And so it begins.
Well, my friends and relations, I’ve finally finished all the holiday knitting (except one thing, but that’s turned into a combined xmas/b-day present… oh, and the two things I decided to just not finish at all and give other things instead, but those don’t count) so I’ve moved on to personal and, yes, BABY knitting.
I’ve been looking at all sorts of patterns, and decided in the interest of satisfying the bug quickly that I would start with a hat. The Aviatrix Helmet, to be precise:
And just in case you didn’t get a good look at the super-cute buttons:
I’ve actually had those buttons for a while (plus a little ducky and a couple others) but this just screamed for them.
I’m a little leery about the size: I’ve realized I really have no idea how big a new baby’s head is, nor how quickly it will be become larger. I’m thinking the hat may be too big for this year, and just hope it’s not too small for next. It’s pretty stretchy, so it should get some wear. If not I’ll just have to find someone to pass it on to.
The next project (along with the steeking and edging of J’s vest) is a blanket. I’m sorely tempted by the Moderne baby blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting, and of course the gorgeous looking Tweed baby blanket by (yet again) Brooklyn Tweed. Can I help it if everything Jared Flood designs, knits, and/or photographs causes a nearly irresistible urge to make it myself? But lacking appropriate yarn for either of those, I’ve decided on a very simple pattern, of which I naturally cannot now find a picture for you. In fact, it may be that it doesn’t exist yet and I’m just combining a couple of other ones I’ve seen with a general formula for knitting a square. Well, pictures can come later.
I’ve got the yarn all picked out, that lovely unprocessed Cascades Ecological Wool leftover from the wedding afghan. One skein has been wound, with the second waiting:
Of course, I still don’t own a winder, and in case you don’t remember just how big those skeins are, let me show you another picture with the very fluffy cat for size reference:
So it means me with my swift and a wooden spoon for about 1/2 hour of winding. One down, one to go. But I think the blanket will be worth it.
And just to prove I can still think about/do things that aren’t baby-focused, I present hubby’s Turn A Square hat:
In the interest of keeping his widdle ears warm, I added a band of wool jersey inside. Clever, no?
Lots of sewing coming up too. Mostly baby stuff, but still worth checking in for I think. Like a certain quilt that’s been patiently lying in wait for, oh, many many moons.