A Hat, A Shawl & Some Baby Socks

Carmel started out the year knitting fair isle hats, and she’s still doing that, and here it is November now.  She’s even started teaching others fair isle knitting.  Here is her Epistropheid hat by Kate Davies.  I love the way it turned out, and the pom pom is perfection!!

Next up with Sherri, owner of Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor Washington.  Sherri is a knitting machine, all while running a business and taking care of her family.  Here is her Josephina shawl by Amanda Rios in Hula Hut Yarns Luna DK.  This pattern is free on Ravelry.

Finally, I finished two pairs of Lumberjack socks by Tin Can Knits.  Our employee had identical twin girls.  I had always loved this pattern, and thought I’d start small with the baby size and give them a go.  I used Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash.  One was a variegated and a solid.  I did a reverse on the second pair.  It’s wonderful when you can purchase a pattern, and have so many sizes to knit from.  What a value from Tin Can Knits.

 

Knitting For Baby

There was a time when it seemed nobody was getting married and nobody was having babies!  Now there appears to be a baby boom of sorts going on.  Last fall, a gal that I knit with was pregnant and was having a baby in the New Year, then another gal, and another and another.  So far to date, 9 babies are to be born, just in my circle, in 2016.  The first two babies have already been born, both boys, (both got a pair of baby socks) with the next two, both to be born in August, and both girls.  It may not seem like much, but 9 babies just in my little corner of the world seems like a lot.  I’ve dubbed this year, not Year of the Monkey, but ‘Year of the Baby’!

Baby blankets take so much time for me to knit, that I’ve actually been learning how to crochet.  I haven’t chained anything on yet, because there are 3 blankets for 3 of the babies that have already been started and will need to be worked on.  If that isn’t enough, I’ve seen 3 others that I’d love to knit.  It just takes me forever.  I am loving gray & yellow together, I’m loving red & turquoise together, and I am loving the idea of a rainbow reaching from purple to pink, with every color in between!

My first grandbaby is to be baby #9, and due in December.  My daughter in law wants two pairs of baby socks, a girl version and a boy version to announce her reveal of the sex with.  So that is added in for more knitting on top of what I already have in place.  Once I find out the sex of my grandbaby, I’m sure there will be another item I will just HAVE to cast on…..that may be my crocheted item.

Honestly, there are so many cute things to knit for babies from cardigans and hoodies to booties and socks, to blankets & hats.  Then, you get sidetracked by other things like shawls and sweaters for me, or summertime knitting of socks and tanks.  I just feel like I can’t take on one more thing.  It’s baby knitting for me right up to the end of this year.  When you are doing this much knitting on deadline, you really have to like what you are knitting with.  It’s got to be your favorite yarns, or something new you’ve never worked with before or your favorite colors.  There is no room for being unhappy or bored.

Follow my crazy life on Instagram (@hawkknitter), where you can see my house, my dog, my knitting, the kids and soon the grandbaby!

Always,

Mary*

Here you see all the items for babies in the works this year.  Can I finish all of these items?

Here you see all the items for babies in the works this year. Can I finish all of these items?

Baby Socks

I started the year with 4 babies due.  The first baby has been born and it was a little boy.  These baby socks were for him.  I absolutely love this pattern, and now have a friend of mine obsessed with these socks too.  They are quick, and I think, a great way to learn sock knitting.  The pattern is called Little Speckled Toes #153 by Lynda Gemmell.  You can find this pattern on Ravelry and also in the book Baby Knits Head & Toes!  The yarn that I used is from Myra Garcia and Fancy Image Yarn.  It’s her Machine Washable Merino Wool DK.  On a parting note, I’ve gotten feed back that these socks do stay on, so that’s good…now to get a photo of the socks on a real baby, to see the fit.

I am editing this post today.  Since my last post, the baby number has grown from 4 to 9.  Yep, nine babies to be born this year, with my first grandchild to be #9 and born this year in December.  Needless to say, I’m still knitting these baby socks.  Here is an updated collage.