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Gifties: Some Goodies for Riley Paige

16 Sep

My friends Shelley and Bob are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Riley Paige! As a way to say “Howdy,” I decided to get back to basics and knit her my go-to baby blankie: The Hoodie Baby Blanket.

I like this Hoodie Baby Blanket so much because it’s simple and functional, and there’s room to personalize it with your choice of yarn, stitch, color, etc. I made this blanket for my two nieces when they were babies: I used a breathable cotton blend yarn in a garter stitch and a crocheted border for warm-weather-baby Lulu, and I used warmer yarn in a stockinette stitch with a broken rib border for winter-born Rosie.

For Riley, I did the main part of the blankie in a garter stitch, and did a seed stitch for the border. I think it made a good combo!

Here's a close up of the garter stitch (green) and the seed stitch (cream) together. It's my first time doing a seed stitch, it's pretty!

I rocked Cotton Ease yarn again, to make for a suitable warm-weather blanket. Um, also, you noticed how ruffly the border is, huh? Well I experimented with using a bigger needle for the border, and that’s what happened. I like it though!

Also, I made Riley a matching little friend:

Meet "Smirky Sue"!

Why is she called "Smirky Sue"? 'Cuz she looks like she's smirking! (Because maybe my attaching-different-pieces-together skills are not so hot... read on!)

I really wanted to make Riley a hippo because hippos are her mom’s favorite animal! I figured it’d be easier to use a pattern instead of trying to make one on my own, so I started out using this one. It’s pretty cute, right?? Well, I made all the pieces, but then I ran in to my nemesis: Sewing Pieces Together. It was coming out aaaaaaawful. I haaaaaaaaate sewing pieces together. I lamented not going with my gut and just whipping something up on my own (which would have involved less pieces to sew together, naturally), but I already had all the pieces, so I just attached the pieces differently and added some CK Flair.

I wanted Sue to be baby-safe, so one of the most important changes I made to this pattern was embroidering the eyes instead of using safety eyes. Also, I added teeth, 'cuz hippos have teeth!

I also crocheted her a cute little hair flower.

And I knit her a sassy little scarf.

Don't forget the rear view!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get these gifts to poor Riley until last week (she was born in July!). But even though I was two months late, she didn’t mind.

Riley's mom was kind enough to send me photographic proof that the blankie and Smirky Sue were well-recieved!


Homestead: More October Crafts

28 Nov

October was a busy month!! I made that Classic Movie Monsters Halloween wreath, crocheted those two devil hats for my baby nieces, and went crazy with those spiral apple tawashis. And also, this stuff happened!:

I used this pattern as a base to make adorable candy corns of different sizes! Used a G hook and some Red Heart Super Saver yarn, red embroidery thread, and different sizes of safety eyes.

Took this snazzy photo in my bedroom, on some white paper on top of my bed with my reading lamp and overhead light as light sources, using an iPhone.

I really love this simple coaster pattern, so I went for the gusto and made a bunch of them in different Halloween-y colors. I used a G hook and cotton yarn since cotton easily absorbs leaks and spills. Some of the yarn is Sugar’n Cream, some is Peaches & Creme.

Another iPhone photo!

Side note: I was originally a die-hard Sugar’n Cream fan, I think mostly because it was sold in stores and I really like their logo. But my friend Melanie got me hooked on Peaches & Creme, and now I loooooooove it! It’s so soft and they have awesome colors!

I really like this simple but cool dish cloth pattern (made a lime green dish cloth for myself during the summer), so I decided to make some in holiday colors. Used size 7 needles for them all I think.

I made these two Christmas-y ones using Sugar’n Creme “Holiday Stripes”.

Used Peaches & Creme “Sunrise” for this one. I like the cheery candy corn-y colors!

This is Peaches & Creme “Trick or Treat”, I think it kind of looks like a calico cat. But still, great colors!

Remember the ghost from my Amigurumi Christmas Tree last year? I loved the little picot ruffle at the edge of it so much that I was inspired to make this little Ghostie guy.

Here he is, sitting on top of a pile of trash on my living room end table. I used a G hook and Red Heart Super Saver. And a stuck a little loop of yarn through the top of his head so you can hang him!

Also, I crocheted a little pumpkin! Used good ol’ Super Saver and a G hook (noticed I’d been using my G hook a lot? I actually lost it on the bus one day and almost threw a fit. It was a sad morning and I couldn’t crochet during my commute to work. But then I promptly purchased a replacement during my lunch break).

Here’s this cute little guy, hanging out on a pair of pj pants.

Apparently I’m terrible at decreasing, because, look at the size of those holes on the top! I tried redoing them, but it didn’t look much better. Also I stink at making the stem too. But it still came out cute!

And now, my favorite October thing: my Dark Helmet Halloween costume!! I’d been thinking about it since September, but I really only had time to work on it the week before Halloween. It didn’t come out too bad… for a costume made in a week.

Oh look, another iPhone photo. But at least it gives you an idea of the whole outfit. I started my day off with Mr. Coffee.

I wish I took photos of the whole process, but I can at least tell you about it. I had the boots and the belt, borrowed the black shorts from my sis Amelia, borrowed the gauntlet gloves from Tim, got the shirt and a black ladies dress from Savers, and made the cape out of the dress. I drew the tie and chest plates in Adobe Illustrator, transferred them onto some cardboard, cut them out with heavy duty scissors and an X-Acto blade, and painted them with black and grey gouache (I wish the trim was darker, but, whatever!). The helmet is a crazy conglomeration of a thin plastic bowl my mom gave me when she found out I was making the helmet, a hard hat from Home Depot placed inside the bowl, random things like beer koozies and pieces of fabric from the junk drawer placed around the hard hat to stabilize it inside the bowl, a giant piece of thick paper, strips of paper, bookbinder’s glue, black spray paint, and lots of duct tape. I made the belt buckle for Colonel Sandurz and me last-minute out of cardboard and gouache, and duct-taped them to our belts. Duct tape is my friend. The Schwartz is a Ring Pop, I got a green one for me and an orangey-red one for Lone Starr. I just wore my regular glasses so I could see, ha!

My friend Aimee made me the amazing Dark Helmet and Princess Vespa dolls. I played with them all damn day, it really sealed the deal for the costume!

On Halloween, I went up to Salem, MA with a group of people and we walked around as Spaceballs. Two-thirds of the people up there had no clue who we were, but the other third went nuts over us, including a bike cop, a few 10-year-old kids, and some Gwar-like folks! Tim took photos using the Fraziers’ awesome camera, which explains this awesome non-iPhone photo:

Spaceballs the Halloween Costume!

Gifties: Winter Knits

19 Oct

It’s Fall in New England, and the weather’s starting to get chilly again. Which is a great reminder that I never posted the knittery that I made as gifts last winter!

For some reason, the color theme for this past winter seemed to be greeeeeeeeeeeey. But grey goes with everything, right? Though this first item, however, is actually black:

It’s a neck warmer I made it for my friend Diana for her b-day! I wish I had a photo of her wearing it, but all I have is this crappy pic of it laid out on top of my laptop.

I wanted to make something simple that could be worn with anything or worn underneath another scarf for super cold days. Since I was using a solid black yarn (Bernat Satin Solids in Ebony: soft, and easy to take care of!), I decided to go with this (I can’t share the pattern because it’s a free Ravelry download instead of a link) because of the interesting “mistake rib” that happens when you K2, P2 in rows with an uneven amount of stitches. I really like how this came out; the combo of the yarn and rib made a really soft and snuggly scarf! I’m not the biggest fan of the button holes though. Also, the buttons I chose, though I LOVE them, seem to be surprisingly a bit too small.

This next item is a hat I made as a Christmas gift for Tim’s dad. He didn’t have a hat, and he’s a WW2 buff, so I knit him a WW2-style watch cap! Here’s the link to the pattern: http://www.cocoabeachyarn.com/patterns.html. I used size 7 needles and Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather.

I first made the “large” size, but that was GIGANTIC so I frogged it and made the “medium” size.

“Medium” was the way to go! (I guess WW2 soldiers have giant noggins??)

I really like how this hat came out. Also, I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Tim right now for being such a good sport about modeling my men’s knitwear!

Next: My bro John wanted a grey scarf. Scarfs come in all shapes and sizes, so I sent him some possible patterns to choose from. He went with this cool option that is knit length-wise: http://mirthful-menagerie.blogspot.com/2008/10/sweet-smell-of-accomplishment.html. Got myself a pair of size 9 60″ circular needles (invested in a set of Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Needles, and got a 60″ cable), and rocked some more Caron Simply Soft Heather in Charcoal Heather (So soft! And such a great grey!).

Who knew knitting a scarf length-wise would be such a lovely thing?

Also, it drapes well. I used to not get what people are talking about when they say that, but now I do.

And finally, the last grey item of the season: Tim’s buddy from work found out that I knit, and it turns out he’d been on the look out for a new scarf. The only prerequisites were that it needed to be grey, “warm as a mofo”, and “built for a large human”. Also probably some kind of mix of wool and acrylic. I really liked the soft bulkiness of the Mistake Stitch that I used for Diana’s neck warmer, so I grabbed some Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Charcoal (pre-approved by Tim’s friend), and knit using the mistake stitch for 6 feet. I ended up with the heaviest scarf I’ve ever seen (but it sure is warm)!

I wasn’t sure how the Thick & Quick was going to work up in a scarf, especially a scarf featuring mistake stitch ribs. It’s pretty dense and heavy, but it’s super warm!

Also, it definitely fits a large human.

I have some more cold-weather knittery planned for this Fall/Winter that I’m really excited about, hopefully I’ll be able to share some more fun stuff soon!

Gifties: Baby Blanket for Rose Madeleine

29 Dec

The first thing that I knit was a hooded baby blanket for my first niece Lulu. When I found out my second niece was on her way, I decided to knit her a blanket too. I used the same pattern (I really like it! Here’s the pattern: Hooded Baby Blanket), but instead of doing a garter stitch and crocheting the border like the first one, I followed the pattern’s suggestions and did a stockinette stitch and a “broken rib” knitted border (which didn’t come out like the picture, I think because I had an even amount of stitches so things didn’t line up right… but I like how it came out, the purls were alternating).

I knit this pretty loosely, and I think that's why the blanket came out a little big. But that just means she'll grow in to it, right? 😀 I used a US 8 circular needle, and Red Heart Ltd. Eco-Ways yarn in Lichen and Bark. I would have preferred a warmer and more luxurious yarn for the winter months, but I fell in love in love with these colors! And this yarn's machine washable, which is a must!

Here's a pic of one-month-old Rosie snugging up in her new blankie. She's such a cutie!! Thanks to my sis Liz for taking this pic!

Homestead: A Hat For Me

21 Dec

I found this really cute pattern for a winter hat, and decided to make one for myself.

Here’s the pattern: Iceland Earflap Hat

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Claret; I was afraid the color was a little too meat-sauce-y, but it turned out to be the perfect wine-ish color that I was hoping for! And I just used the size 10 circulars and did Magic Loop (my first time, and it came out pretty good!).

I like this hat because of the cute little point at the top! Though the way mine came out, it looks a little more acorn-shaped. I still think it's cute. And I love ear flaps!

Decreasing and finishing off the hat was fun, and I really like how it came out!

Thanks to Tim for taking a break while shoveling out the car to take these pics!

First big snow of the year!

Gifties: Caps for Kids

25 Nov

A bunch of us at work donated hats and scarves as Christmas presents for Caps for Kids. Here are some pics of what I made.

Newborn Baby Hat – Rolled Brim:

This is the first hat I ever made, so it's totally ladder-city. But it's uniform so it looks like I did it on purpose. Used up some left-over yarn (Sugar 'n Cream in Faded Denim), but ran out so the hat's a little shorter than the pattern suggests.

Finished it off with an i-cord, but the way I weaved in the ends, it looks like a pumpkin stem!

Purple Scarf:

My friend Melanie gave me some Homespun yarn, and I'd never knitted anything with this kind of yarn before, so I started with a simple project. At first I used size 7 needles & CO 36 stitches. This made a REALLY wide scarf, so I turned it into a cat bed for my friend’s kitty. Tried again casting on 20 stitches; it worked fine and was wide without being too wide!

The scarf being modeled by my lovely sister Amelia! The color is "Baroque" and it's really pretty.

Homespun Hat:

Since Homespun is so soft, I wanted to make a nice hat with it. This yarn color is "Fiesta."

The colors are really nice! Reminds me of one of those giant multi-colored lollipops. This pattern is really simple and easy, and it comes out quite nicely.

What it looks like on! (The colors are way off, but at least you can see what it looks like on.) Since it fits me, then it's probably going to go to an older kid.

Fiesta Scarf:

Since I had leftover "Fiesta" Homespun yarn, I made a scarf with it. Used size 9 needles, CO 18 stitches, and knit until I had no more yarn left.

Amelia is a champ and is modeling this scarf, too!

Melanie is in charge of mailing in the caps and scarves. She says there are three whole boxes full! Way to go, Teamwork!

Homestead: Fingerless Mittens

18 Nov

I made fingerless mittens! This is the first project that I’ve knitted in the round as well as adding something to it like a thumb gusset. Here’s the link to the pattern I made: Fingerless Mittens

I used Berroco Comfort in Liquorice. It's a great black color that my camera doesn't pick up very well, but it's pretty darn black. And it was hard to see what I was doing since it was so black, but I think it came out pretty well. A simple and cool design. I'd like to make these in other colors too!


One of the mittens is smaller, so I think I knitted one tighter than the other. But they both fit pretty well!

**UPDATE! 11/19/09**

They do good at keeping my hands warm at work.