Thursday 10 November 2011

For someone small

Since I mentioned the baby boom in my last post, here's still another small knit for a baby. It's for the same soon-to-be-born baby that got the soft baby blanket I showed you in my previous post. Since I happened to have just enough left of some white yarn, I decided it was time to start using it up. You see, a winter baby absolutely needs a lot of woolen clothes!

Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3,5

This was such a fast knit! Yeah! I love miniature-sized clothes! :) At first I was going to embroider something on the vest, but since I got a bit short of time (and became I felt very lazy) I just sewed on a small teddybear in stead. Turned out pretty cute, didn't it?

I also got a new knitting book: Knitted Lace of Estonia. Really love the cover, it's so very beautiful.

So now I'm just waiting for the inspiration to find me. But hopefully I wont get too carried away since I have at least six unfinished projects waiting for me. But maybe after those ;)

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Where do all these babies come from?

As you've probably noticed, I haven't updated anything for a long while. It's just that I've been quite busy (again). But now everything's done and I may start living a normal life again. Three weeks ago I handed in my Master's thesis for an official evaluation. Since then I've also had two written exams and deadlines for two short essays. But if everything goes as planned, those should have been my last studies of history. Phew. Feels great! Now I'll just continue whit my handicraft studies and try to get them done as soon as I have enough time for them.

But then, over to the actual topic for today. Babies. All around. I mean, I know at least seven women who's just had a baby or who will shorty give birth to one. So there's clearly a baby boom going on. But it's very nice since it gives me a reason to knit a lot of small, quick and cute stuff.

For a little baby boy, born a few months ago, I made these very basic socks for the winter:

Pattern: Novita Perussukat, size 22
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: 3 mm

They are actually too big for the boy at the moment, but maybe they'll fit later in the spring or then next winter. I just figured he probably got a lot of clothes exactly the size he wears right now, so his mom would perhaps be greatful to have something to change up to.

Then, there's another baby soon to be born. The mom is one of our colleagues at work, so when she left on her maternity leave, the rest of us at work decided to surprise her with something that perhaps would provide her family a softer landing to their future life together:

Pattern: just basic garter stitch squares*
Yarn: we used left-over yarn from our stashes, mostly Novita 7 Veljestä, Nalle, TicoTico, Polka and Raita.
Needles: 3 mm & 3,5 mm

I think it turned out really nice although we hadn't really thought that much about the colours. And the mother seemed very pleased with it too. It was also much nicer to give her something homemeade that had been created with the help of all of her colleagues, in stead of just buying something from the store. Now we're all just waiting to hear when the baby is born and if it's a boy or a girl.

* EDIT: If you'd like to make similar squares, you might want to use for example this pattern or this pattern. We used 39, 41 or 43 stitches, depending on the yarn.

And oh, together with the blanket we also gave her a card I made:

I'll be back with more news (and handicrafts) soon!