The Thankful Mama

Bibs, Burp Cloths and a Blanket

A lot of baby stuff off the knitting needles recently! I have been busy working up miles of garter stitch on cottony accessories for my little one on the way. I have completed several projects recently and all from one of my favorite knitting books, Mason Dixon Knitting.
First up is an adorable pattern for baby bibs. These simple garter stitch bibs are quick to work up and great for knitting in front of the TV. They also are perfect for leftover cotton. The pattern suggests embellishing the bibs with buttons, patches, etc. I decided to use some vintage buttons and crocheted rosettes made by my grandma. I love how they turned out!

Project Details:

Pattern: Baby Bib O’ Love by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

Yarn : Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres and Stripes

Colors:  Swimming Pool & Pinky Stripes. Approx. 1.5 skeins for each set.

I’ve also made a few of the burp cloths from the same book. This is another pattern with all the same great qualities as the bibs; easy, great for TV knitting and using up leftovers.

Project Details:

Pattern: Baby Genius Burp Cloths by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres & Prints

Colors: Swimming Pool & Landscape (pictured). More colors on my  Ravelry page. Approx. 1 ball for each cloth.

And now for the piece de resistance, the Moderne Baby Blanket! I finally finished it! It took about two months to complete and took about 11.5 balls of yarn, which translates to about 1,226 yards. I absolutely love how it turned out and I’m especially proud of my crochet border, considering my crochet skills are quite rudimentary. I chose colors that weren’t too babyish or boy/girl. I also went for an easy care cotton so it can be useful in warm or cool weather. This cotton blend turned out to be so soft and feels great against the skin! I can’t wait to see the baby all snuggled up in this blanket in my arms! As of these photos, I still need to wash and block the blanket, but I couldn’t wait to take pictures! 🙂

Project Details:

Pattern: Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy worsted weight

Colors: Blackberry, Creme Brulee, Honey Dew & Pomegranate. Between 2.5 and 3 balls of each.

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It’s a Beautiful Morning

Today has been one of those mornings that is so inspirational. We are having some unseasonably gorgeous weather here in Southern California. I awoke this morning to warm sunshine. This kind of weather, so spring-like, is perfect for throwing open the doors and windows and letting in the fresh air after weeks of keeping out the cold.
I decided to take advantage of this early spring and grab my knitting, a pillow, my iPod, and a glass of iced tea and set up shop on the patio. I couldn’t believe how happy everything in my backyard was. The trees were full of little birds hopping around, busy with their morning routines. I even have some beautiful roses blooming in my completely overgrown flower beds.
All of this put a spring in my knitting needles as I got a great start on my latest project. I’m making the Moderne Baby Blanket, from the book Mason Dixon Knitting, for our little one due in July.

Blanket Beginnings

I’m knitting it in Knit Picks Comfy which, combined with their nickle plated circular needles, is a dream to work with . I love the way the cotton yarn just slides right off, easy as pie! It is making this project such a joy to work on.
Even if your weather isn’t exactly perfect right now, find a quiet place and load up on comforts you enjoy. Happiness can only follow!