I've gone a little crazy with the baby items. My nesting is definitely manifesting in the urge to make tiny cute things for the parasite. I make things for myself here and there, but mostly I'm crafting tiny, and I'm rocking cute. Here are the items I've finished yesterday and today:
Cute and tiny, right?
I've attempted to make a couple of hats already. I say attempted not because they didn't turn out well... they did... but one was way too big and fit on my giant noggin, and the other one was too big (like more for a 3-6 month old) and way too light weight. Guess I have a spring hat and the other hat will be donated to a not-so-needy, but cute and deserving toddler. This time around, however, I chose proper yarn (bought at a garage sale in Eugene, OR for fifty cents!), made it the right size, and even managed to work in some fashionable cables!
The yarn is super soft and the variegation makes it interesting, but the colors are still neutral and not too babyish. I loathe pastels. The pattern itself was extremely simple and still yielded excellent results. I somehow screwed up my decreases, but I just made it work at the top. There's a cute little nubbin made from knotting an i-cord. Cute, whimsical, and not as weird-looking as a pom pom.
I needed a model, so my garden buddha stood in for the parasite. Cute, yes?
The other item that I finished today was this cute stuffed ball. I have a ton of flannel scraps left over from making bassinet sheets, so I used some of them to make this ball. I used an excellent tutorial from the Purl Bee.
I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I had some problems at the ends with the flannel fraying, but because it was at the ends of the machine sewn panels, I was able to hide it with the tops. I am wishing I had done a panel with the turquoise polka-dot and done the circles on top with the plain green, but I'll keep that in mind for the smaller sized ones. The large took up over half a bag of fiber-fill, so I'll have to do the smaller ones if I do some more!