Rainbow Stripes

Since little PB started crawling, I have watched her amble confidently through her surroundings.  Wood, carpet, grass, or tile, nothing seems to faze her.  I couldn’t help but notice the redness on her knees after a crawling adventure, and you know how mothers worry.  Surely 7 months is too early to worry about scabby knees and bruises?  I had seen some babies wearing BabyLegs, and knew I could knit something similar.  A quick search through patterns on Ravelry turned up several options, and I cast on a pair almost immediately.  This kid needed knee protection, stat!

  • Pattern: Baby Leggings by Ruth Bendig, Ravelled here
  • Yarn: Clekheaten Bambino Merino in 2157 and 1102
  • Needles: US 2 1/2 / 3.0 mm
  • Mods: Stripes, 1/4″ longer ribbing.

The pattern knit up in a flash (about 3 knitting sessions for me) and was fun to see grow.  Anything with color changes or stripes is gratification enough to keep knitting in order to see what will happen next.  I thought these 2-row stripes would be more bold, but the variegated yarn had enough red in it that it blended with the solid in patches.  I was happy to find a use for this yarn, a gift from the thoughtful and talented HekiKnits in Australia.  It is very soft and knit up beautifully into a nice even fabric.

The length of this pattern is perfect for my little chicken drumsticks, but the diameter at the thigh end is a little big.  If I were to knit another pair anytime soon, I would probably cast on fewer stitches so they fit more snugly on the thigh.  As it stands now, they are too loose to really stay pulled up above the thigh.  As soon as PB starts crawling, they sag down below her knees, rendering them pointless but still cute in a Flashdance sort of way.

And just because I can’t resist, here’s a little baby booty:

Wandering Eye

I tried to be faithful, I really did.

After finishing my Lenore socks, I decided I needed to face my wips.  I only had 3, and I thought surely they would keep me entertained until after The Move.  I thought forcing myself to knit on these already started projects would do me some good and clear the decks for some inspired fall knitting.

It lasted 2 days.

I tried to focus on my Hamamelis shawl, I really did!  But the charts and lace don’t make for good relaxing in front of a movie knitting for me, and that’s really all I have room for right now.  The good news is, I did make some progress on it before going on a cast-on spree.  Another of my wips wasn’t so lucky…

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip!

I have been vacillating over what to do with my long-languishing Hemlock Ring blanket for months.  I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to get finished, yet something wouldn’t allow me to rip out all that lovely knitting.  Then one day I was casually browsing projects on Ravelry when Sweetie noticed what I was looking at.  Those are cool, she said, looking at some colorwork mittens.  Knowing she likes owls, I said: I bet there’s something similar with owls on them.  A few clicks later we had decided on a pair of cabled owl mittens, and a matching owlet sweater for Peaceful Baby.  Suddenly I knew what all that Malabrigo would be good for, and it was very easy to rip out!

I also cast on a little something for PB to protect her tender knees during all the crawling she’s been doing.  This project is knitting up super fast, and I should be finished after the weekend. Have a good one!