The Thankful Mama

Two Pairs of Socks Made by Me!

I have completed two pairs of socks! I’m so happy with both of them and even more happy that I have already knit four socks this year! I also managed to use some of my luxury stash yarn that has been in storage for way too long. I’m glad they finally got to see the light of day!

Spiral Rib Unicorn Socks

For my first pair, I knit the Purl Spiral pattern again, toe up. I really enjoy this little stitch pattern because it’s relatively easy to commit to short term memory, kind of hard to mess up, and makes a nice variation to the old 2×2 ribbing.

The yarn I chose is Knit Pick’s Imagination in Unicorn. I think I would have bought this yarn on name alone, but it also happens to be in a beautiful pink,purple and cream colorway that is quite magical! 🙂 It’s a merino and alpaca blend and boy is it soft! It has a nice little halo as well. The finished product feels like a snugly warm hug for my feet!

My second sock creation isn’t very different from the first. I used the same purl spiral stitch pattern, but only for

Cambria Cotton Confection Socks

the leg. The foot is a 3×3 rib, nice and simple. The real interest of this sock is in the yarn, a gorgeous rainbow of self striping fun! I picked this yarn up on our vacation to Lake Tahoe a few years ago. It comes from the Ball & Skein & More yarn shop. As I remember it was very quaint and had a great selection if interesting yarns that were reasonably priced. The Crazy Cotton by Schachenmayr nomotta caught my eye and ended up going home with me as my souvenir yarn! I’m so glad I bought it. It is a dream to work with. The cotton is incredibly soft, and yet it is quite sturdy. I love the stitch definition it gives as well. I really want to work with this again, good thing I have one extra ball! More info can be found on my Ravelry page for the Spiral Rib Unicorn Socks and the Cambria Cotton Confection Socks. My next project? I think I have the itch to make a kimono. That should definitely make a dent in the stash…unless I decide I must go shopping! Happy knitting!

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Knit Girl’s Summer Suit

I finally finished a project! It seems like I knit and knit but can’t seem to complete anything lately. But here it is, a finished project! I have been wanting to make this particular garment since I was pregnant…well my little girl is almost 13 months. But, hey, it is summer!

This is the Girls’ Summer Suit from The Expectant Knitter by Marie Connoly. It’s a cute little pattern for a top and diaper cover. The top is open in the back and secured with a button at the neckline, allowing for an open swing design. It’s nice and cool, especially when worked up in cotton. I decided not to make the diaper cover for now, but I’m sure I’ll knit up another set with both pieces. It’s too cute not to! The top does, however, go great with shorts! The pattern is written well and pretty easy for a novice garment knitter, such as myself. I knit most of it on the go in the car. I made the 18 month size for my 12 month old and it’s a little snug. I definitely suggest going up a size, or two, but this is true for any baby clothing it seems! 🙂 Room to grow is the idea!
The yarn is a new one for me, Lion Brand’s Baby’s First. It comes in 8 lovely colors and it’s oh so soft. My only critique is it separates a little too easy. I’m thinking I’ll start from the other end of the ball next time and see if that helps the unwinding of the ply situation. A very minor bother and it certainly won’t keep me from using this beautiful yarn again.I think I could have done a neater job on the finishing, but it’s secure and wearable…and it’s for a baby…not going to sweat it too much! I love the button attachment technique. A small crochet chain on one side completes the button closure…so cute and girly! This is a really fun and adorable little project and I’m glad I finally got around to making it. I think we’ll get a lot of wear out of this one!

Project Details:

Yarn: Lion Brand Baby’s First

Needles: Size 8

Colorway: Fairy Tale #103 & Sea Sprite #146

More info on my Ravlery page

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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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