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Auntie in progress

Hi all! It’s been a looooong time no see… Well here I am back, with a bunch of unblogged subjects. I find it most convenient to share my latest works, which would be baby items for a little boy who is due at the end of this month. I found it hard to choose a gift for him because I wanted it to be a knitted one, and since he’s going to be a summer baby, my options were limited. You see, the baby items I find the cutest are mostly made of bulky yarn, like these little booties I made earlier for someone else’s baby:
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Chaussons Mignons by Pruline

The summers are really warm and long here, especially the last few. Knitted tops, vests, jackets and such aren’t needed, not even if they are made from fingering weight cotton (and I am unwilling to knit with any lighter weight cotton). I have no time to make a little blanket, although that would be nice and I would love to do that. Maybe later.
After browsing patterns for months, and learning that newborns need hats even in summertime (as they are unable to maintain body temperature), I decided to make two hats accompanied by matching baby booties suitable for someone who just entered this world. But I liked Chaussons Mignons too much to let it go, so I reached for my calculator and modified the pattern in order to make some from fingering and heavy DK yarn. The result:

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I’m happy with what I got, but I must say that I still think the bulky one is cuter. Since it’s a very simple pattern, it wasn’t hard to make the modification. In fact, I spent more time thinking what color to go with. It’s so much easier to knit for baby girls! You can read the details on my projet pages, both for the Fingering weight and the Heavy DK weight Chaussons

For the hats I have chosen two wonderful patterns, the Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington and the Otis Baby Hat by Joy Boath

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I can sincerely recommend both. For the Swirl Hat I followed the instructions for the 4 – 12 month size, used slightly bigger needle and tried to keep my gauge relaxed (knowing that I’m a tight-knitter, especially when knitting with dpns). Ended up with a tiny newborn size 🙂 The pattern is amaizing, well written with very clear instructions and a perfect crown shaping. I’m very picky when it comes to decreases, but in this case I can only applaud the designer, the shaping is perfect and the pattern isn’t ruined either. The pattern is very easy to memorize and can be made in any size/with any yarn weight, by adjusting the number of stitches (it has to be multiple of 8). Great project for keeping yourself entertained while traveling or commuting.
For the Otis Baby Hat I can say pretty much the same; it’s beautiful and easy with perfect decreases. Once again I used a size larger needles, and the yarn (in my opinion) is at least heavy DK, if not worsted. Of course I got a newborn sized hat…

Let me show you the decreases on these hats, from different angle:

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You see why I am gushing about it?

The third hat I made (oh yes, there’s one more) is an improvisation that turned out well, it’s a basic blue cotton hat with a something little extra. It’s bigger than the other two and hopefully will fit the baby’s head during autumn.

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I hope that the parents and the baby will like my gift.

Cheers,
Mimi

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A few FOs, an unlikely new hobby & a surprise gift to show you

A friend of mine is due with a baby boy later this month, so I browsed Ravelry for patterns to get some inspiration (is it just me, or it’s really much harder to shower a baby boy?). I was looking for something practical that can be made in no time and most importantly that can be made from yarn already in my stash. There are some crazy cute baby stuffs, but either require more time to be made or are meant for girls. Still it was quite easy to find two free patterns (both gender neutral) that met all my requirements: Chaussons Mignons by Pruline and Shower’s in an hour baby hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/showers-in-an-hour-baby-hat)


I did everything as the pattern indicated. Used circa half skein of Phildar Rapido (100% acrylic, bulky), a yarn that is a good example for acrylic awesomeness.
The little shoes turned out cute, I’m just not sure it will fit the baby’s feet (on the other hand, I haven’t seen a lots of newborns yet…). However, since it’s such a fast knit and excellent for stash busting, decided to knit a bigger pair too.


Changes made to Chaussons Mignons:
Started with 8 sts and knit 24 rows, cast on 12 sts on both side, and knit 13 rows. The base is 5 cm x 8 cm, but can stretch out a lot, especially in length. Bind off needs to be stretchy.

Changes made to Shower’s in an hour baby hat:
I had somewhat wider gauge and added 4 sts, so the circumference is 34 cm. The first 4 rows are in garter stitch to be more stretchy. The hat measured 10 cm / 4 in in height before started the decreases:
R1: k5, k2tog, k6, k2tog x 3, k1 =40sts. Decreased on same place as previously every second row until I had only 10 sts left. K2tog five times. Pulled together those 5 sts.

The booty and the hat are made from a single skein of 100% acrylic bulky yarn (Alpina, Teteks, 1 skein = 100g/100m). I estimate it’s a 2 / 3 month old size, the baby will be able to wear them late October/November, so the bulky yarn should be a good choice.

Recently a fellow knitter/blogger wrote about learning to crochet: http://fridica.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/guess/ and made me think. I wasn’t interested in crochet because I find knitted garments prettier and way more practical. But after reading her post I made a mental pro/con list: I should learn to crochet because 1. it’s easy, 2. it’s faster than knitting, 3. I have tons of yarn I don’t know what to do with in my stash, mostly cotton, 4. I could use a cotton blanket with big holes during the summer, 5. knitting an entire blanket from cotton would be an endless nightmare; I shouldn’t learn to crochet because 1. I don’t like the thick fabric it creates, 2. I don’t plan to use it more projects. Finally I decided to give it a try, and made this little granny square following the instructions from a youtube video:

Conclusions:
1. I still don’t like the fabric but I can live with it,
2. it’s OK for a blanket / potholder / similar items,
3. it grows FAST

Unlike Fridica, who chose to make a complex and colorful blanket, I chose to continue my granny square (and avoid seaming) using only 3 colors. My goals are to have a blanket and to use up / reuse some yarn from my stash. The blue and the white yarns are 100 % cotton DK, the blue / white / black is 45% wool, 35% acrylic, 15% polyester, 5% rayon Worsted weight. Initially the blue was meant to be a blouse, but since it sat around sleeveless for years, the best thing I could do was to frog and reuse it. The white… It was meant to become a cabled poncho I was looking forward to wear so much. But after not touching that wip for more than a year I had to admit that it wont be finished. Still, it hurts to have to frog 😦

Here’s my progress on the blanket:

A friend of mine surprised me last week with this HUGE skein of handspun wool from Zlatibor:

My jaw dropped when I saw what a huge skein she bought me, just like that, to make me happy! I measured it since, it weights 360g and is bulky (7 wpi). I sure can make a vest of it. Do you have some advice for me, how to handle a handspun?

Cheers,
Mimi

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