My lack of writing has not been due to a lack of knitting or creating. It’s just been due to my lack of time since there has been so much knitting and sewing going on! It’s been a very busy six months full of new businesses, lots of baby’s being born (not my own) and other various people to knit and sew for. So lets look at what I’ve been creating.
I’ll start with the babies. My daughter has a play group made up of about 7 families. Three of those families had babies in October and they ALL had boys! I also had a friend who gave birth to a baby boy in August. First to be born was Andersson to my friends Steph and Erik. This couple and their extended family are all HUGE Steelers fans. I am really against knitting themed things, specifically for sports teams but this couple is very dear to me so I made an exception. We also had special Steelers themed yarn at the LYS in town. So I decided to knit little Andersson a Baby Surprise Jacket.
I finished this literally 10 minutes before the baby shower and my hands were so cramped up from knitting so fast that I could barely sew the buttons on. It came out a bit small and I actually found myself hoping Andersson came a tad early so the sweater would fit. Andersson did not come early but he was on the smaller side (not dangerously so) and I was able to block the sweater enough that he wore it home from the hospital!
The next friend to be born was Owen! He is one of the boys of October and was the biggest of the three. I decided he should have a hat and little knit shoes. Oddly he received his gift last of the three boys that were born in October but hopefully it was worth the wait to his Mama! I had a hard time picking out his gift. His Mama is an artist as well and very dear to me and I just couldn’t seem to find the perfect pattern. I finally found a cute bootie pattern and created a matching hat to go with it.
As I said Owen was the biggest (and still is at about 20 pounds at 4 months old) and seemed to grow the fastest of all the kids. So the main reason hi present got done last was because he grew out of it before I finished it so I had to start over! I’m glad I stuck with it though because doesn’t he look handsome?
Tod was born next to my friends Cheri and Joe. I knew right away that I wanted to knit something classy for this little guy. Cheri and Joe are very involved in their church and I knew that Tod would get a lot of use out of a sweater vest and bow tie. Plus, this family already has two little girls so they needed something that screamed “BOY”! I used a pattern from this book, Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders
We altered the pattern a bit so I could use the yarn I wanted and I went with two colors for the vest instead of one to make it POP a little more! I think it came out pretty darn cute!
Pretty spiffy, huh?
The last little man to join us was Dylan. We have been friends with Dylan’s family since the Mama’s were preggo with their first kids so it was pretty exciting to see Erick and Sarah adding another little one to their family. Dylan was the only one of the October Boys that we knew before hand was going to be a boy. His Mama has specifically requested a certain pair of baby booties for him. These are also from the Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders book.
NO I did not give him pink booties…these were actually made last spring for another friend who had a girl. Dylan’s were a lovely shade of blue! While his Mama was in labor I had the pleasure of caring for their daughter Clara and I was just so excited about Dylan’s arrival I couldn’t stop myself from knitting him a little hat as well.
Isn’t he yummy?! I could just eat him up!
That’s it for the babies but I also did some other knitting this fall. I was commissioned for a few hats and knit a few hats to sell in a local show. There were a number of knit flower hair clips that were also sold to various customers. Another commissioned piece this fall was for a friend’s daughter-in-law. She wanted this cabled head band for Christmas. It was a nice quick project but a lot of fun with all the different cables.
I made two other gifts for two very special people. The first one was for my husband for our anniversary. We didn’t really do gifts this year but I had extra yarn laying around so I knit him this little cabled neck warmer from the book, One Skein.
The other gift I made was a pair of fingerless for my dearest kindred spirit Barb. Last year when we went away to a sheep farm, Autumn House Farms, Barb came along even though she isn’t a knitter. I had been telling Barb that I would knit her a pair of fingerless gloves so when I was purchasing yarn at the farm I told Barb I would knit her gloves out of the yarn from the farm if she wanted to pick some out. The pattern I used was the Spring Shorties again from Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders (love that book!). I did lengthen the gloves a bit and they were quite the headache but they came out beautifully and Barb loved them so that’s all that matters.
I have a few other projects that I have been working on but they have longer stories and will get a post all of their own. I think we will also save the sewing projects for another day as well since I don’t like reading really long blog posts so I try to keep mine somewhat short. I’m going to try and be better about writing about my projects on a more regular basis, maybe you can keep me accountable to that! It’s been fun writing this entry though, I sort of felt like I hadn’t really produced much of anything in the last few months but I can see now that just wasn’t the case…I just don’t really have the items in my possession anymore. That’s not a bad thing though…I love sharing my knitting with others…it makes my heart happy!