Sunday, June 19, 2011

FO: Little pumpkin top

CO: February 21st, 2011
BO: February 22nd, 2011

Pattern used: Little sister's dress

Yarn: I raided Christine's stash and used her leftovers of BlueMoon Fiber Artist and Classy Sox by DyeDreams fingering weight. A total of about 60g, thus a short version of the dress.

Needles: 2.5mm circulars

Mods: none except for the total length being shorter and thus not quite making it as a dress.

Fit: The top fit her well from birth on. The first picture shows her only two weeks old, in the second one she's almost eight weeks old. She definitely needs a dress version of this. It is so easy to put on and to take off - a perfect layering piece.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

EZ surplice baby jacket review

I knit this awhile ago, now finally I have the chance to test and see how it fits.

My notes say that I knit the body longer (not sure what the pattern called for), but that seems to have been a good decision. The sleeves are 3.5" long from the armpits and I wish I had done a few more garter rows to make them longer. However, since the neckline is so open, the overall look works really well with the shorter sleeves. The kimono style is really cute. On the other hand, I would want to try a version where the crossover flaps are smaller. It still wraps around so far that the buttons are not even visible at the front. It is super cute, the pattern is a keeper.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

now and then

Just to prove the fact that babies do grow fast.

4-days old...

Same cardi on a one-month old baby...

It's a good thing I knit the sleeves and the body 1" longer than called for in the pattern.

Another cardi, same story.

2-days old...

And 7-weeks old...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

on newborn hats and socks (again)

First, let me show you some FOs. 
Patterns: Swirl hat and Newborn Spiral-Rib Tube Sock

Yarn used: I raided Christine's stash and used hand dyed sock yarn from Pagewood Farm, St. Elias in Really Red colourway.
Needles: 2.5 mm circulars

Size: Newborn

Fit: I thought there was no need for such small feet to have socks with heels. Now I know better. These socks keep falling off even when my little one is asleep. They are a bit better if I pull them over the pants and we did get some wear out of them. Swirl hat is a perfect fit when it comes to the size. However, if I get it to cover the wee one's ears, then it sits too low on the forehead and covers her eyes as well. If the brim is folded, then it does not cover the ears anymore. Quite a dilemma. I guess I will try this hat as the construction seems to be baby-friendlier to issues of covering the ears.

Next up: Gooseberry hat

This was a very fast knit, finished during a long flight with a screaming toddler on board. :)

Needles: 2.5mm circulars

Yarn: Superwash merino, cashmere and nylon blend handdyed by Christine

Mods/ notes: Since I was using fingering weight yarn and was knitting for a newborn, I cast on 80 sts, *k10,p10* for about 5", then decreased as in pattern from Row 3 onwards. I did an I-cord of 8sts, not 4 as in pattern.

Fit: For some reason, this hat is better when it comes to eyes-ear-issue. It looks cute, is a super easy knit and has enough stretchiness to last for a while. Well, at least I hope it will. Babies grow way faster than you'd think. I will show some pictures soon to prove it.

All in all, I'd choose function over form for my future baby sock and hat knits. Lace patterns are nice to have, but by the rate the little one is growing stockinette is just fine. Also, better knit bigger garments. I cannot stress that often enough. Regarding the pictures in this post: I learned from this experience to not wait for that perfect moment to take a picture of a newborn in a knit because that moment might never come.