My favorite knits of yore

Phew, this blogging stuff is hard work! Not only do I have to make things, but I have to photograph AND write about them. ¬†Sorry for the radio silence! I actually have been sewing, but it took me until this weekend to get some photos. (I also took a little sewing-related field trip, also yet to be blogged–stay tuned!) In the meantime, I started this post about some of my favorite knits, so I figured I’ll finish this one and save the sewing for blog-fodder later in the week. Patience!

These are almost exclusively baby knits, mostly because projects for babies are small, just like my attention span for any given project, and because in general when I’m knitting for a baby I have a deadline, unlike when I’m knitting for myself. My UFO collection is seriously impressive, but that’s another post for another time (or perhaps a crafty resolution?). Anyway, without further ado, here are some of my favorite knitted makes ever:

Benji’s cabled sweater

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This was a great project I made up in some Debbie Bliss Aran weight Cashmerino. I love that yarn so much. The pattern is from Melanie Falick’s great book Knitting for Baby. Here’s a close up of the hippo buttons (squeal!) and some of the cabling:

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Given that this baby (my cousin’s) is now in kindergarten, it’s not a very recent project! I’ve entertained making it again for many a baby, but I always get distracted by the glut of amazing baby projects on my list.

Ada’s knitted hoodie

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This pattern comes from my newest baby knitting obsession, Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren. Seriously, I cannot say enough about how much I love this book. I want to knit everything in it. Some lucky lady will be the recipient of this sweater, and another this dress¬†(seriously, I love lace). And the ducky onsie? The cat sweater set? I just can’t. The first project I chose from the book was the Audrey Hoodie. I have some actual action shots of said baby wearing said sweater, but decided to keep little Ada anonymous. Needless to say, it’s even cuter on! This was also my first go at a crocheted shell stitch edging, which turned out well, though I omitted it on the sleeves because they were already really long. I made it up out of another teal Debbie Bliss yarn, this one a cotton (don’t remember which one). Another glamour shot:

Leo’s pirate sweater

More baby sweaters! Let’s make it a trifecta. Though apparently I never uploaded photos of this to Flickr, so you’ll have to go take a look-see on Ravelry. This was my first intarsia project, and a super fun make for my med school classmate’s baby (so also a few years ago!). I’ve never actually seen it on the baby, but I bet it was stinking cute! More Debbie Bliss yarn, this one was Rialto. The pattern is from the precious book Adorable Knits for Tots by Zoe Mellor. This post is really revealing my baby knitting book obsession!

Faux Isle Hat

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Finally, something I knit up for myself! As the above baby knit bonanza shows, I rarely knit for myself. Or rather, I rarely finish things I start knitting for myself. But this hat, THIS hat is one of my favorite projects ever. It’s became my go-to winter topper, gets a ton of compliments, and it was so quick and easy. I don’t even remember what the white yarn was, and all I know about the rainbow is that it’s some kind of Noro. I’ve thought many times about making another, but am always worried I won’t recapture the magic, so I haven’t yet. (Aside: Does this happen to anyone else?)

The Fuzzy Bunnies

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Here’s something I have dared to recreate (shocker, more baby stuff): the bunny pattern from the Lovable Toys collection in Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. If there has ever been a knitting book whose aesthetic I would like to appropriate into my everyday life (okay, that’s a pretty specific superlative, but still) it’s this one. And this bunny is the first thing I knitted from it. First I made the above fuzzy bunny for the baby of one of my medical school instructors. Then I made a second one for my sister by request. It’s pretty much too cute to be believed and I love it. Next time, the elephant?

Anyway, I have a few new projects in the works (and a TON of UFOs hanging out in my crafting closet), so look for more knitting posts in the near future!

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