Saturday, July 7, 2007

Knitted knitting needles

Knitted knitting needles, originally uploaded by Ladymama.

I think this was a completely original idea. I thought of it on my own and executed it. Someone else probably thought of it first, but I didn't know about it. I made these for Ivy and her own knitting bag, which contains discarded yarns from my stash that I hated (red chenille- ick!). So I used some Sugar-n-Cream yarn, and started an i-cord, decreased by half after a few rows, and then continued in i-cord until I thought they looked long enough. I stuffed them with pipe cleaners (or whatever the ones are called that are just for crafts), folded down the tops, and closed them up. Of course, they're bendable, but totally baby-safe!

Scout's Gift

Scout's Gift, originally uploaded by Ladymama.

I am so, so proud of how this turned out. I knit it for Allie's baby Scout, due in a few weeks. The pattern is from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, garter stitch wrap top. I adapted the pattern to use Mondial Cotton Soft yarn and size 3 needles instead of the recommended yarn on size 2s. (Thank you Lucy for teaching me ratios and maths). I ended up needing a second skein of yarn, but I think it's because I experimented with some lace before I started. Using a Nikki Epstein book, I knit the flower and added it with the brown ribbon. I found the pants at Old Navy, and the night before the shower I used the same yarn to embroider a monogrammed onesie. There is another picture of this on flickr.