So, I was doing a little Christmas shopping for some of my knitter friends, and I accidentally bought this for myself:
It's Sock Yarn Studio. Since I have no shortage of sock yarn around here, it seemed like a good book to pick up (well, after my own book, Sock-Yarn Shawls, which will be available in mid-January, of course).
There are lots of pretty things to knit in Sock Yarn Studio with items designed by lots of great designers. My favorite item in the book is the Nuit Blanche Stole and Scarf by Veronik Avery. It. Is. Beautiful.
I will most definitely be making time to knit that in 2013!
Did you get any good books for gifts over the past month? Which ones? Do ya like em?
Earlierthis year, I blogged about various stripey socks I have been working on. Sadly, neither of those pairs are done. Even the Christmas ones. Which I started in April thinking they would definitely be done way before Christmas. Oops. Anyway, more striped socks ended up on the needles, and I actually got a pair done. Woot!
It's my new obsession: Knit Picks Felici Sport. (Side note: Just went to get the link to see they are discontinuing that yarn. Several just ended up in my cart. Ack!) Ah, sport weight socks. So fast to knit. I love you so. The above socks are knit in the Boutique colorway.
The second I finished those, I cast on for another pair, this time in the Recess colorway:
I think a goal for 2013 is to finish up all the stripey socks projects in the house. There are kind of a lot of them right now.
That's House of Bourbon, Glacier and Oatmeal colorways. I was worried it might look a little too "Christmas-y" but I think it came out just fine:
The red bled a little bit when I blocked it. Guess I maybe should have rinsed the skein or something first. But, I still love it and slight red/pink tinge doesn't bother me one bit. I wear this thing all the time.
The only modification I made to the pattern was I did yarnovers for the increases and twisted them closed on with my stitch on the next row. My friend, Jenni, who has knit three of these made that suggestion and I don't question her at all when it comes to the knitting. She knows her stuff.
Have you knit a Color Affection? If so, what yarn/colors did you use. I loved knitting this so much I am considering knitting another one. Suggestions please!
So, while I was knitting the daisy hat for baby Lauren, my coworker mentioned she would like one for her daughter. Fortunately for her, I was in between projects and had a Bears game to watch, and I was able to whip one up for her. This one, in purple:
Several months ago, my sister requested a white hoodie sweater for Caitlyn. Lots of things got in the way like book deadlines and other various projects there was no sweater knitting happening in the Knitting Like Crazy house. Then last month, with winter coming, I decided it was time to buckle down and knit the sweater. I don't know why I procrastinated. Toddlers are little. It really took no time at all.
After hunting around Ravelry for a long time, I finally decided on the Clementine Hoodie.I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted for the sweater, which is my new go-to kid friendly yarn (soft, inexpensive and machine washable).
And, I'm back! Lots of things to report since my last post. New patterns. New nieces. New yarn. New FOs. I guess I'll start with the most important FO - my new niece, Lauren!
My sister gave birth to little Lauren on 12/4.
Caitlyn is totally in love with her new little sister.
Admittedly, I did not have a lot of stuff already knit for this baby like I did with Caitlyn, but I did manage to knit a baby bunting, which will be perfect if winter ever shows up in Chicagoland.
I picked up the kit for the baby bunting at Vogue Knitting Live! in October. It was an impulse purchase. I knew that a baby was soon coming from my sister's womb that would need to be, uh, bunted. The pattern is Buga Baby Bunting from Spud and Chloe. The yarn was Spud & Chloë Outer, a nice chunky yarn, making this a very quick knit.
I also whipped up a hat last week, once we knew that Lauren was a girl. It's my new go-to baby hat, the Upside Down Daisy Hat by Susan B. Anderson (the bunting pattern is also by Susan, I guess I really like her patterns!)
It's currently a little big for Lauren's head, but I think in a few weeks it will fit just fine. I'm so excited to have another niece to knit for! You'll probably be seeing lots of baby knits here on the blog over the next few weeks. Happy knitting!