Posts Tagged ‘baby’
It’s getting chilly out there! If you’re looking for some knitwear inspiration, you should download a copy of Holla Knits Accessories Magazine!
As always, Alyson has spearheaded a collection of really exciting and unconventional pieces. Holla Knits always has something that you won’t find anywhere else!
I’m really excited about this magazine because, aside from the gorgeous patterns, there is a little article by yours truly in there! I wrote a bit about learning to crochet after spending the last 10+ years as a knitter. It’s hard to go back to basics! Especially when you’re a stubborn lady like me. Keep an eye out for this photo of my friend Katie’s adorable daughter CE (and my first crochet project is in there, too) in this issue and my article will be close behind.
Do you believe in teaching an old dog new tricks? Have you ever challenged yourself to learn something new?
Did anybody guess that the mysterious WIP I posted hints to on Monday was a boat mobile? It was a pretty tough one. In fact, making this thing, I was a little stumped myself.
Jon’s brother just had another baby and I promised I wouldn’t make a big, time consuming gift. That lasted about five minutes. I guess cruising Etsy got the idea of making a mobile stuck in my brain. Jon’s brother is obsessed with fishing so he loves nautical themes. (I’ll take a moment here to admit to the selfishness of giving a handmade gift. While putting lots of time and love into the things that I make for others is very very important to me, nothing beats that rush that you get when the giftee unwraps what you’ve made and likes it!)
I originally wanted the little fishes to be caught on the string by their mouths like some tiny people were fishing them out of their tiny boats but I think that’s a little morbid.
I picked up a pack of fat quarters in different blues at Purl Soho. I did a really rough template for the boats and just started cutting fabric and figuring things out. I ended up sewing all of the sails to the boats by hand. The more I worked on these boats (and by that I mean laying on the floor in front of my sewing machine wondering aloud, “How do I put these together!?”), the more I realized that I am nowhere near as good at sewing as I am at knitting. Sewing is terrifying and unwieldy and I am clumsy and backwards.
That being said, I think the whole thing turned out well and I’m especially pleased with the little anchor.
Putting this all together was a lot of fun. I like to think of myself as a crafty girl but I’m rarely gluing and repurposing things in the projects that I make on the regular. I hot glued cotton masonry twine to the inside of an old embroidery hoop. I like how the twine looks like mini ropes. I threw together some macrame to hang the hoop. I must admit that I never learned macrame when I was in camp. It’s so fun! I’ve been missing out. I decided to use figure 8 knots (and a dab of hot glue, naturally) to attach all of the pieces.
All in all, I’m happy with this guy. I definitely need more practice sewing.
Do you think garments are easier to sew than toys? What am I doing wrong?
Remember how Kate Middleton was looking for knitting tips when she picked up her new hobby? Perhaps she can look down under for some advice! Australia’s MP Julia Gillard is an avid knitter who is reportedly making a little stuffed kangaroo for the royal baby that’s due any day now!
Gillard, the first female Prime Minister, was photographed for The Australian Women’s Weekly with needles in her hands, surrounded by yarn! She says that she likes to knit for babies since she doesn’t have much time to complete big projects. It’s hard enough for me to squeeze in a few hours of stitching after work, I can’t imagine doing the same while running a country!
I’ve read some criticism of the spread, some speculate that the photographs were meant to draw in female voters while others go so far as to blame them for the results of last month’s election. There seems to be a lot of opinions on this and it makes me sad that there is controversy here. I won’t pretend that I’m up on Australian politics (I read her Wikipedia page) so I can’t say whether or not I could support Gillard (I mean, there’s definitely points for knitting. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t sway me). But I think it’s absolutely great that she is knitting and that she is open about that.
You have to be kind of a badass lady to help found Emily’s List Australia, lead the Labor Party and become the first female Prime Minister while being an unmarried, childless atheist. Showing that she is a yarnsmith makes her even more courageous. Because a lot of people saw those photos and balked at the idea of a woman knitting baby sweaters being their Prime Minister. The domestic arts have such a stigma, it’s really frustrating. Why should knitting be anything less than fishing or playing football or drinking beer? I doubt there would be so much criticism if she said she liked to take time off and play a few rounds of golf. Maybe the photos did cost her the election but I’m glad she wasn’t afraid to be herself or challenge stereotypes about women in so many ways.
Women can lean in and wear pant suits and run the world. But I think it’s important that while doing these things, we aren’t ashamed or afraid of being women. So we knit and we sew and we cook? In the western world, those things are considered feminine and things that are feminine are silly and undervalued and down-right disrespected. It’s time the world saw that some ass kicking and being a lady goes hand in hand.
Enjoy that stuffed animal, royal baby! It’s truly a special gift!
Would you do a knitting photo shoot if you were running for office? But seriously, what would you knit for the royal baby?
Last week Jon’s nephew (who received this blanket when he was born) turned 1! He is practically a real person now. I thought I’d try out my new sewing skillz (with a z, yes) to make my little boyfriend a birthday present.
This was my second sewing project after the skirt and I challenged myself here but I think I’m really starting to get the hang of this sewing thing! Big pats on the back to myself.
The pattern is the Purl Bee’s newborn kimono. I made some adjustments in terms of size (obviously, he’s not a newborn anymore…more on that in another post) and I tackled a French seam for the first time (it wasn’t perfect but that’s life!). The bias tape was a bigger challenge than expected but I like how it turned out. And it took me four times but I sewed a snap on for the first time. Those little bastards are tricky.
I love the organic fabric from Cloud9. (I think I bought a 1/2 yd more than the pattern called for since I was adjusting the size and I was terrified I’d cut something wrong!) Two of Jon’s brother’s favorite things are fishing and Japan so the sail boat kimono was perfect for his son.
Not too shabby for a beginner, huh? Any tips on size adjustments? Isn’t sewing for babies fun?
Good morning, lovelies! I revealed on twitter that I have already gifted the baby blanket that I have been working on. I am pleased to say that Daron and Romney (Jon’s brother and sister-in-law) loved it. I can’t wait for them to meet their son and wrap him in love and soft hand-dyed merino!
I had butterflies in my stomach waiting to hear what they’d think of it! I don’t design many of my own patterns. Up until recently, gauges and swatching really boggled my mind but it’s beginning to click (perhaps thanks to Little Red in the City…more on that soon!) and I can’t wait to do more complicated designs! Hopefully this blog will see many more original knits coming soon! But this really knit up exactly how I pictured it so I was a little scared to see if they liked my idea.
Anyway, I took a ton of photos before I let go of the blanket. I have so many to share, I thought I’d let you see some details today and then more later. I hope you don’t mind sticking with me!
I’m so excited about this knit. Intarsia is no longer scary and I’m ready to tackle some big designs!
Have any knitterly pride in a recent project?
Hey, there! I hope you didn’t miss me too much but I had to give myself a Monday off. Aren’t Mondays just the worst!? Well, I’ve got some yummy knitting to celebrate the fact that Monday is over. For now.
Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on:
I can’t divulge all of the details because it’s a present. But here’s the basics. It’s made from the gorgeous Madeline Tosh I mentioned last week. I’m working on size 8 Lantern Moon rosewood needles which are like butter! This pattern is all about triangles and intarsia.
I can’t wait to show you more and tell you all about it but I hope you can see how great it is working up! I promise more photos and some wrong side pictures, too. I’m loving the way it’s turning out so far.
Come back soon for more on this WIP! And follow my Instagram feed to see more photos. What are you working on?
Dear Local Yarn Stores everywhere,
I love you. You always have the softest yarn. You hardly ever carry those icky acrylic fibers and ugly novelty yarns. You are so friendly. You remember my name and you always know what you’re talking about. I think you’re just great. When I grow up, I want to be just like you.
I know that Summer is not really “knitting season”. You can’t bring an afghan to the beach. No one wants a cardigan for 4th of July. Knitters are practically obsolete when the temperature rises above 60. I understand the logic behind your shorter hours during the week, your near-inexistence on the weekends. Heck, I even get it if you want to take Tuesdays off. I’d do the same thing if I could!
But, listen. I have a habit that I need to feed. Yes, maybe I’m a yarnaholic. Fine. I admit it’s a problem. Whatever. But I work nine-to-five! And Jon has a nephew due in three months! I need to adorn this baby with as much love-in-every-stitch, softest-fibered booties/hats/blankets/tiny sweaters as I can! I can’t get to you before you close your doors at 6. I don’t have a sufficient lunch hour for nuzzling my face into your luscious mohairs! Help me out!
I was excited to see that you are open Saturdays from 12 to 4! I postponed brunch for some yarn shopping at your store! Brunch! The holiest meal of the week! But, alas! All of the lights were off and the door was locked. But the sign still read “Saturday 12-4”. I wondered if you were playing some kind of trick on me. Or if you were actually so forgetful as to not update your shop hours. So I waited a week. I tried a different LYS. I arrived during its noted hours. Thwarted again! Could you, too, be so inconsiderate as to not even write a small, handwritten sign informing me of your hours over the holiday weekend?
Here we are, LYS. I am heartbroken. I thought you would always be there for me! Helping me figure out my gauge, suggesting the best length circular needles. I thought we would be together forever! Me ordering beautiful hand-spun yarns and you putting aside that one skein of the dyelot I desperately need because I accidentally bought too little yarn because I wasn’t really reading the pattern thoroughly like I always am, I should really pay attention to these things a little better.
I’m willing to take you back as long as you change your automated voicemail with your updated store hours so I know exactly how early I need to leave work.
Please, LYS, I need you in my life.
Yours forever and ever,
photo from Wood and Wool Stool
So I knew I said I’d give the toys a rest but, well, I guess I can’t resist. You must be wondering what happened with the afghan! And I’ll tell you, it’s turning out beautifully. There will definitely be an update on it soon. But look at this little critter! What a cutie!
He is Amanda Berry‘s Carnaby Rabbit pattern. He’s knit in Lion Brand’s LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather. What a great name for this color! I’m still sticking by the fact that the LB Collection yarns are the best and most affordable yarns for knit toys.
Here are some WIP pictures:
As you can see, I also knit this guy in the round. I just think it’s a big time-saver when working on toys. Sewing up seams doesn’t make sense to me when you can do it all at once.
I also didn’t use the little felt pads on the feet that the pattern calls for. They’re so adorable but I didn’t have anything suitable. I’m a pretty low-maintenance knitter when it comes to things like that. I think his feet turned out fine, though!
This was another quick knit and I think he has the most adorable face ever.
Follow Amanda Berry’s blog here.
Buy her patterns here. So many cute critters!
And I think this picture is cute. Sorry, hun!
Also, I gave the blog a little bit of an overhaul yesterday. I’m so excited to put a lot of energy into it and it seems to be paying off. I hope you are all enjoying it! Let me know what you want to see more of. I hate to feel like I’m posting just to hear the sound of my own keyboard typing, so to speak.
I spent the weekend working up this frog for a baby shower present. I’m using an Oliver Boliver pattern and mine is certainly interesting! He’s made of Lion Brand’s LB Collection Angora Merino which, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned, is my favorite yarn for baby toys right now. It’s so soft and fluffy. The color is Avocado which is such a yummy name for a yarn color.
I adjusted the pattern and knit each piece in the round on size 7 double pointed needles. I like the way it looks because my seams always look crappy. Overall, I like how he’s turning out. I’ve only made toys using patterns by Ysolda which I really enjoy because you don’t have to sew any of the arms or legs, etc onto each other. This was a leap of faith but I really like how it’s going.
He just needs eyes and a little smile and it’ll be time for another blog update!