Tuesday, September 22, 2009

After a not-so-brief delay...

I've been a bad blogger, haven't I? Well, I suppose I have a (very cute) excuse. But I have been getting back into my knitting because it's finally started to cool down here (at least on some days--the rainy ones) and I'm starting to envision my little man's noggin covered in handknits. *grin* My copy of Itty Bitty Hats will be smoking!

But he hasn't gone without any handknits:

"Polar Bear Hat" made from the "Bunny Tail" hat in Itty Bitty Hats with shortened ears. Made from a bunch of Baby Bee Pitter Patter that I'd bought ages ago and then didn't use for the original project. I also made a cute little bunny--and it is very little. Palm-of-your-hand little. It's a clever little pattern that has you knitting a square then folding it up to create the little bunny shape.

And he has a sweater that might still fit him once it's cold enough to wear it... It has little bear buttons so it goes with the hat (which is already too small for him, so he'll never wear them at the same time. ) Bunny and sweater also made out of Pitter Patter. And I still have plenty left... I hate the yarn. It has to be knit on size 2 or 3 to get a good dense fabric (but it calls for something more like size 8 or 10.) It also leaves fuzz all over the place.

And I have finally finished up the Samantha sweater just in time for my daughter to outgrow it!
I love the cotton yarn I used, but it made for a very heavy garment. But the detail along the button placket came out so nice. I shortened the sleeves a bit so that as she grows, it won't look like the sleeves are too short, it will look like they're meant to be whatever length they are on her. I just hope she can still wear it. Being on bedrest and having a new baby threw a big kink in all my knitting plans. But I still love this and hope it will be an heirloom. I'm proud of making such an ambitious project and I have high hopes that I will be able to make sweaters for myself.
But for now, I think I will stick to hats for the kids because that was so much work for something that won't hget worn much, if at all.

I've also knit:
a football hat for a friend's baby
A pair of socks
re-did the shoulder on the Anouk dress from a long time ago. Now it looks nice (again, just in time for my daughter to not be able to wear it...)
and a few other things I can't remember off the top of my head.

Now, hopefully I can get my act together and knit some things for this fall/winter!

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