I've been in somewhat of a knitting frenzy for the last several days. There's something about the cold, wind, rain, and general dreariness that has enveloped this eastern side of the US that makes me want to plant myself in a chair with a cup of hot tea and knitting and not move for the entire day!
And so that's mostly what I've done. Four knits in as many days. This first knit is to be Finn's Christmas stocking hat, although I admit it's an act of will not to just give it to him now.
The other knitting I've been working on is a bit tinier. Paulie and Philip are expecting a baby sister in December. When they first found out, back in the summer, the first thing Paulie asked me was if I would knit something for the baby. Well, of course!
Both boys were thrilled to come back from their mom's house on Monday to discover that I'd made several baby things over the weekend. This 5 hour baby sweater I first saw over at Hullabaloo Homestead and thought it would be perfect. It really is a super sweet sweater, although it took me closer to 8 hours to knit, I think. I used Knit Picks Swish DK in Sugar Plum, which really looks closer to lavender than it does in my photos. I wanted a yarn that would be soft and easy to care for. This yarn definitely fits the bill!
With the leftover skein, I thought I would make a little hat and booties, but I settled on this aviator-style hat, which used most of my skein. It's completely adorable and, with the little chin strap, will stay on well. I thought the garter stitch lines in both pieces matched nicely. Unfortunately, both of these knits are still waiting for buttons.
The first hat I made for the baby is a decidedly newborn hat, although I didn't use a pattern or even write down what I did. It turned out perfectly newborn size with a cozy waffle weave. And I was able to use some scrap cotton yarn to boot!
All this leads me down to the fact that I have no new projects to show you. I finished up the last hat just yesterday evening so I haven't started anything new yet. (And I'm still ignoring the 2 unfinished projects upstairs, ahem.) Since I didn't have enough of the sweater and hat yarn to make booties, I though I might use this leftover bit that I found it my stash. It was a sweater for Elizabeth last year. I just can't decide if the striping will help or hinder in the bootie departement.