The last bit of my holidays turned out to be quite productive… I completed four projects!
When I got back from holidays, I had received an invite to a friend’s baby shower. I had about ten days to knit a gift, so I knew I had to find a pattern that wasn’t too complicated.
Bunny Blanket Buddy
A search on Ravelry led me to Lion Brand’s Bunny Blanket Buddy. I used my Debbie Bliss Cotton DK for the pattern. It was a very quick and easy knit.
It looked much better in real life than in this photo, I promise! My 15 month old, Maya, loved it so much that I think I will have to make one for her very soon.
Owlie Sleep Sack with Matching Toque.
Before Maya was born, I had made her the cutest little sleep sack with cabled owls. (Owlie Sleep Sack Pattern.) I remember how convienient the sleep sack was and it didn’t take too long to knit. I realized this was the next best thing to a baby blanket.
Last fall I had purchased a skein of Cascade Yarns Eco Clouds and had not used it yet. I felt that it would be perfect for this project.
Friends- this is where I learned an important lesson! Always make sure you buy enough yarn in a colour lot if it’s made from a natural fibre. I was almost finished the sleep sack when I had run out of yarn. This yarn is made from undyed fibre, so when I went to pick up another skein, it was much darker than the original that I had used.
I also learned another very important lesson that same day, I’ve been doing the knit stitch the wrong way! It was fine when I was knitting flat, but everytime I knit in the round my stitches would twist and I could not figure out why. The lady at my local yarn shop was nice enough to point out that I was knitting through the back of the stitch when I should be knitting through the front!
As I had mentioned earlier, I was almost finished the sleep sack. I was so bothered by the twisted stitches and knew that if I didn’t redo the project, it would drive me nuts. So, I unwound it and began again.
In the end, I think the pattern turned out amazing! I had enough yarn left that I was able to also knit the matching hat.
I’ve decided that from now on, everyone of my friends or family expecting a baby will get a knitted sleep sack!
In my last blog post, I introduced the pattern I had purchased. I had completed one mitt before I started the above baby gifts, but decided to redo it because it was also knit in the round, which meant that the stitches were also twisted.
Here’s the final version of the mitts!
I think I will wear these in the fall when it just starts to become cool outside.
I’ve got a few occasions coming up soon and I am planning to knit some unique gifts! I’m hoping to update you all with these projects by the end of August.
Until then, happy knitting, crocheting & needle-crafting,