Inspired by babies, part 2

Urban Aran Cardi quick update: I can knit about a skein per day if I focus on it, which isn’t happening although I often come close.  A skein a day doesn’t sound bad but this will take about 20 skeins.  20 days.  Except more than that.

I am about to start my third skein, sigh.  Now my mental goal is to be done with this sweater before the baby comes.  Five weeks.  35 days.

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On to our topic of the day…

Read “Inspired by babies, part 1” here.

By the way, these are not in order of preference at all but mostly in the order I thought of them.

Fifth: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap which is darling without being twee, IMO.  It is the quintessential baby bonnet.  I’ve been eying my sock yarn stash for a good fit.  Something stripey, for sure.

I really do seem to have a thing for hats, don’t I?  This is new and I am still coming to terms with it.  But so far it’s only limited to knit hats.  All other hats are the realm of my hat-lovin’, ever-wearin’ hubby.  I look stupid in hats but stupid doesn’t matter when it’s COLD.

Sixth: Booties.  Don’t know which pattern since I haven’t found one yet that I love to the exclusion of all others.  Right now my preference is just to make tiny socks except that there was a dog-sock incident recently that takes the shine off making socks for children.  Anyway, I am taking pattern suggestions in the comments!

Seventh: a new Tulip.  I made one with a kit from Threadbear for my niece two years ago.  What’s not to love about Dream in Color yarn?!  Yummy.  But in an ongoing effort to enjoy the yarn I have already (which is not exactly the same as stash reduction, a term that seems a more severe and unhappy approach to this excess of riches), I am thinking of using either some of my never ending Wool-Ease (more on that in a moment) or Mission Falls 1824, bought on sale 2 years ago for the express purpose of making an unspecified stripey baby or kid sweater.  My inspiration for this project comes from the Tulips made by Sheri for which she uses Caron Simply Soft in juicy colors.

Eighth: Patchwork baby blanket – a project in progress – concludes this parade of inspiration.  Zander’s blanket was the awesome Big Bad Baby Blanket by Lisa Shobhana Mason from the book Stitch and Bitch by Debbie Stoller, knit with two strands of Wool-Ease worsted weight held together.  I was VERY happy with this as a baby blanket because it was warm, washable, and affordable. Although I wanted something similar for the next baby’s blanket, I didn’t want to knit the same pattern.  Just ’cause.

I eventually settled on a patchwork blanket, in part to use up some of the Wool-Ease I had accumulated.  But I needed 16 different colors (=skeins), of which I had slightly less than half.  So far, I have procured all the colors I will use, plus some secondary options just in case I need to swap colors out (with receipts to return what I don’t use – as if!).  I have 12 of 16 squares completed so far and it only takes me about two days to make each square.  With approximately 25g of each skein leftover (or the equivalent of 4.7 balls of Wool-Ease), I am not sure my efforts will result in a net reduction of Wool-Ease, which is both funny and sad.

And this is just what I have come up with so far…..

What baby patterns are you making?

  4 comments for “Inspired by babies, part 2

  1. February 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    I think Saartje’s Bootees (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saartjes-bootees) are adorable. And I plan to make a kimono sweater, like this one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-sachiko-kimono-sweater. I’ve got some bright blue and green cotton yarn that I think would be cute for it. First, though, I have several baby quilts to go through, plus redoing my snowflake hat (again), plus a scarf for me because I’ve got a huge one and a skinny one and nothing in between.

  2. Charlotte Mayhew
    February 1, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Maybe a couple more light-colored squares to get more contrast between squares on your patchwork blanket? I like the patchwork effect!

    I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s a worsted-weight baby sock pattern (fast! thick!): http://www.geocities.com/blossomknitwear/superquickbabysocks

  3. February 4, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I can’t tell you! (but you’ll find out soon…..) say it with me Z…muAHAHAHAHAH!

  4. February 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    J: Oooh, I like those booties. I think I’ve looked at them before too. But I’ve also realized I have a mental block about handknits on children’s feet since the dog ate Z’s handknit sock last month. So booties are way on the back burner. I’m sure that game will change after I see those tiny toes.

    C: Yeah, the Lamb’s Pride palate is hard to work with. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    L: Uh oh. 😉

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