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More babies!

I love this little set I made for a friend and coworker of my husband’s. His wife was expecting last year and I jumped at the chance to make them something for the little one!  The Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap is another free pattern.  I have made this hat several times.  I honestly thought it was the dorkiest thing ever when I first saw it… but on the babies it really is just the cutest thing and the pattern itself is fun to knit.  The yarn is Wollmeise in the colorway Ruby Thursday and the edging and ties were done in the colorway Sultan.

100_1081And I always want to squee when I see these booties.  These are done in the Sultan colorway again and the colors knit up so perfectly.  The pattern is Christine’s Stay-On Baby Booties (another free pattern!!) and they knit up quick and easy and yet they are so stinkin’ cute!

100_1044At the time I made this set, they didn’t find out what they were having, so I was hoping these would work for a boy or a girl.  They ended up having a little boy and I hope they love this set as much as I do.

When I was working on these little booties, it was also the first opportunity I had to use my (then) brand new yarn bowl made by a wonderful Ravelry friend, Stacey, in St. Louis.  I love this thing and it sits on my desk all the time.  Appropriately, she just welcomed her very first granddaughter into the world this month!  There are two more babies due at the end of this year in my knitting group, too.  I must remember not to drink the water around here.  ;)

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Baby Blankets

It’s always fun to knit for babies!  And even though I’m done having them, (at least I’d better be!) there will always be other people’s babies to knit for.  This blanket was a group project that the ladies in my knitting group did together.  We each knit up some squares and one of the ladies was kind enough to sew them all together.  We did this one as a surprise for The Curly Knitter, one of the girls in our group that was expecting.  Now that I’m finally getting around to posting it here, her baby girl has already turned a year old and is expecting a sibling!

IMG_0705These 3 squares were my contribution.  I loved making the bobbly sheep.  All of the squares for this blanket were knit with Berroco Vintage, a surprising soft yarn for an acrylic blend.  (Who moi?  Yarn snob?)

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100_0594I made this blanket for my granddaughter back in the winter of 2011.  The pattern is called Four Corners Baby Blanket.  The yarn I used for this is Cascade 220 Superwash.  I like working with the Cascade Superwash, but from my past experience it can felt after multiple washings, but otherwise really stands up nicely and the colors are great.

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Lintilla

This is a fun pattern that I knit as part of another KAL on Ravelry.  I have found myself joining a lot of KALs lately, which is leading to a pile up of WIPs instead of a pile of FOs.  But I do still manage to finish them eventually.  I finished this one in January 2012.  The pattern is Lintilla designed by Martina Behm.  Yarn is Wollmeise Pure 100% merino in the colorway Drachenblüt.

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Moiraine

I decided to knit this scarf during a KAL (knit-along) to familiarize myself with using beads with my knitting.  This was an Arlene’s World of Lace KAL for the pattern Moiraine in the fall of 2011.  I pre-strung about 350 beads onto my knitting yarn prior to beginning to knit.  It was a lot of YOs and K2TOGs and quickly became a bit monotonous for me, but I was determined to finish it.  The end result is beautiful.  The yarn I used for this is The Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors Sock Yarn in the colorway Atlantic.  I bought this yarn at Rhinebeck’s New York Sheep & Wool Festival in the fall of 2011.  I really enjoyed working with this yarn and the colors are just beautiful.  The beads add the perfect amount of weight for a lovely drape of the scarf.

Liliaceae

Since I was last here, I have finished a few things. I am going to try to show them here over the next several days and hopefully catch up to what I am working on now.

This is one that you may have seen in progress a while back where I wasn’t too certain if I was going to continue it, feeling the pattern may have gotten lost in the variegation of the yarn.  Well, I am happy to say I finished it.  It was completed back in November of 2011.  The pattern is Liliacae, a free pattern available through Ravelry.  The yarn I used is Sanguine Gryphon Bugga, a really soft merino, cashmere, nylon blend, but the color bled on my hands while I was knitting, turning my hands a golden color.  The pattern itself was enjoyable and was a great introduction to short rows for me.

Blue Suzanne Hat

Just look at those gorgeous colors.  Claudia, dyer extraordinaire, of Wollmeise really has an eye for color.  This is one of my favorite colorways of hers, Blue Suzanne, in 80/20 Twin.

The pattern is Sockhead Hat.  It is a very simple pattern, knit in the round using any fingering weight yarn, that makes a fun and comfortable slouchy hat.  This is the same pattern I used about a year ago to make my purple and white hat.

Spring Leaves

This just might be one of my favorites to date.  The Spring Leaves shawl.  This shawl is knit from the center out to each end with a provisional cast on, so that you have this pretty edging at the cast off edges.  The pattern is very flexible so you can knit whatever size you choose, from a narrow scarf to a wide stole, in any length.  I used about 1/2 skein of Wollmeise Lace-Garn in Blaue Tinte, just over 900 yards, for a roughly 90 x 20 inch shawl.

This yarn has the most gorgeous drape to it and the shawl can easily be worn as a stole over the shoulders or scrunched up as a scarf.

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