Well it’s winter and yes even though we live in California it is time for woolens and family time by the fire. So we were so happy when we received a gift by mail from our Compadres. Onawa received a beautiful sweater from Nina (Jenna) and she just adores it!
Owen received these cute grey knit gloves from Nino (Tristan) and I personally cannot get over just how precious these look on him. They will be perfect for riding his bike on cold, foggy days. Thank you so much Compadres for these beautifully hand-made gifts!
Owen also got the gift of warmth from his Nina. Gorgeous new gloves to keep his little hands warm while playing outside.
Well i’ve finally started on my Oatmeal Pullover. I’ve had this yarn for about a year (almost exactly) which means i’ve been peaking in the brown bag it came in for months, imagining how the skeins would look knit up. So it’s about time. I’m not exactly moving fast on this one, but it’s begun and it has a shape resembling a sweater, so it’s a start.
(Sunny was a big fan of these tags, chasing them as if they were his tail. So cute!!)
I can’t stop knitting these. Honestly. How cute are pixie hats and baby bonnets. After knitting a bunch of toques and then rosa hats and then cabled hats, I guess I was just in need of a new baby hat shape to work on. I had no idea I cared so much! April asked me to knit Onawa a pixie hat and obviously I was excited for a new project for our baby girl down in California. Knitting is my way of sending them a piece of us. I knew I would make it purple, because I wanted it to match the new doll that April made her ( and i’m hoping will blog for us! ) which is also wearing a purple pixie! I knew though, that I didn’t want to make the same pixie hat that everyone seems to make. Luckily, I remembered my sweet Tristan had bought me the book “Vintage knits for modern babies” for christmas!! By the way Tristan, spot on. So happily I whipped up a purple ‘vintage pixie cap’ and before you know it i’m making 4 more, and not long after that i’m making modern baby bonnets too. Why make one when you can knit a bunch?
Ravelry link for the pixies / Ravelry link for the bonnets
Sunny helped model them for me, until I had seen any real babies in them… like sweet Callum in his bonnet that we mailed him. Thanks Tim and Karen for sending me a picture of him! And Onawa for starting me on this trend!
Look at this knit covered beach bum, could there be anything cuter? I swiped these cell phone pics from April. The tunic she’s wearing is the Emma Tunic (fitting? Emma for Ema!) which I fell in love with the minute I discovered. The yarn I got at Knotty by Nature, my used-to-be local knitting store until they moved and broke my heart! Of course they are still local, just not AS local to me as they used to be. Anyhow I loved the gray and white yarn and bought a ton of skeins, using it for Onawa’s tunic and for Owen’s annual nina hat. The tunic turned out more shirt like than anything, so it could be knit a bit longer next time.. but at least it still fits? I died when I saw this photo of her on the beach, wearing the hat I made her in the fall too! The booties I believe are knit by her great grandma.
My tunic ravelry link here.
For Owen I tried the hurricane hat. I actually made this one twice. The first hat seemed huge and fit Tristan’s head perfectly, so I couldn’t imagine it would fit Owen’s. So I cut down the stitches and tried again. Well it turns out that the one I made him just about fits Onawa instead! Luckily I have the first hat still which I mailed down today. Now the kids can be matching? I have no idea if they will like that. I bet Onawa would though, she seems pretty in love with her big brother!! (From what I can see online anyways – a sad nina living so far away)
Hurricane Ravelry link here
Obviously, I love these babies. I love knitting for them and they are such a big part of why i’m such an avid knitter to start. I hope they can look back one day on their piles of nina hats and small dresses and know just how much they are loved. – Jenna
I first saw these booties on Soule Mama and soon after found the pattern on ravelry. I thought they would be the perfect knit for this new baby of ours. Every little newborn needs cozy warm feet and it was time for me to learn how to knit some booties! Since I had never before knitted booties I was feeling a bit nervous that I wouldn’t be able to pull this off. They looked pretty hard to knit since they were just so cute and not that simple looking. However, I did find them under the search “easy baby knits” at one point and told myself then and there that if I really put my mind to it I could knit anything. So my attitude going into this was to just go for it, not to hold back and not to be overly causous either because sometimes that is what causes me to stop and give up when it comes to a new pattern because I simply get overwhelmed thinking it is too hard and that I can’t do it, when really I never even give myself the change to really try in the first place.
I was so excited about making these little booties that I got started in quite the hurry. I stared into my basket of yarn and chose my favorite yarn, then my favorite needles, not paying any attention to following any sort of gauge. I soon discovered these booties would not be fitting my newborn baby any time soon but kept on knitting as I thought they would look equally adorable on my Kai. In plus I just couldn’t stop knitting these things. It became such an easy knit and I was having so much fun learning all sorts of new techniques I had never used before. Four hours later I had one complete bootie; well not counting the straps. The straps are actually very challenging. I ended up taking them in to my local knitting shop to get some help and even she said the pattern was quite confusing when it came to the straps.
Despite the challenge and frustration of finishing the straps I thoroughly enjoying making these booties and can’t wait to get started on my next pair. Which will hopefully fit a newborn! My due date is actually in two weeks now so not too sure if I will be able to complete them before this baby arrives but one day I will master newborn size booties, I will! As for now our little Kai has toasty feet and how adorable will it be for him to have matching booties with his little brother or sister!!
Finally, this blanket is done! It’s truly a bit embarrassing to admit how long ago this blanket was first cast on to the knitting needles but as easy as this blanket is, it certainly isn’t the fastest to knit. Unless you have oodles of time to simply sit and knit that is. I did try to make it a priority to at least knit a row or two a day but with that sort of rate it takes a long time indeed to finnish this project. None the less I did love this project. It was great to always have a constant easy knitting project to come back to. Something I could work on in the middle of chaos and not have to really think about what row I was on or if there was an increase or slip to make. Nothing but garter stitch row after row and that I found to be very zen; a great way to come back to mindfulness. I loved the simplicity and consistency of this blanket so much that I am yearning to cast on another already…maybe soon!
I found the pattern for this blanket on ravelry and used 100% Peruvian Highland wool by Cascade Yarns in an assortment of colors but what I love about it is that you could really make so many different changes to it so easily; the size, the colors, the pattern of the stripes, they are all up to you! I can’t wait to wrap this blanket around our precious little one’s body as I find it to be the perfect weight to keep a little one snug and warn. Also the rows upon rows of garter stitch really make for a cushiony blanket, perfect for a wee one!
So since the last hat I knit I haven’t knit any more (hats that is!) for this fall babe of ours. Instead I’ve been busy knitting hats for other friends that are expect their little ones before us. Now that I’ve gotten all that knitting out of the way my needles were finally cleared for another hat for our very own bundle of joy. I found this yarn sitting around in my stash and thought it was just so soft and lovely for a newborns head and new right away it just had to be knitted into a tiny hat. I don’t know anything about the yarn as it was given to me with a book about knitting and they didn’t provide any information on the yarn or if they did I have far lost that information by now! I didn’t use a pattern, I never really do with hats but if your interested I used US 9 circular needles, cast on 48, then simply knit, knit, knit till I thought the size looked about right for a little new ones head (about 20 rows). To decrease I knit one, knit 2 together for one row then knit 2 together for the rest of the rows till I only had 2 stitches left and then pulled the yarn tail through those and back into the hat. Easy peasie! Now that this hat is off the needles I’ve already started another! I just love knitting baby hats!! So simple and way too adorable on little ones.
I’ve finally knitted my first item for baby, a tiny baby hat. Although it did end up smaller than I anticipated and given how large Owen’s head was I’m guessing this baby’s head won’t be any smaller, if anything it will only be larger! …Oh my! I even cast on an extra 10 stitches because when I started the hat with the original 28 I soon noticed that the hat would be better fitted for a mouse than any newborn of mine so I assumed that 38 stitches would be plenty more. As the last time I added stitches to a pattern for fear of it being too small it ended up fitting my head and not Owen’s, who’s head it was intended for! Anyway, I love how the hat turned out, and I am now in love with knitting with bulky yarn and large needles. Its fast and looks absolutely great! I can’t wait to knit a bunch more of these hats in all sorts of colors since I know a lot of pregnant mamas right now. I’d also love to learn how to make some matching booties with these. Jenna I think this means you need to help me!! You knitting bee you!
Before I embark on a whole new set of projects, I thought I should post a few of the ones I just completed. I still have to share the rest of my christmas gifts which I finally can now that they are all given out… and yes it took me a while to do that! This big lace scarf was hard for me to ignore once I realized I had the right wool in my stash. I kept reading about how fast it was for everyone but I found it just the opposite. Maybe it was because it was my first time lace knitting or because big needles are kind of awkward, but it took me maybe double the time suggested. Once I got to the end I felt like the scarf was just too small in length so I ripped it out and started over with 14 stitches. Now I like it much better and i’m hoping someone else out there will too ; )
I also fell in love with Soulemama’s recent pattern, “The Rosa Hat”. I love the idea of fake cables so I used this azapa from araucania and knit up a tiny newborn hat. The pattern is for adults and kids so I just guessed (based on my gauge) and cast on 60 stitches and only did 3 rounds of the rosa. This is the first hat I’ve officially finished for my baby pile. The whole reason I started knitting was to make clothes for my own kids ahead of time and have been so busy gifting that i’ve never gotten around to starting. I love how little and cute this hat is and will definitely be making more baby rosa’s. Actually, i’ve already cast on for another since. P.S. no i’m not pregnant.
For another ‘first’, I decided to knit myself a hat using the malabrigo worsted I found downstairs in Knotty by Nature and just couldn’t resist. I think i’ve since bought two more skeins of this colour just because i’m afraid of them running out of stock! The pattern I used is Jane Richmond’s “Autumn”. She is actually a local designer from the island which is pretty cool. This hat is supposed to be made with a chunkier yarn, so again I knit up a swatch and decided to go with 88 stitches. I also mixed up the rib and knit 2×2 instead of the actual pattern.. I guess I was reading too quickly. After the rib was done I also just added one stitch using the backwards loop method, so that I could just knit one purl one continuously. I did love how she cast off for this hat and I think it finished nicely. I made it with the intention of wearing it this week while we’re in Whistler.
And lastly, a pair of mens fingerless mitts for my friend Huy who just moved to the pacific northwest, and will be needing some working gloves.. at least I hope he needs them. Technically these were his Christmas gift but again it took me so long that it seemed more like a birthday present i’m sure. For these I used the earth collection homestead from diamond yarns which I also got from Knotty by Nature. I’ve a few more projects on the go and just got home with a purse full of freshly wound balls of yarn to work on this week, so more to come as always!! : ) My ravelry project page can be found here.
I want to share with you the beautiful new skeins of wool I accquirired this past weekend to finish off the super easy baby blanket I’ve been working on. I just love the new colors I got! They are 100% Peruvian Highland wool by Cascade Yarns in Seattle, WA. I really don’t think the photograph I took captures the true colors of the yarn but that’s probably because I took this in the early morning with the sun shinning in on them (Jenna my love this is where you come in!). And why may I be knitting a baby blanket you ask? Nope, not for Owen, this blanket would be much too small for him. We actually will be welcoming the fourth member to our family come this September! Hence why I’ve been MIA for the last few weeks as this pregnancy has been a lot harder on me than my last so far. I’ve basically spent the last few weeks sleeping, but in the last couple days I’ve regained a bit of energy and I’m definitely getting exciting about knitting our new little one some warm, cozy, handmade gifts.