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11  Farmers Market Bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by tajhia on: August 17, 2007 07:39:40 PM

This is the farmers market bag from the Green Issue of Knit1 Magazine (yes it is crochet not knit!)...

I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton rather than the organic cotton recomended and went for a funky blue/green/yellow colour..... and because I didn't have the 4 and 5mm hooks they recommend I used a 4.5mm one for the whole thing.....

am very pleased with it tbh and it only took a couple of evenings to make.
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12  Re: Clementine's Baby Kimono in Knitalongs by tajhia on: August 17, 2007 07:36:47 PM
I have been working on this for a friend's baby - because she doesn't know what she is having I am doing it in white (lets face it a newborn can't have too many white cardigans!)

I have used Bernat Softee Baby and 3.5mm needles - I am at the left shoulder part now - so hopefully it will be finished soon...

this is an in-progress pic...

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13  Re: Blossom (baby girl dress) KAL in Knitalongs by tajhia on: August 11, 2007 12:05:24 AM
I have finally finished my Blossom:

I made the smallest size and used Jaegar Baby Merino yarn in the purple/lilac varigated colourway.

because of the varigated yarn I opted not to do the embroidery, and instead of using one strand of thicker ribbon I used 2 strands of much thinner stuff (0.5mm wide ribbon) one strand lilac one strand purple to tie it closed.....

tis very, very cute!
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14  baby stuff - hat and soaker in Crochet: Completed Projects by tajhia on: August 11, 2007 12:02:29 AM
I made these two items to go along side some other stuff I knit for a pregnant friend.......

A cute little Cloche hat:

no idea what yarn I used - it was some misc baby yarn from my stash and I used this pattern with a modified version of this flower attached with a button.

I also made a little lilac soaker using my own pattern:

The full set of items being sent to the Mamma including all the knit items:

I just hope she likes lilac (but I also hope that the scan was not wrong and that she does not have a boy!!!!)

more details (pics, patterns, modifications, yarn, hook size etc) on my blog
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15  more baby knits - the lilac collection! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: August 10, 2007 11:57:14 PM
I have finally finished the baby set I was making for a friend:

and so I present the Lilac collection  Cheesy

A couple of the items are crochet, but the knit items are as follows:

Blossom from magknits made using Jaeger baby merino yarn in a purple/lilac colourway (no embroidery due to the vairgated yarn and I used 2 strands of thinner ribbon to tie it closed),

Saartje's Baby Booties made using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn in one colour (lilac)

Ribbed Baby Shrug using a pattern from the fall 2007 issue of Knit Simple:

I need to get a cream ribbon to tie this closed which I will do tomorrow.  This was made using Bernat Baby Softee and is incredibly incredibly soft to the touch!

Kitty Cuddle Toy:

Made using Cottontots yarn and my own pattern with modifications to make it into a cat (previous incarnations of this pattern have been a rabbit, a bear and a gnome)

The other 2 items in the top pic are crochet - a little cloche hat and a wool soaker made to my own pattern....

More details (yarn, modifications, needle size etc) on my blog

I just hope the mamma likes lilac!
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16  Re: 50 Wash Cloths-along in Knitalongs by tajhia on: July 18, 2007 03:13:11 PM
here are the 2 cloths that I have finished so far:

I did the Open Star one and the Feather and Fan one from the OP....  both done in Bernat Handicrafter cotton....

there are a couple of mistakes in the open star one but they are not glaring ones and I doubt anyone will notice anyway - but it did turn out a bit small for what I like......
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17  Lots of finished objects! in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: July 18, 2007 03:11:27 PM
Despite it being too hot to knit here I seem to have finished lots of stuff in the last couple of weeks.......

First up is a bundle of goodies for a friend's baby:


I know the soaker is crochet but all the rest is knitted......  The soaker, bear comfort toy and bib are knitted with my own pattern (bear knitted in Cottontots yarn, bib in Bernat handicrafter cotton, the soaker is some wool that I dyed with Koolaid)...  the socks have a feather and fan pattern on the cuff and are knitted with some leftover handdyed yarn I got from Hipknits ages back.  The little hoodie is made using this pattern and some Jaeger baby merino yarn in a funky purple and lilac colour.

I also finished a pair of socks for me


These are knitted using Michelle's basic sock pattern and some gorgeous Austermann Step sock yarn that I could not resist at the LYS - cost a fortune but it is so soft and contains jojoba oil and Aloe Vera so it makes your hands really soft as you knit with it!

And finally 2 knitted dishcloths:


These are done with Bernat Handicrafter yarn, the one on the right is an open star pattern, and is a little bit smaller than I like for a dishcloth, the other one is a  feather and fan cloth.....

There is some more info about these and some more pictures on my blog
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18  For my Fat Bottomed Girl...... in Crochet: Completed Projects by tajhia on: June 04, 2007 09:57:48 AM
My youngest is still in nappies at night, but because of the amount that her bladder can hold she needs 2 terries at the same time to cope with the amount of wee (for the Canadian/American readers or anyone else who doesn't know, a Terry nappy (or terries) are flat square traditional English nappies that you fold in a variety of ways to make them fit the baby - they are made out of terry towelling and are very absorbent but very very bulky!)......

She is officially a Fat Bottomed Girl now and when she is wearing both of them she walks in a way that resembles a sumo Cheesy

but because of this her wool soakers didn't fit over the HUGE bottom that she had so I had to make some more soakers.....

and a quick pic of them in use

These were made from my own pattern (well not really a pattern - I measured her and sort of winged it!).....  there is a very basic description/tutorial of how I did it on my blog
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19  Baby Stuff.... in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: May 31, 2007 02:44:17 PM

this is an assortment of baby goodies I have knitted for a pregnant freind, including the teeniest tinyest pair of socks I have ever knitted!

there are 2 cardigans, a bib, a comfort toy (from my own pattern) and the socks...

more details on my blog
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20  EZ Baby Surplice Jacket in Knitting: Completed Projects by tajhia on: May 22, 2007 10:14:19 PM
From The spring/summer 07 issue of Vogue knitting....

An in progress pic...

and now the finished object...

I can't post an in-use photo yet (sorry!) the intended recipient will not be born for another couple of months!

This was a fairly easy knit as long as you remembered to count ridges (ie garterstitch ridges on one side) rather than rows....

I did make several modifications however - I used Bernat Baby Softee yarn in a nice pink colour (baby is a girl) rather than the recommended woolen yarn - I wanted this to be easy to wash, very soft, and the cheapness of the yarn was a bonus too!  I used the recommended needles for the yarn (4mm) and it took less than 1 ball - it is a bit bigger than a standard newborn size to my eyes (maybe 3-6 months???) but that is probably a good thing as babies grow!  besides, this is a summer baby - she will not need a sweater until Autumn!

I also did not knit this in garterstitch throughout - I am not fond of garterstitch garments for small babies - I find that they look very bulky on them...  this was done in stocking stitch but I kept the garterstitch borders at the base (8 rows) and at the neckline (5 stitches of garterstitch)...  I also did a garterstitch border for the back of the neck to finish it off neatly.  And because I think it will fit a larger baby than a newborn, I wanted to make the sleeves a bit longer, so I added some K1P1 ribbing cuffs - these could be folded back for a tiny baby, and unfolded again as the baby grows.....

All this needs now is for me to get round to sewing on the buttons I bought for it!
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