Wednesday, February 21, 2007
This set uses a few rounds of novelty yarn. I used seed stitch for the ribbing, knit a couple of rounds with the novelty yarn and knit the rest in stockinette stitch. The booties also have a couple of rounds of novelty yarn and the ribbing is again seed stitch. I think these are cute and festive; perfect for spring and Easter.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I used the worsted weight hat pattern but instead of ribbing I used seed stitch and I purled every fifth row in the hat pattern itself. The booties also have seed stitch instead of ribbing. I liked how this turned out and will use it in other hats.
I have chosen Sacred Heart Medical Center as the Spring/Easter recipient. This is the hospital where all four of my sons were born.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This article is about the best volunteer job I can imagine--being a baby cuddler in an NICU. People are on the waiting list for years for this position and now even the waiting list has been closed. The photo shows a volunteer who waited almost ten years on the list before getting a call to come in cuddling one of the preemies and you can see just how small they are. Those little tiny hats and booties I knit really are the right size. NICU nurses have told me that to test the size I should put one of the hats on an orange or a lemon. That's how small these babies' heads are.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 9, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
This is what I wrote in my note:
Dear NICU Nurses,
Here are some handknit hats and booties made for your littlest patients.
They were made to honor the memory of my stillborn daughter, Ann Marie Taylor,and my first husband, Sgt. Steven Taylor, who died in Vietnam.
Thank you for your love and devotion caring for these little babies.
I used the same knitting pattern as for the baby cable hat, increasing two stitches on each needle on the last ribbing round so that that there are 18 stitches on each and the same booties, increasing just one stitch (18 stitches) on the first row of the pattern and substituting this lace pattern for the cable pattern:
(9 stitches, 4 rounds)
Round 1 K2togb, yo, K3, yo, K2togf, P2
Even rows K7, P2
Round 3 K2 yo, sl1, K2 tog, psso, yo, K2, P2
Sunday, February 4, 2007
These little hats were knit using the basic pattern used in the baby cable hats substituting stockinette stitch for the stitch pattern. My knitting time is becoming more limited as I've been offered and accepted a position working in the Oregon State University Library Archives two evenings a week plus Saturday afternoons. I start this week.