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Thursday, February 21, 2013

So they say we're getting more snow...

Seriously.  And what's a girl to do when there's more snow on the way?  Knit stuff.  I've got design knitting to do and I've been knitting baby sweaters like my life depended on it.  My hands actually hurt because I hardly knit at all during the month of January.  But Bella Yarns received an influx of new leaflet patterns from several talented indi-designers who I've come to know through the Ravelry Designer forum group and I couldn't resist picking up a few new baby sweater patterns.  I told you about them in the last post, but I actually have something to show you now :)

And what else is a girl to do when it snows?  Homework.  Clean the apartment.  Keep kids entertained.  Oh, and bake before hand because it turned out that the oven doesn't work when the power goes out and I'm not going to be caught without treats again if I have to be snowed in. 

Oh.  Better go watch all those new Scooby Doo DVD's I got yesterday before the storm hits...just in case ;)

I've almost got a finished sleeve now!

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's baby knittin season

I have friends who are having (or recently had) babies and I'm feeling the fever.  Baby knitting is like crack!  It only takes a few days and 1-2 skeins of pretty, soft, washable yarn to do.  And if you're lucky, there's minimal finishing and super-cute buttons involved. 

I've been buying baby patterns like my life depended on it, and I have a bad habit of only knitting them once.  I'm hoping to find a few that I can knit over and over (like the Yoked Cardigan which I've knit three times), but I'm sure having fun trying them out.  As a matter of fact, I just picked up two more this week at work.  We carry several patterns by some very talented indi-designers who I've gotten to know through the Ravelry Designers forum and it was really nice to see their patterns in the shop and support them.  This week I picked up the Sock Yarn Sweater from Hannah Fettig, and the Button Front Baby Pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple.  I love both of these designers for very different reasons.  Hannah's design appeal to me because of their classic shapes that look amazing on a baby, and Knitting Pure and Simple patterns are really fast, really simple, and easy to customize to my own tastes. 

I just finished a baby sweater today for my amazing test-knitter Daisy, and now a former co-worker and old friend just had her first baby today!  I've already found a pattern that I think will be cute on this little guy.  I love trying to match the pattern to the parent's personalities and I think this one will do nicely.  Although I haven't seen this person in years, she was a great friend to me when I really need one, and she did my make-up for my wedding.  I think making me beautiful on my most important day qualifies her for a hand knit, lol.