Smitten Kitten


Scintillating and Serene



This photo sparkles and squeals a thousand words of sweetness and cuteness. On this occasion I introduce to you a special munchkin whose name is  Heidi. She is my niece Kirsten’s baby girl. Presently she parades a joyful demeanor. Oftentimes she is timid and shy, nevertheless her eyes bestow incredibly awareness. She is blessed with security and  and has been gifted an impervious sanctuary replete with kith and kin. She thrives on fawning peeps and comfy-soft canoodles.

Shown here in a Fireworks Chapeau, made from a chunky German yarn called Gedifra: 50% Highland Alpaca/50% New Wool, in Lavender Pudding!

http://www.gedifra.net/

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Foxy


Coquette

Foxy Facsimile

Short of DNA testing which would only produce the same results, I have come to the conclusion that I have discovered the truth. I authenticate that  “It Girl # 2” is indeed Kirsten (and looking foxy I may add).

Signe and Kirsten are reverberating echo’s of one another but make no mistake, their uniqueness is undeniably ubiquitous. At present, they revel in motherhood and parenthood. I recall completely embracing this brimful, matriarchal wellspring.  Veering, but not forsaking the sacred path of motherhood, the Hat seems to be the frosting on the cupcake for these gals. They, as I, adore a pretty chapeau, which is my fortuity. Serendipity presents again. Makin’ lemonade in the shade. Not all fun games though, some knitting is required.

Shown here Kirsten in her “Numero dos” Chapeau

Made from Debbie Bliss Como, 90 % Merino/10% Cashmere, Colour: Talc blue

Sprinting with Noro and Java


I’m in Ictus

Evanescent Manoeuvrings on size 8 needles

 

Just putting it out there that there’s been a humdinger’ of a K1, YO, K2 happening  over here! Knitters spend a lot of time having love affairs with wool. The options are unremitting when surveying the myriad of kaleidoscopic yarns in the inner sanctum the Wool Shrine (aka your friendly neighborhood Wool  Repository). “Feel me! Buy me! Try me!” So much wool, so little time. Well the day job chomps its way into prime time knitting hours however there’s always nightfall, which in Winter-peg is currently 5:13 p.m. This is when yarn binging  generally occurs. These days I’m in ictus. In a transient state – as I am  memorized by a Noro yarn and can’t stop myself from recklessly knitting up a little sumptin’ sumptin’ .  I recently   discovered the “fagot stitch”. No guff this is what it’s called and frankly, fagoting can  rouse zeal in a knitter. There’s a beautiful rhythm to this stitch, primarily from the point of view of the continental knitter. I’m a speed daemon. I love it and quite frankly I’m hooked. I recommend a cupla’ mugs of Kick Ass Coffee to jolt you into high gear!

http://www.kickinghorsecoffee.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=41&products_id=75

Shown here: Noro Yarn, Made in Japan, Chirimen:  60% Cotton/24% Silk /16 % Wool

http://www.diamondyarn.com/d/noro/

Nancy gets a Fancy Hat !


Nancy, I’d like to introduce ‘Fancy Nancy avec Flow’.

 

I predict you will share many warm moments together!

This lovely hat is made of CASHSILK – a sumptuous blend of extra-fine, Italian Merino, Silk and Cashmere. YUM! Nancy wanted a hat that she could wear “all day long” and it couldn’t be itchy. This scheme is fitting for such a lavish, schmooshy-soft hat. Certainly no itching hither! Just a reminder Nancy, please remember to take off the hat when bathing or showering. Sleeping in hat is optional.

Stay tuned for Oskar’s hat which will be posted in a twinkling of an eye!

 

Teddy Bear Teddy Bear where have you been?


Teddy Bear Hat

This lovely, lovely wool is Malabrigo wool. Guaranteed to cradle baby’s head in softness and warmth. Not surprising,  my love affair with Merino soldiers on.

Size 6-12 month.

Teddy Bear agrees: “This hat is very Bear-like!”

Recent Travails of a Knitter without a Pattern


Made to order ~ Lambkin Chapeau:

Haven’t fallen off the edge of the earth but I have had my hands full. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in yarn. Was given a challenge recently by a Woman who called me because Her family (husband and children) are going to a photo session with a photographer in 3 days time. It seemed urgent so I gave it top priory.  She wanted a hat for her baby and sent me a JPEG which depicted the hat. Hmm – no pattern came with the request. Dilemma becomes challenge. Would my unraveling become  my undoing? Eventually I came up with my own interpretation. Necessity is the mother-load  of invention. And one cannot rush the creative process. I will soon discover if it is what’s wanted. The long-and-short is, the photo shoot was postponed until next week. A little disappointing as I threw myself at this project.  But such is the nature of commissioned creations. Meanwhile the hat sits at the ready. Wish me success!

 

 

Lambkin approves: “Love the Ears on that Chapeau!”

 


Mutifarious creations in wool


The Kozy Koala Toque

Super soft and super warm hat for baby 6 – 12 months (or 1 – 2 years)

What will your bear be wearing when winter comes thundering in?

 

 

The Little Red Cardi

This sweet cardigan is knitted from Bamboo /Cotton. It can be made for 3, 6 and 12 month old lassies. How soft and squishy the bamboo is. It has 4 button holes. Still hunting down some cherry coloured buttons. May require a knitted cherry broach!

 

 

The Toasty Bonnet

Such luscious merino, squish soft for baby’s head. Perfect to wear under the hood of a parka. Very fancy for the little lassie!

Fits 6 – 12 months (or 1 to 2 year old cuties)

The All Dressed Up Bonnet

Made in a soft pale minty green. This hat will dress up even a pair of jeans and a hoodie or polish up a fancy ensemble [Please note that the similarities to the Toasty Bonnet -is simply a  considerably larger version sans the flo’ which could still be added but would be smaller.] Your honey bunny will be ready for Sunday or esteemed SaturDAY play-dates! Fits 1-2 year old Mademoiselle!

The Pixie Dream Cap

Cocoa Brown and pale celery could be worn by a boy or a girl. Super soft chunky wool. Would be great for a photo op’.

Fits a 6 – 18 month boy or girl.

Pixie can be fashioned  in numerous fusions of colours!

 

 

Bunnykins Chapeau

The ultimate in merino wool. Soft, supple, chunky and light. The softest cloud of wool for your little darling. Numerous colours available – from espresso brown to raspberry pudding to periwinke.

For 0 – 9 month old babes. Please note other infant items in same wool.

 

 

“I saw all these items, my dear Bunnies with my own eyes!” said Anna Acorn to the Coney Family.

 

 

Rather sheepish


MERINO SHEEP – my best-loved wool!

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition | 2008 | The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright 2008 Columbia University Press.

Merino sheep , breed intermediate in body size having fine wool, developed in Spain. These sheep are noted for their hardiness and their herding instincts and have been used as parents of several other breeds, notably the Rambouillet of France. Three strains have been developed. Types A and B are strongly and moderately wrinkled, respectively; the C, or Delaine, type is much smoother, and has better combinations of wool and meat qualities. Merinos are white-faced with the rams horned and the ewes hornless.

More info on Merino at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merino

Wilkommen Heidi !


Sweet Pea Pod

Heidi's Dream Cocoon

I’ll admit it, I really love babies. I know, it’s the way we’re designed. A helpless babe enters the room and instantly our hearts dissolve into porridge. Our mothering (or fathering) instincts jolt into gear when we’re near an infant and inherently our arms naturally unfurl as our senses decree that we shall  intrinsically shield this perfect being from any peril. Instinctively we are protective yet gentle and subdued.  Next we’re swooning and cooing and ah-ing. The simple truth is, this innocent, vulnerable being signifies all that is right in the world.
There has been a barrage of births in our family. My sibling’s children have been plowing through marriages and house acquisitions and the end result has been a mushroom effect and I don’t see an end to these proceedings any time soon. Weddings, showers, pregnancies, births, babies, more showers, baptisms, Thanksgiving banquet firsts, Christmas firsts, as well as thee 3, then 6 then 1 year milestones! I have became a Great Aunt … Tante for the 4th time in 1.5 years time. Although they are not my grandchildren, I have discovered that I channel an acute sense of pride and joy and responsibility. I have 2 daughters who may someday grace this world with more Lilliputians – however for the time being, I’m satisfied to wait patiently for that special day.

Infants evoke the remarkable, the poignant indisputable love. They declare purity and sublime innocence.  In  the movie “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” ( based on the novel by Milan Kundera), there is this perfect moment when serenity is finally achieved. The unerring instant gives way to thee quintessential moment. What occurred before and after is not import. The present has the luster.

I am thankful that everything is going well in our respective families. These are happy times. Moreover these are happy times for the Tante’ (aunt) who knits. (BTW this Tante’ happens to be me.) I just finished this chapeau and cocoon for baby Heidi who just came into the world on Sunday. I knitted as though possessed. That baby needed to be swaddled in merino and fast!
The above ensemble was knitted in seed stitch. I chose to use a pale pink to accent Heidi’s angelic face.

 

It was a joy to make. Alas it is but a baby’s dream cocoon.
Sweet dreams little blossom! Godspeed!

 

Other adorable dream-like variants:

Periwinkle Baby Cocoon and Chapeau

Same Baby Cocoon that I knit for baby Heidi. This time I chose Periwinkle. The wool is merino, chunky and super soft!

Any takers on this? Would fit a 6 to 7 lb. New born Sweet Pea!