November 12, 2010
… is fun! My friend Janice had her first grandbaby this week. (No baby pics on her blog yet, but I know they’ll be there sooner or later. Edit: Now update – Here’s the post with the baby pics!) This was my first chance to knit something for a baby, as most all of my friends are out of the having babies stage, and many of my other friends don’t yet have grandchildren. I put off making a decision on what to knit until a couple of weeks ago. There are so many cute options and I just couldn’t decide. I finally went with Felix’s Cardigan and Shibui Knits Bebe Hat. (I was going to knit the socks to go along with it, but ran out of yarn. I had a little ball about the size of an acorn left over. I was sweating it as I neared the top of the hat!)
The yarn is Dream in Color’s new Everlasting Sock, in a darkish version of the Morning Glory colorway. I picked this one because I was sure this baby would have blue eyes (thus the blue) and it’s possible that he might have cute red hair (thus the green). I really like how this yarn base knit up and look forward to using it for more projects. The colors are what most draws me to this line, but the non-striping, non-pooling is a bonus. A note on the patterns – I love the hat. The pattern is well written and the texture down by the brim is cute. The cardigan – I really like the way it turned out, but the pattern itself has some mistakes in some of the counts. I see others have commented on this on Ravelry, but apparently nothing has been fixed in the pattern because the comments were from months ago and I just downloaded it two weeks ago. Just a “beware” if you knit it. I basically ignored the numbers that were wrong and knit on, which worked just fine. The infant pattern is free on Rav. I think that most infants grow so quickly that a 6-12 month size (or bigger) would get more use, so I made this one in the 6-12 month size.
There are so many more things on my to-knit list that I want to get to. And so many different yarns that I want to work with. I might end up doing only one handknit gift this season – a shawl for a friend. Is that bad?