It had seriously almost been a year since I last knitted. Last January I started a hat for the Sugar Bowl… and it proved to TAKE FOREVER, so I wore myself out. I did knit a couple of baby bibs while cruising, but I didn’t touch anything knitting related February through October. At Thanksgiving that kind of changed.
The colder weather is the best time to knit because you get to keep warm yarn in your lap and keep your hands busy while the rest of the world slows down some. The knitting bug bit and I’ve been clicking those needles ever since. With a few babies in the bullpen, I picked specific projects, patterns and yarn then got to work. (Love me some baby knits!) With the projects finishing up so well, I had to share them! Hope you don’t mind!
First up is an adorable little baby bonnet I started Christmas Eve and finished Christmas Day. My friend Susan, who just had a family/maternity session this fall, met her baby girl on December 24th. They had kept her name a secret (just like they did for big brother Smith) and once I heard it, I knew Betty Marie need a bonnet. Something pretty enough for church but could keep her ears warm. A pink border, some lacy decoration and pick ribbon to match.
Mom sent me a phone pic of Betty Marie wearing her bonnet and it is SO FREAKING PRECIOUS!
The second project took a bit more time as there isn’t just one baby, but two. That’s right, twinkies!! A boy and a girl, so I decided to make tried-and-true rolled-brim stockinette hats (pattern found in Stitch ‘N Bitch – a really good knitting book for beginners!), but jazzed them up with some bear ears. The hats were made with a white, soft acrylic – so they’re washable, but also not super heavy and can be worn into the spring.
I decided to go with a little polar bear theme for my friend and found tiny lounge wear for newborns that had little white bears on them. And then came the idea for the bow – a simple pink seed stitch bow to add to baby girl’s hat. So they match, but not completely. Same with their lounge wear. :)
The baby shower was a week or so ago at the hospital (you can never be too careful with two little babies) and well received. (As hand-knits usually are.) Now I just want to fit those ears onto small little noggins once they get here! Can’t wait to meet them!
If you’re a knitter and would like to see other projects I’ve queued, working through or finished, look me up on Ravelry!