Month: July 2013

Watermelon booties by Val Pierce

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These booties are actually called Roses and Violets and were meant to be pink and mauve. I had no mauve but I did have some green I had left over from the baby bunting I had made to decorate my grandbaby’s cot. I think the green and pink go really nicely together but of course, look nothing like Roses and Violets, so mine are called Watermelon booties.

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These Watermelon booties are made with 4ply and the pattern says to use a 3.75mm needle. Now that is quite a big needle for 4ply. So when first reading the pattern, I assumed the needle size would be 3.25mm so I “read” 3.25mm. It is very lucky that I “read” 3.25mm needle, as these Watermelon booties fit a 3 month old baby. (How can I be that specific? Because I tried them on my baby grandson, when his dad wasn’t looking, the week he turned 3 months old and they fitted his fat little feet perfectly.)

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Pattern book – Val Pierce – Twenty to Make – Knitted Baby Booties
Pattern – Roses and Violets
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply and Cleckheaton Merino Bambino
Link to Ravelry project here

Classic pants with a straight leg from Panda Adorable baby knits are the pants of choice for our baby

Before my daughter’s baby was born I had made her some newborn baby pants. I made them in white with a picot edge to go with her Jessica cardigan, booties and hat.

Shortly after the baby was born, my daughter asked if I would make more of these pants as they were so easy to put on and take off, even when changing a baby with little kicking legs.

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So I made her some pink ones with a tiny flower and a garter stitch bottom. The link to the post for the pink cardigan is here.

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And I made her some blue ones with a bigger flower. (The flower is covering a little mark on the wool that I didn’t notice until it was too late.)

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And I made her some grey ones with slightly longer legs.
She wears them all. I think I will have to start making her the next size up so she has more to wear when she grows out of these.

UPDATED February 2014
7 months on and when I ask my daughter what is the best gift I can knit for a baby, she always says these.

Pattern book – Panda Adorable Baby Knits
Pattern – Classic Pants with straight legs
Yarn – Various
Link to Ravelry project here

Beautiful wool for me to knit something with

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Look at this very beautiful skein of wool that I bought from Reikorangi Fibres off Trade Me (New Zealand’s equivalent to EBay).

It is made of merino and silk and is about 130 grams and the colours and the softness of the yarn are beautiful. I am not sure what I am going to knit with this yet. Maybe a little singlet top for my granddaughter for the summer when she will be seven months old. I’ll have to have a think about it.

Baby bunting to decorate a cot

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Recently, my daughter’s best friend got married and her and her mum had made some beautiful bunting to decorate the bridal table. My daughter was to be the lucky recipient of this bunting for her “yet to be born” baby’s room. But this beautiful bunting got lost in the chaos of trying to clean up the reception and dance area of a wedding party who weren’t quite ready to go home.

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So my “yet to be born” grandbaby had no bunting for her room. So I knitted her some.

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I found a pattern on the internet for the bunting shape and then ad libbed the rest.

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I loved selecting the colours. I had decided to make the bunting out of acrylic yarn to keep the cost down but when I went into the local yarn store, I found myself moving towards the merino baby wool section. I couldn’t help myself. I just love the soft colours of the Shepherds baby merino wool.

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I had quite a few balls of white baby merino wool in my stash, so I made every second flag white but with a different pattern, using one of my stitch library books for inspiration.

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Once I had knitted enough flags, I then had to decide how to stitch them together. I was going to do an i-cord and turn the top of the flag over to make a hem to thread the i-cord through. But the edging on the top of the flag wasn’t deep enough to make a hem and keep the edging of the flags the same.

So I decided to make separate little white joiners and use them to stitch each flag together. There probably is a much neater way, but I’m happy.

Pattern book – No pattern used
Pattern – No pattern used
Yarn – Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply
Link to Ravelry project here