Friday, February 29, 2008

Jane sews


Jane spent a wintery afternoon sewing springy outfits for Mary & her doll..

One week report for Grandma & Oma

We just got home from Bronwyn's One Week Well Baby Check...

She weights 8 lbs 13 oz (3997g)... up 5 ounces from her birth weight! She got down to 8 lbs 1 oz before we left the hospital, so she's gained 12 ounces in just five days!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Baby Countdown

Thursday morning I'm scheduled for my c-section. As soon as baby and I are settled in our room, I will be calling my friend, Melanie, with the stats... For those who are curious, she will post them at the Lots of Kids Friends blog, of which I am also a contributor... to which I have not...um.. yet.. contributed. :)

Happy 8th Birthday "Mary"!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One "newborn" sock



Here is one finished "newborn" size sock next to a size 6-12 month sock for comparison.

CUFF:
On size 3 double point needles, cast on 24 stitches.
Divide evenly on to three needles, join and work in the round as follows:
(K1, P1) around for 15 rounds.

DIVIDE FOR HEEL:
Transfer 12 stitches on first needle, and six stitches on the other two needles.Heel flap is knit back and forth on these 12 stitches for 12 rows.
Odd rows: slip 1, knit across
Even rows: slip 1, purl across

TURN HEEL:
Next row: slip 1, knit 7, k2 together, k1 turn work
Next row: slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1
Next row: slip 1, k5, k2tog, k1
Next row: slip 1, p5, p2tog, p1
Next row: knit

GUSSET:
Pick up and knit 6 slipped stitches along the side of the heel flap, putting the first 2 on Needle 1.
Knit across needles 2 and 3.
Pick up and knit 6 slipped stitches along the other side of the heel flap, putting the last 2 on Needle 1.
Next 4 rounds:
Needle 1: K across
Needle 2: K1, K2tog, Knit across
Needle 3: K to last 3, SSK, K1
(after repeating 4 times, 24 sts remain)
Continue knitting in the round for 10 rows.

TOE SHAPING:
Divide stitches over two needles.
Next row: K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1 on both needles.
Next row: K around
Next row: K1 K2tog, K4, SSK, K1 on both needles.
Next row: Knit around

Graft toe together using Kitchener stitch.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Easy baby socks


If you can knit & purl, you can make these great socks in an evening or two. For many beginning knitters, turning the heel of a sock is the biggest challenge if you are a visual learner and find written patterns confusing. Amy at knittinghelp.com has a great video that shows you step by step how to turn the heel here under "Advanced Knitting Techniques". She uses this free pattern: North Country Cotton Baby Socks. For my socks (above) I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease® worsted weight yarn in Avocado (80% acrylic, 20% wool) on size 5 (US)/3.75mm double-point needles. I prefer bamboo or wood needles for knitting "in the round" as they grip the yarn a bit and stitches are less apt to slip off. They fit size 6-12 months.
For the second pair of socks I used Lily® Sugar 'n Cream Stripes in Natural (100% Cotton) on size 4 (US)/3.5mm double-points.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008