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post #21 of 112

Yea, i've got 8 months to learn - I might as well start practicing and go for a hat and matching top! I also just bought a sewing machine on craigslist, but I haven't tried it out yet- i've never sewed before!

post #22 of 112

I just finished the first baby item, it's the tunic/dress I mentioned before:

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It wasn't a free pattern, but it was pretty inexpensive. I had the yarn leftover from another project. Details can be found on Ravelry: http://ravel.me/kellbot/tetts

 

If anyone is on Ravelry, you can add me as a friend!

post #23 of 112

KM, that looks great!!!

post #24 of 112

I plan on making a bunch, I just haven't decided on what. At least one blanket as is my tradition. Probably a bunch of diaper covers since we agree on cloth diapers (one of the few things DH and I agree on right now!!!) and maybe a hat or two. 

post #25 of 112
Thread Starter 

I just had a great idea!  I am making a bunch of cute summer nursing dresses to wear postpartum.  I always hate the jiggly belly thing going on after the baby comes, and it is going to be so hot that time of year.  So, I can shove myself into my belly binders (if you never have, you should...amazing, amazing how much better it feels) and slip on a dress and feel cute!  In theory...

post #26 of 112
Thread Starter 

Oh, and somebody asked for diaper pattern recs.  I was going to try a few, but hadn't gotten the chance, and now I'm traveling.  I think I'm actually just going to make a rectangle with tabs that I can snappi.  Though gussets sure would be nice to protect the wool...can't decide on how much work I want to do.

 

And...I can knit!  I've started a blanket...3 times...and this time it's going well.  I can't wait to be done with it so that I can learn a new stitch.  I'm getting bored, lol.

post #27 of 112
Thread Starter 

Sorry for the multiple posts, but...

 

I was just googling nursing dresses, and all of the ladies wearing them look, uhm...large.  I don't want to look large.  That was kind of the point of wearing them.  Anybody know of any good, really well-fitting nursing dresses?

post #28 of 112

 

 

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i've always just made garter stitch scarves, so this is the most complicated thing i've ever made (er, am making... i have a bit more to do, but it's almost done! after many, many episodes of law & order: svu). now i want to try some more knitting patterns :) i joined ravelry (there is a pattern for a quilt made of hexagons called 'the beekeepers quilt' that i might try next). i don;t know if i will make any clothes, they are so cute but it doesn't seem worth the effort when they grow out of them so fast (i knit slow...). i am going to do a duvet cover with handkerchiefs from our wedding (they were the napkins!) and maybe a patchwork quilt at some point... my mom made me all kinds of stuff when i was little, so it would be great if some of my skills could improve enough for me to do some stuff, too! i wish we still lived in/near denver, there was an awesome local fabric shop that had classes and such. our wee town now is bereft of any fabric store to speak of (unless walmart counts :( ...).

post #29 of 112

to everyone looking for a cloth diaper pattern, I just go here and find the one that seems to be what I want: http://www.zany-zebra.com/free-cloth-diaper-patterns.shtml

 

Persephassa- that is really pretty!!!!

post #30 of 112

http://www.knittinghelp.com/ is an awesome website to help beginners. 
 

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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post

Anyone recommend a good "how to knit" site?  I can crochet, but so much cute stuff is knitted...


 

I am going to make some hats (I like this one http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aviatrix-baby-hat ) and longies.  Maybe something cute and fun, I figure since we are up north the baby can wear knitted things for a little while.  I also have stuff that I made for #2, so this baby is getting a cardigan, diaper covers etc.

post #31 of 112

For anyone wanting to learn to knit, the videos on knittinghelp.com are what I used to learn.  Just sit down in front of the screen with yarn and needles and spend half an hour or so.  Once you have the motion down, it's just about repetition.  You'll have to check back every project on casting on and binding off for a while, but that's not a big deal.

 

As for dipes, Rita's Rump pocket is one that is supposed to be great.  I use the one from Diaper Kits (which I think is now defunct).  A couple things to think about as you get started are do you want sized or OS, and velcro or snaps.  For a little one velcro may be fine, but my toddler can get a velcro dipe off in 10 seconds flat.  Most of our dipes now are snap OS, which he could get off if he tried, but thankfully he doesn't. 

post #32 of 112

I'm excited to start making things for the baby. Right now, I'm finishing up a knitted duck-billed platypus for my friend's baby (who was born on Thursday, so I'd better hurry up!), as well as a knitted octopus for my DH (yes, these were both actual requests, lol). As soon as I've completed those, I plan on knitting some pants and sweaters. Any clothes I knit will have to be size 6mos-12mos, though, as I don't think baby will want to wear much knitted stuff in our desert summer! I also want to knit the baby a few stuffed toys.

 

I've gotten most of my knitting patterns out of library books - if I really like a pattern and think I might knit it more than once, or if I just can't finish it in time, I just copy that pattern from the book. I  second Stitch 'n Bitch as a great way to learn how to knit; I had a couple of friends help to get me started with knitting, but I've learned most of what I know from that book.

 

I have also been thinking of sewing a few lightweight, light-colored tunics for baby the summer. I imagine that most of the time at first, baby will just wear a diaper & be in my sling.

 

JynxGirl - thanks for the cloth diaper pattern info!

 

 

post #33 of 112

Does anyone have a good pattern for knitted or crocheted baby legs? I love the things, but I'm not spending $20 a pair for them. 

 

I keep having to stop myself from making sweaters and hats and capes and thick blankets... summer babies Jen, Summer babies....

post #34 of 112

I don't, but keep an eye on Baby Steals, Half Off Baby and Mama Bargains, they pop up regularly.  I have a pile of them here that I know I didn't pay more than maybe $5/pair for to give as gifts. 

post #35 of 112

Are those the legwarmer things? They should be really really easy to make.

 

I'd use some fingering or lace weight yarn (maybe this from Knitpicks?). Knit up a swatch and figure out how many stitches per 4 centimeters. Multiply that number by 4 and cast on that many stitches onto double pointed needles. Work in 1x1 rib for 1cm, then switch to stockinette. Work in stockinette until it measures 31cm, then switch back to 1x1 rib for the remaining two cm.

 

You could have a lot of fun with patterns, working in either fair isle or intarsia.

 

If you're on Ravelry, there are a *ton* of patterns there: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=baby legs

post #36 of 112
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Originally Posted by KM84 View Post

Are those the legwarmer things? They should be really really easy to make.

 

I'd use some fingering or lace weight yarn (maybe this from Knitpicks?). Knit up a swatch and figure out how many stitches per 4 centimeters. Multiply that number by 4 and cast on that many stitches onto double pointed needles. Work in 1x1 rib for 1cm, then switch to stockinette. Work in stockinette until it measures 31cm, then switch back to 1x1 rib for the remaining two cm.

 

You could have a lot of fun with patterns, working in either fair isle or intarsia.

 

If you're on Ravelry, there are a *ton* of patterns there: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=baby legs

 

Funnily, as soon as I posted that, my brain went "You have a Ravelry account, silly woman..." Then I spent all day looking up patterns that might take me a few decades to finish. :P 
 

 

post #37 of 112
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Originally Posted by JynxGirl View Post

Funnily, as soon as I posted that, my brain went "You have a Ravelry account, silly woman..." Then I spent all day looking up patterns that might take me a few decades to finish. :P 
 

 

 

This is exactly why I buy them.  The only big knitting project I've finished was a cabled sleep sack, and that took me 2 years.  I can do soakers, but longies are out of the question, I get bored with all the repetitious knitting.  And unless you use a sock yarn that has elastic in it, they'll never be as stretchy or as resilient as the purchased ones, which my skinny legged guy needed in order for them to stay up. 

post #38 of 112

This is our first (and probably only) baby, and I wish it would be cooler weather so I could crochet up lots of stuff!  But i would not trade being pregnant now for being pregnant in south carolina in the middle of the summer, so it's a fair compromise. 

 

I have made this blanket for two friends' babies in the past, only in different colors and with two more bands around the outside.  It comes out beautifully!

http://www.angelfire.com/va3/heartfeltangels/littlestarafghan.html  So I plan on making this one for our LO as well, probably in citrus colors, which is what the baby's room has now.  

post #39 of 112

Ya know, I crocheted a blanket for my first son, but never did for my 2nd, so I'd feel guilty doing one for this baby.  bag.gif

 

Besides, we have plenty of baby blankets around - since my mom saved the ones from my childhood.  But I feel guilty that neither DS nor this babe will have that to pass down to their kids at the same time.  I am planning on having quilts made for them both though. 

 

If you crochet, I recommend checking out the Baby it's Cold Outside sweater, made in Lion Brand Homespun.  It's a quick and easy cardigan (only 2 seams), and for me it came out probably in a 6-9 mo size, which is perfect for these summer babies.  I made one when I was pg with DS, but made the mistake of using a girlish colorway, so he never actually wore it.  It came out beautifully though (and so soft!!). 

 

Booties are also a good one to crochet up, they're quick and relatively easy.  My main problem was finding yarn soft enough that I could still count stitches in.  That and DS grew (still does) like wildfire, so he never wore anything for long.  Definitely not long enough for me to make something to fit him NOW, I had to guess where he would be by the time I was done. 

 

I did several wool soakers (diaper covers) for DS in craft store yarn (I was just starting out).  I'm thinking of using some of my nicer yarn I have now to knit some up for this little one.  One thing I really want if it's a girl is skirties - soakers with an attached skirt.  Not sure I could do it myself, but they're SOOOO cute.  And soakers always fit DS longer than pants, since he's still a medium (CD) in the waist, even though he's a 3-4T in the leg.  I don't think the wool sleep sack is going to get a whole lot of use this time around... DS wore it constantly, but he was a late Sept baby. 

post #40 of 112
Thread Starter 

Wow.  Lots of awesome links and inspiring ideas.

 

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.  I keep telling myself to focus, and stick the priority list for crafting:

 

sew kids' cmas presents

finish kniited blanket and crocheted longie (for dd) when traveling

sew huge pile of diapers from old towels and fleece scraps

 

THEN, I get to branch out and start having fun.  The other stuff is fun, I guess...I'm just bored with it.  My attention span is so short for projects, if I can't get it done in a couple of hours, I'm not very good about finishing it these days.  Oh, speaking of.  I have a couple of dresses I need to finish for the girls, and 2 shirts that need buttons for ds.  Sigh.

 

But, today...today is cooking.  I'm just putting my achey feet up for a few minutes...

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