The Baby Surprise Jacket has progressed despite my distractions with socks. I am well into the increase section and have decreased five stitches on both ends (shaping for neck). I will continue increasing for about 16 rows and then comes the flap!!
About those sock distractions…I have been seeking a nice cotton yarn for socks for some time. I have tried a few cotton yarns in the past but was very unhappy with the results, too much elastic in the yarn and the cotton was not soft and the end sock not comfortable. However, I believe my search may be at an end. I am test knitting a lovely soft cotton/polyester sock yarn. As it is a self patterning yarn, I am enjoying watching the colors play out.
The Baby Surprise Jacket is one of the few patterns that I have knit more then once and still enjoy knitting. This pattern is so flexible, it is easy to knit a newborn size or for a toddler, just by changing the yarn and needle. This time I am using Bamboo Pop, a sport weight yarn (50% bamboo/50% cotton) that is machine washable and has lots of bright colors. I am using a US6 (4mm) needle and gauge is 5.13 stitiches per inch (20.5 stitches measured over 4 inches in garter stitch).
I am not terrible concerned with size. This is going to be a gift for a baby. As long as I give it to the baby when it is born, the Baby Surprise Jacket will fit at some point! I have decided to go multi-color. I am doing this because I like to play with color, but I have to admit this is a stash busting project. I have done several projects with Bamboo Pop and have several small balls remaining in nicely coordinating colors.
In the photo I have finished the decreases, knit the three plain rows (actually I knit five plain rows, no particular reason) and am about to begin the increase section.
The Staggered Shawl is totally finished, all the ends have been woven in. I threw it in the washing machine, (bamboo pop is machine washable) I did put it in a lingerie bag first. I was a little worried that it was smaller then I expected but my fears were groundless. Once I took it out of the machine, gave it a shake and blocked it, the shawl reached the desired dimensions. I am very happy with the result. The Bamboo Pop is smooth to the touch and the shawl is large enough to provide coverage but not hot.
The pattern called for three balls, each in a different color. I used all of the blue but I have enough of the black and pink left that I can probably squeeze out a baby sweater or something equally small.
My socks are finished!!! I love knitting socks but in order to curb my rampant startitis I have a rule that I can only have one pair of socks on the needles at any point in time. These were such fun because I did a fancy rib and knit them so the design was visible when the cuff was turned down. I like low, cuffed socks. And I love how socks can be easily customized to ones own feet.
I am already swatching for the next pair of socks, but this time I think I will knit them for someone else.
It is time for a summer shawl!
It has been hot and humid or raining, just depends where you are on the island. Hot weather calls out for light knitting. As much as I enjoy knitting tops, when it is hot, I like to knit something that is going to stay small for a while and be light when it becomes larger. A summer shawl is the answer. And choosing the Staggered Shawl pattern using bamboo pop, the shawl will be light weight and I like the eye popping colors. I also like the fact that the shawl is all knit stitch. Easy knitting and the changing colors provide the interest. As the shawl progresses I will post photos on instagram, just search for yarnstoryhawaii and follow.
However, just before Easter a big order of Bamboo Pop arrived. The colors are so bright and cheerful. The yarn was calling out to be knit into a kid’s hoodie. I could not resist. So…I spent my Easter Sunday (after the obligatory egg hunts) knitting the Happy Joy Hoodie (pattern here:
It is stripes, it is kid sized, it is a free pattern and it knits up so quickly and it is so cheery!
The back is done. Both fronts are on the needles.