Friday, November 03, 2006

Baby Talk

After my post about my self imposed abstinence, I felt reasonably revived to do a spring clean of my little craft corner. I had 2 bags cramped full of swatches, unraveled yarns, WIPs, bag handles and other knick knacks, some of which I couldn't remember how it got there. I ran through my list of WIPs and waitlist, categorizing them accordingly and was revving up my engine when I got intercepted. Quite pleasantly I might say.

Introducing couple T. Couple T is actually my other half's brother and wife. They have never showed any interest in craft let alone knitting except to occasionally make sure the cat doesn't get to my yarns left precariously out in the open when I visit. To cut the long story short, they were expecting a stork to drop them a happy bundle then. Their daughter was born 3 days ago.

So when my bf casually told me they requested for a baby hat one fine day, I was caught by surprise. Seriously, this couple has never ever shown any bit of interest in anything other then good food. Now, I already had the intention to knit up something for the baby although given their disinterest in craft, I was very prepared that they might not appreciate something hand knit. So yes, I was very pleasantly surprised because I know they were a very sweet down to earth couple and the fact that they asked indicated that they'd appreciate it. I was already excited thinking of the possibilities of different designs for a baby hat.

So the next I saw them, I asked what sort of baby hat they would like. His brother promptly said "A bunny hat!" with a big grin on his face. I could only stare at him, then I couldn’t help but smile back at them. Really they are such a cute couple. Hey, it's their first child and they were so excited, I'm not about to say no to a bunny hat. It's a pretty cute idea actually. Then their mother chipped in and said "Oh! And a pair of socks for the baby too please." Hmmmm... socks.

But socks! Oh my... socks! If you haven't notice, I'm not a socks person. In our weather here, you tend to wear clogs and sandals more then you wrap them up with warm woolies. In truth, I'm terrified of handling 4 double point needles at one go. The last try ended in disaster. Somehow my fingers and the needles kept getting in each others way. So I was pretty worried about socks.


a random shot of my furkid wondering why mommy's furiously trying to tackle some yarns and ignoring her.

So my piles of WIPs and ribbits got shoved aside. I had a deadline here. I found the cutest bunny hat pattern ever. As for the socks, I found the baby socks pattern in IK Summer 2005 I had always kept in my mind. And what yarn would be perfect for babies around the equator? Organic cotton yarn of course! I used the Oatmeal which was a nice pinkish cream brown color. See how everything clicks together?



The bunny hat went quite fast. My only concern was the fit. So I made it a bit bigger with a ribbon to go around so they can adjust the size. As for the socks, gosh! The first one took me 3 days of trial and error. First I made it too small, then I made it too long, then I messed up the short row heel, the sock became too bent and etc. I was so relieved when I finished it to my satisfaction. It's mate took me another 1 day on and off. I have to say it was a very cute introduction to socks knitting.



And since the theme was bunny ears, what else but cheerful carrot orange ribbons all around? They are now proud parents of a baby daughter and the hat and socks set shall be delivered within a day or two.

16 comments:

R a i n said...

That is absolutely darling! It's nice to know some people really do appreciate hand knitted items.

celia said...

That is so cute!!

ruth said...

you know, from this post's title, at first i thought you had a little announcement of your own (!!). =O
haha! but i was pleasantly surprised to hear about your bf's brother and wife's request... the bunny hat and booties are very cute! you did a great job!! =)

Sally said...

Very cute, I love the ears!!!

Vanessa said...

my goodness..they are too cute!

joy said...

I like getting requests for baby knits. ;-) The hat is too cute, and I started a pair of baby socks with the same pattern too!
We're lucky we have at least a month when we can wear woolly socks. :-)

Kimberly said...

What a great gift! Nothing like having your knitting appreciated.

Conquering the socks so quickly had to feel good! It took me FOREVER to finally get a wearable sock!

yuvee said...

Absolutely adorable! I'm sure they'll love it!

Peggy said...

Wow, it's soooooooo cute! Where is the pattern from?

Mimi said...

Such a cute set! The hat is so adorable. ;)

Lee Anne said...

So cute! I have a fear of socks too let along ones that little! I did find a good bootie pattern some time ago when I had friends expecting...still need to knit some for my own that are one the way. :)

Kessa said...

Hehe.. I had the same thoughts as Ruth at first. but oh, thats such a sweet gift for a baby girl... SHe's going to look so adorable with those bunny ears! =)

letti said...

ooo i LOVE the rabbit ears. It's soo cute! And your little furkid looks sooo adorable, i just wanna hug her!

SweetPeaknits said...

love your bunny set, so cute!!

happyspider said...

arrrggg soooo cute!

moirae said...

Wow those ears are great. I love the ribbons too. Orange is perfect.