to put aside my regular knitting once again to make baby/kid stuff.  My good friends Jeff and Morgan are having their first baby!  I have known Jeff since middle school, and Morgan was one of my college roommates, although I am not responsible for them getting together.  So this is a very important baby.  Oh, at some time I blogged about going to their Hut wedding on Mt. Hood, but maybe that was on my old blog.  Anyway, I had a bunch of ideas for presents, but didn’t move on any of them.  Of course, a week ago or so, I emailed Jeff to find out the sex of the baby and realized that the baby was due in two weeks!  I had to get moving!

Here’s what I decided on:

Yeah, not a very impressive display.  But here’s what it looks like hanging up!:

Pattern: Flock by Meg Bakewell in Knitty, Spring 2009.

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Lamb’s Pride Worsted.  I used leftovers from my Mosaic Yoke Jacket and my Road to Golden.

I used size 4 needles for everything.  Since I used leftover yarn my only cost was less than $1.50 for dowels.  Of course it took $8 to ship it…

I had loved this when I first saw it, but didn’t even think about making it until a week ago.  I was on such a time schedule that it did start to feel like a bit of a chore.  But I can’t believe I finished it in a week!  I did have to sit at the court house yesterday for about four hours while contesting a traffic ticket.  I did all my I-cord branches and some of my leaves there.  Oh, and I lost my case and got a parking ticket while there.  Bummer.

I had to make a few substitutions on color when I ran out of dark green and when I didn’t want to use the branch color in the birds.  The pattern was very well-written.  Very precise.  The only thing I changed, was to continue the same shaping in the head that I did in the body.  I like having ssks and k2togs to shape the head instead of doing all k2togs, like in a hat.  But that’s it.  I also made the shortest version of the mobile.

Here’s some more shots of it.

I hope they like it!

On a random note, here was the view from the front of my work the other day:

That’s a cell phone picture, so not great.  The Church of Scientology owns that workshop/space and are always doing weird work in there.  I think they were fixing up Ron L. Hubbard’s car in there once.  They are moving what looks to be a zero-gravity simulator/gyroscope onto this truck.  Later in the day when I walked by, they were moving some control panels.  One said Gravitron and the other said Motion Control.  Weird.  Don’t tell me they’re not building a space ship.  Maybe they’re just working on carnival rides for a company picnic or something. =)

I’ll probably have our usual Monday night SnB at my apartment next time.  Let me know if you want to come!

Jill B.


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