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Crafting for Baby

sarafl (TS)
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Is anyone else knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc for their pending little ones yet?

I've already gone a little soaker/longie crazy. I think I'd knit five pairs before I had my official positive! I've crochet a blanket, too, and I picked up some fabric to attempt sewing some ring slings.
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I only sew but I would like to make something after we know gender. Come on sept!
TeeThatsMe's Avatar TeeThatsMe
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I craft so painfully slowly that I know better than to attempt a project "for when the baby is born." I did knit a blanket for a friend's baby shower last year, and it was a miracle that it got done on time! I'm currently doing a cross-stitch alphabet sampler for each child with name and birth date featured, starting with my daughter and then likely working through my son before getting to the baby. At the rate I'm going, I should be done with all three by the time Baby turns two.
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I'm working on knitting an owlie sweater for babe right now. I have a sleep sack on the list and would like to do some soakers too. I'm just trying to use up all my stash yarn so I can justify buying some sweet lush yarn just for baby. I have tons of things pinned to sew on my pinterest, but I'm not much of a seamstress.
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All the knitting. Knit all the cute things! After I finish with the cute things I'm knitting for my friends new baby.
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I haven't started yet with being too sick and tired. I do want to knit/crochet some soakers for sure. Maybe some other stuff too.
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I am planning to knit a blanket and a few hats. DS's blanket took me two years to finish, so I'm not really setting a deadline. This is what I want to make:





Both are from the Purl Bee site, free patterns.
sarafl (TS)
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I am planning to knit a blanket and a few hats. DS's blanket took me two years to finish, so I'm not really setting a deadline. This is what I want to make:

Both are from the Purl Bee site, free patterns.
I've knit that blanket! Once you've done a few rows, the pattern has a really nice rhythm to it.
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Luckiest, that blanket is gorgeous!!

I am thinking of a craft for little baby right now. For DD2, I cut out nearly 100 horses from cardboard boxes and hand painted them. I even gave them names. My girlfriends came over every Friday and we would cut, glue, paint, and gab. My husband was deployed and it was such an awesome bonding/preparing experience. DD2's name starts with the letter "H," so it was so nice to spend a few hours a week making Horses for H. Ann Wood Handmade has the template. I shamelessly stole her idea and I'm so happy. The horses are galloping through the bedroom across from her bed(though in our last house they galloped down the hall, towards her bedroom).

I need some inspiration!
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I am planning on knitting for baby. I have a huge stash of boy soakers and longies knit for my March baby. Although I could use those again, I will still knit, especially if this one is a girl as I have lots of single and dual skeins of girly yarn left from my now 8 year old. I have started both a garter stitch sweater and a blanket for the baby.
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Luckiest, that hat pattern is on my ravelry list for next project. I can't wait to make it. Super cute and probably quick.
Rikki Jean's Avatar Rikki Jean
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I would like to knit or sew something, but I likely won't start until at least December. I'm a procrastinator! I knitted a hat and cocoon for Ds3, and I didn't finish it until the night before he was born...and he was born at 41w4d.
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I would like to knit or sew something, but I likely won't start until at least December. I'm a procrastinator! I knitted a hat and cocoon for Ds3, and I didn't finish it until the night before he was born...and he was born at 41w4d.
Oh, yes, a cocoon! I plan to knit that, too.
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What do you gals use for soaker patterns? I have the vanilla pattern, but it looks a little complicated. It's so nicely fitted though. I'll prob dive into that one, but an easy backup would be good.
sarafl (TS)
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What do you gals use for soaker patterns? I have the vanilla pattern, but it looks a little complicated. It's so nicely fitted though. I'll prob dive into that one, but an easy backup would be good.
I've knot a LOT of Vanillas. The provisional cast on is the trickiest part, I'd say. Curly Purly is really popular and not too tricky, but I hate doing all that ribbing. I've been using a pattern called Granola Pants to knit shorties from, and I really like those.
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I want to knit some longies and hats. Haven't bought yarn for either, but I have a gift certificate to my LYS that I need to use. I've kind of stalled on a pair of socks for me that have been taking forever (I have large feet, and the socks have a pattern on the instep). It will be nice to sew something different with normal sized yarn.

I will likely sew some fitted diapers, but not as much as I did for the last couple babies (I sewed my entire stash just about, but this time I'm not in the mood).

If it's a girl, I will get my Ottobre magazines out and happily go crazy sewing clothes. That has to wait until after September 30 though (u/s date).
Rikki Jean's Avatar Rikki Jean
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I am planning to knit a blanket and a few hats. DS's blanket took me two years to finish, so I'm not really setting a deadline. This is what I want to make:





Both are from the Purl Bee site, free patterns.

I like the look of these hats. Now I want to make one.
Rikki Jean's Avatar Rikki Jean
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Luckiest, I looked at the Purl Bee site, and now I want to knit everything. Thanks a lot.
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Luckiest, I looked at the Purl Bee site, and now I want to knit everything. Thanks a lot.
Me too, Rikki! @luckiest , I'm sending you my yarn receipts and expecting full compensation for what you're "making" me do. This is all your fault.

@murrelet and @BirchTree , do either of you craft at all? Well, even if you don't, check out this blanket and tell me it is not SO CUTE. Do we have any other Canadians in our group? I can't remember. Not sure if that particular design would mean a whole lot to non-Canadians (or Canadian wannabes like me, who went to university there and then tragically had to come home to the US).
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Me too, Rikki! @luckiest , I'm sending you my yarn receipts and expecting full compensation for what you're "making" me do. This is all your fault.


I know, I've mentally spent hundreds of dollars on fancy yarn. The good news for a blanket is that gauge doesn't really matter and substitutions are easy. But other than that I'm not nearly experienced enough to confidently substitute, and their recommended yarns are $$$$$

I'm trying to tell myself I don't need to make that adorable little octopus.
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What do you gals use for soaker patterns? I have the vanilla pattern, but it looks a little complicated. It's so nicely fitted though. I'll prob dive into that one, but an easy backup would be good.
I mostly knit sleep sacks for my newborn boy last time around and just 2 Warm Hearted Woolie soakers. Not even sure that pattern is still on the web. Maybe on ravelry. I liked the Snapdragon soaker for chunky thighs. Which he quickly developed. Only knit one of those, he was a late March baby and so I knit mostly shorties for the summer. By that point I had knit a lot of longies and shorties, so, I kinda did my own thing. I used to use the Wooly Wonder pattern. Can't remember what else. I know I don't like Magic Loop, though, so, I did not follow that part of the pattern.
murrelet's Avatar murrelet
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I mostly knit sleep sacks for my newborn boy last time around and just 2 Warm Hearted Woolie soakers. Not even sure that pattern is still on the web. Maybe on ravelry. I liked the Snapdragon soaker for chunky thighs. Which he quickly developed. Only knit one of those, he was a late March baby and so I knit mostly shorties for the summer. By that point I had knit a lot of longies and shorties, so, I kinda did my own thing. I used to use the Wooly Wonder pattern. Can't remember what else. I know I don't like Magic Loop, though, so, I did not follow that part of the pattern.
hat sleep sack pattern do you like best?

(Sorry the double-u key on my keyboard is stuck!)
murrelet's Avatar murrelet
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Me too, Rikki! @luckiest , I'm sending you my yarn receipts and expecting full compensation for what you're "making" me do. This is all your fault.

@murrelet and @BirchTree , do either of you craft at all? Well, even if you don't, check out this blanket and tell me it is not SO CUTE. Do we have any other Canadians in our group? I can't remember. Not sure if that particular design would mean a whole lot to non-Canadians (or Canadian wannabes like me, who went to university there and then tragically had to come home to the US).
Beautiful! And nicely gender-neutral too. I might have to make one of these.
Rikki Jean's Avatar Rikki Jean
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I know, I've mentally spent hundreds of dollars on fancy yarn. The good news for a blanket is that gauge doesn't really matter and substitutions are easy. But other than that I'm not nearly experienced enough to confidently substitute, and their recommended yarns are $$$$$

I'm trying to tell myself I don't need to make that adorable little octopus.

I want to make one of their blankets, and I about died when I clicked through to the yarn kit for that particular pattern. Yes, I'm sure my baby needs a $166 blanket!
honeybunmom's Avatar honeybunmom
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hat sleep sack pattern do you like best?

(Sorry the double-u key on my keyboard is stuck!)
I was very happy with the Sheepy Sack pattern and the Simple Baby Cap I from Itty Bitty Hats.
TeeThatsMe's Avatar TeeThatsMe
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I want to make one of their blankets, and I about died when I clicked through to the yarn kit for that particular pattern. Yes, I'm sure my baby needs a $166 blanket!
RIGHT?! I am a Knit Picks girl, myself, and frankly even that feels extravagant to me. I am thinking about splurging on some cream-colored organic cotton and dyeing some of it at home for the stripey parts on the Hudson's Bay blanket. Should cost in the neighborhood of thirty bucks, and already that seems like a luxury.
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I am a big sewer and crocheter... Can't bring myself to say hooker! lol.

I plan on making this dress because I think it is a girl... but what if it is not?! lol. I love it, though. And since it is so small, I will likely go ahead and make it anyway! Maybe gift to someone special if I end up with a boy!

I sew easter, christmas and halloween outfits for all of my kids, christmas pajamas, too. So I will be busy with a lot of non baby stuff through December. But maybe when the new year hits, I will have to find some other, more gender neutral patterns!
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OK, I'm bumping this thread up. Now that we're getting close to (or are) at the half-way point, how are the crafting plans going? I'm totally stuck-- I can't think of anything and I like to be inspired before I delve into something. I'm not very sentimental, so I really need inspiration, otherwise it is a promise a few years down the line I'll think it is just more crap to sort, put away, throw away, pack away, etc.....

Baby boy will have his "nursery" in the guest room, and I usually like to decorate with hand-made things as my baby craft. Hmm... Still thinking..... I may have to wander into an Anthropologie to get my creative juices flowing....
TeeThatsMe's Avatar TeeThatsMe
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The yarn for that cute Canadian-inspired blanket is in my online shopping cart, and... Yeah, that's as far as I've gotten. I have gotten through three entire letters of my daughter's cross-stitch alphabet, though! At this rate, I'll be done with hers, big brother's, and baby sibling's by the time Baby is... um. Ten?! Sheesh. You're not the only one looking for a little more inspiration to get going!
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I'm not nearly as crafty as most of you seem to be. I can barely knit a scarf and I can only do basic sewing. But I have some crafty plans to "make" cute onesies for the baby. Boy clothes all seem to be sports or animal themed and I'm not a big fan of a lot of baby boy clothes so I'm going to figure out how to make some cute onesie prints that are colorful and geometric. Maybe I can screen print them or something. And once we have a nursery (hopefully by next fall) I want to thrift an old crib and paint it a pretty Chinese red. I'm so excited about that.


Oh I know what I'll do! I'll make potato stamps and stamp cute designs on some plain onesies.

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