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Baby Crazy Knitting!

October 26, 2014
Flax Light by Tin Can Knits

Bodhi ClayoquotWhile working on Road Trip, Emily and I were both pregnant…and the nearer to the release date the more pregnant we got!

Max and Bodhi are about 5 weeks apart with birthdays in June and July. Picture it now: 2 tired and sick pregnant ladies writing a book with an 8 hour time difference…it was epic.  The best part though? Baby knits!!!

Shortly after Bodhi was born I became completely obsessed with the idea of matching sweaters. I’ve always been a fan but it was suddenly a very pressing need. Jonesies’ Caribou sweater was hot off the needles, so while we were on a photoshoot in the Rockies I cast on for the Bodhi size. It was only a couple of skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, no time at all really… the same amount of knitting as a hat right? When that was blocking my fingers got itchy. I’d already knit 2, what was one more? Thus this picture was created!

Alexa does excessive amounts of baby knitting :::

Next I had the brilliant late night idea (you might know how that goes) to start a Road Trip wardrobe for Bodhi. She suddenly seemed (in the August heat) like she might need a hat..maybe Stovetop… and what about a Prairie Fire sweater? It’s only a few hundred yards, just a couple of evenings and I would be done!

Prairie Fire

Instead of getting it out of my system it only made things worse! Well, I had to make another Clayoquot Cardigan to create our Steeking tutorial (no, a swatch certainly wouldn’t suffice), and Apple Pie needed a tutorial too…

It seems there may be more matching knits in their future too, since I mainly choose earthy colours I really only need to knit the Hunter sized version, the other two will happily wear the hand-me-downs. I have visions of Antler and Gramps, maybe Campfire or Flax…the matching possibilities are endless!

Caribou Cardigan

Emily’s new knitwear model :::

With Alexa as an inspiration, it was only a matter of time before I started my own stack of baby knits!  When Max was only a twinkle in his father’s eye (what a quaint expression!), I began whipping up little hats, cardigans and blankets.  I felt it was important to prepare for the day when I would have a tiny knitwear model of my own to dress up!  Here are a few of the highlights of his first 3 months (in knits!):

3 Days old… I was surprised that none of Max’s baby-size hats fit him when he was a newborn… who knew they had such tiny heads?!  This is a tiny Stovetop.

Clayoquot hat

So with tiny newborn heads in mind, I knit a teeny tiny Clayoquot Toque (check out the free pattern!), but then I mislaid it for a few weeks… and now it’s too small! Lesson #2… babies heads grow very quickly!

Vivid Blanket

4 weeks old… I designed the Vivid blanket with babies on my mind… and dyed up this blanket kit to make the perfect rainbow blanket!   A contented Max is wearing a tiny version of our free pullover pattern Flax, knit in sock-weight yarn.

Baby Flax

3 Months … I think our Flax pullover is a perfect baby knit… it’s fast, unisex and you can jazz it up with stripes, as I have here (it’s knit in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘young temptress’ and ‘black cherry’)

Prairie Fire

This lime green prototype version of the Prairie Fire pullover is knit in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘almost spring’.  The short sleeves make it a perfect layering piece!

baby antler cardigan

Lastly, this isn’t a new knit – it is one of the original baby Antler cardigan samples (knit by Alexa)… but I couldn’t resist sharing Max’s super satisfied grin…

There are certainly more adorable baby knits on the horizon… stay tuned and keep your needles ready!

Some more adorable baby knits…

ClayoquotCable me softly bootiesGramps Cardigan

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2014 5:20 am

    Your knits are absolutely gorgeous and inspirational. It has given me lots of new ideas for my own knits. Knitting certainly gets your hooked and I never get tired of trying something new. Looking forward to reading another of your blogs!

  2. Jenny permalink
    October 28, 2014 2:07 pm

    This post would almost make me broody, but I’ll have to be content knitting for other people’s children.

  3. October 27, 2014 6:29 am

    Stunning photos of stunning knitting, and even prettier little ones. :-) They are so Cute.

  4. October 27, 2014 6:06 am

    Very beautiful bebé and gilet!!!

  5. October 26, 2014 11:03 pm

    beautiful photos! How exciting to have a new baby which needs a whole new warderobe. These two will be so well dressed all the time!

  6. October 26, 2014 6:28 pm

    Cuteness overload!,,,, and OMG! The hair on Max…..they are all super cute..

  7. knittedblissjc permalink
    October 26, 2014 5:37 pm

    oh my gosh, the cuteness overload!! So many awesome photos of adorable babies in hand knits…. my ovaries just exploded!

  8. Elizabeth permalink
    October 26, 2014 4:33 pm

    You have the prettiest babies!

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