Knitting, travel, vacation

Vacation Knitting

How many projects does a knitter need to bring on vacation???

That’s a very good question. [I suspect the answer may be different for every knitter, and every vacation! πŸ˜‰] This time around, I packed four projects that have been in progress for some time in the hopes that I’d finish or come close to finishing one or more of them… πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ˜†

Project #1: Fox Cub Sweater Set Hat & Booties

I finished the sweater portion of this set a month or so ago, in time to gift it to the parents-to-be at their baby shower!

I’ve been working on the matching hat & booties over the last few weeks, hoping to finish them before the baby arrives!

Booties just need foxy ears, and embroidered eyes and noses now! πŸ˜„

I feel like the hat came out smaller than I was hoping… I usually knit 3-6 month size for new babies because they grow so fast! Maybe I mistakenly knit the Newborn size? Or accidentally used smaller needles? Not sure what happened there… πŸ€”

At any rate, I think (hope!) the hat will fit the Newborn for a couple of weeks at least, so I’m going to go ahead and send it!

But I’m giving serious thought to casting on for a larger size hat to send along as well… 😊 So much for finishing, right?! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ’—

Got the ears and faces on the booties done, though!

Aren’t they cute?!

I confess that I like them so much that I could not stop taking photos! πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚

I find knitting for babies SO gratifying! πŸ˜„πŸ’—

Project #2: Blanket Square for Carrie

This one I did finish! The knitting was already completed, so I just wove in my ends and blocked my square!

Project #3: Cowl/Snood Sample

That’s Pepper snuggled up on my lap there, “helping” with my knitting! πŸ˜‰πŸ’—

This one is for a new design I’m working on; a chunky, cozy cowl/snood. Part of my process is that I knit as I design, and there were a few specific design features I wanted to work on… so I knit until I ran out of yarn. Then I ripped it all out, made the changes I wanted to make in the pattern, and started all over again! It’s all just part of my process. Sometimes I have feel/see/do something in order to make a decision about it. πŸ˜‰ So this counts as progress in my book! 😊

Project #4: Capelet Sample

And last, but definitely not least, I also brought along a sample that I’m knitting for a new capelet design. I think this may be the third time I’ve knit this sample πŸ˜’… It happens that way sometimes! 😜😊 Anyway, it’s a great traveling companion, and ended up being my go-to project for on-the-beach-knitting as its very portable and I’ve thoroughly memorized the pattern! πŸ˜†

How many knitting projects do you like to take with you when you travel? Do you prefer to cast on something new, or continue/finish WIPs?

~Happy Knitting!

Health, Knitting

Great Intentions

When I was preparing for sinus surgery a few weeks ago, I thought, “Great! I’ll have lots of time for knitting during the weeks that the doctor told me I have to stay in and rest while I recover, right?!”

Wrong.

I have learned five things about knitting and recovering from surgery:

1) They put this gel stuff in your eyes to protect the corneas from scratches. I’m extremely grateful for this as I prefer that my corneas remain scratch-free! However, I learned that one should not expect to read or knit for several days after as the gel also makes it difficult to focus the eyes and it takes awhile for the gel to wear off.

2) Surgery has the general effect of leaving one deeply exhausted and in need of large quantities of sleep. Also, one gets tired very easily, needing to go back to sleep rather frequently. This depressing lack of energy leaves one with very little knitting time.

3) Effective pain medications intensify both of the above, and are a temporary necessity of life.

4) Patience is definitely a virtue, and I’m now looking forward to being recovered from surgery so I can get back to my knitting! Flexibility is also a virtue and sometimes we need to adjust our intentions/expectations to deal with reality. πŸ™‚

5) I’m very grateful for Ravelry and Pinterest where I can appreciate the knitting of others while I’m practicing being patient and flexible! Here are a few finds that have been making me smile:

Gorgeous baby booties, pattern by Saartje de Bruijn available on Ravelry; these particular booties knitted by Leah. These are definitely going in my queue!

Saartje's Bootees
Saartje’s Bootees

 

This adorable knitted lamb is too cute for words! The pattern is adapted from “Tiger with Dress” by Barbara Prime; knitted by fuzzymitten on Ravelry.

Wooly Lamb
Wooly Lamb

 

These Baby Bunny Booties made me squeal with delight when I saw them! They are definitely going into my queue in preparation for future nieces and nephews! Pattern by Sylvia Leake on Ravelry.

Bunny Baby Booties
Baby Bunny Booties

 

How clever! Baby Mitts with no thumbs to worry about! These are definitely going into my queue! Designed by Susan B. Anderson, you can find them on Ravelry here, and the free pattern at spudandchloe.comΒ (just scroll down the page a bit to find the Baby Mitts pattern).

Baby Mitts
Baby Mitts

 

Love this gorgeous Leafy Baby Sweater by Renata Brenner! The lacey leaf stitch pattern is stunning!

Leafy Baby Sweater
Leafy Baby Sweater

 

I’ve recently become obsessed with hand knit washcloths, and these Vintage Hankie Washcloths by Julie Tarsha are too cute for words! I know just the friend to make them for!

Vintage Hanky Washcloth
Vintage Hankie Washcloth

 

I’ve never made a Tea Cozy before. Stinkymum on Ravelry has provided fabulous instructions on how to make a Proper English Tea Cozy! I definitely think its time I gave it whirl!

Proper English Tea Cozy
Proper English Tea Cozy

 

And someday (when I have all my energy back, of course!) I’mΒ totally goingΒ to make the gorgeousΒ Rona Lace Shawl by Anna Marie Jensen… I’ve never made aΒ round shawl like this before and I’d love to learn how!

Rona Lace Shawl
Rona Lace Shawl

 

What’s been making you smile lately? Please share in the comments, we’d love to see!