A nurse who knits…

July 16, 2009

More baby things

Filed under: crocheting,Dogs,Knitting — yarnnut @ 8:56 pm

I’ve finished a few more baby knits since my last post. I did get Waldo to pose in my crocheted baby blanket. I forgot I had already knit the Tiramisu blanket in a yellowish tone. Chalk that up to pregnancy brain. Oh well. This one is different since it has a hood.
Pattern: I got this off the Pound of Love ball band. It is also available online in both knit and crochet versions. The knit version requires that you double the yarn while the crochet is a single strand throughout. I’m not a fan of doubling yarn so I opted for the crochet version.
Hook: size J
Thoughts: My gauge was way off. Since this was a baby blanket I didn’t care. I did think it was super funny though that the specified dimensions in the pattern were that the blanket would measure 28″ square. My width ended up being 37″ so I just went with that dimension. I still managed to have a little bit of yarn left over.
Yarn: Pound of Love by Lion Brand. I didn’t love this yarn. Being acrylic, it felt very artificial in my hands. But that’s to be expected. Overall, good yarn to make a baby gift especially a blanket as it cost me $7 for the ball. I think though, I’d make this in my standby acrylic, Berroco Comfort and this would turn out wonderful. Even Cottonease would be a wonderful yarn for this project.

I also finished an absolutely adorable baby hat.  Waldo wanted nothing to do with this one so I used a much more cooperative grapefruit as a model.
Pattern: Cherry-o hat from Itty Bitty Hats. This book is filled with adorable hats for both boys and girls. Although, I have to say the girls definitely have the upper hand when it comes to cute knit/crochet patterns.
Yarn: I actually used the suggested yarn for this project. It called for Rowan Cotton DK. I even used the same colors that were in the book. This yarn is very nice. Smooth definition in your stitches and the colors are wonderful.
Needle: Size 5 addi.
Thoughts: I still don’t like color work. Even simple stuff like stripes. The stripes had a little jog at the beginning and end of rows. I did some research after I finished the hat and found out how to avoid the jog. I was too lazy to frog it though. I’ll try the technique with my next hat. I think I’m jumping the gun with the cherry-o hat. I tried to convince my hubby that the hat is unisex but he did not buy it. I’ll wait to make my next hat until after the baby is born so I can coordinate colors better. Although I do think that blue and pink are not exclusively boy/girl colors. Actually, I think there may be a double standard with that. Most people that I’ve talked to say that it’s ok for a girl to wear blue but a boy under no circumstances can wear pink. Whatever…

My last project is the Baby Moc A Soc. Absolutely adorable pattern. Again, gauge issues. The bootie actually came out to be more toddler sized even though I used a DK weight yarn called for in the pattern. Oh well, I figured it’d fit the baby eventually.
I am actually blanking on the yarn I used and unfortunately I threw the ball band away. It was a yarn I purchased at Yarning for You in San Marcos. I did remember enjoying the process of knitting the yarn though.

The baby and I are doing well. I’m starting to feel more braxton hicks contractions and at times they are slightly uncomfortable. The baby is constantly kicking me and has settled head down into my pelvis so that’s good news. Next week, I’ll be term and the baby can come out at anytime. My baby shower is on Saturday and I have a bit of food shopping to do. We’re doing a tea theme which probably isn’t the smartest idea during a San Diego heat wave. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s that day. We are going to have teas available. I’ll just have ice waiting for people to decide to ice it. My menu is:

  • Green tea
  • Swedish Berries tea
  • A white tea
  • and an english breakfast tea
  • Raisin scones
  • English Trifle
  • Deviled egg sandwiches
  • smoked salmon sandwiches
  • and cucumber sandwiches (for me)
  • Fruit plate
  • tea cookies
  • Baby shower cake (white chocolate raspberry from Edelwise bakery)

Until next time,



  1. Love the baby Baby Moc A Socs. Hey, they can be little bedroom slippers if they’re too big at first. That’s the great thing about knitting for babies!

    Comment by Karen — July 18, 2009 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  2. Waldo’s face says: “Please come out baby and save me from this humiliation!” lol – he’s so darn cute. Enjoy your shower, Gail!!

    Comment by Jennifer — July 18, 2009 @ 5:11 am | Reply

  3. Loved seeing the pictures of Waldo in the blanket. He looks so adorable! Great job as usual. I hope you had a wonderful time at your shower and that you and your guests managed to stay cool.

    Comment by Gabbies — July 19, 2009 @ 3:28 am | Reply

  4. Waldo is SUCH a trooper! Cute blankie and uber cute hat! The Baby Shower menu sounds divine!!!! 🙂

    Comment by Knitty Cent — July 19, 2009 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

  5. OOh I wish I could get my dogs to pose like that. When I designed a dog sweater and needed a pic, my dog just screamed at me LOL

    Comment by Jackie — July 30, 2009 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

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