There seem to be an awful lot of people I know having kids lately. It’s making me a little afraid to drink the water at times. Of course when friends have kids one must knit for them!
First up was actually one of HWJF’s friends. They had a girl back in April and while the blanket was all knit up it took FOREVER to remember to go get the ribbon to complete it. HWJF helped me pick out the yarn during a quick stop at Webs early in the year. Luckily the new Mom and Dad are quite happy to NOT have everything for their little girl be pink!
Dishcloth Baby Blanket
Pattern: Dishcloth Baby Blanket by Kenny Chua
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Paints
I think I did most of the knitting on this one while we were running all over New England this winter and in the midst of trying to figure out if we were really going to move to NH. Great mindless knitting for the car. I bought three skeins but I never seem to be able to figure out how to use them up properly in this pattern and I really only needed a small amount of the third skein.
I was not quite so lucky on the ribbon. I think I bought 3 yards and it just *barely* made it around!
The next project was pretty special. My BFF from high school called me a month or so after our wedding to tell me she was pregnant. I knew I wanted to make something special for her kid but couldn’t quite figure out what. I finally settled on a baby surprise jacket and dyed up some superwash merino in the colors of a theme they had in their nursery when I saw it.
Not a great pic but you get the idea. I decided to spin a three ply yarn and wanted to make sure I had a good amount of yardage. One problem. I spun it WAY too thin! The three ply came out closer to sock than worsted weight! After much consternation on my part since I pretty much don’t know squat about the size of babies (and I knew there was no way the kid was going to fit a sweater in the fall if I knit it in this yarn and he was being born in May) I decided to make a toy with the yarn instead.
Bunny Blanket Buddy
Pattern: Bunny Blanket Buddy – Knit by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: Handspun three ply superwash merino
This was a pretty simple and well written pattern. Once again, it was pretty mindless knitting for the most part because it is actually pretty similar to the blanket above for the majority of the knitting. The tricky part comes when it’s time to make the head. I thought it was a little weird the way it was done, instead of being knitted in the round the head is knit flat and seamed up the back, but I suppose that makes sense because of the ears. It wasn’t too difficult once I got my head (ha!) around what they were going for.
The only thing I suck at more than planning a proper yarn for a baby sweater?
Embroidery. Oye. I hope the kid doesn’t have nightmares for ever because of that but I did what the pattern offered and don’t exactly have any tools in my pocket for a mod for this one. The instructions said to do the embroidery after sewing up and stuffing the head, so I used a few drops of fray check to keep the stitches in. Knitted toys are obviously not my forte.
But hopefully both of these very loved children will have a gift they will cherish for years to come. I’ve got another baby project on the needles now and plans for a couple more in the future. I’m tellin’ ya, they just keep coming!