f.o. | boot socks.

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The doc loves these boot socks from Purl Bee (and so do I!). I’ve made a couple pairs for him–they are perfectly bulky for those freezing, winter days. And because they are knit in worsted weight yarn, you can make a pair in one sitting, pretty much. Sometimes they take two days, but in the world of socks, that’s great timing.

The color combinations are endless and you can use scraps of yarn for the heels and toes–something I often have just enough of not to want to get rid of but not much else I can do with them. The doc lucks out–more boot socks.

I have since knit him a DK weight Madelinetosh version for Valentine’s Day; stay tuned for those.

These boot socks are knit using Malabrigo Rios in azul profundo for the main and little bits of Rios in glazed carrot for the heels and toes. He’s since worn them a pile and they still look killer.

See more of my boot socks here. Check out my ravelry project notes here.

f.o. | baby hats + socks.

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Some little Purl Bee baby knits for an old friend that recently had her second child. This is the garter stitch baby hat and the baby socks from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

Purl Bee has the best patterns for babies. Simple, gender neutral, soft, adorable, tiny. They are my go to source and I tend to knit every new baby I know a version of this hat and these socks.

Knit up using odds and ends of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the whiskers colorway, and Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine in flan. Some Malabrigo Merino Worsted in ravelry red for the tassel on top. This project was a complete stash buster–my favorite!

See my project notes here.

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.

tosh | boot socks.

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It’s getting luxurious around here.

I decided to knit Sean these Purl Bee boot socks for Valentine’s Day this year, mostly because they knit up so quickly in worsted weight yarn. I actually didn’t think they’d feel as light and airy as the finished project does–and they are, dare I say it, a foot’s dream, because I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage yarn.

I stash busted these socks with two skeins of Whiskers I had from a previous project I frogged, and some bits of the cactus flower colorway leftover from pussy hats.

I definitely see making more of these in my future–the color combinations are endless.

If you are looking for a simple, quick, sock pattern for winter, look no further. Check out my project notes in Ravelry.

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.

garter stripes.

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My new obsession: this baby hat by Purl Bee. 

I did a few slight modifications for this hat, which will be gifted to a friend and future child. I’m in love with how fun these can get. This was knit up using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in the thyme colorway for the contrasting stripe and Malabrigo Merino worsted in natural for the main color.

The original pattern is solid, but I found inspiration in a few striped ones at Ravelry. And instead of a little tassel at the top, I opted for a tiny pom in Malabrigo Merino worsted in golden ochre. Brilliant.

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I’m going to make one in white, black, and red, too. The ideas, they swirl. The babies, they will be warm, this winter. For this hat, I plan on making these little baby socks in the thyme color to match.

vday socks.

My guy says he loves my knitted socks, and every time I see him, he’s wearing a pair. I feel like if he were just playing nice and gentle with my feelings, he’d enjoy them in the moment and then tuck them into a drawer somewhere. But his knitted socks look worn, and that’s a good thing.

These are Men’s Socks for Giving by Purl Bee. I’ve been eyeing them for awhile and had some Shi Bui Yarn Staccato in in jumpsuit laying around, plus little bits of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Lite in antique lace left over from that sweater I made myself last summer. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make them; valentine’s is all about handmade gifts, the color red, and my inability to get too literal with my gifting.

They fit him like a dream and I can now, without question, say I’ve got the math right for his giant feet. You can see a whole bunch of the other socks I’ve knit him here.

fair isle baby.

A co-worker and friend just informed me he will be the proud papa of a baby girl this December. The obvious first choice was to begin with Purl Bee’s Fair Isle baby hat, which I’ve been dying to make for some time.

This was a quick 2 hour knit. I used Knit Picks Palette, since I have 100 skeins of it in every imaginable colorway, and wanted to reflect the original pattern’s motif. The main color way is white, and the motif (from bottom on up) are as follows: asphalt heather, briar heather, camel heather, almond, and oyster heather.

Check out my project at ravelry. 

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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.