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My sister Lauren is having a baby boy! She and her husband Na...

My sister Lauren is having a baby boy! She and her husband Nathan told our family over Christmas last year and that very week I knitted her these teensy socks to open Christmas Day.

Since then I have had enough ideas of things to make for this baby to last me a lifetime. The first thing I decided to make was a mobile for the nursery with some soft knit animals that can be taken down and used to play with when he is older. These photos only show the four animals I made, but I shipped it off to my mom and she added her own knit elephant before giving it to Lauren at her shower for me.

I am flying home to be with Lauren at the end of next month after the birth and I cannot wait. And then Jeff will fly out to meet me and our whole family will go on our annual beach trip at my grandparents’ beach house. This time we will have a tiny human in tow. I think it will make the trip ten times as magical as normal. We’re all so giddy!

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Made some handmade clothes for the fox. I love how proud he l...

Made some handmade clothes for the fox. I love how proud he looks to be donning the new duds.

Both the sweater and little collar were made from yarn I picked up from the thrift store on different occasions. Feels good to put that stuff to good use.

I have never been one to make up a pattern or knit something on a whim, but decided that it’s not so daunting or scary when it is such a tiny thing (and not something that has to fit super well). So I picked up my needles and some yarn one night this week and experimented with a sweater. It doesn’t look like I imagined but has definitely inspired me to try again and make lots more. The scarf also was cast on with no counting or checking a pattern and was meant to be longer…but I love how it turned out as a collar instead! Always fun when mistakes turn into something even better than you imagined. Now if I can just get myself to write down notes after I have made these things so I can duplicate them in the future.

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Finished the little fox over the weekend. Spent a good amount...

Finished the little fox over the weekend. Spent a good amount of time trying to decide if it’s a boy or a girl but then realized I really like that I can’t decide. I want them all to be that way. I like that the kid who receives the animals I make will get to decide for themselves. Or change it up based on what their fantasy is that day.

I made the fox from the backyard bandits pattrern by Barbara Prime. The raccoon I made is also from that pattern. I’m loving that pattern more and more. This fox is so perfect to hold in my hands and has such a nice weight and flexibility. Knit from alpaca yarn and stuffed with organic cotton, he feels luxe and yet somehow still basic enough to drag around by the arm. I’m in love.

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More little cotton rabbits stuffed animals. Because friends l...

More little cotton rabbits stuffed animals. Because friends love ‘em. And I can’t get over how cute they are hanging around my house.

There is a sweater and shorts pattern included with the stuffed animal patterns so I tried my hand at knitting one of the teeny sweaters and it’s definitely something I will be making again. So fun! Just look at that litte clothed bunny.

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