What’s next?

ANOTHER PUMPKIN!!!

Actually it may be my last for a while. After this hat, I’m going to be out of the gorgeous pumpkin colored yarn I’ve been using and it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to get any more. Curse you Knit Picks for discontinuing the Comfy Worsted in Sweet Potato!!!

I’ve checked a few stores and I haven’t found another yarn I like. Either the color is right, but the texture is all wrong (usually too rough…I mean, these things are going on sweet, tiny baby heads here) or I find a softness I like, but they don’t have a good pumpkin-y color.

This last (for now) pumpkin is being made by special request of the hubby’s cousin. I gave her an apple hat for her baby shower and she asked if I could do a pumpkin for this fall. She doesn’t even know about my pumpkin hat “history.”

Pumpkin Hat

Zoe’s Little Pumpkin Hat

 

Zach’s Pumpkin Hat

 

Punkin Hat

 

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Make ALL the Hats!

Well, I did it! I took on the challenge and I completed it. On my second attempt at a Nerd Wars Dissertation (read “very large project that takes 3 months to complete”) I actually finished. (Get ready folks, this is a long one.)

So, what did I do exactly?

I made 9 hats in various sizes – 5 knit and 4 crochet. Want to see?

A couple of the patterns were free, a couple I already had in my personal library, and a couple I had to purchase. Not unexpectedly 3 of the 4 knit hats are Susan B. Anderson patterns (I LOVE her stuff!).

Anyone who has seen some of my previous posts will not be surprised to see yet another Pumpkin Hat. It’s a HUGE go to for me when making baby gifts…especially when I don’t know the baby’s gender. So, I had that pattern and the Pink Paper Bag pattern already because they’re both in Itty Bitty Hats. The 2 Pom Pom Hats are also Susan B. Anderson. The pattern for them is the Dream Catcher Hat and was free.

The other knit hat – Princess Crown – was also a free pattern. Despite it’s lack of cost, I’m not entirely sold on this pattern. It came out okay, but I didn’t really enjoy the process. There were A LOT of stitch markers involved. It’s possible that I was just grumpy because I was short on time so I will give it at least one more shot before I decide whether or not  I like it.

As for the crochet patterns – I bought the Minnie Mouse and the Cloche patterns from Lizzziee on Etsy (along with 3 other patterns) and I couldn’t be more happy with them. The directions were so easy to follow – which was a big deal for me since I’m pretty new to crochet.  The other hat I made was Hello Kitty and it was from a free pattern. I was dubious at first, but when I got it all finished I was super pleased with the result.

Minnie, Rainbow Pom-Pom, and Princess Crown are for my kiddo. She’s all set for winter and playtime now. Pumpkin has already been gifted and Blue Pom-Pom is a gift as well. Hello Kitty has actually been sold. I’m saving the 2 Cloche hats and Pink Paper Bag to sell at a craft fair.

And more awesome – I already have an order for a Minnie Mouse and I have 3 more Hello Kitties to make for birthday gifts.

Best of all…I finished a dissertation and I’m really proud of myself!

An apple (in) a day

With a month gap between Nerd Wars Tournaments, I have the chance to make anything I want & not have to fit it into some kind of “box.” (Not that it’s generally difficult to find some kind of connection to a challenge, but it’s nice to not have to think too hard.)

Naturally I went straight for a baby hat. (Ya gotta stick to what you’re good at, right?) Really though, between family and friends I have at least 3 babies to make gifts for this summer. One of my “go to” hats is typically Susan B. Anderson’s Little Pumpkin from Itty Bitty Hats, but I’ve already made at least 4 of them and I don’t want to get that predictable. SO, I changed up the pattern a bit and made an apple instead.

 

I actually used the Simple Baby Cap 2 pattern from the same book since the yarn weight was more like what I was using and I didn’t want to have to figure out the calculations myself…yes, I was math lazy. Then once I finished the decreases, I added a brown i-cord for the stem and a cute little green leaf.

Now I just need to figure out which baby gets this one.

Ev’ry little thing is gonna be alright

Three little birds!

But these little guys aren’t on my doorstep, they’re getting ready to go into a baby gift.  They’re the 3 Chubby Chirps, I just finished for my friend’s “four seasons” of baby knits.

This pattern really is so super easy and knits up really fast.  I made all three birds in about a week (and that was with interruptions for birthday parties and a trip to Sesame Place).  Since I used a thicker yarn & larger needles than last time, the birds are about 3 inches high.  I included rattles in each one.  Hopefully these little cuties will provide entertainment and interest to the little one for a long time.

I used Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton for all 3 birdies, which will make them washable (of course) and should allow them to actually get softer each time they’re washed.  And the rattles are made of plastic, so there’s no issue with washing there either.

As I look at them, I can’t help but think that they need some kind of ‘nest’, but I’m not sure if I have the time to make one up at this point.

 

I’ve got Sunshine on a cloudy day

It’s raining cats & dogs outside at the moment. But I just completed all of the finishing touches on my Happy Sun and it is ready to be cuddled by a sweet summer baby as soon as he/she arrives.

I’m super pleased with the way it came out. I’ve tried knitting stuffed ‘animals’ before with less than pleasant results. This one turned out quite nicely, if I do say so myself.

The four seasons

When I first found out that my friend was having a baby in the summer, I was a little perplexed.  What do you knit for a summer baby?  I mean, sure, a hat is ALWAYS great and the little one will certainly get some use out of that.  But is there something the baby might be able to use earlier?

I started browsing patterns and found 2 adorable knits right away – Chubby Chirps (one of which I’ve already made & you can read about here) and the Take-Along Sun.

And then I made a hat anyway.

Now I’m working on the sun because it’s cute.  But how in the world can I make a gift for a baby that has any semblance of cuteness which contains a Sunshine, a Pumpkin & some Birds?

As I thought about what I’ve already come up with I realized – DUH – The Four Seasons!  I already have a fall item and I’m working on the summer one now.  I made a spring prototype and I know it only takes me a few hours to make 1 bird.  Now I just need to pick a winter knit and I’m good to go.  I think I’ll be able to make the baby shower deadline.  If not, definitely by the time the baby is born in July.

On a slightly different note, I didn’t really think about it until now but I hope she hasn’t been reading all of these posts.