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!

New project!

I managed a few rows of my Trillian scarf today:


I might put it away in favor of bigger needles for a few days, maybe a week or so. The urge to finish versus how it makes my hand feel, not a great result.

So I’ll have something on bigger needles to work on, and because I want to knit things for my niece’s baby, I started this adorable baby doll top in worsted weight yarn and size 9 needles.


I only did a few row because my hand needs a rest, so I’m reading Black Beauty- for the first time- I never read it as a kid. So far I really like it. I had no idea that it was written from the horse’s perspective! 🐴

Headbands and more

Lately I’ve been plodding away at my small-needle WIPs, which I can only work on for a few rows at a time due to carpal tunnel. Case in point: I knitted one measly row while waiting with the Wee Girl’s second-grade class for a play to begin.


One or two rows at a time, it’ll eventually get done!  But I’m afraid I might have to really stuck with larger needles from now on. 

A little sewing project has been going on here- I decided to make a couple of bundles of headbands for our elementary school’s fundraising auction. They won’t bring a ton of money, but it’s nice to contribute something, especially since I didn’t work on the class project this year.

there were supposed to be 10, but i made a mistake on one and am wondering whether to fix it or just go with two sets of 4 instead of 5 per set.


And in cute baby news, here’s my cousin’s granddaughter in one of her Magic Coffee Baby Hats.

so cute!!!!!!!!!

Gogood night!

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!

Secret project reveal!

Well, my package of secret projects arrived at its destination on time!  That is, everything arrived at my sister’s house time for my niece’s baby shower, and now I can show you the gifts I made.

There was this tiny (newborn size-ish) sweater, the Easy Baby Cardigan from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-baby-cardigan-3  It really was an easy project, and quick!  It only took a few days and less than a skein of yarn.

The pattern called for 1/2″ buttons, but I had trouble finding that size, and also the pattern doesn’t call for buttonholes, so I went for slightly smaller buttons that I thought would be easy to jab through the garter stitch.  (Next time I’d consider adding buttonholes– new parents don’t need that one more thing to slow them down.)  The yarn is Plymouth Encore Worsted, which is machine-washable, a huge bonus for baby knits.

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Next up is this baby quilt I made to match the quilt I sewed for my niece’s wedding last summer.  I was able to use only fabric left from the first quilt.  I had to piece lots of smaller bits together, but that is part of the fun for me– to see if I can make it work!  And I did!  It also helped that I found a good amount of the polka dot fabric after I’d prepped most of the squares already.

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As you can see, I’m still working on cutting straight.  :/img_6175

I also sent along three of the pink stripey baby hats I’d made recently.  I forget which of the Magic Coffee Baby hats, but they included one or more of these, plus the Marley on the right.

With my deadline crafting done, and feeling a bit tired of hats, hats, and more hats, I’ve finally started a new cardigan for the Wee Boy.  It’s the Child Sophisticate.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby–child-sophisticate I always liked the Baby Sophisticate, but never made it while my kids were small enough for it.  And now the pattern has been expanded up to size 10!  Handy!  I’m using pea green Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino from my stash, and navy blue Cascade 220 Heathers from last year’s Stash Exchange.  This photo was taken yesterday when the lighting was good, but I’m further than this now.  Tonight I separated the arms and am working my way down the torso.  So far it’s a quick, easy knit, even with the limited time I’ve put into knitting on it.

Carpal Tunnel has still got me down, and I’m trying very hard to listen to my hand and wrist and not overdo it!   Computer work also irritates it, so I’ll stop here for now!  Good night!

Back to normal?

Well, after a few days of frustration with WordPress, it looks like I can insert photos again.  We get so used to instant gratification these days that it is actually kind of nice to take a break from the constant digital connections sometimes.

However, I did want to show you the plethora of baby hats I’ve been working on.  In total, I whipped up 8 Magic Coffee Baby hats in 11 days, while the Rainbow Marley (from a previous post) took me 2 weeks, on and off, because I found it so boring.

2 of the Magic Coffee hats aren’t pictured because the mama-to-be had her baby shower last week and I wanted them to arrive in Minnesota on time (they did!).  I sent 2 more off today, but I plan to make a few more items for the last mom on my list before I send her hats to her.  I have two left over that I’ll probably donate.

There are some scraps left over, but I think instead of more hats right now, I’ll put them in my bear yarn stash.

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And….. in bigger news, last night at Knit Night I finished my French Toast sweater!  It fits great, although I wouldn’t mind if it relaxed slightly from blocking.  I soaked it in Eucalan and now it’s lying flat while I think about evaporation.  I’ll get a better photo when I can.

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Now that the sweater is done, I have wound the yarn for my husband’s requested socks, and I’m trying to figure out if I have the right yarn for a hat to squeeze into the last few days of Cablepalooza.  I have my eye on the pattern Hermione Hearts Ron.