Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The rest of the 2008 knitting.

My cousin had a baby boy in August 2008, named Marcel. This was my Christmas to him.I am calling this the Om Baby Sweater. Why?On the back, I put the Om Symbol (also known as Aum) on it. My cousin is very into Yoga. She can't live without it. She told me that she often chants her Yoga Mantras to Marcel because she doesn't know any lullabies or children's songs. It turns out that he loves it.I used Sublime Yarns Extra Fine Merino Wool DK for the sweater and had a little bit leftover. It's a really nice yarn with some interesting stitch definition. I used the leftover to make the sweater portion of Henry the Bear from Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy by Jess Hutchison. I have renamed him Marcel the Bear.My cousin's husband was very impressed with the craftmanship of the bear. He said that the eyes were on straight and that everything was equidistant to each other. I was beaming with pride when he said that. My cousin recently told me that the sweater fits very well, way better than the store bought ones she has bought for little Marcel. Isn't that nice to hear?

Pattern: Henry the Bear from Unusual Toys for you to Knit and Enjoy by Jess Hutchison. The sweater is my own raglan sweater pattern. I incorporated the Om Symbol into the back as I was knitting. The symbol is a free dishcloth pattern that I found online, here is the link.
Needles: US 6 / 4.0 mm for the bear. US 4 / 3.5 mm and US 6 / 4.0 mm for the sweater.
Yarn: 3 balls of Sublime Yarns Extra Fine Merino Wool DK in the color Green 0019, the rest of the bear is made with Caron Simply Soft in the color Bone.
Size: Sweater is 6-9 month size

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Now, I can tally up everything I knit in 2008. 35 items! I can't believe that I was able to knit 5 baby blankets, 2 of them were for Melody and the rest were gifts. Actually, I am amazed I knit anything at all. As some of you remember, Melody had a rough beginning with a bad case of colic. I still shudder when I look back.

On the sewing front, I made 12 items. 2 of them were baby quilts, one for Melody and the other was a gift. A lot of the sewing was mainly Quilt Blocks for my online quilting bee group, Common Threads.

Sadly, I noticed that out of all the things that I made last year, only one thing was for myself. It's the Rainbow Moebius and that was a test knit. I will have to remedy that this year.

23 comments:

Rima said...

Cute, cute! That bear is super cute, with the "M" on it. And of course, the way you did the Om. I really like Sublime Merino too--as you said, very good stitch definition.

Lynn said...

The Om symbol is a really nice touch! You did a fantastic job... 35 knitting items... WOW!

Salihan said...

That's sooo adorable! All your attention to detail and personalizing the sweater and bear just shows how much love went into them. Unlike baby stuff bought from shops, your gifts will stay in the family for a long time. Wonderful! ^__^

sue said...

Oh my goodness how beautiful is the sweater with the yoga motif on it. I love Marcel the bear too, so adorable. You used great colors too.

Judy said...

WOW This is a great gift set! Gosh, I think this is my favorite of all of the gifts you made! Great job, and I agree, the craftmanship is flawless.

Rebekah said...

This is such a cute gift set! The Om is the perfect touch for the back and I loved that your cousin's dh commented on the equidistant eyes :)

Natalie said...

You are talented and generous.

c.Rachel said...

What a wonderful pair! I love the name Marcel.
The bear's belly looks like a green M&M candy. And cousin's hubby is right on. Sometimes the eyes are skewed on the stuff animals so they look weird but not your bear.

Wow 35! (applause) I wonder what this year will bring. =)

Jackie said...

oh u did a good job. a big hug !

Sam said...

I love that you tailored the gifts for the recipient - it's a thoughtful touch. Beautiful gifts.

hetty said...

Wow! You have had a busy year! The sweater is lovely and the little bear, well, what can I say? It's the cutest!!!!!

Hannah said...

Oh, so cute! And such a thoughtful gift... Sure to be cherished for years. :)

flanthrower said...

Adorable! This bear's been on my list of knits for a while now. I can't wait to be done studying so I can resume knitting.

Jennie said...

Too cute, love the brown buttons on the sweater.

Duyvken said...

The om on the back of the sweater is divine - what a great idea!

Knitterella said...

OMG! Super cute!!!! Totally love it! Great Job!

Allegra said...

I have 7 of your posts saved as new on my bloglines that I've been meaning to comment on!!! I guess this one did it for me, to finally comment. How adorable of a gift! I love the OM on the sweater and Marcel is just adorable! I love the color combo. I am assuming that the Jess Hutch book is no longer available, right? Boo. Happy Belated Birthday to Melody!! I can't believe she's already a year (more now!), I can't believe Satya is already 17 months old! Your spread for Chinese New Year looked awesome! And bravo to you for all of your FOs. Amazing. I hope to improve my FO count for 2009.
As always, Melody is a doll, I just love looking at pictures of her.

littlebirdbigcity said...

I love that knitted bear! And it's nice to see the sweater in it's finished stage. You MUST make something for yourself soon. That way, when you wear it around, you get to hear all the compliments in person!

Agnes said...

Very productive year! And you have a little baby to care for ... and you still churned out so many beautiful stuff! May this continue into 2009! :)

Jeanne said...

Very cute - I love the bear. Great colors too!

*karen said...

Oh. My. God. So, so, cute. CUTE! I love the colors too.

imaginecreativenamehere said...

So sweet!!! Those colors are wonderful together!

Mohawk Girl said...

That is a truly beautiful little bear and the cardi is gorgeous. I think your cousin must have been overwhelmed with joy at such a great thoughtful gift.