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A little later in the week than anticipated, but as promised, I have info on the baby blanket for the girl twin…

Happy Flower Blanket

(forgive the unblocked bumps and lumps!)

Pattern: I found the Happy Flower motif pattern here and adjusted accordingly to make a blanket by casting on 124 sts, knitting 20 rows garter stitch before the pattern, in the middle, and before casting off.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease (old) in Bubble Gum, ~2.5 balls

Needles: US8

Started May 22, 2008

Finished May 28, 2008

Final measurement 24.5″ wide x 22.5″ tall

I adore the stitch pattern… think it’s perfect for a baby girl (or any girl for that matter) and I love the yarn. I wish I’d made the blanket just a bit larger. I was actually a little shocked at how much smaller it is than the sailboat blanket since the number of stitches and rows knit was so similar between the two. Not a huge big deal, but something to remember if/when I do this again.

Here’s a close-up of the flower:

Close-Up of Flower

As for the toy to go along with the boy’s blanket: the duck and octopus tied for first place with the fish coming in at a close second. Because this is my blog and I can do what I want to, I chose to knit the duck. So there. 😛 I thought the yellow coordinated nicely with the blue I used on the blanket, so even though a duck and a sailboat aren’t exactly related, it works.

(I was hoping to have a finished duck photo here, but alas, it wasn’t to be)

My next question: What toy to knit for the girl? (all Ravelry links below)

1) Bunny

2) Monkey

3) Cat

4) Elephant

5) Teddy Bear

Lemme have it!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy whatever sunshine you can find. We’ll be hoping for a no-rain Saturday for yet another soccer game.

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Thanks in no small part to Beth, the Knitted Babe toys now have some dresses to wear over their too-big knitted underpanties. She took my challenge to teach me how to sew and I finally had a day I could take a little time to be taught. WOOOHOOOO!!

My first ever sewn doll clothing item:

A-Line Dress for the Babe

This is the A-Line Dress from the book How to Knit the Babes by Claire Garland. It’s just a piece of some basic fabric from the local supermega craft/fabric/scrap-o-matic store–nothing special. I just liked the design and it was on sale.

I’ll be the first to admit that Beth did a good part of the sewing, especially considering it’s a small item and didn’t exactly require a lot of stitching. I did do some of the sewing, so I’m calling it mine. 🙂

Because two dolls can’t be left with only one dress to fight over, I had to sew more. There would have been much more, but after sewing not one, not two, but… well, too many to admit… dresses inside-out, I got a little tired of the whole deal and gave up.

Babe Clothes

I think that 6 little A-Line dresses will be plenty, don’t you?

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The little dresses are super cute and really easy to make once you have someone who knows what they’re doing help out.  I know mine aren’t technically correct and I made lots of little errors, but I’m hoping the girls who will receive them won’t notice or care too much.

I’ve made some great progress on the girl twin’s blanket, and still have hopes to reveal it this week. I’ll also tell which toy was chosen to go along with the Sail Away blanket when I give up the goods on the girly blanket. Hang in there!

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Come Sail Away With Me

I love Ravelry! How else would I have found this great blanket pattern? As soon as I saw the finished product, I knew I needed to knit this for the boy twin of the school family.

Sail Away Blanket

Pattern can be found here.

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (old) in Candy Blue, 3 balls (down to the very last yards!)

Needle: US8

Started May 13, 2008

Finished May 21, 2008

Close up of the sail boat:

Sail Away Blanket

I used the old Cotton-Ease yarn in Candy Blue because the twins are due the first part of September (which really means early-to-mid August) and here in Chicago-land it’s still really warm and humid. I also have read so many reviews of this yarn and almost all of them report great wear and washability. Because these twins will be the 5th and 6th kids to the family, I thought machine wash and dry is an absolute MUST! The finished blanket (pre-washing) measures 26″ square. It turned out a bit smaller than I’d have liked, but I just wasn’t in the mood to do math and add stitches anywhere to make it larger. I think it’s a good size for a crib/car seat blanket, anyway.

I’m currently working on the girl twin’s blanket and hope to have the big reveal next week sometime. We’re not doing much of anything over the Memorial Day weekend, so I have high hopes for lots of knitting time.

I have a few ideas for toys to go along with this blanket, but I can’t make the decision, so I’m polling everyone I come across. There are 5 choices. Leave yours in the comments! The toy with the highest number of votes will be the one I knit to accompany this blanket in the gift package.

1) Duck (Ravelry link)
2) Turtle (Ravelry link)
3) Fish
4) Octopus (Ravelry link)
5) Lobster

Thanks for offering your opinions! I’ll let you know what’s decided when I post again.

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These are to be a part of what’s becoming a pretty big gift bag for a mom/family at school.

One for Therese:

Therese's Babe

One for Bridget:

Bridget's Babe

And both of them together:

Therese & Bridget's Babes

And a couple of swimsuits for them both:

Knitted Babes' Swimsuits

Pattern: How to Knit the Babes by Claire Garland

Yarn: Red Heart Super Savers in Aran for bodies, Cafe for brown hair, Lavender for swimsuit, White for undies, Patons Astra in Lip Pink for swimsuit, Royale Crochet Cotton sz 3 in Red for hair

Needles: US4 (bodies) & US5 (clothing)

Started: May 5, 2008

Finished: Babes were done May 7, but it took a bit of time to do the clothing and figure the best hair/eye color combos for each girl.

I obviously love this pattern or you wouldn’t have seen five of them here in the past months! It knits up super fast and even with the seaming, it’s not too tedious. The most painful thing for me is the hair. I still do it in a manner that is a total time-suck, but have yet to figure a way that gives me results I want. I love the eyes using felt, but have thought that the felt mouth looked a little…. shall we say, um… sordid? It was vaguely reminiscent of a doll with an air valve. See where I’m going?!? Anyway, I am really happy with the embroidered mouth using a nice pink DMC Senso yarn and plan to use that for any future Babes I knit.

I have lots of fabrics chosen to make some of the clothing in the book, but because I can’t sew to save my life, I can’t do what I want to do. I’m searching for someone to teach me to sew so I can complete this set and move along! 🙂 Any takers?

I have a couple other projects for the twin babies-to-be. With any luck, I’ll be posting the remainder of the gifts really soon. I just need a few more hours every day. Just a few more!

Have an excellent weekend!  We plan to watch our oldest play his first soccer game in 3 weeks. I just hope he doesn’t over do it. Yeah, right. 🙂

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Mr. Spherey Sunshine

I really wanted to make this guy look like this, but didn’t have the patience at the time to try the actual pattern. I tried sewing multiple styles of ‘rays’ onto him, but none worked the trick. Since I like the plain ole’ Spherey just as much, I figured that’s what I’d finish up.

Spherey #1

Pattern: Spherey from Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy by Jess Hutchison

Yarn: Red Heart Super Savers in Bright Yellow and Pumpkin

Needles: US 5

Started: May 12

Finished: May 12, 2008…sort of. If I had liked the ‘rays’ he’d have been done the same day. Since I didn’t like them, I knit the arms and legs on the 13th. A whopping one-day-plus project! 🙂

I have other stuff to show, but want to present in a more complete fashion than is possible at the moment, so I’ll wait for another post. My oldest is feeling much better and will probably be back in soccer starting tonight. Thanks for all the well wishes!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

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FO: Tim’s Monster

Tim's Monster

Pattern: Abigail the Middle-Sized Monster by Heather Rupe, found here.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Turqua & Red, white and brown felt for eye, DMC embroidery floss for mouth

Needles: US4

Started May 2, Finished May 3, 2008

Very cute little monster that’s very quick to knit. Entirely knit in the round with the antenna sewn on using the cast on tail. Yay for minimal finishing! This little guy measures 8.5″ tall including his antenna. He’ll be given to the 2 year old youngest brother of the twins-to-be. I hope he’ll like him!

I also obtained some yummy yarn from Jen and can’t wait to cast on for a pretty pair of socks!

Fearles Fibers Superwash Merino Sock

Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock yarn in Peach

In real-life news here’s a little update on my oldest son… His fever was still spiking today (6 days now!) so I took him back to the doc who ordered a chest x-ray. The x-ray showed that my poor guy has pneumonia! He’ll be missing most or all of this week at school and probably won’t be playing soccer for a while. 😦 At least he’s got some medication that’ll (hopefully) help him start feeling better soon! I keep thanking my lucky stars that he was still feverish or I might not have taken him back to the doctor. Phew!

Hope you had a great weekend and an even better week.

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