Monday, August 27, 2007

Here are a pair of Multidirectional Baby Blankets for the twins, this one is made up in Caron Simply Soft colorway Baby Brights Ombre, with a single-crochet border of Caron Simply Soft colorway Off White - it actually matches the pale yellow of the Ombre yarn.
This Multidirectional Baby Blanket is worked with 1 strand of TLC Essentials colorway Powder Pink and 1 strand of Baby Bee Peach Fuzz Ombre colorway Sweet Cheeks. To find out more about Iris Schreier's Multidirectional Knitting, click on the link at the top right of the page.
This is the Ribbed Eyelet Hat, another Patti Pierce Stone pattern, worked in a vintage generic acrylic baby yarn from my stash.
This is my crowning achievement in baby garments - a sweater that looks like it might actually fit a real baby. The pattern is from the Premature Baby Set designed by Denny Kelly from Australia. It is worked in TLC Baby colorway Powder Pink.
Here is the famous One Skein Hooded Baby Sweater - aka the 5-hour baby sweater. This is a great pattern, works up quickly, and is easy to do. I used some generic worsted acrylic from my stash.
Bev's Baby Seed Cap, worked in Caron Simply Soft, colorway Baby Brights Ombre. I left the tassel off the top, it seemed to overwhelm this little hat. Check out Bev's Country Cottage for lots of nice baby things to knit for charity.
Here is the green set, the Newborn Vest is Pat Z's design, also found on Bev's Country Cottage. It has snap closures at the shoulders and front, for easy access to babies in isolettes or warming tables.
To go with the vest, the Honeycomb Preemie Hat and Booties are really tiny! I like this heathery yarn, Red Heart Soft Baby colorway New Mint Twinkle. It would be nice for either a boy or a girl. All the Soft Baby colors are really pretty, with some bright colors that are a nice change from the traditional baby pastels.
This is the Lots of Eyelets Preemie Hat, another design by Patti Pierce Stone. The eyelets aren't visible until it is stretched out a bit. It's worked in Red Heart Soft Baby colorway Rocking Horse.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Preemie Baby Knits

Here's the first batch of many photos. This is a preemie cap from Lion Brand Yarn, knit in Red Heart Soft Baby, colorway Rocking Horse. You may have to create an account to get to the free pattern on Lion's website.
Twin Santa caps, knit in Lion Microspun, with the rolled brim worked in 1 strand of white Microspun and 1 strand of Baby Bee Peach Fuzz in the Angel colorway. I found the pattern on Spinning Sandy's Ditsy Drivel blog. Just a note on the Peach Fuzz yarn - I found this at Hobby Lobby, and it is also available online. Ordinarily I would not buy Hobby Lobby's Bee brand of yarn, it is overpriced (IMHO) and most of the Bee yarns do not feel like anything I would want next to my skin. However,this Peach Fuzz yarn works great as a carry-along, it is a very short eyelash yarn and makes the project nicely fuzzy and soft, without those super-long eyelashes all over the place - and the yardage is great - 600 yds per ball.
Here is the "Down by the Seashore" Preemie Hat, designed by Patti Pierce Stone. (To get to this pattern, scroll down and click on the link in purple - it's a PDF.) The design mimics the waves on the Jersey Shore - a location very close to my heart! It was a bit troublesome to knit, struggling with Boye Balene II dpns - they are so 'sticky' I never had to worry about the needles sliding out of the stiches, but they got too sticky at times, and would not allow the yarn to move very freely along the needles. The yarns are various fingering weight acrylics from my stash of vintage, if not truly antique, yarns.
The stretchy Preemie Hat - it really does stretch quite a lot, and I love this Fizzy Print colorway of Red Heart TLC Baby yarn.
Twin bears for Caroline and Harlow - the pattern is Berroco's Harry Bear, worked in 1 strand of Red Heart Plush colorway Cream, and 1 strand of Baby Bee Peach Fuzz colorway Sweet Cheeks. The sweaters are knit in Red Heart Soft Baby colorway New Mint Twinkle, and I would like to credit the designer of this sweater pattern, but I can't find it online again. It's titled "A Beanie Baby Sweater" and calls for 1 skein of Cleckheaton and size 9 dpns. If you recognize this pattern, please let me know where I can find it so I can give credit where it is due. I did make some changes in the pattern so the sweaters would fit these bears, which are a bit larger than the standard Beanie Baby.
This sweater pattern from the UK is the Premature/Low Birth Weight Baby Body Warmer from Doris Lord. The booties are on the same website. The hat is Deanna Pate's design, and has a pretty pink organdy ribbon laced through the brim. Although I had plenty of baby yarn in my stash, I went looking for yarn to match the pink and green decor of Caroline and Harlow's nursery, this is (again) Red Heart TLC Baby yarn in the Fizzy Print colorway.

Long Time No Posts

Sometimes I just get so caught up in knitting, I forget to update this blog - silly, because right now this is the only record I have of what I have made and what I have given away. So here goes, starting with all the baby knits - the big blue hat in the back is from Knit Naked, Munchkin Topper number 2, made up in some anonymous blue acrylic worsted, probably from Lee Wards.