It has been really busy in my professional life. A good thing because it pays for all of the yarn to feed my fiber obsession. The only downside is that I don’t have as much time to knit and post.
Even so, I have been making progress on my WIP. We had the baby shower for my co-worker, Monica, on Friday. She received many beautiful gifts. I am happy to say that three of us gave her handknitted gifts. Connie made her an adorable hat and sweater set and Kaye made her a baby blanket. I am going to ask them both if they have photos so I can share their beautiful projects.
My project was the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch: A Knitter’s Handbook. I love this hat because it is an easy, quick knit. It’s simplicity makes it adorable. I try to find a luxurious, soft yarn to knit with. I chose Blue Sky Alpacas’ Worsted Cotton in the honeydew colorway.
The best part of this project was there was enough yarn to make a scarf too. The scarf is a go-to pattern I love. On the right-side, you knit and on the wrong-side, you K1 P1. It produces two lovely patterns and makes the scarf reversible.
I also started a pair of socks for the baby. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss Simply Baby, Two Tone Socks. The pattern is designed to accommodate three sizes (3-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 months). I have been working on my first pair of socks so I thought I would try another pair. The pattern was well-written and easy to follow. I loved the way the pattern did the decreases in the heel flap. You K2tog tbl, that is, knit two together through back of loops. It rendered a beautiful seam.
I am using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, a blend of merino wool and cashmere. Since Monica is having a girl, I chose the Baby Pink and Ecru colorways. The first sock is completed and the second one is underway.
I also wanted to mention that Knitting Sarah is doing a Summer Sock KAL (Ravelry link). The socks are all going to be shorties. I am going to participate and can’t wait to see what patterns Sarah selects for us. If you are interested, check out her blog (link above) or her Ravelry page.