Monday, March 31, 2008

Baby Measurements

I found these great sites that give measurements for babies. It'll help you figure out what size
your finished items are.

This one has baby up to adult.

This one has preemie on up, it is mostly head and foot sizes.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cardigan for Babies

Easy Print PDF Link: Cardigan for Babies 

G 6 hook

Bernat Baby softee yarn
Size: newborn

Chain 36
Row 1:
dc in 4th ch from hook and next 3 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 5 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 10 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in next 5 chs,
3 dc in next ch,
dc in last 5 chs.
ch 2, turn.

rows 2-5: dc in each dc across putting 3dc in center dc of 3dc group below. Ch 2, turn.

row 6: dc across to center of first 3dc group, ch 4, skip across to next 3dc, dc in center st and each st across to center st of 3rd dc group, ch4, skip to last 3dc put dc in center of 3dc group and across to end. ch 2, turn. *Armhole construction tutorial*

row 7: dc in each dc and chain across. ch 2, turn.

rows 8-15: dc in each dc across. Ch 2, turn.

At end of row 15, ch 1, work 2 sc in each end stitch up front side of sweater placing buttonholes where you like. (buttonhole- sc, ch 3, sc in next st)

Work 3 sc in last stitch, sc around neckline, put 3 sc in last st of neck, work 2 sc in each end stitch down side of sweater, work 3 sc in last stitch and sc across bottom of sweater, put 2 sc in last st and join to first sc. finish off.

Sleeves: join yarn to center stitch at bottom on armhole, DC around. Work 8 rows total for sleeves.Row 9, sc around sleeve.

2008 Kelly Kearney

If you make one of these for a gift please consider making one for charity.
Do not sell pattern or items made from pattern.
Do not post pattern to another site, please post just the link.

Seed Stitch Brim Baby Hat

This hat is knit in the round. Use whatever your favorite method is.

Circumference: 12 1/2"

Size 8 needles
Soft Worsted Weight yarn.
Cast on 56 sts.

row 1: K1, P1 around
row 2: P1, K1 around
row 3: K1, P1 around
row 4: P1, K1 around
row 5: K1, P1 around
row 6 :P1, K1 around

body of hat:
Work in stockinette (knit all rounds) until hat measures 4" from cast on edge.

row 1: K6, K2tog around
row 2: knit around
row 3: K5, K2tog around
row 4: knit around
row 5: K4, K2tog around
row 6: knit around
row 7: K3, K2tog around
row 8: knit around
row 9: k2, k2tog around
row 10: knit around
row 11: k1, k2tog around
row 12: k2tog around

Cut yarn, weave end thru last sts, pull tight and finish off.
2008 Bella Bambina Knits
If you make one of these as a gift please think of making one for charity.
Do not sell jpattern or items made from pattern.
Do not post pattern on another site, please post just the link.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Preemie Hat Pattern

Hats in Photo made by Marcia Schwefler

This pattern is by Joan Wilson of Fairy Godmothers. She gave it to me to share with you. Its just a basic K1 P1 cuff the body of the hat is stockinette.

1 skein Caron Simply Soft - use size 5 knitting needles
OR1 skein Bernat Baby Softee or Lion Brand Baby Soft - use size 3 or 4
large tapestry needle
NOTE: ... wash in Tide Free or Arm & Hammer Free detergent before donating to hospital.
Cast on 60 stitches

Cuff:K1 P1 for 3 inches
Cap:Rows 1-10: K one row, P one row
Row 9: K8, K2 tog, repeat across
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: K7, K2 tog, repeat across
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K6, K2 tog, repeat across
Row 14: Purl
Row 15: K5, K2 tog, repeat across
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: K4, K2 tog, repeat across
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: K2 tog across row
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: K2 tog across row
Cut yarn leaving approximately 18" tail. Using tapestry needle threaded with tail, draw through all loops, knot securely.
Fold cap with wrong side out, and sew back seam.
Weave in ends. Fold up cuff. Add pompom if desired. Secure pompom very tightly, run needle through pompom a second time and secure on wrong side.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Secret Pal is....

Metal and Knit from Australia!! She sent me all kinds of goodies. I especially love the yarn, it is nothing I've seen before its all made in Australis. There is a skein of Patons Big Baby in white, its a fingering weight yarn and very soft. Then there is Patons Zhivago Baby in lilac. And 4 skeins of Cleckheaton Cocoon, its also a baby yarn (fingering weight) in white. Its 70% australian Merino and 30% nylon. I will be using that to make something for me since I can't use wool for the babies here. Oh well. A skein of Magic stripes which I've already made into 2 balls so I can started on another pair of socks. There was also some chocolate, a pen, a pretty necklace, a mini boomerang, and a toy for Ronin which he has already ripped up (that means he liked it). Oh yeah and 2 really cool towels, one with australian recipes (I think I'll skip the kangaroo tail soup) and the other has maps on it.

This has been so much fun, I can't wait to see what she sends next.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PRGE Contest

This is part of the Punk Rock Gift Exchange. Our buddy is supposed to send us their 3 favorite songs and we are supposed to match a project or a yarn to each song. I will admit this was a little hard but fun. So here goes:

1. I Remember You by Skid Row.

I chose the partner mittens because of the line " Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand". With these mittens you can do that. Unfortunately the pattern is a PDF so I couldn't get a picture of the project to share, you'll have to click on this link to see them.

2. Before the Dawn by Judas Priest.

This was the hardest song to do but I think I have found the perfect yarn to go with it. The theme of the song is having to leave the one you love. For this I found "bruised heart" colorway at Etsy.

3. Beth by Kiss.

I chose the Guitar Man Socks for this song since he is in a band.

Ok Pally I hope you like these.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

and the secret project is.....

Socks for my mom for her birthday!! I can finally post about these damn socks. First I should start with the fact that moms birthday is February 3 and I just gave to socks to her yesterday. I started them early enough to have them for her b'day but I got the flu while about halfway thru the first one. Then the second f#%&#n sock just would not cooperate. I did the ribbing then got about 2 inches or so into it and made a mistake. Because of all the yarn overs it was hard to frog and pick up the right amount of stitches. So I got back to where I was and made another mistake. This time it had to be ripped out completely. Now I finally get thru it, hold it up to the first sock and the foot is about an inch shorter than it should be. GRRRR!!!! There was a lot of cursing going on at this point. I decide I will give them to her, let her try them on and make a second sock to match which ever one fits. Sort of like Cinderella except Cindy got her prince and I got a pair of socks that dont' fit the recipient. Thats right NEITHER sock fit. So now I have to start all over. But now I have to learn how to do them both at the same time so they will end up the same. And my mom was smart enough to suggest I measure her foot. So hopefull she will have a pair of wool socks before the summer gets here.

The pattern is from Sock Pixie. It's the Groovy Socks. The next pair will be made in purple.

Those I'll be able to share as I go since mom knows about them.


Friday, March 7, 2008

This just in....

....I'm doing it!!! I'm knitting 2 socks on 2 circulars!!! 2 socks!!! at the same time!!!
What a wonderful thing!!! pictures coming soon....

Thursday, March 6, 2008

New Toys

This is my new espresso maker. I also got a milk frother. I'm trying to learn how to make the perfect Cappucino. It's slow going. I think todays was probably the best. Not too strong, just the right temp, not too sweet or unsweet. Yes, I know, not a word. But back to the coffee. I tried it with just the regular coffee I use in my coffeemaker but it ended up tasting like too strong coffee. So I got a can of espresso and it is much better, it has the right taste. Now I'm just working on exactly how much coffee to use. I'll let you know when I've perfected it.

I haven't done much knitting this week. I'm working on bunny hats for the hospital. The nurses love holiday stuff for the babies. I'm crocheting them because it goes faster and they said they need as many as I can make. I'm trying to figure out what my next knitting project for me. Probably socks since I only have sock yarn right now. Most of my yarn stash is acrylic stuff for charity. I don't have much yarn for myself. Just sock yarn right now. I want to learn how to knit 2 socks at a time on 2 circulars, I can do one but I really, really, really want to learn how to do both a the same time.

Talk to you soon.


Ronins Throne

The King asleep on his throne.

Don't Forget your Hat

New additions for the garden...

Monday, March 3, 2008

PRGE Questionairre

1. Why did you join PRGE? I've been wanting to join a gift exchange and this one seemed perfect. I'm not really a punk girl more of a metal grrrl.

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related) My dog, hockey (go Rangers!), watching NASCAR (go Junior), my family. Making baby clothes for charity.

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet? I made 2 "we call them pirates" hats for christmas gifts, My Monkey socks, and my Sahara sweater.

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday? Koigu, Noro, CANDY, knitting books (any kind) and a hot man.

5. What are your three favorite yarns? I don't really have fave brands, I like merino, alpaca/silk blend and nice soft sock yarn. What are your three least favorite yarns? I don't like novelty yarns, too hard to work with.

6. What are your five favorite delicacies? coffee, dark chocolate, ok, any chocolate, tiramisu , italian food,

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures? buying yarn even though I have plenty, reading lots of knitting blogs, and watching Diamonique on QVC.

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week? watching nascar on sunday while knitting or crocheting.

9. What do you collect? precious moments and barbies, I know not very punk.

10. When is your birthday? Dec. 28

11. Do you have any wishlists? No

12. Do you have any allergies or health related conditions that your pal should know about? I'm allergic to cats but i dont see that being a problem.

13. What do you do for work and what do you do for fun? I don't work. For fun I like to play with my dog, knit, go shopping, spend time with family, and knit,knit,knit

14. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here? It doesnt' take much to make me happy. I love silly little novelty things.

Blanket Drive

It's time for Bella's Babies annual blanket drive. Check out the "Winter is Coming" post at our website.