So I finally got around to taking photos of the finished gloves. Here they are:
They are from a pattern by Indiknits knit in brown sheep worsted, dynamite blue.
Cory likes them a lot and his brother has requested a pair. It is a fairly quick knit and I am no longer intimidated by all of the fingers. Though if you ever do the pattern and get tired of doing the fingers my parents have the following advice: "just cut off the recipient's fingers"...
And of course I've been knitting for Emma.
It is a hat that was loosely based on this pattern: Rolled Brim Baby Hat with a Topknot . My yarn didn't roll so I did a 2x2 rib at the bottom and pinned it up in two places. The mittens were made following this pattern: Wittle Itty Bitty Baby Mitties . I have no idea if they will fit as I haven't been around many babies lately. In terms of sizing the hat, because I had a different gauge I had to change the number of cast on stiches. To figure out the size that the hat needed to be I went to this website, which has a ton of sizes for babies up to birth BabyLinq.com . I looked up the weight of Emma (6 lbs 4 oz) to figure out what week they considered that, went up one week (not sure when she will get this, better safe and big than out of luck and small - we are in Canada, it is cold, there will be use for this set for months if it fits).
I'm not convinced about my yarn choice in terms of warmth. It is really nice and smooth though so I hope Emma will use them. The yarn is Misti Cotton by Misti Alpaca in Orchid (0387). It is 83% Peruvian Pima Cotton, 17% Silk. I would knit with this yarn again for sure. I'm not so sure about its choice for baby things as it is hand wash only but I don't think that hats and mits will get as dirty as a sweater, therefore shouldn't need to be washed as often. Plus, there is a big sister who loves her little sister and who knows how to do laundry... Both are in my favor.
Now I will make a baby genius burp cloth a la Mason Dixon , perhaps a matching bib, but I don't think babies use bibs at this age.