Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Vestee for Silee

Oh, I love how this sweater turned out! It is a nice stretchy pattern, so thankfully, it will fit him for a while. The pattern, Vestee, is from the Spring 07 issue of After having Silas, this project, completed when he was maybe 2 months old or so, got me back in the knitting saddle as I perfected what I like to call the knit 'n' nurse. Alas, the knit 'n' nurse was short lived as now the baby has grown too active and interested in yarn. If he is absorbed in play (does happen but not for long stretches) or asleep (does happen, sometimes for long stretches), I jump to my needles/hook and get stitching! Time for crafting in precious now!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Liam's Little Green Blankie

This blanket almost ended in tears. After starting a pattern, which I absolutely loved, I realized it was taking me far too long to finish. I didn't think I'd ever finish before the recipient's birth. I am happy to report that as of today, the blankie is finished and is in the hands of the expectant parents! I decided to create a crocheted boarder around the knitted checkerboard pattern to speed things along. As anyone who both knits and crochets can tell you, crochet is about 1o bazillion times faster than knitting. It also allowed me to do a fun and creative boarder. Crochet saved the day!
The end result is still smaller than I originally intended, but I don't see that as a bad thing. I threw
it on top of my sleeping babe and realized it was the perfect size for a newborn. I decided to be happy with it the size that it ended up as, rather than order more yarn and continuing to add on. In fact, this would have killed the project at some point, as two of the edges are self ruffling, and the ruffles would have just gotten larger and more unruly had I continued to add rows.
But enough already. I am very happy with the result. Hope little Liam likes it too!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Blossom Baby Sweater

I made this sweater for two other babies before knitting it for my own. Such an easy pattern and the yarn is so beautiful and forgiving. You can barely see where I sewed the pieces together. Although you can't really tell from the pictures, it's just about the softest yarn ever, too!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Bunny Button Bunting

This is the bunting pattern from The Yarn Girls' Guide to Kid Knits, which I knit for the babe while I was pregnant. I believe I referred to this pattern during one of the last entries I made before temporarily abandoning this blog. So, as promised, long ago, here is the finished piece. You can see a few more shots of it on Planet Silas. Here's what I wrote about this project on Ravelry: Although the size on this says 0-6 months, and I have a fairly big baby, this always seemed big on him till recently. I must admit that this bunting never looked quite right to me after I made it--until I put it on Silas. He sold it for sure. One of the things I loved about the original pattern was the hole for the car seat buckle to go through. However, I didn't like the hole in the front of the pattern, so I created a pocket to cover it. Had I put Silas in this bunting when he was littler, this would have worked great in his infant car seat. However, we've had to move our tall child to a convertible seat with a different harness. This harness doesn't work with the new seat, so we missed our window for that. I've pictured him in his old seat, for demo purposes...