July 11, 2014 2 Comments
Brood #2 has made its debut!
Aren’t they precious?!
It's a handmade adventure!
July 8, 2014 Leave a comment
After successfully raising their first brood of the season, I was surprised to see the bluebirds had gotten right back to business so soon. For a couple days I thought I had seen movement in the bluebird box, and I finally became curious enough to check on it. Looks like Madam is quite the prolific egg layer:
I think she’s incubating because she’s constantly in the box at this point. It’s hot as Hades over here, so I don’t know how she can handle sitting in that box all day, but then again, I’m not a bird. I’ll check again in the next few days for hatchlings!
July 1, 2014 2 Comments
A few days ago, I started a baby blanket for our baby-to-be. I bought the yarn a while ago when I saw it on sale at Jimmy Beans Wool, but it took forever for me to settle on a pattern. I finally choose this daisy stitch blanket that I downloaded during a promotion.
The yarn I’m using is Grignasco Merinogold in a creamy white. It’s a dk weight 100% superwash merino. (The pattern called for fingering weight.) I like substantial baby blankets, so in addition to using a thicker yarn, I cast on 40 extra stitches. Unfortunately, my efforts weren’t sufficient. The blanket is only measuring 29 inches across, and I estimate I’ll get about 26 inches in length before I run out of yarn. :( I hope it blocks out bigger.
I’m not happy that the border is rippling, but I have high hopes that the blocking process will fix that. Other than all of the negative things I just mentioned, I do like the stitch pattern. I think it’ll make for a very warm and cushy blanket! I’ve only managed to knit 4.5 inches so far, so I need to get my rear in gear and knock this out so I can move on to other things before the little guy is born!
June 30, 2014 Leave a comment
I decided on a whim that my baby-to-be needed a stocking cap for his newborn pictures. I had some yarn left over from some previous projects, so I combined them to make this super adorable head-topper.
Isn’t it the cutest thing EVER?! I used the Autumn Forest Gnome Hat pattern and modified the cast on number to fit a smaller head. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Lettuce” and “Plomo.” I opted for a tassel instead of a leaf or pompom.
The hat is super long, measuring 18.25 inches without the tassel. I’m envisioning a picture where it is draped down his back while he sleeps on his tummy. I sure hope it fits once he’s here!
June 29, 2014 1 Comment
The pattern was super easy, and despite the miles of ribbing, it was a super quick knit. I used Malabrigo Rios in “Plomo” and size 8 needles. The i-cord was knit with size 4 needles.
I love this little set, and I wish I could keep it for myself! I hope it keeps the little one warm this winter. :)
June 23, 2014 5 Comments
Last night I put the finishing touches on this little cardigan that I made for my cousin’s soon to be baby. She’s waiting until the birth to find out the sex of her baby, so I went with a gender neutral pattern and color.
I knit the 6-12 month size, but added more raglan increases since my gauge was off. The pattern calls for 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches. I was getting 18.5 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches.
The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Plomo.” I used about 1.2 hanks to complete the sweater. I’m using the rest to make a matching hat.
I hope this sweater fits the baby come fall! He/she is due in August, so I was aiming for something that’ll fit when the baby is past the newborn stage.
June 19, 2014 4 Comments
All these small finished objects are making me look awfully productive! Here’s a Vegamot Beanie that I made for my cousin:
I used Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in “1021” and size 4 and 6 needles. I went up a couple of needle sizes to account for my tight gauge, of course. It was a pretty straight forward pattern, and after doing all that cabling on the Lettuce Beanie, this was a nice break.