Knitting Blankets

It’s weird.  Right now, I’m into knitting blankets.  Not just square blankets, but ones shaped like kites or like a rhombus.  I knit one for Allie, and I just completed one for myself last night. 

Found in the Knitting for Dummies book, this pattern is excellent TV knitting.  It has a garter stitch border with a stockinette stitch insert.  You just have to pay attention really on the purl side, but you can get into a rhythm and just keep on going. 

I bought a lot of mill end yarn a while back, and now I realize that I needed to do something with it.  Blankets! 

The one below is one such blanket I have knit out of mill end yarn.  I thought it turned out nicely.

I always find myself knitting for cooler weather during the summer.  It’s an odd dichotomy.  At least I’ll have some nice lap blankets for the fall and winter when the colder weather returns.

Oi! Where have I been?

I know, I haven’t posted here in over a week, but I don’t really like to post online when I’m on vacation, but I’m back now! 

I was out with a group of awesome friends in Las Vegas.  We had a GREAT time!  I only took one ball of yarn along and used the entire thing, making a scarf and a half.  It kept me happy in our downtime out there. 

We spent a lot of time hanging out, both inside and at the pool that was out back of the house we were all renting.  At night we ate, drank, and saw the sights.  Some of us went hiking, too. 

I will be posting links to more photos here eventually, but here are two for fun.

 Red Rock Nature Conservatory, NV
Me in my completed, and very long, scarf, and my cheesy Las Vegas t-shirt.

Worldwide Knit In Public Day 2013

Despite feeling crummy, I have managed to find a way to participate in Worldwide Knit in Public Day (WWKIP).  The DH and I went to a grocery store that has special products that we like this morning and stopped off at a tourist trap on the way so I could get my picture.  I’m on the porch of a store selling all sorts of rustic, country stuff.  In fact,  I think it might have even been a  quilt store.  And, yes, there were people around, including a rude family of women who walked in front of my DH while he was taking my photo.  At least we got a nice picture. 

Operation Allie Kay Baby Shower Gifts

I can FINALLY share the projects I had been working on for my sister’s baby shower.  I didn’t want to post them because I wanted them to be a surprise, but since her shower was on Sunday, I can now share them with you.

 This is the little dress I made for Allie using this pattern.  I used some gorgeous handpainted sock yarn that made for some beautiful coloring.  As Allie grows, this dress will turn into a tunic.

Knitting for my new niece wouldn’t be complete with out a layette set!  Here, I have a hat, booties, and a lovely baby sweater.  I used the pattern from Knitting for Dummies. Even though my gauge was correct, the whole set seems over-sized.  At least she can grow into it, right?

This is the blanket that comes with the layette set.  It’s kite shaped so you can swaddle up the baby.  I might make a few more blankets like this just to have around, actually.

Lastly, here is Emily showing off the back of the dress at her shower.  I was so happy to knit these items for her, Ivan, and their expected child.