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.
For Greyson
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.
For Greyson
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.
For Greyson
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.

Stitching Status: Weekend Update

Happy Monday! Sometimes I sit down to write and realize I don’t take as many pictures as I probably should for someone who blogs. I try my best a lot of times to just be present and enjoy what’s happening and that means not pulling out my phone or a camera. For example, I met a frequent commenter and now friend, Claudia from Proper Tension on Friday! She was in DC for a conference so we met on Friday after I got off of work for burgers in Capitol Hill. It’s always great to meet up with someone you feel like you know because of their online presence and it’s even better when they’re just as great as you had hoped. And since I don’t have a picture with Claudia, here’s one of Jellybean…
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and the ball of yarn I worked with this weekend. I pulled out a lovely ball of Pumpkin colored Caron Smiply Soft to work up a little cardigan for my friend Larry and his wife who are having a baby very soon! I whipped up this hat for Larry a few years ago as a thank you and I thought his son might look good in orange too.
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And at the last minute last night I said, why not whip up a pair of socks to match? Clearly we’re not getting a serious winter here so I made the sweater short sleeved for spring and instead of a hat decided on the Little Squirrel socks by TinCan Knits. I figured he may get more wear out of the sock in the spring than a hat. And one little sock only took me an hour and a half to whip up (they’re worsted weight and newborn size). I can finish the second sock tonight, wash and dry them with the sweater and then put on buttons. It’s the sweetest gift and I know he and his wife will love it.
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Also the sweetest, my girlfriend has taken up sewing and made my dogs bandannas! Cher is serious about her modeling. LOL
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I immediately put them on after I opened the mail and the only way to make the girls stay still is to put them on a high table. And of course, Jellybean almost attempted to jump off. Sigh…she believes she’s part flying squirrel. I swear.
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And my last fun tidbit from the weekend, I wore my pair of knit print leggings I picked up from Sweet Legs! I know people rave about Lula Roe leggings and I bought one pair but I hate the process and didn’t love them that much. So when I saw someone on Instagram wearing these leggings I went to the site and decided to give them a try. They’re great quality, decent price and they shipped to me super quick! They’re a winner in my book. I may order more prints for my weekend wear. So that’s what sums up my weekend, how was yours?