Petites Feuilles Bonnet

Check out this little cutie — well, the bonnet isn’t too bad either ;)

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This is another riff on the leaf pattern, and I’m pretty pleased with it. I like bonnets because they stay on when the baby moves his head in the stroller, and provide nice head coverage (thanks to the garter stitch portion this one is especially warm around the ears).

This bonnet is completely seamless, knit flat for the garter portion and then in the round for the crown. Stitches are picked up for the ties.

I used some delicious Mellifera Yarns cash dk (Capri colorway) and this yarn is so wonderfully soft. The color is really vibrant, too.

This little bonnet comes in sizes Newborn to 12-18 months, and it’s now available in my Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy stores.

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:

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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.

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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!

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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

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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’Treize!

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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:

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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:

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I got going as soon as I got to my seat

I got going as soon as I got to my seat

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 =)

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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.