Day 27

A knitter’s baby shower brings out the generosity of other crafters, I tell you.  There were handmade gifts all over the place exhibiting the mad skills of sewers and knitters alike.  I am overwhelmed with the thought and time that went into these gifts and would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you.  I can’t wait to put these to good use!

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Baby Surprise Jacket from Archiknist

 

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Baby socks from Pixisis. There were 4…

 

 

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Hearts & Squares Blanket from Pixisis

 

And lets not forget about our friends with sewing machines:

 

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Plush Alphabets from Jennsquared (her photo too)

 

 

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Flannel sleep sacks from Sweetie’s mom

There is something so special about wrapping the ones you love in something handmade.  I feel great comfort and satisfaction knowing that what I’ve knit will be keeping someone warm and cozy.  And while I’ve received hand knits and sewing creations before, these baby items are overwhelming me.  Maybe it’s the hormones, or the fact that I understand what goes into making these things, but I am truly at a loss for words.  Wow.  Again, thank you so much!

 

 

 

Day 12

My baby-knitting frenzy produced a pair of booties this weekend.  I had some yarn leftover from a baby hat, and thought to myself: of course this babe needs matching booties!  Granted, s/he may not be able to wear them at the same time depending on actual head and foot size, but it’s the thought that counts.  And yes, that’s a pinkish-purple in the yarn; did you know pink used to be the preferred colors for boys, and blue for girls?  Not that I know either way…

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  • Pattern: BSJ Inspired Bootees by  Megan Grewal (Ravelled here) 3-6 month size
  • Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, unknown colorway, about 50 yards
  • Needles: US size 6/4 mm
  • Mods: I chose to do the 1×1 ribbing at the ankle to help keep them on wee feet.

These booties were incredibly fast and interesting to knit.  They start out flat as a few stitches on the needle and quickly transform into booties almost as if by magic.  Knitting magic, that is!  I have not yet made Zimmerman’s incomparable Baby Surprise Jacket, but I have been assured that the process is similarly magical.

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There is a ribbed section at the ankle that pulls the booties in a bit to help keep them on.  I don’t really care for how that looks, so if I made these again I might leave that out for comparison.  Fortunately, the legs are long enough that you can roll down the cuffs if you like.  When Sweetie saw these booties for the first time, she said “Those are effing adorable.  Make a hundred pairs!”  Careful what you ask a knitter for…

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And The Winner Is…

Lucky number 13, Hege!!!

You have won a delicious skein of Knit Picks Shimmer yarn in Turquoise Splendor. Please send me an email at sugarbysonia@gmail.com with your mailing address, and I will get some yummy yarn to you asap!

I used this site to select a random winner from all the comments on my post Sock Knitting & a Contest. There were many helpful, funny, and interesting suggestions! Thank you all so much for your input.

Hege suggested knitting Jaywalker socks by Grumperina. I have tried that pattern once before, and loved the effect it created with the striping Knit Picks Felici yarn. Unfortunately, it was way too small or not stretchy enough to fit any human foot! Other sock suggestions were the Broadripple and Thuja socks from Knitty, and these cute pom pom socks. I am interested in making all 3!

More than one person suggested the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) by the ineffable Elizabeth Zimmerman. This is a pattern that has caught my eye several times before, and I like the possibilities it holds. You can customize it to suit your needs in terms of yarn weight, size, and color combos. Personally, I really like the idea of making baby garments out of superwash merino sock yarn; functionality and stash busting at the same time!

I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm for suggesting their favorite projects. We all have our own knitting style and taste, and it is refreshing and inspiring for me to see what other people choose to create with their yarn and sticks! My knitting queue just got a little bit longer, but these are tried and true patterns which I somehow trust a little bit more. So if you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, take a spin through the comments and other lovely blogs to see what jumps out at you. Who knows–you might be motivated to try something you’ve never attempted before!