Small knit toys

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These are a few small toys I knit last summer for two of my nieces and a nephew. The last photo shows my daughter kid-testing them in advance 🙂

Here are the pattern links:

These three projects helped use up some of my yarn odds and ends. Although I can say the octopus is two colours of Madeline Tosh Vintage. You may notice I tried something different from the pattern for the doll’s hair — more of a rag-doll look I thought. I also used ‘safety eyes’ purchased from the good people at 6060eyes.com, which I believe was recommended in the octopus pattern.

Tim Knits (formerly Knitting Dad)

After a long gap in posting, I’m now catching up on sharing the things I’ve knit since my last post in early 2016. It’s been a busy year with a some big changes for me and my family. Basically, my wife and I have learned to simplify, to slow things down and to refocus on what matters: our family and our health. That has meant making changes to our fast-paced work lives, which with our previous schedules and two young kids now seem unsustainable looking back.

While I was not posting in the last ~16 months, I was still knitting! Finished object posts will be up soon, several over the next few days. As usual, I’ll share photos with a brief description of the project, including links to patterns and materials wherever possible.

You may notice I’ve also updated the site with a new name and a simplified look. Thanks as always for visiting!

Cheers,

Tim

Quick Self-Striping Hat

There are a few projects I’ve finished that have yet to be posted here. And here’s the first of those. My son is 10 months old now, and it was about time I made him another hat. He grew out of the first one in the spring, when he was only 2 or 3 months old.

This time I made up my own pattern and adjusted/corrected it as I went. The yarn is one of the self-striping options in the Liberty Wool line by Classic Elite Yarns. I use a lot of fingering weight yarns, and this is worsted. So it seemed to knit up quickly. The ribbing also makes it nice and stretchy (you can see Henry testing that below). Here are the photos.

Cheers, and happy new year!

 

 

Some pattern details: It’s 3×3 ribbing on US 7 needles. My gauge was 9 sts per 4 cm. When decreasing for the crown, I transitioned (over several rows for each stage) to 2×2 ribbing, then 1×1, with no decreases on alternate rows. I think I could have decreased more sharply a few rows before the end–Notice the top puffs a bit. It almost needs a pompom. I might add that 🙂

Even more baby booties!!

If there’s one thing I knit more than any other, it has to be baby booties (I think baby hats are a close second). A lot of friends and family–us included–have been having kids recently. It’s a very exciting time 🙂

These pink booties were for my coworker’s beautiful newborn girl. The yarn is the rest of the skein I had used for my first niece in 2012, which I’d been saving. It’s a caper sock yarn from String Theory. Here’s a photo from then.

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And here’s the finished product now. (I’ll mention that the colours show much more accurately with my current camera.)

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PS. I should still have a WIP post soon. Funny how that got pushed back for an FO post 🙂

cabled hat for my daughter

A while back–in my tie post in January–I mentioned I was planning a new winter hat for my 3-year-old daughter Evelyn. The hat is finally done, just in time for… um, summer… But luckily I knit it larger! And the yarn is nicely stretchy. So, it’ll be useful this coming winter and for years! This hat is my first use for the amazing yarn from Waterloo Wools that I picked up  at the local knitting fair last September.

This hat took as long as it did because I actually knit it twice. Certain errors were made in my own conversions to a fingering weight yarn (the pattern calls for worsted), which I will not go into, except to say that the first attempt was too shallow a bit wide. But I learned, and this one looks great!

(The original pattern, by Charmedyarn, is available here.)

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Next up: a WIP post. That’s easy at least!

The Nintendo Knitting Machine

I just saw this gem and had to share it. Who wants a vintage power glove when you can have this?! The ad claims that “no other video game system offers anything even remotely similar.” I’d bet that claim still holds up.

Nintendo Knitting Machine

Thanks to the Chillies & Knitting tumblr for sharing it first — here’s their original link. (I discovered it there after they shared my hatching penguin gif, which is also awesome.)

Here’s an article on Kotaku about the Nintendo Knitting Machine. Sadly, from what I can tell, this peripheral was never released. So I won’t be dusting off my old NES anytime soon.