I love to knit for babies. To have a reason. Especially this time of year. When the girls were small I didn't knit at all. I guess I just didn't have the creative energy. I think I just needed to figure things out. I had a reason to knit but I didn't have the time. I knit these cupcake hats and viking helmet for teachers. That's always a good reason to knit.
I got the patterns for the cupcake hats from here and the viking hat from here. I adapted them a bit. I have knit the cupcake hat so many times now I know what size to make it for twins and what size to make it for one year olds. It is so much fun!
My cousin just had a baby so I made a group of things that all fit in a knitted container.
The baby moccasins came from purl bee here and the container from More Last - Minute Knitted Gifts blogged at purl bee here
These gorgeous nesting dolls and inside out frog/turtle I knit came from Susan B. Anderson and her book itty bitty toys. You can find out about her books here.
Now I kind of feel sad about this. My girls are too big for these toys now. Ali wants me to knit them up for her kids and save them. I will have to try but usually I need the baby here or "on its way" to have the motivation.
By playing around with various patterns and ideas, even looking at hat construction to make my monkey mouth, I came up with patterns for the monkeys and inside-out cupcake toys I sell on my etsy site.
The cupcakes reverse to a healthy head of lettuce, inspired by Susan B. Anderson's inside-out toys. Well maybe it is time to hit the yarn store for some ideas ... for my future grandchildren! ...
By the way, there is still time to sign-up for this prize ribbon giveaway at inspire-co !