Babies are tiny, blankets are big and socks are random

I have had a very busy knitting week mostly because a very close friend of mine told me on Friday that she is pregnant and expecting the baby in November! I am SO excited for her as not only is she a really great friend and a wonderful person, I’m sure she’s going to make the best mother. I’m one of the first people she’s told and I am so happy that I just needed to do something for her right away. So I ran out to my LYS and bought some adorable buttons to knit up some booties for the baby. They turned out SO cute and SO tiny, I can’t even believe it! I mean, I’ve held babies before and have been around them plenty, but I guess you always forget how small they are when you don’t have one in front of you! I call these Rainbow Booties. It’s the Saartje Bootie pattern (free pattern link) knit up using Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select. It was a super quick knit and I love how they turned out! I think they’ll be awesome on a boy or a girl and they aren’t the usual pastel colors, which I think my friend will enjoy.

Rainbow Booties - Finished!

Rainbow Booties - Finished!

Rainbow Booties - Finished!

And how awesome are those buttons? They go really well with the yarn too! Since I finished the booties so quickly (about 3 hours – should take only 2 but I messed up a bit in the beginning because I can’t count, haha!), I also made a baby Rainbow hat (for 0-3 months) which is also tiny tiny tiny. I used the Magic Loop method for the first time ever. It’s a very easy method and so helpful! The only thing I need to keep in mind, I think, is to make sure to really tighten the stitches at the ends (between the loop) as some of those stitches came out a little loose. It’s not that noticeable, though and I’m sure my friend won’t mind. Plus, it looks very cute together with the booties anyway!

Baby Hat and Booties

Baby Hat and Booties

I’m giving these to my friend tomorrow and I hope she’ll like them! I love giving people knitted gifts, especially when you know they will appreciate it, and this friend always does. πŸ™‚

Moving from the completely tiny, I’m going to show you my huge Girasole blanket, which is finally finally done! I’m not going to block it, though, as my apartment is tiny and I don’t really have the space except for the bed and then I’m afraid it won’t dry in one day and then where are we going to sleep? The husband really doesn’t mind my knitting being everywhere, but I’m pretty sure he’d draw the line at sleeping on the couch in order for a blanket to dry! Though really, I don’t see why? It’ll only be one night… probably… Anyway, my mom, the recipient of the blanket, has graciously offered to block it at her place as she has the space to do it. So it’s heading off to California and she’ll take some pictures after she blocks it to show it off. I think it looks good even pre-blocking, but I’m pretty sure it will look much more amazing post-blocking. I still love it, though!

Girasole Blanket - FINISHED!

Girasole Blanket - FINISHED!

Girasole Blanket - FINISHED!

The blanket is not only big, but heavy so it really does its job keeping you warm! I think my mom, who is constantly cold, will get a lot of use out of it! Plus, although my mom has made dozens of knitted gifts for people (she’s an amazing knitter and has been knitting for more than 30 years), she apparently has never ever received a knitted gift from anyone, so this is her first knitted gift! I’m so happy that she’s getting this from me as it’s one of the best projects I’ve ever made, so it’s definitely deserving of her. Yes, I love my mother, why do you ask? πŸ˜‰

Since I finally finished the Girasole, I had the time to work on my Monkey sock (the needles did NOT break this time – I am convinced it’s because they weren’t as cheap as the other ones) and I was able to finish one sock! I still have to make the second, but I am totally addicted now. I can’t believe it took me so long to make a sock. Not only were they easy to make, the heel wasn’t scary at all and worked really well. I also can’t believe how fast they go. It’s pretty awesome to be able to have a finished object in such a short amount of time, so I can already feel the socks sucking me into sock mania. Yes, I was forewarned about this but I couldn’t help it! They sucked me in I tell you!

Monkey Sock - WIP

I love the pattern and the stitch definition of this yarn is awesome. Plus, the colors are amazing and they are so comfy. I am beyond excited about having “found” socks! πŸ˜‰

Monkey Sock - WIP

Monkey Sock - WIP

Close up of pattern (if you go to flickr you can see it bigger):

Monkey Sock - WIP

Not bad for my first sock ever, no? Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to take the plunge into the world of socks! You guys are my enablers, and I mean that in a good way, I swear!


20 responses to “Babies are tiny, blankets are big and socks are random

  1. babblingbrook 03.09.2009 at 5:31 am

    See I told you the heel wasn’t scary! πŸ™‚ Your socks look lovely & omg, that blanket is gorgeous! And the booties are adorable too!

  2. apocaknits 03.09.2009 at 6:15 am

    You described the first sock experience so well! When it finally came to knitting my first one, I couldn’t remember what it was that I was so freaked about in the first place.

    I’ve loved every picture of your blanket. It’s making me want to make one so bad!! Yay for the baby stuff. πŸ™‚

  3. Ronnie 03.09.2009 at 9:01 am

    These are just gorgeous!! Love them πŸ™‚

    Your work is really beautiful and I hope to meet you some time.


  4. pdxknitterati 03.09.2009 at 12:33 pm

    Congrats on all the FO’s, especially the socks! Now what will be on your needles?

  5. June 03.09.2009 at 12:47 pm

    Oh my gosh, those booties are way too awesome! The color is great too, I think if she has a girl she will welcome the fact they aren’t pink!! I love the blanket and the socks you’re really on a roll! It’s all fabulous. πŸ™‚

  6. Carrie 03.09.2009 at 7:13 pm

    Those booties are so super cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So are your socks. I can’t wait to finish my pair of socks. Your blanket looks very warm and beautiful. It also looks like a lot of hard work. Great job.

  7. yarndancer 03.11.2009 at 12:48 pm

    haha, another sock convert! πŸ˜€ I love the colours in your baby items! Great work on the blanket, it looks fab, even unblocked!

  8. Alexandra 03.11.2009 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations! The blanket is beautiful, the socks are amazing and the booties are adorable! I love the buttons!

  9. Heather 03.11.2009 at 10:20 pm

    The booties are so amazingly cute!! They will look great on either a wee boy or girl. I can’t get over how beautiful the Girasole is. You definitely have knitting stamina to get it completed. And the socks are wonderful, I love the colorway.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and my Etsy store =0)

  10. Cesia 03.12.2009 at 11:01 am

    Your photos are wonderful!

    – Cesia.
    cesia5 on Ravelry

  11. sheepishlittleblog 03.12.2009 at 8:45 pm

    Oof, all gorgeous! The blanket is just amazing, too. Congrats on your sock- I knew we’d make a sock knitter of you yet πŸ˜‰

  12. Emerald 03.12.2009 at 9:39 pm

    Oh the booties are adorable!! I’m in awe of your talent! πŸ™‚

  13. TrishD in MD 03.12.2009 at 10:54 pm

    Hi there! Love your blog… your puppy pictures are just so adorable!


  14. Kathy 03.13.2009 at 12:24 am

    So happy to have found your beautiful blog. What a prolific knittter you are—
    And your photography… I would love to learn to take such great pictures.
    Do you mind if I ask which camera you use?

  15. nona of sav 03.14.2009 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! Those booties and matching hat are absolutely darling! Love the buttons!!! And the Girasole blanket??? Gorgeous! That was indeed a big project! I tend to stick with baby-size πŸ™‚

  16. Marie 03.16.2009 at 5:03 pm

    That’s your first sock?! Wow, you did an amazing job! I just learned sock knitting and am stuck in first gear, er, I mean on plain stockinette. Sock knitting is addictive and I’m already finding myself collecting sock yarn. Thank goodness sock yarn doesn’t count as stash.

    Your booties are really cute and you found a great button to match. The blanket is gorgeous!!!

  17. Leeanne 03.16.2009 at 9:22 pm

    Your baby booties are just adorable, nice yarn you used.

    I love your blanket! You must have worked on that hours upon hours but gee it looks worth it all.

    Found you on Rav

  18. Dawna 03.24.2009 at 4:42 pm

    Lina that gorgeous blanket is just pretty unbelievable. Really. Whoa.

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  20. Dee 04.15.2009 at 10:52 am

    wowee, that blanket is fabulous!

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