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So here are what I think might be the last of the baby knits for my soon-to-be nephew. Well, the last for now. The Suede Baby Hat and Ugg Bootiesare two of my absolute favorite baby patterns ever. I guess I tend to think of them as one pattern because you just can’t knit one and not the other! The cuteness increases exponentially when the hat and booties are together. I’m not into novelty yarns and I don’t do much faux anything, really, but for some reason, I think these patterns with these yarns make the cutest little baby set. The “suede” and “fur” look totally hip. Plus, they’re always a crowd pleaser at showers…and when I go to a baby shower, I play to win. (ahem.) Anyway…I knit the pattern just as it’s written. Details on Ravelry for hat and booties.

I have only knit one other “softie” in my entire knitting life. It turned out beautifully(if I do say so myself), but the process was so fussy, I doubted whether I’d ever knit another toy. But Ysolda’s Elijah pattern is so adorable, I couldn’t help myself. And if you’re going to knit a stuffed animal, thisis the way to do it! Yes, there are still a lot of little parts to knit, but Ysolda has you picking up stitches instead of seaming—an alternative I’ll take any day! I was very impressed with the clever construction throughout the pattern. All of the shaping is very carefully thought out. I used one-and-a-smidge balls of Rowan Cashsoft DK in lavender on size 2.5 bamboo needles, one of which I snapped in half by knitting so tightly. So maybe aluminum needles next time. I’m saving this gift to give to my nephew the first time I meet him in person. I think he’ll like it. Details on Ravelry.

Speaking of “winning” the baby shower… I think my sister liked the Seed Stitch Baby Jacket

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I finally got my copy of Doodle Stitching…and I was kind of surprised at what I decided to make first! I think I was excited to do a sewing/embroidery project since I just took a sewing class this weekend, too. And then, of course, there are the babies. All the babies that are arriving this spring. And these babies, they need little squishy handmade animals with cute stuff embroidered on their tummies, you know? I started this felt owl without a specific baby in mind (thinking maybe I’d make a whole fleet of them…and I still may), but I’m pretty sure I know who this one is for. 🙂 This owl is 4″ tall. More pics on Flickr.

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NO PEEKING, Erin!!!

I finished the first of several baby knits. I’m saying “several” because the list keeps growing. And changing. And growing. I’ve been getting so excited about all these new people I’m going to meet (you know, when they finally get born) and suddenly baby knits are so stinkin’ cute! And have you smelled that baby aisle in the grocery store??? It’s heaven. I might have baby fever. Make that: Other People’s Babies Fever.

I wish I could knit heirloom lace cashmere afghans for each and every one of these babies, but I’d go bananas. Plus there are so many cute baby things to be ordered online! Some of the baby stuff on Etsy is impossible to resist. So for baby gift #1, I kept the knitting small, but I think mom-to-be will appreciate the entire ensemble. Now, I realize that there are people out there who may be somewhat horrified at the thought of dressing a teensy little bundle of joy this way, but Mom has a tattoo of a flaming roller skate, and in all likelihood, there’s a mohawk in this kid’s not-so-distant future, so you can see why it was the right thing to do.

I used just a fraction of a skein of Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted on size 6 needles. You can find the free hat pattern here, the onesie here, and mom-to-be here and here.
(Erin, did you peek? They should make “punkling” onesies in your size. :P)

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