Baby bonnet

DSC_1076

DSC_1077

 

As soon as I saw this beautiful pattern, I knew I needed to make one for Baby#2. It’s called Lilacs for Lila and it’s available (for free) on Ravelry.

I used some leftover Malabrigo Silky Merino (color “Cape Cod”), which is a gorgeous yarn, with subtle grey/pink variegation. I knit the smallest size but my gauge was a bit off so the size I ended up is probably more of a 6-9 months size, which should be just perfect for next Spring.

I’m very happy with the way it turned out, it was very fast to knit and the lace repeat was easy and fun.

Coming home outfit

So… I had mentioned that I needed to get you all caught up on what’s happening in my neck of the woods. This should partly explain my long silence, too!

As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, we are expecting Baby #2, a baby girl!! She should arrive sometime in September. I’ve already knit a few things, including this little outfit:

newbornoutfit

The crossover cardigan is an improvisation, it turned out quite small, a true newborn size. I’m happy with the contrasting i-cord edging, that was fun to do and gives it a nice “finished” look I think. I also had the perfect tiny vintage buttons for this project.

For the pants, I meant to follow the Balloon Baby Pants pattern but ended up skipping the increases (didn’t want them too “balloon-ey” after all!) and I also did the crotch differently (didn’t understand the directions). I think they turned out way cute, a bit clown-like, but in a good way :)

As far as the hat, it’s the ubiquitous Aviatrix, which is such a fun and quick little project, especially using the German Short Rows method, which I recommend you google immediately! I did a simple i-cord for the tie instead of the strap and button, because the strap wasn’t the most practical when I made this for Axel, so I always ended up leaving it hanging.

So there you have it, more baby stuff, specifically girl stuff in the pipeline! By the way, any baby name ideas?? Needs to work both in English and French (similar pronunciation if possible)

Chouette!

Sometimes it feels nice to take a break from this whole pattern-writing/designing thing because it involves a lot of work and can be frustrating at times. There are times where I really miss straightforward knitting, just following a pattern that someone else worked out.

So while I was working on Storytime Scholar, I decided to knit this adorable little number that I kept seeing everywhere on Ravelry. Total no-brainer, the owl is absolutely adorable and the whole thing took less than 2 hours to knit up. Plus Axel needed a new hat anyway.

P1040390 P1040391 P1040393

After going to the park to give it a test-run, it became obvious that the hat was a bit short for Axel and that it was not going to stay on his head, so I quickly whipped up a seed stitch scarf that I sewed on to the back half rim of the hat… This time we have a winner!

P1040411

He wears this everyday and I think it’s the cutest thing ever (random people in the street seem to think so, too). The pattern is available on Ravelry here, and if you still have last-minute Christmas presents to make, this is a good bet!

Dans la hotte du Père Noël…

Ça tricote dur en ce moment! J’ ai fini une série d’accessoires commandés par la maman de Gabe, et je suis maintenant grandement à la bourre pour mes cadeaux de Noël à moi…

Voici donc le résultats des courses pour le moment:

Crofter's Cowl

Pattern: Crofter’s Cowl by Gudrun Johnston, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic

—`

The Boy Hat

Pattern: The Boy Hat by Elizabeth Heath-Heckman, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: 100% Handspun Mongolian cashmere by Jade Sapphire

Candle Flame Cowl

Pattern: Candle Flame Cowl by Julia Allen, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: Malabrigo merino worsted

Knitted Neck Scarf

Pattern: Knitted Neck Scarf by Martha Stewart, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Melange (100% baby alpaca)

Irish Hiking Hat for twin #1

Pattern: Irish Hiking Hat by Blackhorsefree, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: 100% undyed baby alpaca

Regular Guy Beanie for twin #2

Pattern: Regular Guy Beanie by Chuck Wright, available for free on Ravelry

Yarn: 100% undyed baby alpaca

Knitting marathon: ’tis the season! I finished a few accessories that Gabe’s mom had ordered from me, and I’m now super late to finish my own Christmas knitting…

Trico’13: promenons-nous dans les bois…

~~

Voici ma contribution au Trico’13 de Novembre (thème: accessoires). Une petite capuche/écharpe pour rester bien au chaud dans les bois pendant que le loup n’y est pas…

~~

chaperon1

~~

Si vous souhaitez tricoter un petit chaperon rouge pour vous ou vos proches (cadeau de Noël vite fait bien fait, non?), le modèle est disponible en Français ET en Anglais sur Ravelry gratuitement. Pour celles qui n’ont pas de compte Ravelry, laissez moi un commentaire et je vous enverrai le modèle par mail.

Pour voir les superbes créations de toutes les participantes, on clique ici!

~~

chaperon1text

Cliquez sur l'image pour obtenir le modèle sur Ravelry

~~

Here’s my contribution to this month’s Trico’13 (the theme was “Acccessories”). A cozy little hood/scarf combo to stay warm while wandering in the woods…

~~

I wrote down my notes so that you can also knit up this little red riding hood for you or your loved ones (a super easy and quick Christmas present, no?) Click on the image above, which will take you to the Ravelry page for this free pattern. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, just leave me a comment and I will email you the pdf.

 

Pour Mila

~~

Petit cadeau de naissance pour Bébé Mila, qui était très impatiente de naître! J’espère que le colis arrivera à bon port et que la maman aimera!

~~

Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

~~

Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

~~

Here’s a little present for Baby Mila, who was in a hurry to come into the world! I hope the package will make it to its destination safely and that mom will like it!

The ballerina pattern is my own, the bonnet pattern (I modified it slightly) comes from a French book called “Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie”

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino

Liberty Bias: La Droguerie

Trico’Treize!

~~

Et oui, c’est pas tout ça, mais on est le treize, et la journée est déjà bien avancée pour la plupart des participantes, donc, vite vite il a fallu finir dans l’avion du retour pour être dans les temps:

~~

I’m part of a knitalong of sorts called the Trico’Treize, where everybody posts a cable or intarsia-based project on their blog on the thirteenth of each month. This, of course, is meant to keep things challenging and to share any frustrations of victories with these two techniques… I had to hurry up and finish my project on the plane home:

~~

I got going as soon as I got to my seat

I got going as soon as I got to my seat

~~

Ce mois-ci, donc, j’ai choisi le jacquard à fils tirés, avec ce modèle bicolore trouvé dans le dernier Interweave Knits magazine. Il s’intitule “Harvard Square Cap” par Sean Riley.

~~

This month, I chose “Harvard Square Cap” by Sean Riley, a two-color Fair Isle pattern so that I could practice my color stranding without making a big mess. I found it in the latest Interweave Knits.

~~

haton1

Early morning photoshoot: yes, I picked out a blurry one ;)

~~

Initialement j’avais prévu ce bonnet pour Gabe, mais comme indiqué dans les instructions du modèle, il faut que les fils tirés ne soient PAS tirés justement, mais très lâches, sinon le tricot manquera d’élasticité. Or, comme établi dans le post précédent, Gabe a une très grosse tête. Donc le bonnet sera mien, hé hé! Et sinon, le jacquard est ma nouvelle activité favorite! Vraiment très sympa à tricoter.

~~

This cap was meant for Gabe initially, but it wouldn’t stretch enough for his very large head (in spite of Sean Riley’s warning to strand VERY loosely, I must have kept things too tight). So the hat shall be mine after all =)

~~

capcu3

~~

capinsides

~~

FO: his and hers hats

Even though Gabe objects to this present post’s title, it will just have to do. I thought I’d just write a quick post, let pictures speak for themselves. I just haven’t been very inspired to write lately

Pattern: Jake’s Cable Beanie, available for free here

Yarn: 1 skein Blue Sky Alpaca dyed cotton in Tomato and about .2 in Drift. Knit holding 2 strands to get approximate gauge

Needles: Size US 10.5 double-pointed

Mods: I ran out of red yarn, so I lenghtened the hat with about 2″ of straightforward ribbing (see photo below with unrolled band

Pattern: Banana Republic Hat Knockoff, available for free on Crafster.org

Yarn: Lion’s Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick

Needles: Size US 10.5 double-pointed

Mods: I just added a couple of rounds to make sure the hat was long enough. I think it turned out a little big too big. I sewed on two shell buttons on the band.