A brain slug for a baby

I recently finished a knitted gift for our friend’s baby. It arrived in their hands only a day or two before his birth. Whew! I made a brain slug hat. What, you don’t know what a brain slug is??

Anyhow, I felt a geeky hat would be perfect for the baby of our friends. We also sent him things like periodic table blocks and a book called Calculus for Infants. Obviously, a brain slug would fit right in. I found the pattern on Ravelry.

I’m happy with the results, but I could never get the white knitted eye part to have the right shape. The instructions weren’t very clear so I ended up just using white felt and cutting out a shape that worked instead.

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Update! A picture of our friend’s baby wearing the brain slug. Apparently the hat should have been a bit wider. But what a cutie!


I made an owl!

If you’ve followed me on tumblr, you know that 1. I have lots of friends having babies and 2. I started knitting an owl. Well guess what, he’s finished!  Well, at least owl number one is finished. I have two friends that only sort of know each other and they had their first round of children within a few months of one another and now it has also happened for child round number two.

Now that my rambling is complete, here are the details:

Pattern: Lucy’s Owl (Ravelry link)

Yarns used: A combination of Lion’s brand Wool-Ease and Vanna’s Choice

My completed owl (this one is for the baby boy):

A few things I learned while knitting this owl:

  1. The jogless stripes method doesn’t work that well for skinny little legs. It just makes the joints between colors constantly move. Next time I will just leave the color joints on the side of the leg so they aren’t so noticeable.  If you use this method on a hat with thicker stripes, it’s much better.
  2. I’m really bad at sewing eyes and wings on so that they are level with one another.
  3. Somehow the owl turned out way too big. In the pattern photos he’s way smaller. I’m subtracting rows from the body and legs of the second owl I’m working on.
  4. I learned and implemented intarsia knitting.
  5. How to do a picot crochet edge (for the wings) is a skill I now have.
  6. Even when they don’t quite turn out like you expect, owls are still super cute.