What’s on My Needles This Weekend (a day late)

This new year is starting off as busy as last, at least this year it does not involve trying to travel in the winter weather.  So, I did not quite get to my weekend post over the weekend but here is what was on my needles over the weekend.

Shortly before Christmas my good friends asked me to be the godmother to their newest child.  I was so touched and honored.  My new goddaughter is the youngest of four so while she is already one no one has quite gotten around to having her baptized.  Date is to be determined.  I knew I wanted to knit something for her big day but she will be almost 18 months before this happens so the usual bonnet and/or booties are a little out of the question.  The funny thing about this is when their first child was born almost 10 years ago I was a relatively new knitter (had been at it for about 2 years) so my skills were still, developing, shall we say.  I had a small baby shower for her as her family lived out of town.  We arranged to have it when her parents would be in town.  I knit the baby a pair of booties.  They were all knit and done flat and sewed up the back.  They were not the best booties but it was what I could manage.  My friend opened them and loved them and showed them around and was genuinely very happy with the gift.  About two gifts later she opened the box her mother had brought.  Out of it she pulled a beautiful white fan and feather patterned baptismal blanket.  At this point, I wanted to quietly retrieve said booties and hide them in my back room.  Her mother was so nice and supportive and was sure I could handle feather and fan, and, in fact sent me the pattern when she got home.  I still have it and I still have not tackled it.  What I’m saying is knitting and this friend have a long history.

But, back to the upcoming baptism.  I searched Ravelry and was amazed at the beautiful patterns you can knit for a baptism.  Besides the gowns there were many bonnets and booties and one bib.  Well, that was a great idea.  I was not crazy about the one I saw so I just started playing.  I did a seed stitch border and knit in a cross pattern.  I want to get some gold or silver thread and outline the cross so it is a little clearer to see but otherwise I thought it was a quick, fun knit and I’m sure it will be perfect for my goddaughter’s big day!

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The Hat

I recently was invited to a baby shower and on the invitation it asked guests to help start baby’s library by bringing a book instead of a card.  I loved this idea.  The Mom-to-be is someone who I really got to know through knitting.  She crochets and had started a group at her house to knit chemo caps which she donated to a local hospital. I’m always the only knitter at these gatherings but we all co-exist.  Because of this connection I knew I would also have to knit a hat and I really wanted a book that featured a knit hat so I could make my own gift set.  I asked a few of my librarian friends and browsed the bookstore.  I settled on the book The Hat by Jan Brett.

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The story is about a little hedgehog who takes a sock from a child’s clothesline and wears it as a hat.  The hat looks like this:

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What I decided to do was knit a hat loosely based on Hedgie’s sock hat.  I started with a white brim and then did one block of snowflakes around.  To really add the sock idea into the hat I used a standard toe decrease in white (like on Hedgie’s) on the hat instead of a usual hat decrease.  I then did a 3 needle bind off.  I think it turned out pretty good considering I was making it up as I went along!

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Side note to this whole project – I got done with the snowflake pattern and ran out of white.   Sadly, my LYS was out of the true white and the white I bought elsewhere did not exactly match.  I was debating whether of not to put a red stripe in and then start with the other white thinking it would break it up and not be as obvious.  As I was saying this our friend who works at the store walked by and said “No”!  I ended up finding the yarn online and am happy that Jimmy Beans was able to get me the yarn in time to finish the hat.  In the end this was my little gift box (I was able to recycle the box and I used yarn as the bow!)

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Sites I Love!

Over the weekend I received a birth notice in the mail from an old family friend.  I knew I had to knit up a hat and send it out so I went to Ravelry and searched my hat patterns.  I am very particular about what I knit for who.  I don’t have a “go to” pattern for new babies.  I found a beautiful cap that was just right in Luxury Yarns One Skein Wonders.  Of course, I was opting for a slightly less luxurious yarn than the milk-silk it called for so I picked an a beige alpaca that is wonderfully soft.  Once I started I realized the yarn was just too lightweight for the cable pattern to be clearly shown off and as I scanned my stash I was becoming dismayed that I had nothing I liked for the hat.  Back to Ravelry I went and searched the projects that other people had already done and to my delight many had used Malabrigo Worsted which stirred my memory to a beautiful blue that was hidden behind some other yarn.  And, that’s how Ravelry saved my Saturday night knitting.  The hat looks wonderful in the Malabrigo and I can’t wait to finish it!

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Tonight my local library was holding a lecture on using Etsy.  In addition to keeping up with this blog I had also made the decision in January to start using Etsy.  I listed a few hats but really am still trying to learn all the ins and outs of the site.  I had a friend who owns MultipleXposure Photography take some pictures of a few hats I had ready and put them to see what would happen.  Many of my friends and family (ok, mainly my Mom) checked out my listings but otherwise I had little traffic.  I was so excited to go listen to someone talk give some pointers and I learned a lot that was helpful.  I also learned that the clothes I wore in high school are now considered “vintage” which was super depressing.  And, outside of the man sitting behind me who felt he needed 10 feet of leg room and no matter how many times I moved my chair continued kicking it, it was an enjoyable and informative evening.  I have a ton of ideas and will get to work as soon as I return from the upcoming (and fast approaching) holiday!