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: Thankful for Cuteness

I’ve been slowly plugging away on a sweater for my Mom for Christmas over the last few weeks and I told my sisters I would probably finish their sweaters after Christmas. I’m not in a rush to force myself to get it all done. Fro my mom’s sweater I’m knitting the separate pieces for the front and back 2 at a time on one long needle but it’s a smaller needle and it gets a little tedious so I stop or switch projects so my hands don’t get fatigued. The one awesome thing about this project is that I’m using 2 huge skeins of Miss Babs Yowza for each piece so I shouldn’t have any loose ends to weave in when I’m finished! I also haven’t taken a single picture of it and probably won’t until it’s finished. What I do have are pictures of cute dogs and even cuter babies to share.
The only thing you can do after a good turkey dinner with the family. #cherandjelly
Over the long holiday weekend last week we took photos for our holiday cards and I left the ladies in their sweaters all day since we were heading to my Mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. I made them their own mashed sweet potatoes to add to their dinner and they gobbled them up.
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You know it’s really good when you have to put your foot in the bowl to get every last drop.
Johnson family 2016
Of course when we took photos in every one they looked in the exact opposite direction of where we wanted them to look but they were still cute anyway. Jellybean is wearing an adorable hand knit bumble bee sweater I got with a gift card and it so nicely done. I have yet to dip my toe into colorwork but this made me want to so badly. And of course Cher is wearing the sweater I knit her last week for photos. And remember that matching dog and baby sweater set I made a few months ago? I got a picture of the recipients of the sweaters to share over the weekend.
Rosie and Edie
The cutest combo of dog and baby ever. I absolutely love this photo. They both look so serious about their modeling. And if that isn’t enough cuteness for you…
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I give you my dogs wearing hats. No I didn’t knit this one, I picked it up at Petco. And Jelly left it on without complaint. I was surprised.
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And Cher has on a fuzzy trapper hat. I love it! And that’s your dose of cuteness for the day. You’re welcome.

FO: Sister Sweaters

Welcome to Monday. My posting has been a little off lately but with the holidays I have a feeling it will be like that more often than not. But don’t worry, I’ve actually be furiously knitting lots of smaller things in between working on sweaters. I may not get all the sweaters I wanted finished for the holidays but the sweater for my Mom is working up beautifully but I like to stop and take breaks because the smaller needles kill my hands. So what else have I have been working on? Sister sweaters (a link to baby and toddler)!
Sister Sweaters
My favorite little girl is getting a little sister in February so I decided I’d make Maddie and baby girl coordinating sister sweaters.
Sister Sweaters
For both sweaters I used the Baby and Child Sophisticated Sweater pattern and just omitted the shawl collar. I made the 0-3 month and the 24 months sizes. When my girlfriend was pregnant with Maddie before we even knew she was a girl I knit her this cardigan in red and grey as a gift and Maddie ended up wearing it for most of the spring that year. It was cute to see it on her Facebook feed popping up in photos when they were out and about. I love seeing my hand knits out in the wild. I’m hoping she can get the same wear out of this new sweater with baby sister (even though I’m pretty sure she still has the first sweater stashed away).
Sister Sweaters
On both sweaters I used my trusted favorite Caron’s Simply Soft in Sunshine (yellow), Off White and Heathered Gray but I mixed up the colors on each sweater and made the stripes bigger on the toddler size.
Sister Sweaters
And both sweaters have these sweet yellow, grey and white owl buttons I picked up at Joann’s. I wanted the sweaters to be the same but still a little different. That’s how my parents always did things for us since there were three girls. We might get the same jeans but in different colors to fit our personalities. It’s nice not to have to have all the same stuff as your sister. We threw my girlfriend a little baby ‘sprinkle’ (first baby you shower her with gifts and the second you sprinkle her with gifts) and I gave her the sweaters. And her facial expression is why I make these things…
Yuvay's sprinkle
I think she knew I’d knit something for the new little one but when she pulled out the coordinating sweater for Maddie she melted.
Yuvay's sprinkle
A total yards of happiness kind of moment 🙂