Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Super Fast Baby Knit

I had a field hockey tournament on the weekend. Our first game was in the morning, and while there I learned one of the players (someone I knew fairly well from playing over the years) had actually had her baby a few weeks back. (and YES she was out playing! Wow!) Between games I whipped up this little hat, in a soft sage Blue Sky Alpaca Cotton I had:

It came together SO quickly, probably 2 hours of knitting time? I was finishing it as my husband drove us back to the fields for the afternoon game (hence the crummy photo, snapped on my skirt on my lap in the car at the last second!) but I did get it done in time to deliver it.

The Blue Sky Alpaca cotton is lovely yarn to knit with. So soft and squishy, not like the cheap handicrafter kitchen cotton I usually knit with. Even though it's expensive, I think a skein would whip out two of these hats easily, so they are fast and affordable baby knits.

Friday, April 17, 2009

As it's been a month since my last post, I'm due, eh?

I'm knitting as much as I can, feeling inspired by everything I see and eager to cast on 100 different things. I'm trying to finish a few here and there, as well. There have been babies and kids to knit for, which are luckily smaller projects.

This Oriental Dress was for a friend of mine's new baby, and the fruit purse was for the 2 year old sister of the baby:

I knit up the "everlasting Bagstopper" pattern from knitty, adding knit handles and omitting the drawstring. It was going to be for my sister as part of her present, but I liked that one so much I kept it - and knit another one for her. They're a fast, fun, useful project!

And finally, my daughter lamented, while dancing in the living room, that she "just can't do proper ballet without ballet slippers!". Knitting to the rescue! I whipped up these little slippers for her, and she was as happy as can be. She slept with them by her bed for a few days, so she could put them on first thing each morning.

I'm working on some baby socks for one friend, and a little dress for another (I have such fertile friends!), but dying to cast on the Medallion Vest on the cover of the new Vogue Knitting. I'm not sure it would suit me, but I just HAVE to knit it. I'll see how long I can hold out.