The Little Things

Remember that fluffy chevron baby blanket I knit in February?
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This weekend I got a chance to snuggle the recipient. Is there anything in the world better than snuggling a newborn baby? She smelled so good and gave these deep little sighs like she was just so exhausted. Ahhh…so sweet. Loved it! (And yes, I’m wearing my Four Color Fable cardigan.
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Coming in at a close second to snuggling a newborn is snuggling a dog. I did a lot of this on Sunday. I’ve still got a slight lingering cough so I’ve been taking it easy so in between spring cleaning and catching up on so much other stuff but I made sure to pause and snuggle Cher for a bit on Sunday. She’s going to be 13 this summer so I try my best to soak up as much good stuff as I can.
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And with my spring cleaning I decided to switch Jellybean from wearing hoodies to polo shirts. LOL My friend gave me these from his sweet little chihuahua Chico who passed away a few years ago. Chico is pretty much the reason I wanted a dog and Steven had been holding on to his stuff even though his dog Sophie is much bigger. He knew the good stuff needed to go to a good home and he chose me! We feel honored to keep Chico’s memory alive. And in knitting news…how about a sneak peek?
Little Women Lillian cardigan
This is my latest finished object and I’m mildly obsessed with the pattern this yarn has made. Can’t wait to share the details this week!

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: 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!
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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.