It's Knitting for the NICU picture time!
This is what Aunti Miranda and I have been knitting up during the month of September:
From Aunti Miranda it's a whole Punkin Patch of pumpkin hats. Aren't these just adorable? I love the fleece!
We've been very fortunate to have made fans of the nurses, docs, and parents who are all now asking "What are you going to do for Thanksgiving?" Hmmm...Hadn't thought that far ahead when I took the punkin hats in but we are definitely thinking about it NOW! Aunti and I talked about it yesterday too...and then went and bought more fall yarn. We're now working on more fall-themed hats, along with a fun surprise hat from each of us that we'll be showing off the first day of November....so stay tuned for those. You're gonna love 'em.
From me, I had one batch of mishmash including my version of the pumpkin hat. I did end up knitting about four more of these but forgot to photograph them so as you can see we have enough pumpkin hats for every baby in our NICU. It's darn cute to go up and down the rows and see pumpkins on heads or in the beds of every baby.
I also made this batch of hats with matching socks and I'm starting to make more and more socks. Every time I take a batch of socks in I've noticed as soon as they're laundered they make it to baby feet instead of wasting away lonely in the sock drawer. I love this pattern and with the soft yarns now available they're versatile for different sized little bubba feet.
Then from a bootie pattern, I couldn't resist figuring out how to make baby Mary Janes. Hey, our little girls may be under 5 lbs but they still like to feel pretty. Hee hee.
Aunti and I have also been knitting for her church's Christmas bazaar, a project that sends profits to orphanages. I don't have photos of all of her items--wish I'd thought of whipping at the camera yesterday when I was at her house and she was showing me all the wonderful projects. But here are the things I made for the sale:
There are crayon caddies, teddy bears, one Hello Kitty doll, animal houseshoes, and the purse on the right is actually the carrying bag for a knitting doll inside with it's own sleeping bag that matches the purse. Very cute.
In the way of patterns, just wanted to let you know where to find mine. Bev's Country Cottage is a goldmine for preemie patterns. Both my ribbed stretch hat that I also used for the basis of my pumpkin hats is available here: ribbed stretchy hat. The sock pattern is from Bev also and can be found here: NICU sock. The bootie and the Mary Jane's that I evolved from it were inspired by this pattern's shaping: Honeycomb Hat and Booty. At some point, I may start putting my knitting patterns on the blog. Just like with cooking, I'm not very good at following directions. What I am good at is seeing some feature I like and figuring out my own way of making it. Let me know if you'd like to have the full patterns of mine that I fiugre out as I go along.
I can't believe we accomplished all those little hats, socks, and bazaar items in ONE MONTH!!!! On November 1st, I'll preview the Thanksgiving hats for the NICU. I'm laughing already. I made a demo of one hat to show Aunti and Gene's reaction, while laughing, was "Poor babies. They didn't know the Twisted Sisters were knitting for them." I'll take that as a compliment.