Archive for the ‘Stuff I Knit Myself’ Category

Puff Daddy

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This Puff Daddy scarf thingy took me an hour and a half start to finish. The yarn is Arucania Limari. It’s nice yarn, but for containing only merino, alpaca, and silk, I’d expect it to be a teeny bit less scratchy.

I don’t have a picture (yet) but it looks cute on me. My pom pom is not as spherical as I’d like, but there are worse problems to have.

Happy New Year

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

We had a nice Christmas here.� GiGi was all, “whatever,” but she’ll appreciate all the toys she got sooner or later.� I finished two more knitted gifts but only have a picture of one:

From a Mary Maxim kit (No. 3794N, Snow Mitts for Kids) we have mittens for my nephew William.� My first intarsia (WOO!) and my first 100% acrylic (meh).� The yarn is Mary Maxim Mellowspun, which is okay, but nothing special.� These mittens rock, though.

I also knit a scarf for my Grandmother, but I didn’t get a picture.� Instead, I offer you a photo of some of the 16 lb beef rib roast that she bought for dinner… for six people.

Pink Hats for Christmas

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Joanna requested a pink cat hat. I was happy to oblige:

Alli did not request a hat, but I knit a pink one for her too:

The day before Ginny’s due date, Matt and I went all over Baltimore to find beads, and then that evening, I started this hat. I think I finished it within 24 hours. Nervous knitting, perhaps?

Baby Stuff I Was Gonna Show You Months Ago

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Hey there! A long, long, long time ago, I planned to how you a week’s worth of items I’d made for the baby. I had things all ready and photographed, made it to Wednesday, and then I just forgot to finish. We were busy, Toaster was sick, I was pregnant, yadda, yadda, yadda…

Here’s one thing:

Why spend $10 on completely unnecessary padding for your precious child when you can make completely unnecessary padding for the cost of some scraps from your sewing stash? Skull and crossbones flannel from Joanns, reverses to cotton chenille. I imagine they’ll be better at soaking up drool than those fancy store-bought ones!

Then we have these little guys:

Two gnomes out of a possible five (I haven’t knit the rest yet) from a nice little kit from Green Mountain Wee Woolies at Etsy. While the kit is very nice, I do have one minor quibble: all of the pictures (including the one that came with the kit) show the gnomes wearing cross-body handbags (European carryalls?), yet the pattern does not provide handbag instructions. Boo!

In other news, baby girl is huge! At her first pediatrician appointment, she weighed 7 lbs 2 oz. Twelve days later, she weighed 8 lbs 9 oz! Also, she had grown almost two inches in height since birth. Damn, that’s crazy. And it can’t feel good to grow that quickly. Matt went back to work today, and we all missed him tons. Luckily, it’s only two weeks until his company shuts down for Christmas and New Years, when we’ll all get to be together again.

Wednesday: Sockies!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Doggy Update: Toaster is still at the hospital. No more runs, but a few more pukies.

Now back to our regular programing:


These socks are from a pattern by Miriam Felton I found for free on her website. I don’t expect you to recognize the yarn, but it’s left over from the first pair of socks I ever knit. Matt and the baby will have matching feet! Well, sorta matching.

Monday: Baby Bibs O’Love

Monday, August 18th, 2008

These aren’t for warm-keeping, but for mess-containing.


“Kitchen cotton” bibs (a mix of Peaches & Creme and Sugar’n Cream…I feel so rebellious!), pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting. They still need buttons, but, eh, there’s no hurry. I have a plastic snowman full of navy blue buttons that I got for, like, 50 cents at some time in the past. That should work.

Judging by the state of our many cotton dishrags, these will not age well. Since I made’em, I have stumbled up on a pattern suggesting super wash wool for baby bibs. Less likely to fade, more water resistant (won’t wick moisture through to baby’s clothes), and just as machine-washable. That’s some smart thinking, right there!

Sunday: Baby Sweater

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Soooo, last weekend we went to Ocean City with some friends. Here’s proof:


No, no one was on the other end of the line. Yes, we had fun. Until we got stuck in traffic on the way home. Yes, we saw the truck that went of the bridge. Now, on with the shizz-ow…

Woooo, a whole WEEK of baby crap, coming your way! Like I said, I’ve been knitting for the little baby who currently has no purpose other than to pummel my internal organs for twenty minutes, every hour and a half or so. We have just entered the third trimester here, folks! Nesting instinct kicking in, in 3, 2, …


Yes, that is my belly.

This cute little sweater is made out of some Reynolds Blossom that I got at All About Yarn. It’s a Reynolds pattern, too. The size is 3-6 months, but it’s roomy and the sleeves roll up, so I figure on a longer period of wear than that. But it was simple to knit, inexpensive, and machine washable. What more could I ask for?


Monday, June 30th, 2008

So, Matt and I are planning to use cloth diapers for the baby. Some friends of ours, who are also expecting, plan on using cloth as well. In support of their poo-wrangling goals, I knit this:


Cute, eh? That, my friends, is a pair of wool soakers. It is not as watertight as laminated fabric, but wool’s natural properties of water resistance and breathability make it good for diaper covers. Something felted, treated with extra lanolin, would be even better, but these should work just fine.