In the past year, I haven’t been able to post much due to a very hectic schedule. It’s strange how life will suddenly get so busy that it is dizzying thinking of the things to do and see. Despite the busy schedule, I have managed to knit a few little items here and there.
With lots of my friends and coworkers being either pregnant or having adorable little babies, it seems that I have been knitting baby items for awhile. Here are some of the little helm-protectors that I have finished lately:
Also … I’ve been drooling over knitting needle bracelets or bangles ever since I saw them on Etsy years ago. A few weeks ago, I managed to make one of my own. I used this online tutorial, but the temperature setting for the metal needles only worked well with the smaller gauge needles. This bracelet was a size 1 needle.
Some Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli baby knits happened. Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese film director who has created such gems as Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away.
These cute knits were made to pay homage to the fire demon, Calcifer, from Howl’s Moving Castle; Kiki’s big red hair bow in Kiki’s Delivery Service; and My Neighbor Totoro. Let me know what you think.
Needles: Size 1, 3, 5, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel; Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and I Love This Cotton! in Black
Notions: Red satin ribbon; Yellow, white, and black felt; black embroidery floss; needle and thread
These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.
Needles: Size 1, 3, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Cotton! in Buttercup, Black, and White; I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and Bernat Softee Baby in White
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.
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
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.
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
What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted 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.
Needles: An assortment of sizes
One of my dearest cousins is expecting a little baby boy early next year. This means that little baby stuff must be knitted.
The baby blanket was bought from Etsy seller JuteBaby. The base of the hat uses my basic knitted baby hat pattern, but the antlers and ears were knitted using the Woodland Stag Deer Baby Hat pattern. The warm booties were knitted using the Chaussons Mignons pattern.
Ravelry Project Page: Deer Me!
Needle Size: 3, 4, and 6 dpns
Some dear friends are expecting their first child and I decided that they needed a cute knitted hedgehog rattle.
Ravelry Project Page: Baby Hedgehog
Needle Size: 3 and 7
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk (white), Plymouth Earth Hillside Linen (gray), & Queensland Collection Bebe Cotsoy (lime)