FO: Bundles for Baby C

More baby knitting … But these precious items are for a friend whom I have known since fifth grade and who is expecting her first child. The colors and chevrons were chosen as a surprise to match her bedding.

My Ravelry Project Pages: HBC Hat and Booties, HBC Fancy Booties, and Baby HBC’s Chevron Blanket

Patterns: Saartje’s Booties, Chevron Baby Blanket, Chaussons mignons, headband based on Baby Headband, Owl: Two Ways, and my basic hat

Needles: Size 8, 6, 3, and 2 in straight needles

Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates Solids in Soft Grey, Bernat Softee Baby Solids in White, and Berroco Vintage in Gingham

Notions:  blue and purple felt flowers, white felt and black felt (for owl’s eyes), Shibui Sock Yarn in Orange, and 4 buttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting: Mother’s Day Cards

Happy Mother’s Day!! For Mother’s Day, we decided to make cards that weren’t your average store-bought cards – which is great because we tend to disagree about what type of card to get (sappy v. silly). When I found this spinner card, I knew immediately that we could agree on crafting this card.

Crafting Cards - Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

Crafting Cards – Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards

However, I should really avoid crafting around this time of the year. With a ton of birthdays, Z in the middle of finals, and our seasonal allergies, my crafting took on an appearance that I can only imagine resembles the crafting of a mother who just realized that her child’s holiday party was two days away. It wasn’t pretty and there may have been pouting.

Finished card with envelope

Finished card with envelope

The directions for the project are on the free printable from Farouche Shop. My two variations were using paper fasteners (instead of brads) and larger envelopes ( 6″ x 9″). Despite the frustrations while crafting, I love these cards and I hope that the recipients love them as much as we do.

 

 

FO: Big Sister Medal

After finishing the pink earflap hat and booties set, I realized that they would be a perfect fit for a couple that is expecting their second little girl. I started to knit up a cute rattle when I remembered what it was like for me when I became a big sister. When you become a big sister at around three or four years old, it’s like you have lost your audience. All the cute things that you do become eclipsed by the new baby and the cute things that the new baby does. That’s when I decided that being a new big sister deserves a medal.

Finished and big sister friendly

Finished and big sister friendly

I’m not too proficient in children’s cartoons these days, but I hear that one of the children’s cartoon characters has a badge/medal and this particular little girl is happy that she can be like that character.

My Ravelry Project Page: Big Sister Medal

Pattern: Military Medal Deux

Needles: Size 2 in dpns and straight needles

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpacas Silk in White, Caron Simply Soft Solids in Plum Wine, Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue, and random scrap yarn

Notions: Sticker with ribbon and pin clasp

FO: Easter Eggs for V

After Baby V was born, I decided that she needed some Easter eggs although she would only be two months when Easter came around.  Thank goodness for Purl Bee’s Easter Egg Ornaments pattern!  Within a few hours, I had a rattle Easter egg and two Easter maracas eggs that were just perfect for developing new skills.

Three Easter eggs

Three Easter eggs

A tiny Easter basket for a tiny lady

A tiny Easter basket for a tiny lady

My Ravelry Project Page:  V’s 1st Easter Eggs

Needle Size: 3 dpns

Yarn: Red Heart Heart & Sole in Berry Bliss, Regia Design Line Ombre Stripes in Blue-Purple, and Shibui Knits Sock in Roppongi

Faux Hydrangea Wreath

Before it was official Spring, I was craving some Spring themed wreath for our door.  The problem was that I wanted nothing Spring holiday specific (like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or Earth Day themed).  After searching the Internet, I found a DIY for a Faux Hydrangea Wreath that was absolutely adorable.

My faux hydrangea wreath

My faux hydrangea wreath

My wreath is a little different from the wreath in the DIY tutorial.  I choose a smaller 12 inch wreath and used 8 hydrangea flowers.  I also used the leaves from the stems to edge the wreath.

Side view showing the leaves

Side view showing the leaves

I hate grapevine wreaths. I can never seem to extract one wreath from another wreath.  The grapevine wreath always seem to be get stuck in my clothing or hair. So, I choose a straw wreath.  Using a straw wreath made it a little more difficult to push the hydrangea stems through and meant that I cut my stems about one inch shorter than the original DIY.  However, I really love the look and it’s something that can stay up into June.

 

 

FO: Pink Baby Earflap Hat

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 earflap hat

One pink baby ear flap hat

Ending with a simple tassel

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

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

FO: B’s Chemo Hat

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.

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