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Sunbeam

In this post I thought I’d revisit something I made quite a long time ago because there is still not a lot of making going on right now! Ages ago, is seems, I designed a pattern for a knit baby sweater called Sunbeam. (It is not lost on me that now I have a baby to design for, and to wear the things I knit, I no longer have any time to put into knitting!) The prototype has been sitting in a draw and is only now getting a chance to be worn by a model. Little Ruth is still too small for it really, but the stretchy design of the sweater makes it work for various sizes. The pattern can be found on my website.

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Handmade goodness

We have received many, many wonderful gifts for the coming baby. When I look at the pile of baby things (really, it is just a pile right now, and I suppose soon we shall have to start doing some organizing) I keep thinking how lucky we and this baby are to have so many generous friends and family in our lives. Because this blog is quite often about “making”, and because, let’s be honest, I haven’t been doing such a great job sharing things *I* have been making lately, I thought I’d just do a little post in praise of all the handmade gifts we’ve received for the baby. They are: two lovely quilts, a beautiful hand-knit blanket, a diaper-change kit in a basket, two cozy comfort blankets (or “deedees”), a baby-book, a beautiful knit cotton hat and facecloth, an ingenious origami night-light and the teddy-bear you saw before. What a collection! I am so grateful for all this creativity and am glad we will be able to surround the little one with handmade goodness!

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Sample Soaker #2

I have finished my second sample soaker. This one is the Curly Purly Soaker, which is very popular on Ravelry.  Some people mentioned the ease of a wrap style soaker for a newborn, like the first sample I knit, but it is easy to imagine this soaker working well (for leak protection, if not for getting on and off) and I liked the way it turned out. However, for you knitters out there, I’ll mention that the next time I make one I will change the way I picked up stitches for the legs. As is, there is a bit of a ridge on the inside which I could imagine being uncomfortable, so I will turn the soaker inside out to pick up stitches next time, so the ridge is on the outside. Also, in the pattern the shaping for the crotch is at the very edge, and I think I’d move that in a few stitches, so I’m not also dealing with extra stuff at the edge when I go to pick up stitches.

I find myself being a little concerned about softness. Admittedly, I’ve only washed the sample soakers once, and I think that maybe they will soften more over a few washes. Hope so.

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Cloth Diaper Preamble and Sample Soaker #1

First, a disclaimer. This post is all about cloth diapering, and will likely be very boring to, well, most everybody. Nevertheless, it is a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about so I’m going to forge ahead anyway!

There are many, no doubt fabulous, options these days in cloth diapering. I won’t list them here. Look it up – that’s what I’ve been doing! It can be a little overwhelming, and everybody has a different recommendation, and different stories of what worked and what didn’t. (I am very appreciative of friends and family who shared their personal experience with cloth diapering, especially since they were all positive!) In trying to decide what kind of system we would use I was thinking so much about it that I actually had a dream (one of those weirdly vivid pregnancy dreams) that involved TRYING ON a diaper, which was disturbing. So I told myself I had done enough research and that we just needed to go back to basics to figure out what we wanted to do.

So we chatted and reminded ourselves of our reasons for using cloth diapers, and it was reassuring to find we were on the same page:

1. The Environment

2. Cost

3. Health – the whole “what you put next to babies skin” factor.

So based on these three criteria it seemed a good starting point would be hemp/cotton prefold diapers, something like this, with hand-made wool covers. They are comparatively cheap, will be useful for other things if, once the baby is a little older we want more of a fitted diaper, and could probably even be used to make a fitted diaper. And I can knit wool soakers. There.

Which brings me to the next section, Sample Soakers. I turned to Ravelry for advice on choosing a pattern for a soaker. Me being me, I wanted to make a little stack of identical soakers from what people advised was the “best” pattern. But of course people had different thoughts on what that pattern was, and one has to allow for differently shaped babies, so I elected instead to make several sample soakers, in a newborn size, using the different recommended patterns. Then we can get a feel for what works, and what we like. And I can still stack them, which will satisfy my peculiar esthetic/nesting instinct.

Sample Soaker #1 is WHW Plain Wrap. I made two. I’ve yet to sew on the buttons as I need a few more. (I want buttons in various positions, so I can adjust the fit.) Unlike everybody else on Ravelry I seem to be content with “plain” for soakers, and nothing will please me more than a little stash all in the same natural white.

I bought the wool at The Loop. As an added bonus, it’s local, from Lange’s Rock Farm. (I enjoy their site.)

Now, onto the next pattern! (Yes, sorry, there will be several sample soaker posts, but hopefully I will not ramble on quite so much on those.)

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Yellow, White and Green

An African Violet given to me for my birthday yesterday and something I’m knitting for another sort of  “birthday”. (“What?” you may ask. I’ll just say it’s “surprising”. More on that another day.)

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Daffodil Sock Pattern

Here is the pattern for my Daffodil Socks, as promised. I haven’t had anybody check this, and though I myself have looked over it a few times I wouldn’t be surprised if you notice a mistake. (though hopefully it would be the kind of mistake you would notice, rather than something that would mess you up!) Please feel free to let me know.

When I was knitting these I was quite unfamiliar with the short row heel method so I consulted this tutorial, which I highly recommend! Sometimes it helps to know what you are doing, instead of just following instructions blindly. Plus, it makes it possible to adjust sizing and so on.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Daffodil Socks

Size: Newborn

Yarn: fingering weight

Needles: 2.0mm double pointed

Gauge: 8 sts = 1”

Abbreviations:

CO = Cast On

k = knit

p = purl

St(s) = stitch(s)

wst = wrap stitch

Picot Cast On

Using the Knit Cast On, CO 5 sts

BO 2 sts

Slip the stitch from the right needle back onto the left needle. (3 sts have been cast on)

Repeat until desired number of stitches have been cast on.

Wrap Stitch (wst)

On knit row: yf, sl1p, yb, replace st on left needle

On purl row: sl1p, yb, replace st on left needle, yf

Pick Up Wrap or Wraps

On knit row: Insert needle into wrap(s) from bottom to top, then into stitch. Knit these together.

On purl row: Insert needle into wrap(s) from bottom to top ON RIGHT SIDE and place this loop on the needle. Purl it together with the next stitch.

Knitting the Sock

CO 36 sts using picot cast on.

Join and work in the round, working k1, p1 rib

Continue working in rib until the piece measures 2” from cuff.

K 1 row.

P 3 rows.

K 2 rows.

P3 rows.

K1 row. During this row, redistribute the sts on the needles as follows:

Needle one: 9

Needle 2: 9

Needle 3: 18

 

Begin Heel

Next row: k 18. (these stitches become the top of the foot) the next 18 sts will be the heel. Work them as follows:

Row 1: k17, wst. Turn.

Row 2: p 16, wst. Turn.

Row 3: k15, wst. Turn.

Row 4: p14, wst. Turn

Continue working in established pattern, ending on a purl row: P8, wst. Turn. (8 sts remain in the middle, unwrapped, with 5 wrapped sts on either side.)

 

Turn Heel

Row 1: k 8, k1 while picking up wrap, wst. Turn.

Row 2: p9, p1 while picking up wrap, wst. Turn.

Row 3: k 10, k1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst.

Row 4: p 11, p1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst. Turn.

Continue working in established pattern (rows 3 and 4) ending on purl row: p 15, p1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst. Turn.

Next row: k16, k1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst. (this stitch will be from needle 1) Turn.

Next row: p 17, p1 while picking  up 2 wraps, wst (this will be from needle 2) turn

Next row: k 18

 

The heel is done! It’s time to knit in the round again, starting with the top of the foot.

Foot

Next row: k1 while picking up wrap, k 16, k1 while picking up wrap, k18

Work in stst until foot measures 2 ½”.

 

Toe

The toe is worked back and forth over the first 18 sts.

Row 1: k17, wst. Turn.

Row 2: p 16, wst. Turn.

Row 3: k15, wst. Turn.

Row 4: p14, wst. Turn

Continue working in established pattern, ending on a purl row: P8, wst. Turn. (8 sts remain in the middle, unwrapped, with 5 wrapped sts on either side.)

Turn Toe

Row 1: k 8, k1 while picking up wrap, wst. Turn.

Row 2: p9, p1 while picking up wrap, wst. Turn.

Row 3: k 10, k1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst. Turn.

Row 4: p 11, p1 while picking up 2 wraps, wst. Turn.

Continue working in established pattern (rows 3 and 4) ending on purl row: p 17, p 1 while picking up 2 wraps. Turn.

 

Graft 18 toe sts to the 18 remaining foot sts. Weave in ends.

 

 

 

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Daffodil Socks

It’s cold and snowy out there, but I am looking ahead to spring, for many reasons. And while I can’t tell you exactly where this idea came from, I’m sure that was what was behind these baby socks.

These are Daffodil socks, for what I hope are obvious reasons. Baby socks may be a somewhat impractical thing to knit, but they are fast. These were slower than they should have been because I admit I had a case of mush brain and had to pull out and re-knit the heel OF EACH SOCK. This is ridiculous since they are very straight forward and I have it memorized, but what can you do?

There will be a free pattern for these coming soon! It’s almost ready, in fact, but I know I can’t get it done today and this space has been quiet for a while so I thought I’d let you in on what I’ve been working on.

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