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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Two baby things

: One Piece Baby Kimono by Christina Shiffman
Source: Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarns: Araucania Nature Wool, shade 26 (orange) part of 1 ball
Rowanspun DK, shade 734 (blue) part of 1 ball
Needles: US 7 Addi Turbo
Knitting Time: 4 very late nights. Far longer than
anticipated for such a wee sweater.

Modifications: This sweater was a gift for my cousin's baby daughter who is due in early February. I wanted it to be woolly warm for the season, so I opted against the Peaches & Creme cotton called for by the pattern. Also, I added six-stitch cables to fancy it up a bit. I regret a little that it will only fit her for about 5 minutes, but I just didn't have time to knit something practical and fabulous.

And for when she grows bigger:

Pattern: adapted from the Dougie Dog Hat by Lucinda Guy
Source: Handknits for Kids by Lucinda Guy

Yarns: Araucania Nature Wool, shade 26 (orange) part of 1 ball
Rowanspun DK, shade 734 (blue) part of 1 ball
Needles: US 6 straight
Knitting Time: One weekend at the in-laws, and a couple after-bedtime hours.

Modifications: I must begin with a confession. This hat was originally intended for a baby boy. But, my yarn substitution gave me a vastly different gauge from Pattern's and I didn't compensate for the difference as well as hoped. I wound up with an excellent little hat that fit my own head. This was a bit tragic and I was filled with loss for about five minutes, then it hit me! I'll FELT it!
As many of you know from experience, felting is a rarely a clean, simple solution to a knitting gauge disaster. The hat felted very little in width, and too much in length. The two yarns felted at different rates, turning the previously snug little cabled brim into a ruffle. A lot of the sweet faux-cable stitch detail was lost. I pulled on it like hell to bring the length back, and then I made a nice little i-cord, cut little slits right in the felt to thread it through and VOILA! A swingy, girly little thing.

My cousin was thrilled with the gift, and I was disturbed by my feelings of yearning each time I saw another adorable baby sleeper.

Now I'm off to knit something boyish for my still-pregnant (?) Seattle friend.

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They are BOTH adorable!
Yeah they are! I love the little cabled sweater!
You have such a good eye for color. Very cute!
Gawd!!!! Having just finished my own version of the Baby Kimono in Brown Sheep's Cotton Fleece Ionly modification was doing it in ST stitch), I know think it a rag compared to your utterly breathtaking work of art.....she might only wear it for five minutes, but they will be 5 ultra-warm, very baby-chic filled minutes!

Your solution to the hat is inspiriing. I can learn so much from you ho great Molly-san.
Obviously I "published" my comment before proofing it....I NOW think it a rag....and of course I am not calling you a knitting ho.....
They both look great. I love the colors. I really like the kimono
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