FO: Bow Down to the Crown

Since I’ve been sick for the last 2 weeks this has pretty much been my view.
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Jellybean didn’t leave an inch between us every single day. If I coughed she’d put her paw on me like ‘it’s okay, it’ll stop soon.’ And Cher on the other hand was like ‘you’re coughing too loudly so I’m going to leave and take a nap elsewhere until you get this under control.’ LOL I love her but at almost 13 years old Cher likes a bit of solitude sometimes and I respect that. But I can say that today is the first day in a while that I woke up feeling like myself. Thank goodness. I’m not 100% but I’ll take 80% Dana over the 20% I had been functioning on for the last 2 weeks.
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But in between naps and doses of medicine I accomplished some good mindless knitting and I made two small crowns for Maddie and her baby sister Olivia.
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When Maddie was a baby her Dad used to love this little pink crocheted headband and he’d put it on her all the time. He asked me early on if I could make a bigger one once she grew out of it. I searched for a while to find a knit crown and just couldn’t find an easy one and then suddenly I found the Circlet pattern and I was super excited to whip up 2 crowns. Oh and the bear as a model? That’s my childhood teddy bear Arlana. I still have her and few other choice dolls and they’re all in pristine condition.
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For Maddie I used some of the scrap yarn from my sister’s Seagrass cardigan. Maddie loves all things sparkly and pink and girly so I thought this was a good color for her. Added bonus this yarn has a lot of stretch to it, so much so I need to take out one of the peaks since it’s just a tiny bit big.
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And for Olivia I used the scraps from the Clap Your Hands yarn I used on the Acid Rain Shawl. Since I used dk weight yarn I used a size 5 needle on both of these and just knit until I got the inches required for each age. The pattern calls for sport weight but also says you can substitute for any yarn weight you want. You can whip 1 up in a hour! And it’s a super cute little add-on to a baby gift. Oh and did I mention the pattern is free? The sizes go from baby to adult, so you can even make one for yourself if you’re feeling fancy. I love cutesy little knits like this.

FO: Baby Boy Gifts & Gift Tags

Well, I am officially sick. I have no clue where this head cold came from but it has knocked me off my feet. I felt a sore throat Wednesday, was working from home Thursday and stayed on the couch all day and ended up leaving work early on Friday because I sounded horrible. I’ve spent the entire weekend resting, knitting and binge watching the Great British Baking Show (better known as the Great British Bake Off) from the couch…and I’m still home today. Here’s hoping I’m back in action soon. Now on to the knitting…
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
I work at Howard University as a adjunct professor for my second job (as if I’m not already busy enough) and I teach Social Media Marketing. I love my students, they are a highlight of my day but I try to give my students a well rounded perspective of the industry and I bring in 4-6 speakers a semester. I’ve got a few repeat presenters who I love and as a thank you I knit them something for coming to my class repeatedly. When I asked my former student Cait (from when I worked in higher ed at American University) what she would want me to knit her since she was coming in last week she told me that instead of something for herself she’d love it if I made her something for her baby on the way! She’s having a boy in June and asked for something navy so I whipped up my favorite pattern, the Baby Sophisticate cardigan.
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
My lighting was slightly off in these pics but I promise you this is the Caron Simply Soft yarn in a lovely deep navy blue. And I was excited because in my button stash were the cutest blue goldfish buttons! I’ve had these for years but hadn’t found the right project for them and I thought this was the one. All baby cardigans need fun buttons, right?! Since her son will be born in June I made the 3-6 month size with hopes that this will be a perfect fit for him by the time fall rolls around. I might even need to whip up a hat to match after he gets here.
A sweater for Cait's baby boy
And I am asked often about my gift tags and I made them with my Silhouette Mint Stamp Maker. I love that thing (also they’re always going on sale because I got mine for about $25) but I knew I needed a stamp with instructions and a logo that let you know I made your gift. I have a bunch of blank gift tags and just stamp and check the boxes once I’m finished. Easy peasy.

That’s all I’ve got today. Back to resting until I have to drag myself out of bed to teach my class (no sick days for professors).

FO: A Sweet Little Sweater & Socks

My friends are having a baby boy in about a week or so and I missed their baby shower so I decided to whip up a little sweater for spring and some socks for baby Greyson.
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Even though his name is Greyson I didn’t want to do all grey because that’s boring to me. So I went with pumpkin orange and charcoal grey trim for another Wee Sherlock sweater. Also I don’t like to cable that much so I omitted the cable down the middle with a simple garter stitch panel. It’s clean and simple and I like the look of it.
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I really like this pattern for a different looking cardigan. I love the buttons going down the side inside of the middle. Although my pics make it look brown it’s more or a charcoal grey for the trim and the buttons. I was hoping that would give it a slightly masculine vibe but it’s pretty gender neutral no matter what. I also decided since Greyson will be born in late February/early March by the time he truly starts to fill this out it’ll be warm so I didn’t go with long sleeves. It’s a nice soft layer to add over any onesie he might be wearing that day or he can wear it as a shirt as it gets warmer. And I didn’t feel like making a hat so instead, I made socks!
For Greyson
I went with the Little Squirrel socks from TinCan Knits and each one took me an hour and a half to whip up for the newborn size. I was working with size 5 needles and worsted weight yarn (my favorite baby yarn, Caron Simply Soft. I will admit I was too lazy to do a kitchener stitch to close off the toe so I just did a 3 needle bind off and called it a day.
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I had to stuff a little tissue paper inside of them to get them to fill out so you could actually see the shape of them. They’re so tiny! I can’t believe little baby feet will eventually be filling these. So there you have it, two super simple and quick knits to whip up over a weekend when you want to make something for a baby.