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For the last two Decembers that I haven’t lived in New York, I’ve taken a trip back to visit. Both times with the help of my fabulous friend, Bonnie, I’ve been able to surprise and shock my girlfriends at our monthly girls’ dinner. Once a month, since we’re all so busy, one of the girls (it rotates) hosts and chooses a theme and everyone brings a dish to share. This way everyone gets to see and spend time with everyone. In December it’s usually some sort of holiday theme and there is always a gift exchange. It has become a thing for me to knit something and this year was no different.

20140107-222202.jpg As this picture may give away, there’s a lot of laughing, a lot of drinking, and a lot of truly amazing girl bonding time. I have looked forward to this trip for the last two Decembers and will continue to for as long as we keep up these dinners. I’m not sure I’ll be able to surprise the girls again (I thought two was pushing it), but that’s ok. Time with them is all I need. Although, this year the hubs also surprised two of the girls’ husbands and then they all showed up to girls’ dinner where they all surprised everyone. It was pretty awesome. Surprising people makes me happy.

So here is the cowl I whipped up on the flight to New York. It was super easy and really quick because the yarn is so chunky. I didn’t use a pattern – I just knitted a row, then did a row of yarn overs, then knitted a row, then did a row of yarn overs, etc. Super easy and so very warm. And it thrills me that my hand made gifts are always one of the first things to be stolen 3 times. (That’s the max and the person who gets it the third time gets to keep it.)

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See how chunky and warm it looks on! I’m sure it has come in nice and handy this winter. I’ve been meaning to make another for me, I just haven’t yet gotten around to it. I’ll do it eventually.

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I can’t wait for my trip again next December. And spending time with my girls. It’s the best. They’re the best.

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A while back, I posted about the hat I made for Julia here. I also made a hat for her big sister, Emma. My SIL wanted something with ear flaps and as luck would have it, I found this super cute pattern on Ravelry. Sooo, I followed directions for the toddler pattern…and it turned out like this…

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I guess the good news is that she’ll be able to grow into it FOR-E-VER. I’ll have to try again soon and figure out a way to make it more size appropriate. Other than that, I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I do, however, wish I had taken more pictures as I was knitting it. Lots of things to do next time!

I was so very happy when I found out last year that my college roommate and her husband were expecting a baby! Then to find out it was a girl just made me dream of all the pretty things I’d love to make for a little girl to wear.

Then I found out that seemingly everyone else I know was pregnant too, so I had to be a little more modest with what I made so that I had time to do the same for others. I wound up making this cute little rolled edge hat that I’ve been eying for some time now. I didn’t want to go your typical pink for her because my college roommate never was a pink girl and I assumed her daughter would take after her. Instead I used this dusty purple color that I really love. Here are the pictures I took from beginning to end of the hat process.

This is the Simple Newborn Hat with a Touch of Lace and can be found on Ravelry.

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Like I said, I love the rolled edge and I love the lace detail in the hat. It will be nice and ventilated for her since they’re in Texas. Right now it’s a little bit too big because she was so tiny when she was born, but hopefully she can get some use out of it before the summer becomes too hot. Even then, maybe it will be good to keep the sun off of her head.

Here is the finished product. I didn’t have anything to emulate a baby that I could put it on, so a flat picture is what you get.

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I hope she loves it and that they get a lot of use out of it!

So many babies, which means knitting so many baby gifts!  This is a hat and bootie set I knit for the hubs’ cousin who is actually due with a baby today!  They don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, so I went for cream which can obviously go either way.

The hat is the Cabled Teddy Hat, which I love making (it’s so cute!) and the booties are Ruth’s Perfect baby Booties (I just leave out the eyelets and string to tie).  Both can be found on Ravelry.

SAMSUNGHere we’ve got pictures of the process of making one of the booties from the first few rows…

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Through the completion of the foot…

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To just needing to put a seam up the middle to complete this guy.

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Here’s the complete bootie!  And below, the completed hat that I did not take pictures of as I was knitting it.  Bad blogger, I know!

SAMSUNGHere is the picture of the set that I posted on instagram.  I cannot wait to meet this baby and see him or her wear these things I’ve made.  Oh, and if it’s a girl, I may just have to tie little pink bows onto the hat in front of the ears.  We’ll have to wait and see!

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My sister in law recently asked me if I would make hats for my nieces to wear this winter and I happily obliged. She sent me a few pictures of hats on Etsy that she liked and one was just so cute that I had to try to replicate it. I didn’t have anything to go off of except the pictures being used to sell the hat and I couldn’t find a pattern that was like it, so I decided I would have to make the pattern up as I went.

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First I created a rectangle of cabled fabric that I then folded in half and seemed together to make the hat. I then picked up stitches around the edge to add the ribbing along the bottom. Finally, I added the I-cords and viola. You have an infant hat!

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It seemed sooo small and I’m still a little anxious about fit, but happy with how the pattern turned out. I hope it fits her ok and lasts through the winter! Luckily the way it is cabled/ribbed allows it to be sort of stretchy.

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And there you have it! Julia’s winter hat! I’m still working on the second one, but pics will come as soon as I have finished it.