I don’t know about y’all, but February flew by for me! Of course it’s the shortest month of the year, but this particular one felt like the shortest month of my life. Between planning a baby shower for my sister, sewing some valances, and being in a general rut, I didn’t get a whole lot of knitting accomplished last month.
But, now that I’ve gifted my sister the baby things, I can finally share them! First I want to share a few photos from the shower – I hope you don’t mind! I don’t share much personal stuff here, but this shower came together so nicely and I really want to show you! She’s not finding out whether it’s a boy or girl, so we really had fun with a green, gold, black & white/jungle theme!
Okay now for the knits 😉
I’m hoping to get a better photo of the blanket in use, but for now, here is the Colorblock Bias Blanket by Purl Soho. I knit this with Caron Cakes in the colorway Jellyroll. I can’t know for sure (because, you know, I haven’t had a baby), but I think this yarn will hold up well with use. It’s supposed to be square, but, as you can see, my tension must have been a bit different when increasing vs. decreasing. I used almost 2 full skeins and actually came very close to running out of yarn. I ended up ripping back a few rows at the end and decreasing more frequently so as not to run out. In the end, I think it turned out really cute and very squishy! Most importantly, I think my sister loves it. I highly recommend the pattern, though the color changes bother me to the point that I’m not sure I’d use this yarn again for it.
The next thing I knit for little bun (as I affectionately call my niece/nephew) is the Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk! I’d had this skein of madelinetosh Tosh DK in stash for a long time and this was the perfect project for it! The Sliverleaf colorway made the cutest gender-neutral garment for a little one. The photo isn’t great, but I can’t wait to see it on the baby! Mods (which can be found here) include joining in the round after the underarm to make a pullover, a split him, and short sleeves. This was such a fun, quick little knit! I hate adding buttons, so I don’t know that I’d ever do the cardigan, but I think a pullover may be more practical for a newborn anyway.
I also gifted her the Garter Earflap Hat I showed in my January round up (project page) using some Toil and Trouble yarn she got me in 2016 during a trip to Salem!
Another Garter Earflap Hat went off to my Canadian friend Christine (christine.knits on Instagram) for her little boy due soon! I just love it knit up in the Flock Fibre Studio that Christine sent me – so sweet!
As for non-baby knits, I managed to finish my Bean by Plucky Knitter Designs! I thought it was really cute, but ultimately decided not to keep it. I still have plenty of the yarn left to make myself something else 🙂 You can see details here.
The only other thing of note was starting The Easy Bulky One by Joji Locatelli… my first Joji pattern! I’m really excited for an oversized, bulky pullover. A month in, I’m only about 8 inches into the body, but could finish it super fast if I put my mind to it! Maybe that will be my weekend project… I’d love to get this off the needles before the weather warms up too much to wear it. Here’s my progress from awhile ago:
I’m using KnitPicks Simply Wool Bulky, which is similar to Cascade Eco Wool; I really enjoy knitting with it! Oh, and my bag is from the fabulous Kristina Birch Grove… I just love her bags and this one holds my WIP and entire sweater’s quantity of bulky wool!
It doesn’t seem like much progress because, frankly, it’s not. I’ve lost a bit of my knitting mojo, and all I want to knit are socks! But I’m hoping to make progress on my sweater and finish up a few more baby things (two babies due between March and April!)… I better get knitting!