Monday, September 6, 2010

Summer Knitting

Embossed Twining Vine Leaves 
This is a stitch pattern in A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (and other stitch pattern books) that I have long admired.

This yarn (Swiss Mountain Sea Sock by Hand Maiden) is beautiful so I decided to marry the yarn to the stitch pattern.

A lot of ripping and re-charting went on; still the socks did not turn out as well as I planned.

Actually these were done in April/May but I was too annoyed with them to post it.
Soon I'll try it again.

Baby Projects
My daughter is having a baby in January:

Good thing I made this pink sweater with matching socks and headband because it's a girl (yay for PINK!).

This is the Wool Eater Blanket by Sarah London (crochet), the yarn is James C. Brett Baby Marble Double Knit, Shade 3M 9, it took 3 skeins in order to make it crib size.

Next is Kisses and Hugs Blanket of my own design.  The X's and O's are cabled.  The main yarn is three colors of Schoeller Stahl Baby Micro mit Glanzfaden, Wool/Polyester/Acetate, 12 skeins @ 25g.  When I ran out of that yarn I used lavender Bernat Baby Solid, 100% Acrylic.  

Seems like it took forever to knit this and I don't even want to talk about how many ends there were to weave in. 

Technology today is amazing, they already know that the baby will need surgery right away.  Since she will be spending a couple weeks in the NICU I thought it would be nice if she had her own hat wardrobe for the duration.  She is surely going to be a fashionista [a designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions].  Later we can donate the hats to the hospital.   There are numerous preemie hat patterns on the internet, this one is my favorite to date.

I'm having a lot of fun shopping for pink baby bargains and trying to guess what size she might be next spring and summer.

Here is her very first 'photo':  
My daughter said "she looks exactly like me" !

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