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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Welcome to Babyville

Gosh, it feels like it’s raining babies! Well, not really, only three in my circle are recently arrived or on the way. I really like knitting things for babies though–instant gratification! (‘Instant’ in knitting terms, anyway.)

A hat for Alaina, born September 2009 to my stepcousins Evan and Sonia. Used up the pink Cashsoft Baby DK I had left over from Olivia’s elephant. I really like this hat pattern by Janet Russell–it’s simple and quick, and the crown decreases make a very pleasing swirly shape. (Raveled here.)

A cardigan for my nephew Quinn, born August 2009. (He’s already worn it, but no pictures as yet.) The pattern is Debbie Bliss’ V-Neck Cardigan with Contrast Ribs, from Baby Knits for Beginners. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted, and I’m happy with it apart from the size of the armholes–if I had a do-over I’d increase a couple more times than the pattern calls for. Not that I’m an expert at babies and their teeny proportions, but the armholes do seem a bit tight. (Raveled here.)

I have made three penguins so far, but this one for Ailbhe and Christian’s baby is certainly my best yet:

The pattern is Alexandra Virgiel’s Pasha, from Knitty.com. I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted (white and gold) and Lion Brand Woolease Solid (black), less than a ball of each, plus sock yarn leftovers for the garter-stitch scarf. (Raveled here.) This little guy had to make a transatlantic journey to reach the parents of his future owner, but I made sure he was well insulated for the trip:

Hee hee!

I am so happy for Ailbhe and Christian–they are two of the very best people I know, and they’re going to be terrific parents. And on that note, stay tuned for Welcome to Babyville, part 2…

2 Comments to Welcome to Babyville

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 11, 2009 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    I love how you put the hat on a stuffed animal. So cute!

  2. Ailbhe's Gravatar Ailbhe
    January 4, 2010 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I've only just read this post… you've made me all hormonal and teary! Penguin braved the Atlantic and has been joined by Heffalump; they are getting along famously so far.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.