So really, I HAVE been busy. Knitting, anyway. I have actually finished some projects for myself and my children in time for us to get some use out of them this winter. Unfortunately, my Tangled Yoke Cardigan is just a buttonband away from being one of those finished projects.
I finished a hat for Keegan. It's bright red so there's a slim possibility that he won't lose it as quickly as he does other items of clothing he takes outside when he's playing. Cascade 220. He loves it, says it doesn't make his head itchy to wear at all. It's lovely & I've squeezed it to death while making it. Something about the K2 P2 rib makes it so puffy and satisfying to cuddle. I love Cascade! Plus, he snuggled me the whole time I was knitting it, asking questions and being really interested.
I've also made myself a lovely hat out of an entire skein of Noro Kureyon. I feel like a gay sunset wearing it. Hubby says it's colorful and it suits me. I love it madly! I love him madly too!!
I have 4 squares (makes one block when assembled) done of my sister Gwen's baby blanket. I'll need 4 blocks to make the baby blanket. These really go quickly, once you get to making them. I can turn one out a weekday (knitting on my breaks & before bed) but I've had to divert my attentions to making warm things for the family since winter is upon us.
The blanket squares are made of Berroco Comfort, worsted weight, and they're a pale buttery yellow. I've said it before, perhaps not on this blog, but this yarn is so delightful I just can't begin to explain it with mere words. I made my neice a pinwheel cardigan out of it and it took all my strength to turn it over to her when I was done. She's two... it's not like I was going to wear it. It's just THAT soft and wonderful. Just go buy yourself a skein and make something, you won't regret it.
The Cherry Tart hat below is also for Gwen's baby and also in Berroco Comfort, worsted weight. I haven't tacked-up the "crust" edges or you'd be able to see the bottom of the hat. Gawd, but it's cute! It's small too, so hopefully the little nibbler will be born without her Father's fat head & she'll be able to wear it for a few days. (I love you, Lua! You know I'm just kidding about the fat head. I haven't been able to tease you in SO long!)
Below are three of my wash cloths. I've got an addiction, I'm just admitting it right up front. A friend made me a dish cloth just like it. I refused to use it for the LONGEST time because it was just so beautiful (and you're NOT supposed to do that with precious handknits!) but she got mad at me so I decided it would be more of a travesty to use it than to alienate the giver of knitted goodness.
Turns out the damned thing is the best at everything. I've used it until it's nearly colorless. I've machine washed & dried it umpteen times. It's what I reach for no matter what I need to do in the kitchen. Ok, so she sold me on it there. Then another friend made me a face cloth in pinks in a different pattern. Hubby came down with a fever and insisted that he liked her wash cloth the best for over his forehead. Since then it's become the coveted wash cloth and no matter where I hide it, it disappears. The dratted kids won't even use the other wash cloths, they'll go hunting for that one. *mutter*
I've tried a few different patterns, but it seems I prefer to make the one shown below because of all the nifty little holes along the sides. And maybe a LITTLE bit because it's mindless knitting that can go anywhere without having to worry about a pattern. It's easy to hang on hooks in the kitchen if you're using it as a dish rag. It's easy to hang on the shower rack hooks in the bathroom, it's easy to hang EVERYWHERE. They are indestructible, those little ridges are amazing for scrubbing glass, pots and pans, and delicate faces. Don't ask me how that works, just go try one for yourself. Super-simple to make & perfect for every occasion. I've got two miles of cotton yarn in all my favorite colors. Both my pregnant sisters are getting a pile of these in with their baby-goodies.
There are other things I've made, but can't get pictures of right now due to them being in an inaccessible location (school locker) at the moment when my camera gear & computer are both at hand & cooperating with one another. Hopefully I'll get the chance to blog with more pictures of knitted goodies before this time next year.