Posted by Nele Henderson on August 11, 2014 / 2 Comments
A few days ago I received an email from my mum. It went like this:
“Hi mouse (read sweetie, that’s what we say in German), I just saw a bunch of babies on TV. I would like to have one or several grandchildren. Thanks and kisses!”
Now if you don’t know my mother you might think, “Oh, how pushy and insensitive of her to put such pressure on her daughter!” Don’t fear, I thought it was hilarious. My response was:
“Dear Mrs. XYZ, we would like to inform you that the arrival of a grandchild is estimated to take place in 3-5 years. Please note that the ETA is susceptible to and might be influenced by life circumstances and unforeseeable complications brought on by factors yet unknown. For the meantime we refer you to the maternity ward of the local hospitals and the TV program you have been enjoying.
Sincerely, Nele and husband, manager and assistant manager”
She seemed fairly content with that answer. Anyway, let’s talk babies and stuff!
With the newest addition of Sarah Young’s wee one to the Happy Knits team and sooooo many of our friends having and expecting babies, we have been cranking out itty bitty sweaters, hats, slippers and blankets that I want to share with you today.
So much baby stuff!
Let’s start with the newest sweater Annette got us all into–Beth and I are making one each for our respective pregnant lady friends: Ysolda Teague’s ‘Wee Envelope’! Super cute, super quick aaaand it uses Mohonk from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, which we love! All of Jill’s yarn is sourced and processed in the US.
An all time favourite is Laura Chau’s ‘Sweet Bunting’ in Acadia by The Fibre Co. Turns out, you can make a simple baby hat that shows off the same adorable colourwork as the sweater out of the leftovers!
In case you need a shower gift instantaneously, look no further, the Purl Bee has got it! We like to look to their renowned blog for inspiration when we need a project that is beautiful, simple, modern and minimal.
The ‘Super Simple Super Soft Merino Baby Hat’ is a free pattern on the Purl Bee that works up in less than one hour on size 11 needles. Make a quick pom pom out of leftovers and you have superb present!
Another free pattern from the same blog is the ‘Garter Ear Flap Hat’ and it is equally adorable! And of course we did not only make a hat–no–hello, matching sweater and booties! All of these are made with the machine washable Pebble Worsted from Black Trillium, dyed locally in Portland! The ‘A Simple Baby Pullover’ pattern is available for FREE on Ravelry.
‘Baby Moc-a-Soc‘ by Bekah Knits , ‘Garter Ear Flap Hat’ FREE by Purl Soho and ‘A Simple Baby Pullover’ FREE by Erica Kempf Broughton in Black Trillium Pebble Worsted. The blanket is ‘Dogwood’ by Emily Wessel in Madelinetosh Vintage
Last but not least some inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, Knitted Bliss. Julie often inspires me with the modified knitting projects she seeks out on Ravelry. This is one of Laura’s projects and I had to show it to you because I think that the new multi-coloured Regia would work fabulously for this!
‘Freakin’ Foxtastic’ modified sweater knitted by Laura. She combined the free patterns ‘Fox in the Snow Mittens’ and ‘Baby Sophisticate’. Try something like this with our new Regia yarns because the multicoloured fox heads are an effect of self-striping sock yarn!
Alright friends, I hope I got you all excited about tiny things (or not so tiny – I am actually making an adult sized version of the Freakin’ Foxtastic. I don’t care if you think that’s silly, I’ll wear it, keeping Portland weird.)
Grab your needles and go!