I have not decided (or it has not been decided for me) what I will be called when I grow up (early September. Nice to have a handle on when I will finally be grown up, eh?). Be that as it may, I have been busy with small things for several months. They were Secret From the Blog small things, but we had the shower for the baby and her mama yesterday.
I'll start with the knitting, since that is most accessible to most readers. First up, the ubiquitous (but still cute) fruit cap:
My granddaughter will be a strawberry :). This is Cascade 220 Superwash
, the pattern was on Ravelry
Next, the first hat and booties I made (March) before we knew the baby will be a girl:
This is handspun superwash merino, in a color I thought would be gender neutral. When we found out she will be a girl, I used pink ribbons for the booties and hat ties. The hat is Norwegian Sweet Baby cap
from Ravelry, and the booties are from the book 50 Baby Booties to Knit
Next up, the consummate girly set:
Superwash wool (I forget the name of the yarn but I bought it at my LYS
), in the Simple Hat pattern from Itty Bitty Hats
, and the booties are Saartje's Booties
Also from Itty Bitty Hats
An Easter bonnet! in Superwash Cascade 220. This is just way too cute.... :)
The last knitted hat:
A silk bonnet from Knitting for Two
. The silk is naturally dyed with pomegranate from Tactile Fibers
, bought at SOAR last Fall. I have more of this silk, so there may be a matching sweater forthcoming ......
Which brings us to the sweaters....(you can see that I am worried this baby might be cold. She will live in Colorado. Her parents have a place in the mountains. I think they will take her up into the snow
.....sigh). Anyway, first up, the Five Hour Baby Sweater
(they lied, it took me more than five hours):
Once again in Cascade 220 Superwash that I bought at Meadowfarm
(I might just as well purchase all the colors: loved the yarn, loved the color range, will be useful for the I-bet-I-will-be-knitting-more future baby and child projects).
Then there is the handspun superwash BFL Knitting Pure and Simple
hooded baby cardigan, which I call the Cutest Sweater Ever:
I bought superwash BFL roving from my friend BJ (Lola's Looms
), dyed it in one pot:
I spun it into a three-ply yarn. There is some left, which might someday become mittens and a hat for a bigger girl :).
The last knitted gift is a baby bunting (repeat after me: Cascade 220 Superwash purchased at Meadowfarm, pattern from Knitting Pure and Simple. I am nothing if not consistent):
I dyed some Onesies in newborn and 6 month old sizes to go with the bunting, and embroidered a little on the neckline edge. Many of these gifts were photographed on an heirloom blanket the baby will have too: first used by the new papa's grandfather (1915), then used by the new papa's father (1948) and the new papa (1976), and now the new baby (2010). I washed it and added new blanket binding, and hope the baby will use it to death: almost one hundred years of use is enough
for any textile!
Then we have the woven gifts :). First, a Very Pink cotton baby bonnet:
I sewed this using a commercial pattern and it is big!
, probably a three-year-old size or better. It is lined in flannel (consistent, consistent, and worried about cold ears).
Then we have rompers:
These are about 6 month size, lined in (heh) cotton flannel, sewn using a commercial sewing pattern, handwoven cotton cloth, with purchased t-shirts. The second one is the only fabric I wove with a specific project in mind:
This is various cotton yarns (mostly 5/2 and 8/2) in a narrow fabric sett at 24 epi. The rest of the fabric used for these projects was just woven (at 20 epi, same yarns: a range of cottons and rayons between 2000 and 3000 ypp) and then I decided what to make with it.
The new baby will have her own silk dress, using a leftover piece of fabric from the new mama's wedding shawl
four years ago:
Sorry for the blurry photo, here's a better one of the back:
I dyed the fabric red, and used a commercial sewing pattern for a dress of about a one-year old size. I say about
because the armholes are large, and it looks to me like this could be worn as a smock-top over pants well into her third year. I used almost every scrap of the silk fabric I had saved:
Last, the booties and knitted cotton blanket I posted months ago, when I found out I would be a grandma? Nana? Time will tell: