March… in like a lion, out like a lamb. The month started with rain, we had a decent snow, more rain, and Thursday it reached the upper 70s… March is a roller coaster here in Tennessee! I can’t believe I’m talking about weather… who am I??
Anyway… March was busy but overall good. I feel like I hardly finished anything knitting-wise. I tried casting on a few things that didn’t work out, which left me in a bit of a rut. Two things that I had to finish were the Garter Chevron Blanket and Rocket Pop Baby Mitts for my niece Kamryn born this month!
The blanket, pattern by Catherine Anderson, turned out super cute, albeit a bit small. I enjoyed the rhythmic garter stitch pattern during the first ball of Caron Cakes, but by the second I was over it. Not to mention that the dye lots were different, which is my fault for not noticing, but still frustrated me. I didn’t want it to make it much longer since it was only about 24″ wide, so I did only 2.5 “stripes” using the second ball and bound off with the same color I cast on with. I think this had a really cute effect! I also think that, while it isn’t fit for a crib, it’s a nice size for a newborn to snuggle up with! And my sister in law really seemed to like it!
You can see the change in color, but it’s still really cute! And this yarn is super soft and nice for a little baby. I wet blocked it, pinning out the chevron points, but otherwise didn’t stretch it too much.
I also finished Kamryn’s mitts, pattern by Andrea Mowry, using Buckalooview Worsted III, which is a wonderful single ply yarn naturally dyed with Cochineal for the perfect pink! I modified the pattern a bit to match the Garter Ear Flap Hat I knit her last month. I used the needles suggested, but instead of stockinette and color changes, I just did garter for 8 ridges (16 rounds), then decreased as written, keeping the garter intact. I haven’t heard whether they fit her little hands, but I think the set is adorable! (Other mitt pictured over on Instagram!)
My sister in law put the hat on her right after she was born, which totally melted my heart! She’s so cute and I’m glad she has a few things handknit by her auntie! 🙂
The only other things I’ve finished this month are socks! I’m one sleeve away from finishing The Easy Bulky One, but it got a bit warm to knit on a bulky weight sweater! I’ve also melted into the 3rd color of my fade, which I enjoy working on. So here are the two pairs of socks I’ve finished!
Hippity Hop Socks, named after the madelinetosh colorway I used. I actually used the Smooth Operator Socks pattern by Susan B. Anderson and I just don’t like the afterthought heel! Maybe I’m doing something wrong? I’m not sure. But I’ll save that for a sock journal. I think they turned out so cute and they fit pretty well! These are my February socks for my first Box o’ Sox KAL!
Finally, I finished my Old Fashioned Sugar Frost Socks, using the Sugar Frost Socks pattern by Marianne Heikkinen and The Fawn and the Fox yarn. This was my first skein of Lara’s yarn and it won’t be my last! It was simply dreamy. My friend Christine (christine.knits) and I did a swap and she sent me this gorgeous yarn – the Doe base in the colorway Old Fashioned. I enjoyed every stitch! These are my March socks. I have to go back and knit my January sock’s mate, then I’ll be all caught up on my Box o’ Sox!
I just bought another 2.25mm needle so I can have two different socks going at once. I’ve already cast on my first April sock! Also I have so much leftover (each pair only uses about 60g for my small feet), so I’m thinking I may whip up several shortie socks. Or scrappy socks! What’s your favorite for leftovers?
OH, and those adorable sock blockers are from AlexWorkshopDesign on Etsy and he did a fabulous job custom making them to accommodate my tiny feet! Shipping was a little slow from the Ukraine, but they are totally worth it!
April will be an exciting month with another baby due! I have some more things to finish up for my sister’s little one, so that should keep me busy for most of the month. Eek! Happy knitting!