Wednesday, November 30, 2005

How to measure your baby

There was a discussion on Diaperpin about how to measure a baby for a pair of knitted pants, so I thought I'd add a note about how to do it. I hope this helps some of you out! Of course, I can measure a baby, but measuring a baby while photographing is another story! So Rowan graciously stepped in to fit the bill. Thanks little buddy!

Hip: Measure your baby over the diaper at the widest part
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Inseam: Measure from the crotch to the ankle for pants, or for how long you want shorts to be. There are two ways to measure an inseam

Diapering inseam: Measure from the crotch of the diaper to the desired length.

In this picture you can see that his shorts would be 2.5-3", and his pants would be 9.5" for a good fit.

actual inseam: In the picture here I am measuring from his actual crotch. I like to do this for my own longies because it ends up giving extra length in the leg for growing room.
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Rise: Measure from the belly button, down through the crotch, and up to where the belly button would be on the back.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Lacey's first pants are done

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I'm now winding skeins of yarn into balls.
Lesson If people want to send their own yarn, have them get it wound before they send it.

Monday, November 28, 2005

24 hours later

I'm back to where I was 24 hours ago when I realized that I can't count. Didn't get as much done as I planned today. Teething monster baby was on the loose. Tomorrow will see the end of these pants and the beginning of Lacey's second pair.
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We lost Uncle Larry today. Peace be with you Aunt Wanda. We love you.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Do not count stitches when you are in a car half asleep.
Lacey's first pair of longies would be done by now if I had counted properly. But for some reason when I got 17, 17, 17 instead of 15, 15, 16 it didn't phase me. Lack of sleep? Too much turkey? Who knows...
In any case, I had to tink the legs and am back to starting them over tonight.
durn tryptophan...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

There will be no knitting today

Niall has decided to have a stomach bug, so I'm on puke patrol.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Questions people ask

What kinds of yarn do you knit with?
The easiest yarns for me to get my hands on are Cascade 220, Patton's Merino, and Lion Wool, but I'll knit with anything. I usually have a stash of purewool on hand.

What if I want yarn that you don't have on hand?
Not a problem! Should I be ashamed to admit that the ladies at my local yarn shop know me by name?
If you want a color that I don't have, I can either buy it or dye it. Just write me and ask!

Will you knit with my yarn?
Sure! Send it on! Just take about $8 off the base price for your size for longies, or $5 off for shorts and soakers.

Will you use acrylic?
Not a problem. But I refuse to use Red Heart Super Saver. It feels like plastic. :P

Do you smoke or have pets?
No smoking here! Well... unless you count the occasional burned toast, but that's in the kitchen. If you can figure out the gremlin in my toaster, be my guest. :) Seriously, we don't smoke but we do have a dog. She doesn't knit but she does spend a lot of time hanging out with my feet while I knit. I do wash everything before I send it out, but if you have severe allergies you might need to consider this. Those little hairs are my nemesis.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sunday morning

I love Sunday mornings. I didn't work on Niall's pants yesterday because we had a birthday party and then church, but I intend to devote my afternoon to them. I also have 4 sweaters in the washer to make in to pants for him. One of them is a deep rose -- a popular color with men this season, but how can I make them boyish enough pants? He already gets called a pretty little girl when I dress him in anything but blatent boy colors. Embroidery suggestions are welcomed!
Then a walk through the leaves after the boys wake from their afternoon naps. There's something about knitting when the weather starts to turn colder... It might actually start feeling like fall around here if it gets lower than 70 degrees.
Becky's pants are all ready to go. I will miss them. They were so cheerful on my drying table, but they belong on a baby so off they go!

Saturday, November 12, 2005

First Nibbles!

Thanks Rachel for forwarding this site on to your playgroup.
I'm still in early workings here and hope to add more things, but I feel like I'm on my way!

On the needles today...

A pair of pants for Niall, in Rowan denim. I'm about halfway done with leg one.
I'm holding off on posting a link to the pin yet. I just have to take the plunge, but I want a gallery available first.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Becky's pants are done!

Now that I'm going to be blogging my goings on, I can say that Becky's pants for our swap are done!
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I'm very pleased with how they came out. I might have to get myself some Caramel Apple some day!
I emailed Heather to see if she wants hers next. :)
Soon I will put a link to this blog on the bottom of my siggy on diaperpin, and hope that other people want me to knit for them.
In the meantime, pants for Niall and a sweater for Helmi call me to duty.

Waiting list

This waiting list may or may not accurately reflect what I'm up to. I tend to forget to update it. If you are supposed to be on here and don't see yourself, you might want to pester me.

I do have young children, so turn around time on an XL pair of longies could take up to 2 weeks (usually less) once I begin knitting. Of course, smaller items take less time. And you can always check the blog for updates as to where I am on the waiting list.

Cindy -- fingerless mitts -- done | monster hat -- casting on
Lori -- hat and scarf combo -- choosing pattern
Tanya -- short pants/capri length -- waiting for yarn

What's the cost?

These prices are NOT YYMN prices
Size is determined by the hip measurement, over a diaper.
Embellishment is extra, depending on the design.

XXL: 23" and up - $45
X-Large: 21-22" - $40
Large: 19-20" - $35
Medium: 17-18" - $30
Small: 16-17" - $25
Newborn: 15" and under - $20

Short pants:
XXL: 23" and up - $50
X-Large: 21-22" - $45
Large: 19-20" - $40
Medium: 17-18" - $35
Small: 16-17" - $30
Newborn: 15" and under - $25

xxl: 23" and up - $60
X-Large: 21-22" - $55
Large: 19-20" - $50
Medium: 17-18" - $45
Small: 16-17" - $40
Newborn: 15" and under - $35

You will be able to check the progress of your custom knit at any time.
I will post updates on the blog.

Basic Embellishements

Stripes - $5 per color
Rugby Stripes (up to 4 colors) - $20
Ruffles - $8
Flares - $15
Contrast waist and cuffs - $5
Elastic waist - $3
Hidden drawstring - $3

Cupcake hats
Available with pink or yellow frosting
With or without sprinkles