Posts tagged ‘baby sweaters’

July 27th, 2012

Playing in the trees

by Christina

knitted log cabin blanket

One of the things I’ve been the most grateful for during this hot, dry summer are the trees. Oh, trees are a wonderful escape on a hot day. They are a wonderful escape from the torture of the sun – friends, almost, who open their house and their cooling shade and beckon you to continue your playtime outdoors.

But.. one of the things I’ve been most worried about during this summer are the trees… they are suffering so. My mom has been saying, “Nature can be cruel, but it always heals itself eventually.” I’m trying to remember that… I look at some of the grand trees in our area – trees that are massive and must be hundreds of years old and I remind myself that they have made it through the drought of the 30s, the 50s, and the 88 drought, they might be able to make it through this drought as well.

Now that my secret project is finished and mailed off I’ve turned to garter stitch again. I find myself turning to garter stitch whenever I’m really stressed out. There is something soooo soothing about garter stitch to me. A dear friend of mine has been making some log cabin blankets, inspired by Cosy Things (I think)… and I, inspired by my friend, decided to follow suit. I’ve decided it will be for John since he is finally asking me to make him something knitted…oh, yes, and a green sweater too. Nothing could make me happier… it wasn’t long ago when he didn’t want to wear anything I made for him.

Two days ago I sat in my doctor’s office and listened to him as he ordered me to find a way to rest more. Right. How in the world do you do that? I haven’t been recovering from surgery as I should … but still… how do you rest?

My immediate plan is to watch the Olympics with John… again, not my own idea but the suggestion of a wonderful friend. Thank goodness for friends!

Are you all planning on Olympic watching and knitting?

April 11th, 2012

Knitted Bow Ties

by Christina

One of the things that I remember about my childhood Easters are new dresses. My dad didn’t allow us to participate in Easter egg hunts or have  Easter baskets but my mom, for whom Easter egg hunts and baskets were a part of her childhood,  would always try to make us new dresses and a hat for Easter Sunday.

My favorite was a pink calico dress with little lace trim and a straw hat with a matching ribbon.

When was out on my own I would buy myself a new hat for Easter. (Yes, I adore hats.)

Now that I have my own little guy not only do I plan an Easter egg hunt for him and the cousins and an Easter basket but a new little something to wear is a must.

This year I made a little cotton vest and matching bow tie. The bow tie was sooooo much fun to make and hardly took anytime at all I plan on making a few more for Sundays. ( Lil J wore my outfit for Palm Sunday and an outfit his grandma purchased for him for Easter Sunday. But I did go ahead and make another tie for his Easter outfit. They are too much fun to make. )

toddler knit vest and bowtie

I thought you all would have fun making them for your little ones so here is the pattern:

Bow Tie
Berroco Weekend i.e. cotton worsted weight yarn
US #7 needles
Tapetry needle
safety pin to secure neckband at back of collar

Co 10 sts.
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K
Row 4: K2, p6, k2
Repeat rows 3 &4 until piece measure 4″ from co edge to needles.
Row 5: K
Row 6: K
Row 7: K
Row 8: Bo in purl

Bow Tie Center
Co 3 sts and work 6 rows of garter stitch, bo 3 sts.

co 3 sts and work in garter stitch for 11 – 12″ (depending on the collar size of your little one)

Using the tapestry needle and a piece of cotton, sew a running stitch up the center of the bow tie to gather it. Wrap the Bow tie center around the gathered section and sew the bow tie center together at the back. Find the mid point of the neck band and sew it onto the bow tie in the back. Steam lightly with a steam iron.

Note: the vest is my own pattern. If you are looking for a good substitute try Summer Vest by Tot Toppers

JK is reading me The Girl with a Pearl Earring while I knit at night. I’ve enjoyed it so far. I can relate to the descriptions of washing and ironing and scrubbing. Why do I find it so comforting to know that those menial tasks are so normal and have been part of life for centuries? We’ll see though… I am getting the feeling that the book is going to take a turn and I’m not going to like what is around the next corner.

Joining with Ginny


November 4th, 2010

Little Man Knits

by Christina

I can’t believe how much John has grown over the last year.

All those sweaters I made for him last year — too small.

The realization that he needed a fresh supply of sweaters set my needles in motion in a frantic way.

I had forgotten how much fun it is to knit for  little man!

Pattern: None – just took John’s measurements

Yarn: Berroco Jasper - approx 4 skeins for a 12 mos size

Needles: US #7

Milk time for the Little Man

January 28th, 2010

The Cashmere Sweater

by Christina

Baby John's Cashmere Sweater

Last week Baby John’s cashmere sweater came off my needles. Am I insane to knit a cashmere sweater for a 5 month baby? Probably. But he’s my munchkin to spoil. However, I will say I paid a total of $8 for this cashmere.

No, I didn’t get this lovely yarn at a yarn sale. I salvaged it from two lovely cashmere sweaters from the second hand store. After ripping out the two sweaters (one blue and one camel) I plied them together with my spinning wheel — yes, one of the lovely benefits of having a wheel on hand. It turned out to be a lovely, rounded, 4 ply worsted weight cashmere yarn that was heaven to knit.

So, if your dying to knit with cashmere but your budget right now will not permit that kind of a splurge — try recycled cashemere! It’s VERY rewarding.

I will say one thing — this sweater is VERY warm. Poor Baby John almost overheated in it on Sunday. I’ll have to make sure he wears it only on the coldest days.

Next time I recycle cashmere I think I’m going to make my Birthday Cake Cowl or my Pearl Street Scarf. Those are two items that would sing if they were knitted out of cashmere!