Monday, December 13, 2010

Hat Sizing

Hello! I have been receiving preemie hats that are just too small. I checked with the nurses at Southside Hospital and they are in need of hats that are 11"-12". If they are knit they can be as small as 10" with ribbing so they stretch. I have received hats from readers of my blog that are 8-9" around and they are just too small, preemie heads don't come that small. Even the tiniest ones are 10".

Just wanted to let you all know. Thanks!!!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's Christmas Baby

I finally got my holiday things for the babies done. Now I'm going to take a break and work on some projects I've been wanting to try. This is some of what I've made for the babies at Southside. The little blankets with hats & booties are for the preemies. There are 16 all together, 4 of each fabric.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Sparkle Sweaters

I made these Holiday sweaters using my Pullover Hoodie for Newborns pattern. I used Pound of Love white for the sweater and Vanna Glamour for the trim. You can't tell from the pictures but the trim has a metallic thread running thru it so it sparkles. I got the star buttons at Michaels. I really love these and plan to make some more for the babies at Southside. The top in is in silver, the middle one gold and the last one is white with silver running thru it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Urgent Needs

Bella's Babies is in need of newborn size blankets and hats. Especially blankets.
I will need them by the end of November. If you can help out please let me know.

Hats should be 11-12" in diameter.
Blankets should be 30x30" on up.

As it turns out I was told that the hats that are 13-14" are too big. For newborns we need about 11-12".

Thank you!!!!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Calling all knitters!!!!

I need some pumkin, apple or fruit hats for my fall delivery to the hospital. I realize that I cannot make enough on my own so if anyone wants to help I would really appreciate it.
Here are some patterns I found:

Pumpkin Hat with rolled brim
Becky's Fruit hats
Apple a Day Hat
Apple Hat
Pumkin Hat
Tutie Cutie Fruity hats

Side to Side pumpkin hat
Pumpkin Beanie
Tomato Hat with Brim
Candy Corn Hats

or you can use any pattern you like, just add a little stem. They should be from 12" to 14". Please send hats by Sept 25.

Send hats to:
Bellas Babies
48 Cedar Drive
Farmingdale NY 11735


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Knit -n- Rip

Don't you just hate those days. I started to knit a scarf with some super bulky wool. I cast on 18 stitches on size 13 needles and was just working garter stitch. Well it was a little wider than I wanted and I thought I would run out of yarn at this rate. So I decided to try a hat, thought I had figured out the guage and cast on for that, after a few rows I thought I should measure as it seemed a little large. It was about 25" round. OK, back to the scarf, cast on 12 stitches, came out to about 5" wide. Ripped that out and cast on 15 stitches and I think I finally got it right. So at 10:30 p.m I have about 12" knitted after 2 1/2 hours of knitting. GRRRRR!!!! I should be about halfway done with the scarf. I'll share pictures when I finally finish it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Summer catch-up

I can't believe I didn't post for the whole month of July!! Its been so hot here I haven't been doing as much as I should have. I haven't had any comments to my last post about the blanket blitz. I'm hoping some of you will help me out.

I've already started making orange sweaters with pumkin buttons and some fruit hats for the fall.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blanket Blitz 2010

I'm back from vacation and have decided on a new format for the Blanket Blitz.

For every newborn blanket you make your name will be entered for the prize. So the more you make the more times your name is entered.

The contest will run now thru September 30th.

I am looking for newborn size blankets. The smallest they should be is 30x30. If you are making a blanket that is rectangle then the smallest side should be 30". They should be crocheted, knitted or quilts. The only requirement for the contest is that they be handmade.

If you have any questions please ask.

Maybe some of you could share your favorite baby blanket patterns. You can post them in the comments section of this post or email them to me and I will post them.

And the winner is......

Beth P. from Virginia!!!! Congratulations Beth. I will be sending your prize out next Wednesday. I will be away until then.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Challenge Complete

Hello everyone!! Well the challenge is over, I will be drawing the winner tomorrow.

We had 6 people meet the challenge out of 11 who signed up. Plus there was someone who ended up having shoulder surgery or there would have been 7.

Here is what we ended up with:

34 dresses

3 shirts

2 pair of shorts

14 onsies

26 sweaters

Plus the items that me and my Mom made. I am so glad my first contest worked so well. We will be having a Blanket Blitz for the summer months, I will fill you in tomorrow.

Thank you for all of the wonderful items you sent in, everything was just beautiful!!!

You can see pictures of all the donations here: Challenge Pictures

Monday, June 21, 2010

Last Call!!!!

Today is the final day of the contest, please send your items in or let me know if they are on the way.

I will wait until next week, maybe the 30th, to pick the winner.

Beth P. I got your package today, beautiful work!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Pictures added

I've added Chris D's photos to the Challenge Album, while your there check out the June album to see our other donations.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Package Arrival

I got a box of beautiful clothes for the challenge from Chris Davis.

And yesterday I received a box of lovely baby things from Christine Knapp.

Thank you ladies!!! I will get pictures up tomorrow.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Last Week of Challenge

Hello!! The challenge/contest is winding down ladies. I went today and got some yarn for the prize box. Don't forget to send your 15 outfits to be entered.

I got another box today from Lynda also of Bellas Babies. I'll get the pictures up later.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

First Challenge Items

I received our first outfits for the challenge. They were made by Anne who is a member of Bellas Babies. I have set up an album at picasa for sharing the pictures of what comes in. I am looking forward to getting lots of little going home outfits for the babies.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Challenge Deadline

It has occurred to me that I need to clarify the due date for the challenge.
I had said June 21st, but some have asked if that is the date to mail or to have it to me.
Well, here is the answer. If you wash the clothes before sending then you can send up to the 21st.
If it is unwashed then please have it to me by the 21st so I have time to wash it before delivering.
If you choose to wash it yourself (its not required, just helpful) please use only unscented detergent and fabric softener sheets (if you use them).

If you have any questions please ask!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Artsy Saturday

I went to a couple of art shows today. One was at the Nassau County Museum of Art. These sculptures are all over the landscape of the Museums grounds. It was an Art & Crafts show. I saw some beautiful things, unfortunately everything was out of my price range. The only thing I could afford was this hank of alpaca yarn. It is so soft, there are 220 yards. The woman had 3 little alpacas with her, I think they were young because they seemed smaller than what I have seen on tv. I forgot to get a picture of them. They were already shorn.
There were supposed to be demonstrations at this show but I didn't see anything so I was a little disappointed.
I plan on travelling Long Island this summer, I can't really afford a vacation so I will go to some places here on the Island and this was my first trip.
I 'll be blogging about my travels, I am thinking that Montauk Point will be my next journey, it is the farthest point east on Long Island and has a lighthouse.
Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anyone else do this??

I have 10 books in my knitting library. I have only made one thing from them all, a burp cloth from Mason Dixon. After looking at them stacked on my shelf I have decided to try and use them. My first thought was to pick a book and knit some or all of the patterns in it. I didn't really like that idea so I have decided to knit one project from each book. This will be my spring/summer project. The first book I picked (its really more like a leaflet) is by Cabin Fever, it is called "Baby-V, No Sew Knitting: Top down, v-neck cardigans for preemie to 18 months". I got it from Patternworks. I am doing the first pattern in the book, I'm using Bernat Baby softee in Peach. This book has good directions. It contains patterns for 8 different sweaters. They all use DK weight yarn and size 3 & 5 needles. At the end of the book are hat and sock patterns to match the sweaters. I picked the simplest sweater to start with. Just a basic cardigan. I'll post some pictures of it later, I messed up the buttonhole so I have to frog 2 rows and fix it. Well, I guess I should get back to knitting.
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Contest Progress

How is everyone doing with the challenge? I have about 14 outfits done. I am trying for 25 so I guess I'm a little behind. I'm also a little tired of making them so I am on a blanket break. Also, I've been knitting some red, white & blue preemie hats. Then there is the fabric that needs to be made into little blankets and bubble rompers. It was too nice to stay inside today and will be tomorrow too. But they are saying rain for Tuesday so I'll try and get some sewing done then.
Enjoy your week!

Friday, May 14, 2010

My First Knit Shawl

I made this shawl using mill ends wool I got from Brown Sheep, I have no idea what it is. I just know that its wool. This used about 5 hanks. Its knit from the tip up to the widest part. This will be sent to an elder on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Don't you just love this blanket? Its made in strips instead of squares. I used "I Love this Yarn". I'm not really sure how much yarn I used because I used partial skeins. Its been sitting in a bag for a few months waiting for the last strip to be knit. I didn't think I had enough Ivory to finish. I have been waiting for Hobby Lobby to put the yarn on sale but they haven't.
Well the other day I got sick of looking at it so I figured I would work the last strip until I ran out of yarn and maybe I could find a ball in my large leftover collection to match. As it turns out there was enough Ivory with about 2 yards to spare.
I just started another one using Pound of Love in off white, light blue and denim blue. It is supposed to be a gingham look which I didn't do with the brown and green. So I thought I'd try it in blues.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Baby T-Shirt

Boys T-Shirt  

Size: Newborn 
Hook: G-7 
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport 
Guage: 4sts per inch, 2 rows per inch 
  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 every dc and chain. Join, ch 2. 
 row 8: dc in next 4 sts, *(2dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts)*  work from *to* around.  It won't work out evenly, just dc in however many stitches  you have left after the last increase. ( The sample I made is wrong, I will correct this  to tell you how many dc's to the end)  rows 9-16: ch 2, dc around. Join.  For row 17 you can sc around, I did the "crab stitch" which is also called reverse single crochet.  Sleeves-  Attach yarn at middle st under arm.   rows 1-4: Ch 2, DC in each st around, join.   row 5: ch1, sc in each st around, join. finish off. (I also did reverse crochet for the last sleeve row.)  Back and Neck trim:  Join yarn in the back opening on the left side,  Ch 1, sc up the side, 3sc in corner st,  sc across neckline, 3sc in corner st,  sc in next, chain 3, sc in same end of row.(buttonhole) sc evenly down right side. finish off.  Sew button on left side of back opening across from buttonhole.  You can make my Shorts Pattern to make a complete outfit.  

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