Thursday, January 22, 2009

Knitting Update

I've been knitting quite a bit lately. I've been going through my stash and trying to decide what to keep, what to give away, sell and (gasp!) pitch. My UFO's are under control for the most part, but I need to organize and decide if I want to frog any of them so that they're not hanging over my head as I turn to other, new projects. Of course, I never feel guilty about working on new projects if they will be gifts. Fancy how I work my way around that, huh?

My first project of the year is this hat and booties for my nephew J., born today! I used the baby hat pattern from The Knit Knack Kit with this Elann's Adara for the stripe and Mission Falls Cotton for the body. I used a free Bernat pattern using Elann's Adara for the baby booties. These were fun and quick and I can't wait to see them on him!
The other gift I've been working on is from a wondeful skein of alpaca that I've had in my stash for a while and just waiting for the right time to knit it. Wow, was it fabulous to knit (so soft). (Buttons is napping right now, so I'll have to update this post to give you the exact yarn information.) I used my standard hat pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, which if you don't have you should really think about it. I know that if I have yarn with a gauge of 3 to 8 or 9 inches, I can go to this book and figure out approximately how much I will need and will give me a pattern for sized newborn to adult for hats, socks, sweaters, vests, mittens, etc.
This gift is for a courageous friend who is going through a difficult time right now. I'm hoping this brings her some warmth.

Well, I need to get these gifts packed and ready to take to the post office tomorrow. Currently, I'm finishing a vest for Buttons and working on a beautiful scarf (for me!) using 2 different colors of Patons SWS yarn with this pattern. I'd like to make matching mittens and a hat, so I'll be ordering more very soon. Buttons would also like a set as well. Time to teach her to knit!



At January 23, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Blogger KnittingReader said...

I need to update my Ravelry projects and take some pictures. I really want to reduce my sock yarn stash this year, if possible. And I am trying to finish things.

At March 3, 2009 at 8:15 PM, Blogger Pink Velvet Mommy said...

I wish I could knit. I would knit Hayden a million these hats they are adorable!! good job!! Do you buy yarn like I buy fabric??? I swear I am going to do something with all of the bolts of fabric I have in my hall closet;)

At March 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM, Blogger THE KNITORIOUS MRS. B said...

That bootie pattern is one of the best and one i frequently use. Ann Budd's book is indespensibel IMHO!


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