UFO

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!

Baby knitting roundup

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!