Tiny stitches add up

Aug 23

Tiny stitches add up

The call for the purple hats for Click for Babies in Oklahoma kept popping up in my assorted social streams.

Click for Babies logo

I like to make a hat or two when the call goes out. Remember all those red hats in February? Click for Babies aims to help educate caregivers about normal infant crying. Babies cry and there is a danger of reacting to crying in frustration by shaking or harming an infant. After stash diving, I found two great options in Manos del Uruguay Cotton Stria (sadly discontinued) and Be Sweet Bamboo.

Knit 1, Crochet 2, Giving all 3

Finished purple hats for Click for Babies

The two crochet caps are in the Cotton Stria: a basic half double crochet beanie and a granny square beanie. For the Bamboo hat, I decided to knit a spiral hat and try out a pair of 9″ circulars. Those wee circs are a bit of challenge to get used to, but as I settled into the rhythm of the stitches.

Cast on in Be Sweet Bamboo with 9

The project bag is a Sock n’ Book tote from Little Skein in the Big Woods and is a great size for hats. I was taken by the illustration of Lady Liberty knitting and the words, “Small actions, repeated with thought and intention, become more important than the number of their stitches.” A good reminder. The back side of the tote has rainbow stitches – the hat and 9″ circs in the photo above are on that back side.

Though the original call was for Oklahoma, I checked and found a Connecticut chapter. I will send my caps there. If you have some soft-to-the-touch purple yarn why not make a hat too? Cotton and bamboo are wonderful choices if you don’t want to go with acrylic. Double check with your chosen location for when they need the hats.

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Little Hats, Big Hearts Self-Challenge

Mar 01

February is Heart Month and a time to raise awareness for heart health and congenital heart defects. The Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign aims to give a red hat to all the babies born in February to support this. I’ve made hats for LHBH for 3 years now. This year, I decided to challenge myself and make one hat each day in February. I did it!

30 Hats made for Little Hats, Big Hearts

All total, I made 30 hats! 2 are knit, the rest are crochet, and due to differences in gauge (intentionally or not), I have an assortment of preemie and newborn hats.

30 hats for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign

The patterns I used (in no particular order):

  • Preemie / Newborn Bow Hat – I made two of these in Blue Sky Skinny cotton, no bows.
  • Delaney Spiral Beanie – two of these, I liked it much better in Juniper Moon Neve than in Berroco Comfort
  • Itty Bitty Bow Beanie – no bow, in Blue Sky Skinny Cotton
  • Teresa’s 10 Minute Crochet Preemie Hat – I made this one 3 times in Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK, Juniper Moon Neve, and Berroco Comfort. Still can’t  crack that 10-minute mark. It takes me 12-15 minutes.
  • Baby Flapper Girl Hat – no ribbon, super cute. This red yarn didn’t have a label but I think it’s cotton-ease.
  • Michael Beanie – this one was fun, made it 3X with Cotton-Ease, Juniper Moon Neve. That stripe is great for using up scraps!
  • Crown Preemie and Newborn Hat – made twice in Cotton Ease. Super cute.
  • Leafy Newborn Hat – Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
  • Calming Baby Hat – ditto: Knitting felt so slow! Cotton-Ease on this one.
  • Super Speedy Preemie Hat in Cotton-Ease
  • A Very Good Hat – came out huge for me, in Cotton Ease
  • Quick Cozy Preemie Hat – this one with the heart on the front I adore and look forward to making again. The post stitches and color changes all clicked! Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK was perfect here.
  • Baby Turban – made this one 2X, super fun. I used Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK for one and Sirdar Snuggly DK for the other.
  • Roll Brim – can’t find my link for this one, quick enough in Sirdar Snuggly DK
  • Half Double Crochet Hat – made this one four times, it just worked well for me in Sirdar Snuggly DK, Berroco Comfort DK.
  • Preemie Crochet Beret – I’m not going to link this one because I’m not happy with how it came out. I’m still building my skills to crochet, but something wasn’t working out with the pattern, it’s a very pancake-y hat. The pattern (free, so you get what you pay for) was lacking stitch counts and was just ok.
  • Granny Square Beanie – very cute in Berroco Comfort DK
  • Easy Granny Baby Hat – very cute, also in Berroco Comfort DK.

I feel a lot more confident in my crochet skills now. I will continue to work on these hats on and off throughout the year – it would be great to have 50 or even 100 to send off in December. It’s a great cause and deserves a lot of attention. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have ends to weave in!

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FO Friday Bring on the Pinks and Reds

Jan 27

First the Pinks

Drifter in MMW Sheridan 

I’ve worked my way few a number of projects. I made two hats for the Women’s March and handed them off to my LYS before I snapped any pictures. More will be made, so I’ll get them next time. I finished a different pink hat using the Drifter pattern and a skein of pink Mountain Meadow Wool Sheridan. I opted to not do a pom on top and instead used the leftovers (#MakeWIPsNotWaste) to crochet a quick little amigurumi for my desk. I used the Little Sweet Hearts pattern, but I think my interpretation of the directions for the heart topper went a bit off track. It’s all good, it’s cute.

Then the Reds

 

I had stashed Madelinetosh Chunky in Cherry (two different lots) from a grab bag sale a while back. After a few false starts on other projects, I knit it up into the Bittersweet cowl. I love this project! It’s just right under my jacket or sweatshirt and doesn’t feel bulky or heavy. The cowl took a little more than one skein, so I looked to make a hat to match – finally. My handknit hats and cowls are mostly in similar color families so they go together, but it’s a happy accident. I liked the cables in the Josie hat and it was a fun knit. The end result was a hat that was slightly too small for my head (but did fit) and slightly too large for my kids (but did fit). I ended up donating it to the Women’s March as well.

And One More with All the Pinks

I am a big fan of Mamachee’s crochet patterns and the Busy Bitch shawl just made me smile. Combine it with a skein of Dream in Color Classy in Hot Pants, and… well, it made me smile even more. It’s finished, but it doesn’t quite sit right they way I think it should. All’s well, though, my daughter likes it and has claimed it.

 

 

 

 

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Nutmegknitter Reviews: One-Skein Wonders for Babies

Jun 05

thought I was doing pretty good when I cleaned up my desk a bit last week. Not that you’d notice as new yarns have been caked and patterns are printed and taking over that space again, but I tried. Anyway, I pulled out the yarn leftovers from finished projects and from stalled projects and brought it back to the main stashing area. In the bottom of a project bag, I found a book I’ve been meaning to review for a while along with a project I totally forgot about!

One Skein Wonders for Babies cover

One-Skein Wonders for Babies includes 101 knitting patterns for infants and toddlers. This is a wonderful addition to the “One-Skein Wonders” series – the original One-Skein Wonders book and Sock-Yarn One Skein Wonders are already on my bookshelf.

The book is segmented by project type: Little Ensembles, Little Tops, Little Bottoms, Little Dresses, Little Hats, Little Socks & Bootees, Little Accessories, Little Blankets, Little Toys, and Little Miscellany. I thought the patterns were adorable, with a nice variety of stitch patterns and yarns. My favorite section is the Little Hats.

Faux Bow Baby Hat for Big Hearts Little Hats

The Faux-Bow Baby Hat was a quick project in Kraemer Yarns Tatamy DK.  I will certainly turn to this book for hat patterns when making hats for Pat-Pats Hats or the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign. My kids are only getting bigger, so for many of these items they are a bit too big, but I like to know there are a variety of patterns I could use for gift giving!

Pop Top Mitten in progress

The project I found tucked into the book was a Pop-Top Mitten I started for my son last December. Between last winter being mild, and my son’s preference for a pair of store-bought mittens, it is not terribly surprising that I didn’t finish. I am thinking about finishing the mitten and making the second one as something to donate. He’s still a little guy, but I am pretty sure these will be too small by the time we need them.

 

Unfortunately, not all the patterns from the book are up on Ravelry, so I would suggest that you pick up this book at your LYS or library and flip through it to see all the designs. One small point that I found curious was in a tip box about knitting baby blankets. The suggestion is made that the smallest useful size for a blanket is 24 x 30 inches. That’s all fine and good, but only 3 fit those dimensions. The other blankets are 19″ by 21″, 25″ square, 19.75″ square, and 19.5″ by 27″. This wouldn’t keep me from making any of the designs, but I might make a modification to upsize it a little.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own. I will not receive any compensation for any links provided.
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FO Friday One Ahead of Winter

Jul 17

Wylam Hat is Finished

Here’s to not being that knitter this year who’s children do not have the proper accessories for the winter season. Instead I can be that knitter that makes the kid pose in a wool hat outside in the summer. By the time winter rolls around my son will hopefully still like this hat. I really liked this yarn, SweetGeorgia Superwash Chunky, and am sad that it is discontinued. I’ll be hunting a few Ravelry destashes for more. This is the Wylam pattern from Katya Frankel’s Head to Toe book. I made the 17″ size, and this hat has a good bit of stretch to it thanks to the ribbing. I could fit it on my head – it doesn’t stay too long, given my mane of hair, but it fits. I will make this again, as my daughter liked this pattern as well.

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Little Hats Big Hearts Hats

Jan 09

Little Hats Big Hearts

 

Ready to send off to Chicago for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign! I made 12 red hats, also meeting the Sunset Family Living NICU Challenge.  Nice way to use up some of the red acrylic and cotton in my stash, and I continued to work on my crochet skills. I ended up with a mix of preemie and newborn sized hats, a few are very basic and a few challenged me a bit. All were enjoyable to make and I hope they make the parents smile! Here are the patterns I used:

 

 

These hats were a challenge for me to photograph – the color was always off, and they are so wee they don’t fit on many of the toys. I didn’t want to stage them with fruit and I find it weird to use baby dolls as hat models. So flat it is. Mostly, until I found my kids Itty Bitty Superheroes. Thank you Batman and Wonder Woman. This was the picture I shared to Instagram.

There’s a new link up in town: Freshly Finished Fridays!

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