Hello internet friends! I’m enjoying a wintery vacation in Wisconsin and have been knitting loads. First of all, I made this gigantic owl for my great-niece! It’s crazy!!
This is the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Soho. This is the third one I’ve made, and I highly recommend it!
Next knitted a cowl with the leftover yarn for my sister-in-law, then I looked for a super bulky cabled hat for myself. I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked except for a Vicky Howell pattern that was only available with some kind of subscription, so I decided to try to come up with one myself. I did so, and decided to publish the pattern for free on Ravelry. Here it is!
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It’s very easy and super fast. For a larger head, I’d suggest adding about 5 stitches to the stockinette section.
I still had yarn left, so I came up with a pattern for a slouchy, bulky hat in stockinette. Maybe I’ll publish that pattern next.
In general, I don’t tend to do many projects at a time. I like to finish things, and that doesn’t happen if I have too much going on at once. SO, I don’t often have UFOs hanging around, but because of my spring/summer flare-up of carpal tunnel, I had put aside a few projects that had hurt my hands. WELL! It turned out that one of the projects only needed a little bit of work to be completed, and last night I wrapped it up.
This is a babydoll top for my great-niece.
I made the 12-month size for Caroline, who is only 3 months old, but she’s a healthy, chubby baby, so I hope it will at least fit for the Fall weather in Wisconsin, if not for the whole winter. It’s only about 9″ long, which I suppose is good so it won’t impede movement when she starts rolling and crawling.
I made this in machine-washable wool, instead of cotton, because I imagine it as more of a winter layer than summer top.
Here’s the Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/mhenry/cotton-baby-doll-top
I’m still surprised and delighted that I happened to have the same~ish yarn in my stash, because I think this color combo is super cute. I hope my niece thinks so too!
Over the past six months or so, there have been a flurry of births in my circle of friends and in my midwestern family. As you know, I’ve knitted many, many tiny hats lately, which I find to be an easy, quick, and a super useful gift. My favorite is the Magic Coffee Baby Hat, partly because it was designed by a friend for/because of my boy (and another in our circle of knitters), and partly because it’s a great pattern and actually fits babies really well. And it’s free! And over a thousand knitters have made it, so you know it must be good! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-coffee-baby-hat
I’m actually not sure how many Magic Coffee Baby Hats I’ve knit myself. I sometimes group them together into one Ravelry project if I’m knitting a bunch at once. I’ve probably made more than a dozen of them.
Anyway….Here are four of the recently-born baby girls (all girls!!!!) in their hats, and one in a sweater.
Left to right and top to bottom, they’re 1) Ava, one of my college BFF’s daughter, 2) Caroline, my great-niece (nothing has made me feel old until writing or saying “great-niece.”), 3) Amayah, my cousin’s granddaughter, 4) Penny, my knitting friend’s daughter (with husband for goofy addition), and Caroline again– I need to knit her a new sweater ASAP, eh? She’s a beautiful, chunky baby!
It’s awfully nice that, although I can’t cuddle all these babies in person, I can send them some wooly love. And I can’t express how happy I am that the parents have been sending me photos of the handknits in action. You know what that means, don’t you? They’ll get MORE handknits!