Monday, November 19, 2007



I recently finished a Mochimochi Land toy for friend of mine who gave birth to a beautiful little girl, I hope she'll like it!

Pattern: Hrumph (Anna Hrachovec)

Yarn: Sunaturelle (La Droguerie)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Someone New to Knit For

I have long enjoyed knitting for babies and now I have my own one on the way!

Baby is due in April. We don't yet know if it's a boy or girl, but we do want to find out. I've not yet started any projects for this little one. I'm feeling like doing some selfish, "me" knitting first. But I'm sure someday soon, the urge to knit for the kid will take hold.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

PeaPod for Clover

I'm happy to say that I FINALLY finished the Pea Pod Cardigan. I love the color, love how soft it is and I love the lace panel and border edgings. The details truly make this sweater very special.

I knit this adorable sweater for my friend, Julie's granddaughter to be, Clover. Since I have no little babies of my own to knit for, this was the perfect excuse to be able to knit this. (I used the second smallest size.)

I was slightly disappointed in the border chart which, I believe, has a few mistakes in it and took me FOREVER to figure out. (I'm surprised that they haven't corrected the changes yet...or maybe they have and I just couldn't find them.)

If I were to make this sweater over again, I'd try to knit the sleeves in the round and then sew into the armholes OR I would pick up stitches around the armhole for the arm. There was a bit more sewing up than I'm used to. (I really like knitting in the round.) Though, I was very happy with button band and the whole design overall.

This is one of my favorite baby sweaters to knit and I would definitely use this yarn again. (The only drawback is that it's not washable.)

Have a great day! (would love to know what you think!)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

I AM knitting!

I thought I'd share with you all what baby goodies are on my needles! First, is this Sweet Baby Cap. I am really close to finishing it. It may even happen tonight! :D

Next up are some longies for my darling daughter. I've tried several times to do longies, but always get messed up at the legs. Not this time though, I refuse! I'm using some Peace Fleece (don't know the colorway, it was a gift from my sil) for the waistband and cuffs, and Malabrigo Noviembre for the main part of the pants. I love this yarn!!!

And finally....I was traded some yarn today for garden veggies from our very own Val! This is some beautiful organic cotton...time for me to make a Presto for my wee one!

Tulip...almost PeaPod

Oh, my goodness...I've had the yarn for the Pea Pod for months now and keep having the urge to knit some other baby thing first, don't know why. A couple months ago, I knit this for a baby girl of a friend of my sister's.

The wonderful Tulip Cardigan from Dream in Color. I used Knit Picks yarn and needles for all-thinking that although the Dream in Color yarns are luscious and beautiful, I liked the larger variety of color from Knit Picks, whose Swish Superwash is also incredibly soft and superwash merino.

Anyway, I didn't follow the colorways described on the pattern but used my own. I liked the ones I picked and I thought the black really offset the softer colors-having a very slight "stained glass" effect...maybe. What do you think?

Now, although I have millions of projcts I'm currently working on, I think it's about time I started (and finished) my PeaPod set. Don't you think? LOL!

P.S. You can check out some of my other projects and patterns on my blog here: Sleepy Eyes Knitting.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Not one, but two sweaters!

OK, I confess, the sweater and hat set wasn't made by me. They were made by a friend of my mother in law. These arrived in the mail a few days ago and have the distinction of being Baby's First Gift! I love that the first gift is a handknit!

This is the Daisy sweater I recently finished. It's the 12 month size and I used every last bit of two skeins of Bernat Cotton Tots. I'm trying to work on various sizes of sweaters so my baby can have at least one knitted sweater that fits at all times!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A baby surprise

Hi all,

I've been lurking on this KAL for a while now, admiring everyone's beautiful knits. But as I've entered the third trimester along with the KAL (I'm due in early November), some of my baby knitting projects have finally been completed.

Baby Surprise Jacket and Booties FO

This is a baby surprise jacket and a pair of booties (from Knit Simple spring 2007) in Artyarns supermerino. I estimate the jacket is about a 3-6 months size, the booties can probably be used right away. In fact, I think the booties are so cute they really deserve a close-up:

booties FO

I've also knit a baby kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting for a cousin's son:

Baby kimono in silke-uld

I'm working on a log cabin blanket, and I have plans for some utilitarian longies and onesies using various leftovers. I'd love to knit the Pea Pod or some other more advanced cardigan as well.

I look forward to seeing all of your inspiring knits!

Cee (Expat knits)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Pea Pod Finally Finished!

For such a quick knit, this took me a long time to finish. I guess I'm easily distracted by other things, but had to pull this together in time for the baby shower at the end of July. My niece should be born any minute now, and hopefully this will fit her by the winter (as cold as it gets here in So Cal). I made it in the 3-6 month size. I used Knit Picks Shine Sport for this, and really loved the yarn. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a cotton with a lot of stitch definition.
Thanks for letting me knit along with all of you. Any comments are welcome!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Just joining you

Hi everyone! I’m a new member and am going to be knitting a lot for my little pea due on Christmas Eve. I’ve been knitting for close to three years now. During that time I’ve made many, many baby hats for friends and coworkers who were expecting. Now I’ve got a mile-long list of things I’m going to knit for my own baby! This is my very first baby sweater:

Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono from Mason Dixon Knitting
Lion brand Cotton Ease, a little over one skein
This was a fun little knit, but seaming up the garter stitch sleeves took me several attempts before I could get them to look reasonably nice.

Currently I’m working on Daisy in the 12 month size. After that I’m ready for the Pea Pod Sweater.

I look forward to knitting along with all of you!


Friday, July 27, 2007

I'm a BAD Pea-Podder.

So bad, that I haven't even thought about making a Pea Pod! However, I have been knitting for the Girl, so that is good. Here is a look at what I've been knitting...

Diaper cover for Miss A. It is the soaker pattern from Little Turtle Knits. I love it! I'm using Manos Del Uruguay and it is just delightful!

Next up, some newborn hats. One of my good friends is having twins in November, so I am making her boys some hats.

And finally, Anouk. I will finish this, I will! I am thinking now that it will be a great fall dress for A!

Oh and I really want to make the Wonderful Wallaby sweater for my 3 year old, S. I just have to get the pattern and the peace fleece to make it with! It will probably be my big yarn purchase for the year. Yes, I said year. I don't get to buy that often...these silly things called budgets!

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Hi everyone,

My name is Anny (aka, annypurls) and I am the proud mama of a delightful 2 year old and a sweet as pie 4 month old. Both boys. Julian and Logan (aka, Jujube and Lolo ;0)

I'm always knitting for baby (and toddler ;0) and have been lurking around this blog for ideas for a while. I've been so inspired by everyone's trellis' and presto change-o's that I just had to join in on the knit-along fun! I just started my trellis and love it!

It's such a fabulous little quick knit that I really don't know why I didn't knit it before. I've got half a front and sleeves left to go before I can consider this one an FO. I just hope it fits Lolo when it's done...

I knit the 6 month size but it looks a little small. I am using the recommended Rowan All Season's Cotton that I purchased for a song from Cucumber Patch (even considering shipping from the UK, there are always great bargains to be had there...I got a 10-ball bag of this stuff for $20!)

I'm knitting up the button band side now and am thinking of reducing the number of buttons... Just need to figure out where to put them. I'm thinking of using just 3 and placing them on every big cable cross (row 9). Hmmm.

Happy knitting!

PS - If you are looking for the perfect little easy knit for a toddler or pre-schooler, I just self- published a pattern for the cutest little buddy bags. See details on my blog.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Hello pea podders!

Hello, I'm very excited to join the pea podders. It's winter here in Sydney (Australia) and I've been enjoying making nice warm things for some new bubs we know.

I've just mailed off a Presto Chango to some friends in South Australia who've had a baby boy a fortnight ago... I love this pattern! I made it in wool rather than cotton, to take the edge off the winter chill - Bendigo Woollen Mills Aran in Dusty Blue.

And I've just finished a baby bolero from Rebecca Baby+Kids No. 8, which is destined for friends here in Sydney who've had a baby girl. The same wool in Woodrose.

Finally, a picture of one of my little peas enjoying the puddles in her new gum boots! (We've had a lot of rain here lately). Also an opportunity to show off her Accordion cardigan, a Knitty pattern available here.

Looking forward to checking out all the new wee knits,


Friday, June 22, 2007

Angel for an Angel

I've been so impressed with how beautiful all of the baby sweaters are coming out so far for this knitalong. I just joined and I'm amazed with the ingenuity and talent of everyone! Bravo!

I recently finished the Angel Sweater by Oat Couture for a little girl of a friend of mine. It was so wonderful to knit and I enjoyed each minute of it.


I used Knit Picks' Elegance DK yarn in Wild Rose. Wow, this yarn is fantastic! So soft...only wish it was machine washable.


Now that I'm done with this, I can start the Pea Pod Sweater for a new baby due in late fall...not mine, though! LOL! (My boys are 4 and 14) I think I'll be using Knit Picks' Merino Style in Cornflower. Anyone have any good links for buttons that go well with this sweater?

Can't wait to see more sweaters and all the cuteness that goes along with them!

Happy Knitting!

Gina (SleepyEyes)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Presto Chango

Can you believe that I actually finished a baby sweater! My FIRST ONE!!!

Here are some pictures...details are on my blog if you want to check it out!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I just finished my Trellis sweater! I am so excited that I can send this off to my friends! Too bad summer is just starting, but I made a little larger size so that the baby can grow into it.

I like making baby sweaters, so much faster than sweaters for adults. I found this pattern to be a little fussy, but it looks great. I think this will be welcome surprise for my friends.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Presto Starto

I'm making Presto Changos. Designed by our very own, wonderful Valerie.

More details and pictures on my blog.

1st Trimester Prize! Finally!

Hello All! I've missed you! It's so fun to come back and see the beautiful work! I've had my hands full (literally) with my new little baby boy, but he is so worth it! Here he is in the award-winning sweater that Valerie made for him!

So, I am two months late doing the drawing for the 1st trimester prize of a piddleloop travel case. I put all of your names in a nice plastic container that I was returning to Val. (She brought me curry! Yum!) My 3-year-old drew out a name and....drumroll please...Jean won! Yeah Jean!!! Now I just need you to go visit the Piddleloop Store and pick out your pattern. Congratulations!!!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Two small steps back

I had wanted to finally post about the baby sweater I've been working on for my friends Sarah and Shawn, whose baby Max was born just about 2 weeks ago.

I didn't want it to be this:

This might seem fine, but it's for a baby. Babies aren't quite the same as adults. Their bodies are still developing, and they don't quite know what to do with their hands. Sleeves are better if they stay out of the way a little, and rolling them up is not the look I was going for. The post-its for scale, if that helps.

The thing is, the body has been done for awhile now. I have had trouble with the sleeves because after the first one, I thought they wouldn't be wide enough. But this is worse, in a way, because there's no quick fix.

Well, I did think about just *cutting* the sleeves and picking up the stitches for the cuff, but I want this to be a nice sweater, not a sloppy hack job.

The sleeves are now converted to this:

I have some more knitting to do. Fortunately, it's fewer rows. Ah, there's a bright side if you look hard enough.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hat, booties and bib

Hi! Here are my last knitted accessories for babies. The first one is for my cousin's daughter, and the others are for me (I don't like pastel colours for babies).
Pattern: Petal Bib (One Skein, Leigh Radford)
Yarn: Catania coloway 0158 (Schachenmayr)
Pattern (free): Feather and Fan Baby Bonnet (Larissa Brown de Stitch Marker)
Yarn: Wool Cotton colorway 964 Still (Rowan) - 1 ball
Pattern: Angora Baby Booties (Last Minute Knitted Gifts, Joelle Hoverson)
Yarn: Impérial Infeutrable colorway Pompei (Bouton d'Or)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

little surprise, fun quiz

Hello everyone! I've been rather quiet on this KAL and it's time for me to do better. Do you all remember when I asked if anyone would like a little gifty for a Random Event back in March? (I think it was March...) Anyway, I actually got the little gifties made and I want to send them out to you. If you've sent me your address already, you don't need to do it again--I still have them (except for Kim who moved). But if any of you other lovely ladies would like to send me your address, I'll be mailing things out on Thursday. Lillian had this fun quiz on her blog--I've grabbed it and I present for your pleasure: What Kind of Yarn Are You? Me? I'm merino wool, but I already knew that by looking in my stash closet. :)

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
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I haven't actually done any knitting on my Pea Pod yet. I got side tracked with what I'll call the "String Bean" baby sweater that I was making and the Presto Chango pattern that I sent to Jimmy Beans Wool for their pattern contest. If any of you haven't yet seen it, here it is. You can get the pattern on the Jimmy Beans website, if you'd like.

I tried it on my PeeWee just for fun, but I made it for Kristen's new sweet baby boy. I'm currently working on another one in size 24 months that should fit me girl a little better.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Finished Pea Pod for my Sweet Pea!

I finally got around to the finishing! It fits great and feels wonderful on her this cool Minnesota May evening.

Now I just need to make some booties to match, I'm not sure about the hat... I'm just happy to have another finished object! Yay!

Next I should finish her next striped hoodie...

Happy knitting,


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

More baby gifts

A friend of mine got twins! A boy and a girl, so here are the gifts I made for them:

Pattern: Baby Kimono (Kristin Spurkland for Interweave Knits Winter 2005)
Yarn: Tourbillons colorway 97 (Phildar) - 3 balls

Pattern: Children's Cotton Hat (Last Minute Knitted Gifts, Joelle Hoverson)
Yarn: Cotonature colorway Lichen (Bergère de France) - 1 ball

I need to find more ideas, I have so much gifts to knit :-)


Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Trellis Grows

As you can see, I have completed the back and left front of the Trellis sweater. I'm mostly done with the right front as well. I am excited to give this to my friend, who is due May 19. It's so fun to knit baby sweaters!

Monday, April 23, 2007

New Member!

I am laptitelili, I'm French, and I've just joined the kal :-)
I am not pregnant, but lots of my friends/ family members are, so I'm knitting a lot of baby items. And, well, it's perhaps a little weird, but some patterns are so cute that I intend to knit them now for my future babies... in 10 years?

Some pictures of baby items I have already knitted:

Pattern: Bunny (baby) (Kate Gilbert)
Yarn: Teddy colorway Malabar (Bergère de France) - 1 ball

Pattern: Cable and Seed Stitch Baby Hat (Purly Whites)
Yarn: Linie 38 Kashmerino (OnLine) - 1 ball

Pattern: Bunny Hat (Jennifer Small for Stitch'n Bitch Nation, Debbie Stoller)
Yarn: Oxygène colorway Blanc (Phildar) - 1 ball/ Doussine colorway Shéhérazade (Bergère de France) - 1 ball
Pattern: From French book Des bébés toute l'année à la Droguerie
s: Idéal colorway Loden (Bergère de France) - 1 ball (2 strands held together)/ Shoelace Mohican noisette and pompons 15mm Marron Glacé (La Droguerie)