FO: Lots of Baby Hats & A Knitting Needle Bracelet

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.

Knitting needle bracelets - beautiful and dangerous ;)

Knitting needle bracelets – beautiful and dangerous 😉

 

 

 

 

 

FO: Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli Baby Gifts

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.

 

Ravelry Project Pages: Calcifer Rattle, Totoro Baby Hat, and Kiki’s Delivery Bow Booties

Patterns: Top Down Bonnet with Anime Character for the totoro ears, My Basic Baby hat, Bows Before Bros, and Blue Flame Special

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

 

 

FO: Woodland Baby

These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.

 

Ravelry Project Pages: Baby Fox and Mushroom Rattle 2

Patterns: Woodland Fox Baby for  the foxy ears, My Basic Baby hat, Chaussons Mignons, and Toadstool Baby Rattle

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

DIY: Wrapped Ribbon Baby Wreath

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.

Baby Wreath

Baby Wreath

Materials

  • 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.)

Directions

  1. 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

    A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath

  2. 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.  Tigher is better.

    Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.

  3. Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  4. Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
  5. 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 ...

    Now to dry …

  6. Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.

Baby Shower: Milk and Cookies

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.

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.