Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Snowflakes & Sweaters

I must start off by thanking all of you for your St. Nicholas gift suggestions! I now have the perfect thing, thanks to Nadja. I am still thinking of making Baby L an ornament (thank you!), too, if I have the time. I love the beaded star ornament from the ornament exchange I was part of in the Winter 2010 issue of Living Crafts. It seems fitting for Baby L as he is my little light. I loved all of your suggestions for variations of balls, too. I actually have been planning on making him a couple of balls for his first birthday so I am holding off on those for now.

Now on to knitting - some in progress, some not.

I finished Baby L's flakey socks. I am now quite glad I did not save this project as a St. Nicholas gift...

Mama, something isn't right here...

here's big sister to sneak into the picture help out!

Uh-oh. Wait a minute!

Yeah, those size 6 - 12 month socks almost fit C. I know my children tend to have small feet but this seems a bit silly. Is this an issue with the pattern or me? I really couldn't tell you. I am leaning towards an issue with me, though. I didn't take the time to check my gauge, which I know is a big no-no in knitting. Does it make it even worse if I tell you that I almost never check my gauge?
Oh well, the good news is that he'll grow into them. The not-so-good news is that it won't be for quite a while.

I had the chance to knit and plan Christmas gifts in the van last weekend when we took a little trip up to Mt. Hood. The photo above gives you an idea of a couple of things I have going on. The first is what I cast on for that trip (I needed some mindless knitting). It's a little something for Baby L and I - the Babywearer, or as the girls and I are referring to it - the papoosa. That project is not Christmas related at all but just something Baby L and I need to help keep us warm around the house.
The book you see with the yarn is a project taunting me for Christmas time. I have decided to knit the girls and their special baby dolls their own sweaters from Phoebe's Sweater. If I plan on pulling that off I need to get started pronto! I have been busy studying ravelry notes from other knitters who have made these sweaters and I am now in the process of deciding on yarn. Since I will be working on these sweaters for the next couple of months I know I will need motivation and inspiration from friends to keep me going. I thought it might be fun to host a Phoebe's Sweater Knit Along. Anyone care to join me? I was thinking I would have it 'officially' start the beginning of November (for those of us finishing up Halloween costumes - like yours truly). These sweaters are so beautiful and would make such great holiday gifts. You know you want to join me!

In the meantime...
What are you working on? Happy creating!


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