Couldn’t Stay Away

Over the weekend I went a little crazy casting on new projects and hurriedly trying to finish others.  I started this project a couple of weeks ago as a simple round and round knit to work on when I watch TV or don’t have the brain capacity for something more complex.

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  • Pattern: Kicking Bag for Babies, free Ravelry download here

I’m not sure whether this will be a useful baby item or not, but it’s going quickly and I’m using up some sock yarn from the stash.  I may not have knit any socks during Socktober, but I sure knit with some sock yarn!

On Friday Sweetie asked me if I could make a pair of baby booties for a friend of hers by Monday.  Of course!  And she was impressed when they were done that night.  Shhh…don’t tell how quick and easy they are!

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  • Pattern: BSJ Inspired Bootees, free Ravelry download here, 3-6 month size
  • Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly DK in 0355 Brown
  • Needles: US size 6/4.0 mm
  • Mods: I cast on with a contrast color to give these a little pop.  This is a really fun pattern!

On Saturday I was determined to start a new project that was a shawl using sock yarn.  I had purchased the pattern for Ulmus about a month ago, and have been playing with (and being frustrated by) different color combinations.  Despite pulling out all my fingering weight yarn and mixing and matching to see who played well with each other, I was not inspired.  So I ended up choosing a free pattern that has been in my knitting queue for some time, the Silk Kerchief by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  The original is knit in lovely, muted shades of Noro Silk Garden Sock; while I have some nice neutral colors stashed, I was feeling a little more…wild!  So I took a dip in the 80s and came up with this:

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The consensus at my knitting group was that this is a “wildly awesome” color combo and that I should not try to tone it down by doing double repeats of the blue.  I think I will add some sort of edging in blue to class things up a bit, perhaps a ruffle or lace repeat.  Funny thing is, I’ve tried this color combo before here, and then again with the Ulmus pattern.  Third time’s a charm, I hope!

I also cast on for Juliet, pulled out my Hemlock Ring Blanket, and bought yarn for 2 Christmas gifts. I feel like I’m running out of time to knit whenever I want as often as I want and I’m trying ot cram it all in now! And so far it’s working.  My fingers are a little sore this morning, but I can work through the pain!

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3 thoughts on “Couldn’t Stay Away

  1. Those two yarns compliment each other rather and the blue tones down the rainbowy yarn just right.

  2. I love the kicking bag – what a cute idea! I’ve also been making booties lately and adore how sweet and fast they are. And the shawl looks incredibly cheerful for the chilly days ahead.

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