FO: Knitting from Holiday Season 2014 to Now

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.

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

FO: Kindness for Baby Karmen

I always meet people who share my name. This is what happens when your parents name you a popular name. I share my name with several good friends, a friend from law school, and one very lucky lady who is due to have her second little girl.

These are the little things that I made for Baby Karmen and my friend.

Bulky Baby Blanket (pattern from purlbee.com)

Bulky Baby Blanket (pattern from purlbee.com)

Tiny Flower Pacifier Clip

Tiny Flower Pacifier Clip

Little Sister Bloomers

Little Sister Bloomers

Purple Hedgehog Rattle (pattern from purlbee.com)

Purple Hedgehog Rattle

Purple booties

Purple booties