…and no, none of these babies are mine! Benjamin is the newest addition to a lovely family at our church and Cole is my cousin’s first child. I am now steady knitting on a dress for my littlest niece Aliyah who is turning 1 this week!
Firstly I have been working on Icicle Dreams – a baby blanket ripple pattern from a leaflet I got from a thrift store grab bag. Lots of bright colors!
And Tiziana has another knit-a-long going on! She’s calling it the MnM (Mystery – No Mystery). I have decided to keep it a mystery, so anyone who decides to peak, don’t tell me anything! The yarn I’ve chosen isn’t ideal, but it’ll have to do. It’s the only thing I have enough yardage of. I got it in an awesome grab bag from shopgoodwill.org.
I’m working on an elf hat design for my church’s Christmas Pageant. My son signed up to be an elf, so I inadvertently volunteered myself to come up with elf hats for all the elves 🙂 Honestly it’s the least I’ve been bothered by someone asking me to make something in a long time. I am genuinely happy to be able to contribute my talents to the church. Here are my first two efforts, 1 knit and another crocheted.
Thanks to SHOPETSY on YouTube for the corkscrew spiral tutorial!
I finished this hat using MamaJude’s yarn this week. Unfortunately the yarn wasn’t a good choice to show off the colorwork pattern by Deborah Tomasello, but it is such a soft pretty hat anyways. This is the best side of it, but there are so many places where you can’t see the pattern at all because the purples cancel each other out. If you click on the picture it will take you to the pattern page on ravelry with notes and more pics.
I know I have devoted far too much of my time to reading lately, however I haven’t stopped crafting entirely. I did for a little while there and I’m slowly but surely getting back in the swing. Here’s what I’ve been working on…(sorry pic heavy)
2 strand sage green laceweight cotton recovered from a thrift store sweater (it was actually a lovely lace design, but I just can’t wear sweaters here in FL)
I am so far behind the pack on this. In fact, there has been another mystery knit-along that has since come and gone. Oh well. As you can see this doesn’t look like much right now. When you work in the round in lace, it’s pretty much just a blob until you bind-off.
Next up is a crochet blanket I got going last month when I was just feeling really uninspired. Intended for crochet cotton thread, I upsized it with worsted weight and am doing each square with a different yarn.
I also managed to spin some yarn!
I estimate it’s probably a worsted weight but I haven’t measured the wpi and my scale is broken, so that is purely guesstimate. It’s 290 yards of 2 ply Superwash Wool – white with caramel sprinkled throughout.
The other night trying to find some inspiration, I decided to give fair isle aka stranded knitting a try. I have always been extremely intimidated by colorwork of any kind. A year or so ago I watched Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Workshop and realized that I just might be able to do it, but still hadn’t tried. Here is my first effort (after a couple of ripped out first attempts).
This is baby sized so that I could practice without committing to something huge, but I don’t have a baby to put it on, so the monkey will have to do for now.