When I heard that a friend was expecting a baby I instantly thought of the baby yarn sitting in my stash and knew I could make a few things from it. Gifts for friends + using up the stash = double win!
First up was a tiny hat:
This knit up so fast and cute that I had to do another one, naturally.
i love the colorwork and the corrugated ribbing, even if it’s not a stretchy as normal ribbing. It’s freaking adorable. But at this point I had a whole lot of yarn left over and I was about done with hats. No matter how cute they are.
So I found a tiny shirt.
This was an absolute delight to knit and it happened so fast! It’s so tiny and cute.
And yet … I still had yarn left over. Not a lot though. Tiny feetses! Those need covering too! So booties it was!
Finally! The set was complete and all the yarn was gone! I think it’s such a cute little collection of baby things, either together or on their own.
Patterns: 2 Hearts Newborn Hat by Kelly Forster, BQ Baby Tee by Sabra Morse, Seamless Baby Booties by Becky Rudella
Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Beige and Pink
Project Pages: Hat, Hat, Shirt, Booties
There were a couple things I finished last year but didn’t share here because they were waiting for gifting. Mid January our friends got together for our gift exchange.
One of my friends gifted me this gorgeous purple and green yarn to see if I could do anything with it. I happened to come across a picture of this exact colorway in The Age of Brass and Steam shawl and knew it was perfect.
I had so much yarn left over when I bound off that I did a bit of math. I picked out the bind off and added in another half section of the first part and all of the second part before binding off again. I absolutely love how the stripes work beautifully with this pattern. Plus it’s super soft and snuggly. She loved the return gift of a finished thing with the yarn she fell in love with.
Pattern: Age of Brass and Steam
Yarn: Red heart Unforgettable in Dragonfly
In one of my stash rummmages I turned up this lovely alpaca yarn in a cream color that I knew I wanted to work with but it’s not particularly a color that I wear often. However … I have a another friend that looks amazing in this shade. So after finding out that she would like either a hat or gloves equally I decided on a hat so I could use up as much of the yarn as possible.
it worked out fantastically as it’s a great use of the yarn, it’s warm and cozy, and she loves it. Also, it’s stunning on her. She’ll be getting a lot more knit gifts as I have lots of odds in colors that aren’t my style but are perfect for her.
Yarn: Unknown natural Alpaca (the cat stole the ball band)
I finished up a few things that haven’t been documented yet. There’ll be another post in Jan about gift finishes as I don’t want to ruin surprises that haven’t been given yet.
First up is this hood I made myself.
I’ve already used it, the one day it was quite cold when we had practice. I didn’t fight that day so I’m still not sure how that will work out but it did cut down on the cold on my ears. Plus this paired with my shawl was great around my neck.
I’m still not sure about the short rows in the back but I suspect I did something wrong and after a wash or two they’ll smooth out.
Pattern: Friend of the Forest Hood by Gretchen Tracy
I also finished up another set of stripy socks.
I always love my stripy socks. These ended up with the heel placed perfectly and I used them for heel placement on the next set.
Lastly I have a hat for the hubby. He wanted a hat he could wear while fighting, for those colder days. So standard acrylic it is!
He’s a very simple guy so it was a super fast knit. Plus I can throw it in the wash after he spends 4 hours sword fighting and it’s soaked. Win!
Pattern: Knit Hat by Kathy North
I found some acrylic yarn in basic black and hubby asked for a hat that he could wear at fighter practice when it’s cooler out. He has an alpaca hat but that’s not good for getting all sweaty. So, non felting thing in the works. Most of this was done last night at a gaming session.
Thanks to Rogue One and some down time before starting the hat I got more done on the stripy socks. I finally have a 0 needle so I can give the tighter ribbing a shot on these.
I’ve been playing a bit of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze but I’ve also been watching Jon play while I knit and catch up on other things.
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. I’m really glad I have the next few books of this on my kindle. I really want to see what happens with everybody and I’m nearly done with this book.
I had a lot of this yarn and I knew I wanted to make something for the niece that would work for the crazy seasons we have here in Texas. This dress / tunic was perfect.
She thought it was pretty awesome that it’s a dress now but when she gets bigger it’ll be a top. I love the look of the smocking.
Of course, I still had a ton of yarn left over so I also made a hat for her. She was super excited when she saw that it matched her dress.
And I still can’t get over the prettiness of the stitches.
Pattern: Smocked Sweater by Tia Stanfield
Pattern: Smocked and Awed by Alison Shuman
Project Pages: Sweater & Hat
Yarn: Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn in Toasted Almond
This yarn is so soft and petable. But I couldn’t think of a thing that I wanted to do with it for me. However I have a friend that I know will love it, plus she looks good in lighter colors and I don’t. Maybe it’ll actually be cool enough for her to wear it once it’s finished. It’s a simple 4 row repeat that I’ve already memorized and I’m zipping through it. Kitty has absconded with the tag and it’s the only one I hadn’t put into the Ravelry stash, so other than knowing it’s a blend of alpaca and merino I have no idea what yarn it is.
Thanks to a full day of gaming the stripy socks are zooming along as well. I put in the lifeline for the afterthought heel and now they’re long enough, just barely, to stuff the yarn into the toes. I’m all set to catch a movie this weekend.
I haven’t done much other than knit and catch up on tv. I have been reading in bits here and there though.
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. It’s one of those great books that everybody says you should read and I just never got around to it. I finally rotated through to it on the kindle and I’m really enjoying it. I can’t wait to see where the series goes.
I had just a little bit of this yarn left over. I thought I might have just enough for a hat left over. Turns out I had just enough for a small hat for a not quite 2 year old.
He was having a cranky day when I brought the hat in but apparently he calmed down a bit after. He’s even gone and grabbed the hat for his momma to put on him.
I love the spiral of colors at the top. It was a fun, quick knit. I might have to add some stitches and do another one.
Pattern: Swirl Hat by Mandy Harrington
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock Ease
This started out as a hat for me. Sadly it was a wee bit too short to be comfortable and I really didn’t feel up to ripping back to add in another repeat. Turns out, I also didn’t have enough yarn to do that anyhow. Luckily there’s a tiny girl child that loves when I knit things for her.
Look at that smile. I’d just told her that because it fit she could have it.
I tried to get a clear shot of the detail but, alas, this particular 5 year old doesn’t sit still very well. So it’s a wee bit blurry.
Pattern: Twilight Rose Beanie by Gretchen Tracy
Yarn: Berocco Comfort DK Solids
Project Page: Ravelry
This lovely alpaca was begging to be close to me. And oddly enough, I didn’t have any black hats.
I love how super stretchy the fabric is.
And I love the delicate lace and cables mixed together.
I suspect I’ll end up wearing a lot more of my knitting later this year, when it gets cool again.
I had a bit of cascade left over from some project or another. This pattern is wonderful with cascade, the cables pop so nicely.
Eventually I’ll have hats in all the colors and I can accessorize to my heart’s content.