I recently wrapped up a new commuter-knitting project — Kate Oates’ Stripey Duffle Coat. One of the side-benefits of commuting — plenty of knitting time. Tends to keep away seatmates who worry about getting poked too. :)
When I first saw this pattern on Ravelry, I couldn’t resist buying it. And boy, you really get what you pay for. It’s basically perfect; I want to knit it over and over again. The sizing on the pattern is wonderful (I ad libbed 3/4 sleeves) and the hood is the cutest. I have a few others in the queue for one of the many babes that have arrived of late.
It took me a bit to get the the first 20 rows correct, mostly b/c I wasn’t paying attention. I ended up ripping it back twice, before I got the increases right.
Despite not being ah huge fan of acrylic yarn, that’s what I went with. These days I’m liking it better than super-wash. Knitpicks Brava was totally reasonable as far as acrylic goes, plus the colors are much nicer than what’s available in the box stores. Special-washing a sweater probably isn’t at the top of new parents’ to-do lists. ;)
We’re in babyville these days, at least in terms of gifting. We have three, no make that four, sets of friends who’ve had babies recently. I’ve had some stuffed letters going on for the twins, and now some dresses and matching diaper covers going on for the two wee girls. I’m psyched w/ these, but slightly concerned w/ the sizes. Too small? Guess I best get them in the mail. Miss C and Miss Z will hopefully be modeling their new fashions soon.
The kid and I worked on these over the past week. He was pretty handy w/ pins and listened to directions like a champ!
I pulled the dress pattern from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and the diaper cover pattern from Dana Made It. I’m not particularly into baby prints, so w/ some input from the menfolk, chose some brighter, more interesting fabrics.
Behold, The Zoe…
And The Clementine…
Miss Z is the newest addition to the family of one of the huz’s long-time friends. Miss C, (Clementine! Isn’t that the most superior name ever? Seriously, ever.) is the newest addition to D and A’s family. I’m so pleased that she’s in the world and that I’ve been asked to be her honorary aunt-figure. As A sees it, I’ll be tasked w/ eventually teaching her all about red lipstick-wearing, proper scotch drinking, and anthropology-thinking. In the meantime, I’ll make her things. Her superb parents flatter me deeply!