Sunday, October 29, 2006

Laila's Socks

A few years ago I bought a ball of black and a ball of variegated sock yarn, with the idea of using them together to make a pair of colorwork socks. The yarn sat in my stash, waiting for me to design or find the right pattern.

Laila's Socks

Yarn: Regia black and Regia variegated, fingering weight sock yarn

Pattern: from Folk Knitting in Estonia by Nancy Bush

Right now I'm working on the 2nd sock but it doesn't have to be done until Christmas so there's no rush. I'll likely work on it until it's finished this week anyway, I don't have a specific new project in mind.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Dog Booties for Baby (or Snoopy)

The cuffs can be unfolded for extra warmth:

Yarn: Reynold's Lopi (brown body), Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted (black cuffs), Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted (red tongue).

Pattern: from the book Knit Baby Heads & Toes! by Gwen Steege. These booties were designed by Bev Galeskas of Fiber Trends.

Speaking of Fiber Trends, I made these FT slippers for myself last month:

Betcha can't knit just one (pair). This is around the 10th pair I've made from this pattern.

Gratuitous cat photo:

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Acorn Hat . . . FOR MY NIECE (!!!)

I have a niece! Katherine Anne (Katie), born 10/10. Is that a great birthday or what? Pretty hard for friends and family to forget. ;) I'm thrilled beyond measure. I would've been just as happy with a nephew too, but there was a tiny voice inside me saying I hope it's a girl.

My brother surprised me last week. I told him the cable baby hat was in the mail and he asked, "Didn't you say you were going to make a hat that looks like an acorn?" How did he remember that? It was around 6 months ago that I told him about the acorn pattern and I thought it went in one ear and out the other (you know how non-knitters tend to drift off if you talk about knitting stuff). Apparently he was looking forward to it! So I cast on for the adorable hat. I told him it would be a little big right now but it'll fit eventually. The smallest pattern size is 19" and I adjusted the gauge so it'd be a little smaller, but I didn't want it newborn size (so it'd fit longer).

The rolled brim uses 4 strands of fingering weight yarn (or two strands worsted), the rest of the hat uses 2 strands (or one strand worsted).

yarn: Patons Kroy sock yarn

Here is Snoopy's little sister Belle in Katie's blue hooded sweater (it zips down the back). I can't wait to see her in it:

yarn: Plymouth Encore