Whirligig

A few weeks ago Moose’s brother got married. Moose and I were both in the wedding and of course T was there to watch the show.

It’s not very often you get to see us all dressed up, especially Moose, he hasn’t worn a suit since our wedding!

I knit T a little shrug to go with her dress for the day.

Pattern:Whirligig Shrug by Stephanie Japel

Yarn: Sirdar Baby Bamboo

Needles: 4mm circs

I picked up the yarn for this 6 days before the wedding…. cutting it close I know but it was a quick little knit and I still had 3 days to spare when it was done and dusted. I made the size 12-18mths with hopes that she will still be able to wear it this Fall over a t shirt or dress.

 

The little U shaped cables are the perfect little detail that make this shrug unique. Pair that with the bell shaped sleeves and you`ve got the perfect cardi for a special occasion. I love the versatility of this knit too, when put with jeans or a skirt it instantly becomes a more casual  look. Either way you put it this is a must knit for a little one.

After the recepetion I took T outside for some play time in the grass. This is were I got the majority of my pics as well as a few special ones that aren`t quite ready to be seen yet.

 

Playtime in the grass with a bowl full of cheerios…. all is right in the world!

Finishing up!

Tadpole is still hanging on with only 6 days till my due date.

It’s given me the chance to finally get some pictures of these last few knits.

 

Pattern: Bunny Tail by Susan B Anderson

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton ease in Taupe

Needles: 4.5mm

Start Date: September 15th 2009

Finish Date: September 16th 2009

 Mods: I omit the pompom tail, other than that knit to pattern.

Pattern: Kanoko Pants by Yumiko Sakurai

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton ease in Taupe

Needles: 4mm

Start Date: September 14th 2009

Finish Date: September 16th 2009

Once I started these pants I just couldn’t put them down. The changes from moss stitch, stockinette and purling kept my interest wondering what would be next. These two projects make a nice set and will be lovely and  warm this winter.

 

Widdle Socks

It only seems fitting that this next package from Monika, Biko and Happy arrived just before Socktoberfest got underway.

Tadpole’s first pair of socks!!!

How incredibly adorable are these socks??? 

 I love the garter stitch detail, so unique, I’ve never come across a pattern for baby socks that is this cute. I may have to give this pattern a go and make another pair for Tad. 

Love  that the package was addressed to “My name and Moose!” heheh

I laughed sooo hard when I pulled out this card…

 For those of you that haven’t been reading all that long, Moose calls me Donkey and obvious I call him Moose. This card was just too perfect,  love it when someone GETS me!

Monika chose the cutest fabrics, for these wonderful handmade, double sided bibs.  I couldn’t figure a way to get both sides in the shot so you’ll just have to believe me, they are awesome.

 She also made two wonderful, again double sided burp cloths to complete this wonderful package. I’d hadn’t  heard of a burp cloth until just recently but now I can definitely see how useful they are going to be.

Thank you so much Monika everything is sooo fabulous.

I appreciate the time you took to make and tailor everything to suit my personality!

Striped

 

Pattern:  Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Yarn: Cotton Ease in Lake, Lime and Stone

Needles: 3.75mm and 4.5mm

Start Date: August 28th 2009

Finish Date: September 13th 2009

I love how this little cardi turned out, a simple design that produces awesome results.

The Cotton Ease was great to work with, I bought these three colours, Lake, Lime and Stone, with something striped in mind, I just didn’t know what I’d knit until I saw the Super Natural Stripes pattern. I wanted to knit something that either a boy or girl could wear and this pattern seemed to be very versatile.

Not only is it a great gender neutral cardi but the pattern is soo easily adapted, you could change the stripes to garter stitch, do only one stripe of colour, plain with no stripes, add some lacey stitches to the top, the choices are endless.

This would make a great baby shower gift that you can customize in colour and pattern for different babies, a perfect go to pattern.  There is a cute ridged hat that Danielle designed to go with the cardi that I decided not to knit right now. There are several other items I wanted to knock off in this last month so I went without the hat  but it is very sweet and would make a cute set.

I knit the 0-6 mth size but it should fit within the first month or so if not right away.

The perfect little cardi for winter.

 

 

Saturday Stripes

  

Its a lazy day here on The Ridge.

The remnant’s of Hurrican Danny is descending upon us today bringing  a ton of rain. I figured I’d make use of this lovely rainy day and start a new project. This is Super Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea. I figured with my cotton ease colour choices this would suit a girl or boy and with sizing up to 4 years I can definitely see many variations of this one happening in the years to come.

 

Tadpole’s Cardigan

 

 

Pattern:  Design C from Sirdar’s Baby Bamboo Too

Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton green

Needles: 3.25mm and 3.75mm straights

Start Date: June 27th 2009

Finish Date: August 7th 2009

 The “If Tadpole is a girl Cardi” is finally complete!! With just the sleeves left to knit I pushed it to the side angrily and tried to forget about it for a while as I kept frigging something up.  No matter how many times I started the second pattern on the sleeves it just wasn’t working. Finally once I gathered some patience and decided that I was going to FINISH this cardigan I realized that the pattern had an error and that it wasn’t me  messing it up at all.

For anyone wanting to knit this in the smallest size  the second pattern on the sleeves row 4 should read P0, * k1.p3* repeat.

As always the button was a challenge, I think my trouble is I know exactly what and then can never find what I’m looking for. I knew I wanted a shell look button but it had to be very small, then I remembered my mum’s button stash and went on the hunt. I found this cute  little vintage shell button in Mum’s many button jars that I thought was perfect.

This was my first time using Rowan Handknit Cotton, its soft and flexible unlike those crunchy types of cotton’s you sometimes find, a great yarn for various children’s knits, I can even see it made into a summer top for myself.

This will be super cute over a summer dress or paired with jeans/capri’s.

Now the only question  is will this be for Tadpole or a future sibling????

Little Ray of Sunshine

Pattern: Boheme by Allegra Wermuth 6mths

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Mustard

Needles: 4mm circs

Start Date: July 11th 2009

Finish Date: July 15th 2009

After two months of  rain and cold, well into what should have been our summer I was in need of a little pick me up. All that weather can really get you down so I decided to cast on some bright and fun.

Another knit for Tadpole if it is a girl. This was super fast knit  and incredibly cute. It only took two days of knitting on and off to finish it. I enjoyed it so much I just couldn’t put it down….. wish that could be said for all the projects I start.

I made a few changes to the pattern as written, I chose to do 10 pattern repeats to make it a little longer and I decided to go with a garter stitch edge on the bottom instead of the picot edge. I think the garter edge compliments the top of the cardi perfectly!

As always my challenge was to find the perfect buttons, I knew I wanted something silver this time so it didn’t take me long to find these cuties.

Now what’s next???

Yo Yo Yoda

Yarn: Sirdar Baby Bamboo
Needles: 5mm
Start Date: August 26st 2008
Finish Date: September 12st 2008
Sirdar baby bamboo is now my favourite baby yarn. Its incredibly soft, great stitch defination and slides wonderfully along the needles, it comes in a variety of yummy colours that I can’t wait to knit with. Mum and Dad also brought me the Baby Bamboo Too pattern book back from their trip home during the summer, there are some lovely patterns in there that are just screaming to be knit.
This pattern for this was sized for 6mths but the little Yoda this was destined for was nearing that mark already so I added to the length and width of this sweater for more of a 1 year old size which will hopefully fit him well into next year.
Now what’s a yoda sweater without the matching felted yoda hat?

Pattern: Felted Yoda Hat by Sunshyne Leland

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers

Needles: 6.5mm

Start Date: September 25th 2008

Finish Date: September 26th 2008

Again this pattern went up to 6mths and I was afraid it wouldn’t fit when felted so I added to the number of stitches cast on as well as ear flaps and it actually turned out to be a bit too big, it should be wearable for quite a while.

As you can tell from the dates of these knits this post was a long time coming but I wanted to gift these knits before I posted about them.

Here’s Baby Yoda himself:

Talk about cute!

I’m almost caught up with my FO’s but i’ve had a bad case of startitis as of late and have lots more to show you!