Sunday, March 11, 2012

Knitting With My Eyes Closed--Again!

Younger Kid (who ain't all that young) was back to shop at the Baby Store of Mom (tm) last week. Seems his buddy (the Oakland Raiders fan) just became a papa for the second time.

There being no suitable gift in the stash (who knits in gray and black for a baby??) I cast on, knit, and cast off this little hat. Pattern (not that I needed one) is in Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. Yarn is well-aged Cervinia Cazetteria (black) and Elann Sock It To Me (gray).

Then I added the pink cardigan from a prior post because the baby's a girl, for lord's sake!

Anyone who has made one will recognize this immediately. Anyone who hasn't is scratching his/her head in total confusion over the very strange, manta ray-like shape, the mitered decreases, the M1 increases.

'Tis a mystery for sure!

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It's Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise.

Love, love, love this pattern (even though I frogged the back extension twice before I got it right--counting apparently isn't my strong suit).

Yarn is a mixture of odd balls of cotton. The MC (the light yellow) is Red Heart Cotton Soft ( a cotton/ack blend). The rest is at least 3 different types of mercerized cotton. Worsted weight. Size 7s. Buttoned, it's about 18" around at the underarm which some patterns call "12 month".Pattern available from School House Press and in EZ's books.

FWIW, once you have made one and impressed the family with the intriguing design, they are no longer impressed with subsequent offerings. Just saying.

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Thinking Pink

 New family baby on the way.

It's a girl.

And you know what that means.

Tiny Pink Things.

This one is for the Tiny Princes' Hypothetical Girl Cousin (due in May).

It's called Baby's Bamboo Singlet. The pattern can be found in Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant. I used Dale Babygarn washable wool.
 This one is called "Baby Boy Vest and Bow Tie" from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders also by Judith Durant.

Please note that 1) I did not make this in a "boy" color. I think pink suits it just fine! and 2) there is no bow tie. Seriously!

Yarn is Martha Stewart CraftsExtra Soft Wool Blend (Lion Brand) in Gerbera Daisy.

My opinion (for what it's worth) is that this is an overpriced craft yarn. I bought 3 balls at $7+ each because I wanted washable, wool blend, and pink.

There were multiple knots in the three balls.

The first two balls of above were knit into this cute sweater from the IK Holiday Knits 2010 magazine.

The sweater is Jubilee Cardigan and calls for short sleeves. You'll notice that I lengthened them to about 3/4 length, one I find better suited to babies (as did EZ) since babies of this size tend to suck on their hands and their sleeves if they are wrist length.

This one's a fair entry.

Those would be Numbers 6, 7, and 8! Wow!

And just to prove that Princelings wear the sweaters that Mammo makes!

I'm not sure who's happier--Tiny Prince Original, Tiny Prince Two/Too, or Mama!

Package arrived one afternoon, sweaters were on their way to school the next morning.

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