About a month and a half ago, my upstairs neighbor adopted the world's smallest kitten. She is an incredibly sweet, easy-going little cat, but was a little lacking in holiday spirit. So of course she needed a santa hat.
I whipped it up in a couple of hours: Caron Simply Soft yarn, garter stitch border, cast off and then cast back on to make ear holes, decrease evenly every 3 rounds to make the hat pointy, a few strands of yarn for the "pom pom", and an i-cord chin strap to keep it on her. Oh, and at Husband's request, I used a small piece of yarn to tie tip to the side of the hat so it "droops" appropriately.
So a few weeks ago at SnB, I got the opportunity to flip through Cat Bordhi's new book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, and it completely blew my mind! (I am such a knitting nerd that a sock book got me so wildly excited, but there you go)
After much drama I finally got my hands on a copy, and recently completed my first set of trial baby socks. Yay! These are the little learning Coriolis socks, knit out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, and modeled by my remarkably tolerant 10-month-old son.
Modeled so you can see the fancy symmetrical spirals:
Totally in love with these little socks!
So is anyone else working on this book? I did a search and couldn't find any other messages about it. I'd love to do a knitalong for this book if anyone's interested...
In an attempt to knit from my stash, I just finished using up a bunch of Rowan Wool Cotton that I've had lying around forever.
First off, I made a Hooded Caftan (from a Debbie Bliss book, although I can't remember which one) for my four month old son. Lying flat:
Being modeled on a recent walk:
I love it! It's very soft and looks so comfortable. And of course my kid looks fabulous in it
When I was done with that, I had two balls leftover. And my upstairs neighbor loves the color orange and owls. Soooo...
I started with Knitty's Fetching, then changed the cast-on number (different gauge yarn), the ribbing pattern (to use the owl cable), and bind-off (to EZ's sewn bind off). But other than that, I followed the pattern exactly! (These used exactly one skein.)
Close-up of the owl cable:
I'm pretty proud of both of these items, and pumped to have finally used that yarn. Yay!
Hubby of the receding hairline decided to just bite the bullet and shave his hair short this fall. And every knitter knows what that means - time to make some hats! I hadn't gotten around to it before because it just wasn't cold here (crazy New England winter) and somebody was being very difficult about choosing a hat pattern he liked. Anyway, it finally got cold and gave him the impetus he needed to chose a pattern already!
He chose Knitty's Halfdome. I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in silver and black. You can't see it in these pics, but the decreases look really cool (I'm easily entertained). And the good news is, he loves it! Yay!
Showing off his hat. Our 8-week old son says "What's that, Daddy?"
"Umm... Dad? I think it's a little large..."
I'm thinking about using the leftover yarn to make the baby a matching hat in inverse colors (silver top with black edging).
(Sorry to those with dial-up for the extra pics: I'm a new mom and can't help showing off my kid )
A good friend recently had a baby. After the wild success of the baby pixie hat, I thought I'd try to make one for the baby and her daddy. Her father being a self-proclaimed redneck, I grabbed some hunter's orange yarn and knit her up a little hat with earflaps, following the pattern in Erika Knight's Knitting For Two.
There is the tiniest chance it might be just the littlest bit too tall. On the brighter side, if she ever wants to go hunting while dressed up like the pope, she's got the hat for it!
A good friend of mine had a baby girl yesterday morning. Yay! But when DH and I went to visit them in the hospital yesterday, I was frankly slightly appalled at the (hospital issued) hat they had on her. It was too big, scratchy, and just not pretty. Well, being a knitter in good standing, I couldn't let that stand!
So on the way home I tricked hubby into stopping into Michael's, and I ran across some yarn I'd never seen before - Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes). It's 70% wool, 30% soy, had a soft, almost silky feel to it, and comes in all these beautiful colors. So of course I had to buy a ball (colorway: natural pink) and try it out.
I used this pattern, and size 6 needles, and this morning I was able to bring the baby a new hat.
Side view (you can sort of see the hospital-issued hat in the corner)
Front view (please ignore the grumpy face - she was getting burped )
In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, I finished up this fingerless mittens I've been working on. (They're for my brother for Christmas.)
I used Knit Picks Palette, size 1, 2 and 3 needles, and this pattern.
I knit them in the round, so I had to do the skull and crossbones using duplicate stitch which took for-freakin-ever! So now the question is - are they truly a FO? Should I put something on the other mitten? (only the left one has the skull right now) If so - what? The same pattern? (Please, I really hope not) A different one? What one?
Because I'm a crazy overachiever, here is my first completed Christmas present: a vest for my mom! She requested a vest that she could wear while cleaning, that would provide her with a little more warmth without hindering the movement of her arms.
The pattern is Knitty's Leftovers, and for the stripes I used the random stripe generator. (Those random stripes saved my sanity - I'm easily enough entertaine that changing colors every so often was enough to keep me going through those miles of stockinette stitch)
I used Caron Simply Soft, which I'm quite happy with. It is, as advertised, quite soft, machine washable (good for something you're going to wear while cleaning the house ) and the whole vest cost under $10 to make! Wahoo!