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Attack of the bebeh socks! January 31, 2008

Posted by jeninmaine in bebeh-to-be, knitting.
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Here are the socks I’ve been working on. The first one took me a couple of evenings to get down pat, but now that I have the eyelet pattern memorized the second one has sprung into being nearly in one evening – I plan to finish it tonight.

I had some good sunlight coming in the front window so I decided the heck with setting up the lights. It captured the very slight color variation in the yarn perfectly. So far I really like this yarn, it’s going to be perfect for springtime and the knitted fabric feels great.

Hunca Munca Baby Socks (by jeninmaine)

Hunca Munca Baby Socks (by jeninmaine)

Yarn: Tess’ Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby
Pattern: Hunca Munca Baby Socks (PDF)

Remember that Pixie Hat, the one that took forever due to the ribbing? I’m trying so hard to finish it. All I have left is the tie that’s about two feet long and will be attached to the bottom edge of the hat.

Koigu Baby Pixie Hat - well, sorta (by jeninmaine)

Oh my GOD this is the most boring thing to knit, ever. I keep picking it up, knitting ten rows or so, then putting it away. I don’t even want to think about attaching it. I’ll get it done one of these days!

Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Color 204
Pattern: Baby Pixie Hat pattern by Crystal Palace Yarns

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In knitting news January 21, 2008

Posted by jeninmaine in bebeh-to-be, knitting.
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In knitting news, I finished the main part of that Pixie Hat and have only the strap to finish and attach. It doesn’t look all that exciting, I think it’ll be cuter on an actual baby. Anyway, here it is all seamed up:

Koigu Baby Pixie Hat (by jeninmaine)

Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Color 204

Pattern: Crystal Palace Yarns Pixie Hat

The only other thing I’ve managed to complete is a pair of baby booties for my coworker’s baby – she was born in November so I made these in what I think is a 6-month size so hopefully they’ll fit.

Gift booties (by jeninmaine)

Saartje's Bootees (by jeninmaine)

Yarn: Hand-dyed sock yarn from now-defunct Etsy seller :(

Pattern: Saartje’s Bootees (pdf)

Keeping busy with bebeh-to-be January 14, 2008

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I have been working on this and that, I just haven’t had a lot of time to talk about it.

First, I’d like to show off a much better picture of those baby socks I completed for bebeh-to-be:


Koigu Baby Socks (by jeninmaine)

Pattern: Just Your Basic Baby Socks from p2designs.com
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Color #204

I really like the way the striping came out using the Koigu. It’s very different. Part of the reason I’m so pleased with how they look is because they look similar to the newborn baby’s socks in the childrens’ homebirth book Welcome With Love (a fantastic book by the way):

Kidlet especially liked the page that showed the little boy holding the socks on his fingers because they were so small so I’ve made these to give to him while I’m in labor. I’ve told him that his job will be to hold on to the socks for the baby and when she’s born he can put them on her feet. To say he’s totally psyched about this job would be an understatement.

I’m also working on a matching hat using the Crystal Palace Yarns Pixie Hat pattern, which in fingering weight yarn is taking just short of an eternity. I get bored with this really easily but I’m making good progress:

Koigu Baby Pixie Hat (by jeninmaine)

Pattern: Pixie Hat by Crystal Palace Yarns
Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Color #204

I’ve been alternating the Pixie Hat with another project for a coworker of mine who just had her baby in November…I have a number of hanks of some great fingering weight yarn from (unfortunately) a now-defunct Etsy seller and I’m in love with the colors.

I started a baby beret and have gotten a good ways into it:

Baby Beret (by jeninmaine)

Baby Beret (by jeninmaine)

Pattern: Baby Beret from knitlist.com
Yarn: Handpainted fingering yarn
Stitch Markers: Spindle Cat Studios

However now that I’ve actually measured the band I’ve had the sinking realization that it’s far too small. Damn. I think the pattern’s calling for “baby” yarn means sport and not fingering weight. I’m currently trying to come to grips with the fact that I’ll be best served frogging this whole thing and using this yarn for another pattern that’s a bit bigger as I have no patience to actually sit down and convert this one to a larger size.

I’m not totally heartbroken as I’ve been sort of on the fence about how much I’m liking the color pooling, anyway. Onward!

Last but not least, look what came in the mail!

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock - Black Purl (by jeninmaine)

Well…what I picked up. I got these from a destasher on Ravelry and she sent the parcel Certified Mail, which means someone has to sign for it in person. Being that we both work all day no one was ever home to accept the durned thing so I had to truck it over to the Post Office on Saturday morning before they closed at noon. So it’s actually been in the area for a week but it’s great to finally get my hands on it.

As previously mentioned this is slated for Jack Sparrow’s Favorite Socks as soon as I get some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Charcoal and Natural to use for the other bits. I have some other sock weight yarn that I could have used, but I’m glad I didn’t as the Lorna’s seems a bit thinner than I expected so the gauge wouldn’t have worked out at all.