f.o. | elwood baby.

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Pattern Details: Elwood by Jenny Wiebe Yarn: Malabrigo Rios (main color: Azul Profundo ; contrasting color: Glazed Carrot. approx. 630 yards total)

This is the second Elwood I have knit this spring. The first time around, it was for a colleague having her first kid. This time, it’s for my third nephew, who was born last week, and I finished the cardigan about a week before the (early) due date.

It is such a quick knit with endless rewards. If you are looking for a grandpa style cardigan for a small person in your life–this is the sweater. And, you can make a matching one for yourself, if that’s your jam–adult sizes are included in the pattern.

I settled on a blue and orange striped one, after seeing another in a similar color on ravelry and being smitten with the pops of color. I used two skeins of Malabrigo Rios (super wash merino wool is the best way to go for babies and busy moms) in the azul profundo and glazed carrot colorways. The six month size called for two skeins of the main color, but I didn’t use the second skein. While normally I’d be annoyed by this, it’s a great, and versatile worsted weight yarn. It will become a winter hat, or matching accessories for baby, soon.

See my pattern notes here. Check out more of my baby knits here.

f.o. | camilla babe.

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I have been wanting to knit a Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge for awhile now–but everyone I would knit for with child had boys or live in deserts, and while I’m very much anti gender specific colors or clothes, this feather and fan lace detail on the front, no matter in what yarn, felt too feminine for me to pull off for any babe but girl.

And then a colleague with child told me she was having a girl. But, I’d already knit her some booties, a hat, and a little striped t shirt sweater since its a July baby. While sitting around avoiding a project that’s languished, I looked at the skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the Filtered Light colorway I had laying around, and boom, I started knitting the Camilla Babe, a Madder Root pattern.

It took two evenings to finish this sweater–the 3 months size–and it lives up to every idea I had about how it would look. The pattern is so easy to memorize; I’m thinking of making one for myself.

And so, that colleague, will get an extra special bonus hand knit. Maybe she will think I’m crazy?

baby knits | purl soho essentials.

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I adore Purl Soho patterns–particularly their baby knits, which I’ve made a million times over for the impending bundles in my life.

I can’t tell you how many pairs of baby mocs I’ve made–and I always gift them with the garter ear flap hat because I think they go nicely together and can be knit up in complimentary colors.

This time around, I knew my colleague was having a girl; but knowing she will likely have another child in the future, coupled with the fact I dislike gender expected garments, and that she doesn’t appear particularly “girly” to me (whatever that means), I thought she’d appreciate something less than pink. Or purple. Or pale green. A lot of pale green is used for girls these days to feel less gender specific.

Instead, I went with off whites, grays, and dark blues. I really like the result.

My only mod was on the garter ear flap hat–I did striping in the reverse stockinette at the crown, and instead of a tassel top (which I’ve made before), I decided to use the remaining six stitches as an i-cord to make a top knot. The i-cord was about 3 inches long and then after BO, I knotted it up. I love the modification.

These were knit up using little bits in my stash leftover from other projects (win!), including Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in flan, and bits of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in whiskers, flycatcher blue, and composition book gray.

Its recipient was quite grateful, which makes all this handmade stuff worth it. To provide unique items and to show your care, in some small way, is invaluable to my making process.

f.o. | baby mocs.

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I made these Purl Bee teeny, tiny little baby mocs for Sean’s newest niece, Sadie. I’ve made a whole bunch of pairs of these in the past (and here), which are more like baby socks than structured booties, which is why I like them so much.

Quite frankly, I haven’t met a Purl Bee pattern yet that I haven’t liked.

I used small bits of Juniper Moon Moonshine in the Lazy Sunday and Flan colorways. I love how they came out and how soft the combination of wool, alpaca and silk is–perfect for delicate baby knits.

Of course, I used the Lazy Sunday colorway to make a Purl Bee garter stitch ear flap hat to match.

See more of my baby knits here.

pop.

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To match that Purl Bee garter flap had I knit the other day. I decided to use my favorite baby sock pattern–Joelle Hoverson’s baby socks from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I’ve used it in the past to great results.

This time around, I wanted the socks to not just match the hat, but I wanted them to feel playful and fit for a new baby. We all know how much I love the pop of color in a toe. Well, why not for baby socks, too?

These were knit up using the Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the thyme colorway I used for the hat. It also features the golden ochre in Malabrigo Merino Worsted for the toe detail, just like the pom did in the hat.

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I love little projects. Not only did I finished these in about an hour last night whilst watching television, I get to dig into my stash and use up small bits of yarn.

See more snaps of the socks, and all of my baby knits, here. Project notes here.

schoolboy vest no. 2.

I made another School Boy vest by the incredible Tanis Lavallee for my friend r.r., who is about to have her second child. Unlike the first one I made, I decided to do the modified version with the scallop edging on the bottom and I love the way it turned out.

This vest seems like it would be so versatile; many different color combinations, and I can imagine, easy for a mom to throw on her baby in colder weather like we have here in Boston.

This was knit up using Madelinetosh tosh vintage in composition book gray for the main color, and remnants of Madtosh in tomato, as well as Tanis Fiber Arts green label in shadow and chris gray for the colorwork on the bottom.

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My good friend r.r. had her first baby, Owen, in December. She so graciously posed this little man in the moccasins I knit him for his entrance into the world. Smashing, indeed!

I used super soft Blue Sky Alpacas sport weight yarn for these booties; scraps of sport weight red and white used for the embroidery on top.

boots for baby, 9.28

A former co-worker and friend from my reporting days had her first baby this past week. She will be the best mum to that little girl, I know it. And she deserves the world–so I knit her up a Presto Chango cardigan in a beautiful turquoise (like the sea, since Dawn is a California girl now living in the mountains) and the above pair of felted “Ugg-inspired” boots.

While I’m not a fan of these boots on adults (its like going outdoors in your slippers in my humble opinion), they will look so cute on baby Mcknna–and perfect for the snowy first winter she’s sure to have ahead.

Snaps of the Presto to come.

Swiftly…

…working on a project to get out to an old co-worker and friend, who is having her first baby girl.

Dawn is a dear old friend of mine and know her soon to be baby will look adorable in the Topaz jumper I am making her. The other day, I balled some beautiful and soft Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Blue Surf for the Topaz. I’ve already worked  the bottom and the fair isle pattern border and am now beginning the decreases, so its clear I’ll have this project done and shipped in no time.

Snaps to come.