Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tiny Baby Gifts

I went to a baby shower last weekend, so now I can finally show you the gifts I made for my friends Emily and Jon's baby. (He's due in the middle of next month, so it shouldn't be long now.)

I actually started these way back in July when I found out they were expecting. The hat is my own pattern and the booties are from a pattern in an Annie's Attic booklet called Precious Baby Booties. I love how tiny baby stuff is--it always seems like it's actually too small to fit a human being.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Baby Gifts

So I made a hat for my friends' son, since I made one for their daughter.

It's a helmet hat made from this pattern. I changed the ear flaps a bit since I thought they were too small the way they were. I'm mailing the hats and the blanket I finished for him ages ago today. Finally.

I'm working on another knit pattern. I seem to be actually enjoying knitting for the first time recently. I never thought I'd get to like it. I'm making a pair of baby booties for one of the babies that will be arriving this year.

They are made from this pattern and my hand dyed merino superwash. The picture does not show the yarn color very well--it's brighter (and prettier) than that. The booties are going okay, I guess. I really love the way the yarn is working up, but I can't do a ssk to save my life. They are very loose and, I think, look bad. I will try to post a picture of what I'm talking about later on.

Friday, January 11, 2008

New Colorway

I just listed a brand new colorway--Valentine Michael Smith--in my Etsy shop especially for Fiber Friday. It has nothing to do with Valentine's Day--it's actually named after the main character in one of my favorite books, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.

I've been working on a bunch of new colorways so be on the lookout for them. (I will probably try to debut them on Fridays.)

Yesterday, instead of working on the things I should have been working on, I made this adorable hat for the daughter of a friend.

It's from this pattern, which is an attempt to make a hat like the one worn by Lyra in the movie The Golden Compass. I didn't actually see the movie (although I adore the books), but the hat was just so cute that I couldn't pass it up. Wish I had more little girls to knit for. I used three strands of Lion Brand Homespun instead of what was called for in the pattern--it's what I had.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Christmas and Baby Gifts

I wanted to talk about one of the Christmas presents I bought on Etsy this year. (And I keep forgetting to do it.) I bought a lantern made from a recycled can from Mariposa Avenue for Chris's sister and her husband.

The lantern was lovely--absolutely gorgeous. And Lisa, the seller, was lovely as well. She was so concerned that I get my lantern in time for Christmas that she sent it UPS (at additional cost to herself) so that it would be easily trackable. I think these lanterns would make wonderful wedding gifts and I will definitely be going back for one of these for myself eventually. So go check her shop out already.

I just made a baby doll blanket for my (practically) nephew--the one I bought the baby doll for--to match the blanket I made for him before he was born.

His birthday is Saturday--he'll be two. The blanket is crocheted from Bernat Cottontots and this pattern.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

More Christmas Gifts

Here are some more Christmas gifts I made (plus one baby shower gift). These are all crocheted toys of a sort--I'm really into making them right now.

This one is a mushroom for my mom made from my hand dyed yarn. I just made it up as I went along--I'm thinking about writing up a pattern for it when I get a chance.

This is a bird I made for my sister--she recently got a tattoo of a bluebird so I thought she would like it. (She did.) I used this pattern.

A ninja I made for a friend who is into ninjas right now. I made it from this pattern, but I changed some of it a bit.

I made this octopus from this pattern for a friend's baby shower over the weekend. She is having another shower in a few weeks so I will have more gifts to show off.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

I've been very bad about blogging during the holidays--sorry about that. I've just been busy with all kinds of crazy stuff and didn't get around to it. But now you're going to get several posts about all the stuff I made for Christmas presents--lucky you. :) So without further ado, here are some of the gifts I made:

Three pair of knit and felted slippers from the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs pattern. I made them all from Patons Classic Merino Wool--the light brown is hand dyed because I couldn't find a color that I liked. The top ones are my dad's, then Chris's stepmother's, then his dad's. They seemed very popular, so I'm glad I made them. The next pair will be for me, though.