FO: Black Nutcracker

My friend Steven is a Christmas Eve baby who loves decorating for the holidays. And he was complaining because he couldn’t find a black nutcracker that he loved. So what did I do? I MADE HIM ONE!
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I’ve been calling him Nutcracker Tyrone. LOL And he’s one of a trio of nutcracker toys you can knit as ornaments. So I asked Steven to send me a picture of the nutcracker he already owned.
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And I modeled Tyrone after what he already had. He told me he wanted him to be wearing all white with black boots. Now to be honest, he looks a little bit like a little chef to me but he fits the bill and I think Steven will be happy.
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It’s 2018 and we still live in a world that doesn’t always include everyone. Why can’t nutcrackers be black? Or Latino? Or Asian? Why can’t we see ourselves in everything we do? When I was little I only thought Santa was black and would let anyone know that who tried to get me to take a picture with a Santa who wasn’t black. I saw myself in my Santa. So doing little things like this with my knitting makes me happy. We get to make toys and things however we envision them.

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FO: More Baby Gifts

I told ya’ll, November was about baby gifts. And I’ve got two more finished baby gifts fresh off my needles!
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First up, let’s talk about the Wee Sherlock cardigan.
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I haven’t made this one in a while and I forgot how much I love this pattern. And my girlfriend told me she liked this particular pattern because it was easy to put on a newborn and didn’t get caught under their neck rolls LOL.
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And I also decided to give a dress, and I made the Autumn Frock pattern, which I haven’t made in a while (note, the pattern does have a minor errata at the neckline that they haven’t updated, fyi if you knit it). I knit both pieces with Caron yarn but added in Red Heart Gumdrop yarn for the dress. The sweater is with Caron Simply Soft and the dress uses Caron Simply soft for the edgings and Red Heart Gum Drop in orange.
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But why is my favorite part of any cardigan picking the buttons? My button stash runs deep and I went with coordinating buttons for this piece. I can’t wait to see baby Abigail in her new knits! And I’ve already got another baby item on my needles as we speak! Baby knitting month continues. Any other great baby patterns out there that you love?

FO: Toddler Cardigans for Two

I told myself this month I was going to do a lot of baby knits. Whenever I have repeat presenters to my courses I knit them something and two of them have children, so I knew I was going to knit this toddler cardigan for Cait’s 18 month old, Graham. And my friend’s little boy Eli is 3 days younger than Graham and I promised her he’d get a new sweater. Add on another presenter has a newborn and one of my favorite people just had her second daughter (you will remember her first daughter and dog in matching sweaters) and I’m itching to make coordinating knits for the trio. But first up, the toddler sweaters I just finished! Let’s start with Graham’s in a glorious green.
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Both sweaters were made using the Child Sophisticate Pattern (I’ve made so many of these) using Caron Simply Soft yarn. For Graham’s I went with their cool green color since he’s got light blonde hair and blue eyes. I thought it would go great with his complexion (it did). I knit both in the 18 month size and his fit perfectly!
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I went with rainbow buttons for a bit of fun with such a bright and vivid green. I love the Simply Soft yarn because it washes and dries beautifully and is so soft. For Eli’s sweater I told his mom Leah she could send me some inspiration.
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She sent me a link to this Baby Gap cardigan and I pulled through my stash of Simply Soft and this is what I was able to create.
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Pretty good, right? I love when inspiration turns into such a great piece of knitting.
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I didn’t get to see it on him but Eli’s about the same size as Graham so I’m not worried about fit. And for the buttons I mixed up the blues and greys I had in my stash for a fun mix. I can’t wait to see this one on him too. I love making knits for kids, they’re just too cute.