More of my friends are having little bundles of joy this year. More baby knitting is on the horizon and this is just the start.
One pink baby ear flap hat
Ending with a simple tassel
I enjoyed knitting this hat. The design is beautiful and results in ear flaps without joining lines. The short rows reminded me of turning the heel for knitted sock patterns and were not overly complicated. The ending tassel was a simple embellishment to an adorable hat. I will definitely be making more of these – Maybe one for myself.
Adorable hat with matching booties
Ravelry Project Page: Pink Earflap Hat
Pattern: Garter Ear Flap Hat by Laura from Purl Bee (Booties – Chaussons mignons)
Needles: Size 7 and 8 dpns
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine
Around mid to late January, my friend, @AR_Hooligan, announced that he was diagnosed with colon cancer. This friend introduced me to my husband many, many years ago. There are no words to describe how important he has been in my life or how much his friendship means to me.
My first thought was to start planning things and gifts to keep him smiling and laughing as much as possible in the coming months. This will probably only be the start of things for him.
Modeling the hat so elegantly
In all its knitted glory
Inside of the Hat
Lime green, blue, and brown
Ravelry Project Page: B’s Chemo Hat
Pattern: Biker Hat from Knit One, Embellish Too: Hats, Mittens, and Scarves with a Twist by Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Needles: Size 7 dpn
Yarn: Berroco Comfort Solid in Aegean Sea, Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Brown, and Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Lime
I’m from the South – the part of the South that makes crazy large Homecoming mum and makes birth/baby wreaths. Yes, this is a real thing.
Birth or baby wreaths are traditional hung on the hospital delivery door after the baby is born with a plaque or card with the baby’s vital information. Some new parents transfer the wreath to the front door of their homes to announce that the baby has arrived to the neighborhood. My mom has made these creative wreaths for her friends’ delivery doors since I was a barely old enough to ask why. Usually, she would give the wreath to the couple at the hospital.
When my friend announced that she was pregnant, I decided to continue this very Southern tradition in a slightly more modern way – with a wrapped ribbon wreath.
- 1 12 inch straw wreath
- 2 rolls of 1.5 inch wide solid ribbon (approximately 16 yards)
- 6 to 8 inch section of 5/8 inch wide patterned ribbon
- 1 medium-sized wooden letter
- Hot glue gun with hot glue
- Yarn (I did not measure the amount of yardage I used, but I would suggest making sure that you have more than you think you need.)
- Wrap the widest ribbon around the wreath and the secure the ends with hot glue. I was able to wrap the ribbon around the wreath without cutting any of the ribbon.
A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath
- Tightly wrap the yarn around the wooden letter. This can be difficult – Just wrap as tightly as you can covering as much of the letter as you can. If you have difficulty wrapping around a curve or an angle, try wrapping the yarn from a different direction and meeting up with your yarn at the present location.
Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.
- Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
- Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
- Hot glue to the ribbon to the wreath at the appropriate area. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min. Let sit overnight to complete dry.
Now to dry …
- Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.
In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend. Decorations were my main job for the shower. These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.
Sewn streamers by my dear friends J. Erwin and Chuck
Sweet Baby garland and cookie strands
Pennant garland is always needed for a party
Sweet Baby garland
Mom and Dad to be pins
Customized favor milk cartons
Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.
A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations. A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.
During the coldest parts of the winter (and honestly, during the warm days of summer), I crave the warmth of hand-knitted wool socks. Nothing beats the warmth and love your feet feel upon slipping into a pair while cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa.
Rhythm Week Socks
I’ve heard people complain about hand-knitted socks ranging from hatred to disgust with one of my favorite garments. Honestly, I think that these people may not have worn a properly knitted pair of socks.
Yes, the inside of most knitted socks has a bumpy, garter stitch pattern. However, the softer the yarn, the softer the bumps. Yes, hand-knitted socks can be thick, but if they are knitted tightly enough, they can be worn with any shoe.
Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels
Yes, hand-knitted socks can have a tendency to fall down, but elastic can be woven into the band if you desire socks that stay up without fail. The band can also be knitted with a smaller needle for a tighter fit.
Knitting socks properly could be called an art. I haven’t mastered the art, but with each sock that I knit, I understand a bit more and feel a bit warmer.
My latest sock art creation was supposed to take a weekend. It took one full week. However, they are warm and soft. I can’t wait to slip my feet into them tonight and sip hot cocoa.
Warm, warm socks
My Ravelry Project Page: Rhythm Week Socks
Yarn: Jojoland Rhythm
Needles: Size 4 dpns
Pattern: Weekend Socks
What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?
Blanket, Newborn hat, and two pairs of booties
Baby Bonnet to grow into
Admiring the baby gifts
I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.
Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.
My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel
Needles: An assortment of sizes
Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed - Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby Hat, Estelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons
May your holidays be merry and bright!
Our Christmas tree
Kiss Ornament won at White Elephant
Shiya and WG stalking the Christmas tree
Happy Holidays from us!
Our first Christmas tradition – A magnetic advent calendar
For the first time in years, I didn’t take a photo of our Christmas cards. We only sent out a limited number of cards this year – so if you didn’t receive one, let this be your Christmas card from us.