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31. August 2011 19:55
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Little Blue Socks... very little!

31. August 2011 19:55 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I've been having a hard time getting much accomplished knitting-wise lately.  I pick away at a few things, here and there, but never seem to finish anything big or impressive the last little while.  I think that's why I'm enjoying knitting baby things.  Not only will they be useful soon, but it's the sort of project I can actually finish and feel like I achieved something.

Blue Little Sockies 

These are some tiny, approximately infant sized, leftover socks.  I have lots of little balls of leftover sock yarn in a big basket in the craft studio.  I had been planning forever on trying to come up with a use for them - maybe a sock-yarn-scrap-blanket or a crazy pair of fair isle socks or something.  I think this solution is a bit more fun:  Make baby socks and hats out of them!  So that's what I've been doing... making little socks and hats until I run out!  This particular pair is made from some Araucania Ranco Multi leftovers :)

One thing I find very challenging about making baby things, however, is the sizing.  I know how big adult feet are.  I know how big the average adult noggin is.  Children however, especially babies, are a complete mystery to me!  I can read the gauge in the pattern and try to match it perfectly, but often the finished garment looks either too big or too small to my inexperienced view of babies.  I've made some socks that look teensy weensy, and hats that look too big.  These socks, I hope, are an intermediate size.... perhaps too big for a newborn, but hopefully just right for somewhere between newborn and 3 - 6 months.  I knit this pair on size 2.5 mm circs, with 40 stitches in the round... done the boring old traditional way from the cuff down.

I keep trying to reassure myself - babies come in all shapes and sizes; if I make enough pairs of various things in various sizes, there will be a kid somewhere who will be able to wear them.  Even if that's not my own little jellybean, someone will get use out of them :)

9. May 2011 10:06
by Jobo
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Yarn Candy Monday... Roo?

9. May 2011 10:06 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Things have been quite busy at the Jobo-Palace... and there haven't been any new yarns walking into the studio in the last week or so... but there have been some great new patterns added to the library collection!

I have a new little niece (on my husband's side) who is 3 months old, and I finally got to meet her this weekend.  Having babies around again (especially ones that are "mine" and family to boot!) has gotten me thinking about some baby knits to start working on.  I like working on baby / child projects every now and again - smaller sized garments are usually a pretty quick knit, and provide some quick gratification.... unlike some of the more complex adult garments that might take me months to accomplish in the end.

imageI saw a great pattern for a child's knit jacket in the Twist Collective some months ago, and having little Mackenzie around gave me the inspiration to finally go hunt it down and get started :)

The pattern is "Roo" by Kate Gilbert

I love the idea of a real wool coat and some great handmade wooden buttons for closures.  This little jacket looks like the sort of thing that a little girl could wear both spring and fall, for those barely chilly days.

The pattern calls for a basic worsted wool yarn... like a Briggs and Little or a Cascade type yarn - so nice and relatively large stitches.

I opted for a beautiful Red Cascade 220... think Little Red Riding Hoodie/Jacket!

Now I just need to find buttons or a closure of some sort to go with the design.  I think maybe some Wooden Toggle buttons of some sort paired up with some i-cord loops?  (not exactly as shown, but maybe do able too?)

The other difficult decision is to decide what size to make... the pattern is written in various sizes, so I could probably make the jacket to fit Mackenzie for different stages.  I'm thinking it would be nice for her to be able to wear it for more than one season?  I think I need to consult some baby size experts on this one... lol

Linky to Twist Colletcive: "Roo"

25. February 2011 10:53
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I feel Pretty!.... oh so Pretty!...

25. February 2011 10:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Ruttiger Pretty Shawl

Momma... why do you keep on dressing me up in your shawls and scarves.... I am already wearing a fur coat!  I am not cold Momma!  But you're right, this silk does bring out the blue in my eyes, and plays up my whiskers...  Ok Fine, I AM da Pretty Wabbit!  Darn.  Don't tell my bunny friends I let you do this...

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