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

FO: Presents for Baby Hardaway

I have finished some presents that I was making for the Baby Hardaway.  I dropped off the package to be sent to her expecting parents and now I just have to wait until the precious bundle of joy arrives to use the cute gifts.

Origami booties for tiny feet

Little hat for a litte head

Flower Pacifier Clip

Flower Pacifier Clip

Tiny Owl Rattle for tiny hands

Tiny Owl Rattle for tiny hands

FO: Baby Gifts Galore

Besides working on the super secret elopement, I have been knitting away at baby things to gift.

A sailboat pacifier clip, a pair of cute blue booties, and my favorite blue blanket were gifted to Z’s former boss and his wife.

The set was almost too cute to gift.

A cupcake pacifier clip, the Xs and Os pacifier clip, and a matching blanket were finished up to be a baby present for a friend to give to her former coworker.

One of my favorite pacifier clips ever!

The variegated yarn matches the cupcake pacifier clip.

FO: Hugs and Kisses Pacifier Clip

I finally finished one of my many projects this summer.

Xs and Os for some little bundle of joy

The Xs and Os are made from the Teeny Tiny Mochi Mochi book written by Anna Hrachovec .  After each individual X and O was made, they were sewn together.  The pacifier attachments were also knitted separately and then sewn to the final piece.

No one can beat this love

Ravelry Project Page

Yarn: Unknown stash yarn

Needles: Size 3 dpns

FO: Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh!

My latest knitting projects all were baby gifts.  A cute little baby blanket and two animal pacifier clips.

Elephant without his green pacifier clip

Both the elephant and the lion are made from the Teeny Tiny Mochi Mochi book written by Anna Hrachovec .  Her tiny knits are so amazing.

Teeny Tiny Lion Pacifier Clip

The baby blanket is the Tweed Baby Blanketfrom Brooklyn Tweed (designed by Jared Flood). ¬†It’s one of my most favorite baby blankets to knit because it always looks amazing no matter the color choice.

Baby Blanket [Without blocking]

FO: Commissioned Knitting

About a month ago, my friend, @AR_Hooligan , asked me to knit some items for his best friend’s first child.¬† He wanted geeky and girly all rolled into one.¬† After some discussion, we settled on a Princess Leia hat, a Wizard of Oz themed Pacifier Clip (using this tiny monkey pattern, the wings from an angel, and this cord design), and a Flower Pacifier Clip (using Susan Anderson’s flower design and this cord design).

Ta-da!  They were finished a few weeks ago, but I have been able to blog about them until today.  Forgive the bad iPhone pictures.

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My favorite part is that the flying monkey pacifier clip has a green button which symbolizes the Emerald City.

FO: Presents for Presley & Kynley

I have finally finished all of the wonderful presents that I had planned to make for baby Presley and baby Kynley.  I dropped off the packages to be sent to their expecting parents and now I just have to wait until the precious babies get to use the items.

In the meantime, everyone can look at the wonderful gifts for these two amazing girls and try to guess which goes to what little girl.

FO stands for Finished Object.

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Presents for Baby Ellie

These were made for a friend’s second baby girl. They are a little late with delivery … but since Ellie isn’t here yet, I may be ok for the moment.

Baby Headband

Rose Headband (forgive the lighting)

This was made by using the Blooming Rose pattern and sewing the finished produce to a brown headband from Hobby Lobby.

Squirrelly Swaddling Blanket

I believe the fixation with squirrels is due the fact that my friends were members of a sorority whose mascot was a squirrel.¬† I’m not sure what sorority … and I was never part of a sorority so I have no clue about the reality of this belief.

One large blanket with squirrels

After my custom test swatch of fabric came in, I ordered 2 yards of this fabric and 2 yards of my custom designed fabric.  Due to the unforseen circumstances, the custom fabric will be hidden until my friend gets pregnant again.

However, I can give glowing (unsolicited and uncompensated) recommendations for Spoonflower.  Both fabrics look amazing and have bright colors.  There was some moderate fading from washing this fabric before I used it, but not enough fading to make me unhappy with the fabric. The lines were still very sharp and the colors still seemed to pop off the fabric.  I will definitely use the service again.

This is based on the Swaddling Blanket from The Purl Bee.

Acorn and Flower Pacifier Clips

Knitted Acorn Pacifier Clip

A Knitted Flower for Ellie

These are made using a few different patterns.¬† The green piece on both clips is made using the technique from the Ladybug Paci Clip.¬† I’ve tried a few other methods, but I like this one the best due to the button and attachment method.¬† The acorn is made based upon this acorn pattern while the flower is from Susan Anderson’s flower paci clip.

Baby Hat

Baby Hat

This hat is based on a pattern that I got off the Internet when I started knitting years ago.¬† I haven’t been able to find the original pattern and I have had a few people ask me how to make this.¬† I’m not sure who the designer was or even where I found the pattern … but this is the pattern as I have it printed. ¬†I actually altered the pattern ¬†for a modified beanie for babies.

Unaltered Pattern

Baby Hat Pattern (From Unknown Source)

Materials Needed:

  • An 8 ply yarn (worsted weight) yarn (original pattern used 1 25 gram ball of Cleckheaton … but I’ve never found or used this yarn)
  • Size 3 and Size 6 knitting needles (straight)
  • Optional: 16 inches of 4mm wide satin ribbon

Gauge Required: 22.5 sts to 4 inches, 30 rows to 4 inches

Pattern Instructions:

  1. Using size 3 needles, cast on 57 stitches.
  2. Row 1 and 3: K1, *P1, K1, rep from * across.
  3. Row 2 and 4: P1, *K1, P1, rep from * across
  4. Change to size 6 needles and knit across the next row, increasing 3 stitches evenly spaced for a total of 60 stitches.
  5. Purl the next row.
  6. [Optional] To make an Eyelet Row (RS): K1, *K2tog, yarn forward (under the needle).  Rep from * across, ending with a K1.
  7. Beginning with a purl row, work in st st until 3.25 inches.  Decrease 4 stitches evenly spaced across the last WS row for a total of 56 stitches.
  8. To shape the crown, follow these instructions:
    1. Row 1 (RS): *K5, K2tog. Rep from * across.
    2. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl
    3. Row 3: *K4, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    4. Row 5: *K3, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    5. Row 7: *K2, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    6. Row 9: *K1, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    7. Row 11: K2tog across the row
    8. Row 12: Purl
  9. Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches.  Draw the stitches securely close.  Sew back seam.  Thread ribbon through the eyelet row, tying a bow in the center front.
  10. To make for a preemie, work until the length is 1.6 inches before starting the crown shaping.

There is a mistake in the pattern somewhere in the shaping section, but it only relates to the number of stitches that are left at the end of each row.  I have omitted the stitches totals at the end of the rows due to this error. My advice is to stay as true to the shaping instructions as you can.