Monday, July 25, 2011

Hop Hop Hop!

After knitting Nadia's Baby blanket in a bulky cream cotton yarn, I came across a super cute pattern that I thought would be nice to include in the baby shower gift. Normally, I don't have an interest in knitting toys. They usually have many small pieces and lots of sewing involved. But this one was different.

This cute little baby bunny is so easy to make. If I had more yarn, I think I would have made a whole family of bunnies to join this one.
And with this thick yarn, it was very fast too.

 The ears are lined with a bit of chenille fabric I had from another project. I used iron-on adhesive to fuse the chenille to the knitted ear. This really gave shape to the ears.

Instead of making a yarn pompom for the tail, I thought a cute little fabric tail would be fun. I ran a gathering thread around a circle and sewed it on.
I like to knit this kind of toy...very few pieces and easy to put together.

Pattern: The Bunny Bunch (from
Yarn: cotton / acrylic bulky yarn
Colour: Cream
Needles: 7mm

I must post a picture of Lily...that's how Anouk's little puppy will be named. She is 7 wks old now and into everything!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FO Cotton Baby blanket

Well, it's not Monday but I have another FO to show you.
I first showed you a baby blanket here.
I knew I would eventually knit the Hopkins Baby blanket again.
This time it's with a chunky cotton/acrylic yarn in cream.
I can't remember when was the last time that I've knitted with cotton. But the blanket does have a nice weight to it. Since it was a chunky weight, it was done in no time. It measures 29'' x 29''. So it's not so much a crib blanket as a stroler/car seat blanket.

I washed it in the washer and partially dried it in the dryer. I had to make sure it would still look ok before I gave it as a shower gift to a pregnant cousin of mine.
It came out of the dryer looking and feeling really great. So all is good for the busy parent with little time to hand wash the baby's stuff!
I'm working on a little something to add to the blanket gift...can you guess what it might be? I'll post pictures when I'm done.
 And, last night, on my way to see my parents for a couple of hours (I wasn't driving!), I casted on for another baby blanket. This time a lighter weight, 100% cotton in white.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Shop update

I've neglected my Etsy shop lately. Just not enough hours in a day!

I have some hand dyed yarn waiting to be listed.
Taking pictures takes time and so I've listed only one skein today.
I call it Summer Fling. The colours are very vibrant. I have two skeins available.

I've been sewing Project bags these past few weeks. These are great for small knitting projects or even to carry your lunch or library book.

I listed two of them this afternoon. 

And this one sold almost immediately! Guess I'll be listing a few more tomorrow.

I've been knitting a baby blanket with a chunky cotton yarn. I should be finished by the weekend. The blanket will be gifted to a cousin expecting her first child.

Monday, July 4, 2011

FO socks for me!

I love to wear hand knit socks but I must admit I find it long and tedious to knit them. It must have something to do with the small fingering yarn and the small 2.5mm needles that is required to knit socks. It must also have something to do with the fact that after finishing the first sock, I have to start all over with the second one.
Well, if I want to wear them, I have to get down to business and knit them!

But...I might have found a compromise. I recently knitted a pair of socks using a sport weight yarn and 3.5mm needles. The socks were knitted up in no time at all and I love them.
The colour is not clearly shown in this picture. (I really must look for a new camera.)
It's somewhere between a rasberry colour and plum.
The yarn is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. I'm eager to see how it will wear on the heels.

Here is a better idea of the colour. This pic comes from the Knit Pick website.
The lace pattern is very easy to remember. Instead of the picot edge I knitted a plain rib for the cuff.
I'm sure, I'll knit with this yarn again.
Yup, this is a great compromise...

Pattern: Rainy day socks (Ravelry link)
Colour: Fairy tale
Needles: 3.5mm