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Fun Baby Projects – Wave Jumpers

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Fun Baby Projects – Wave Jumpers

I was ever so delighted to hear that one of my coworkers is having a first baby. I was even happier to hear that he’s having a baby girl! Baby girls mean that I get to make cute little dresses, like my favorite baby pattern, the wave Jumper.

I went through my yarn supply to see if I had any cute sock yarn in girly colors, and all I could find was this really cool sock yarn called FlatFeet. You unravel it as you knit, it’s rather cool. I wish more of my sock yarn came knitted up like this.

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My coworker lives in San Diego and is a big-time surfer, so I thought that these cute hippie like colors would be super darling on his little baby beachy girl.

The pattern is really easy it is a modified feather and fan lace, knit in the round with a little stockinette tank top from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders that was a gift from my dear mUm.

Despite having some shoulder issues from doing too much at work, I have been managing to knit a little bit of it each day and I think it looks completely adorable.

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The baby is due in June so I have plenty of time to get this blocked and finished up for them. I can’t wait to see a picture of her in it!

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Turkish Bed Socks

I am now completely obsessed with Turkish Bed Socks, a pattern by Churchmouse Yarns.

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I knit these for D___ for her birthday, and they looked so cute knitted in Dream in Color Smooshy. I must admit, however, that I made them when I had just returned to work from medical leave and was doing tons of physical therapy and in a lot of pain, meaning that I was taking pain medication and who knows what was going on with my gauge! One fit D___ perfectly, the other was so tight in the foot opening that she couldn’t fit it on her foot. Such a rookie mistake!

So I started another pair for her in a really silky, dark forest green yarn that I found at Stitches West last year, and of course I can’t remember what it was or from which stall I bought it. And, I forgot to take a picture of them! I made them with size 1 needles instead of size 0 and that really helped a lot. Plus I stayed off the pain medication while I made them. It is really difficult to concentrate when in pain though and I didn’t do a very good job of the seaming. This kind of thing would have really bothered me but now I just think to myself that the items are handmade and therefore are inherently imperfect. Voila! I am proud for being so evolved!

I was working on them at her place and set them down for a minute to go to the ladies and came back to this, the horror!

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What naughty kitties! They are so adorable though, one can never stay mad at them for more than a second, and with a bit of dedicated effort I was able to repair the damage and start over.

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Of course I forgot to take a photo of them completed, maybe I’ll have to get D___ to model them sometime.

I hope to make a pair of these for myself soon, they would be perfect to wear around the house, provided I can fit The Cankle in them. Time will tell.

Mini Sweaters

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At Christmas we love decorating our tree with ornaments that were purchased from our local church craft fair and throughout the years one dear lady has been gifting my family with miniature sweaters as ornaments.

I found a little book about how to make miniature sweaters in a yarn shop in Pt. Reyes Station and was so tickled to be able to knit them myself. They are adorable little things to give away any time of the year.

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My miniature socks, hats, and sweaters have become quite the collectible items in my circle of friends. Sometimes it’s really funny when they open up the tiny package and find the miniature whatever, the puzzled looks on their faces crack me up. They say politely, “Oh it’s a tiny sweater, what do I do with it?” I just laugh and recommend they put it on a bottle of whiskey, to keep it warm naturally. They also make great drip catchers for wine, no more dirty tablecloths!

With the yarn left over from my Oakland Shawl I made a few sweaters. First I knitted the sweater body.

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I divided the stitches to make the sweater back.

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On the other needle I knitted the sweater front and the soldiers.

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I sewed together the shoulders using the three needle bindoff.

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Making the neckline is next, knitting the stitches left on the two needles plus picking up four on each shoulder.

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It’s kind of messy looking at this point with all of the loose threads hanging about, but I just ignore this and begin to sew up the sides of the sweater. Everything at this point is done with the miniature sweater inside out.

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When I divided the sweater for the front and back in natural armhole is created. In order to match the armhole on the other side I use my finger as a guide.

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With the sweater body done I weave in the loose threads to tidy up the sweater,

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The tiny sleeves are fun to make, just twelve stitches!

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To sew the sleeves on the sweater body again I use my finger to hold the sleeve in place while I seam up the edges.

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Ta da! A darling miniature sweater is done, perfect for any occasion. If only knitting a person-sized sweater was this easy.

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The Kauni yarn gradually shifts colors going from orange to red, and I like the color variations in the miniature sweaters. I used a little bit of leftover sock yarn to make the third sweater.

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Making these tiny things really cheers me up and so do the colors. I will probably be making more over the next few weeks.

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