Thursday, October 6, 2016

2016 FO #7: Baable Hat and Bootie Set

This Friday's finished objects are part of one of those projects that are just a delight from start to finish. However, they did have a somewhat inauspicious start. Sam has a friend he has had since childhood, who is quite nice. The friend's wife, however, is rather horrible. She's one of those people who says things like, "I love your pants. I would never be brave enough to wear that style with a figure like yours." It sounds like a compliment, but it's really not and you don't realise it until you've thanked her and walked away. She's not obviously nasty but I when I spend time with her I always feel worse about myself when I leave than I did at the start. Given this, when they announced they are having a baby, I did not want to make them anything. Life is too short to spend time working on projects for terrible people! But then, Sam asked me nicely and said I could make anything I want from any wool in any colour I like. I was honestly going to buy something and say that I made it when I remembered I have had the Baable Hat in my queue for forever and some Heirloom Easy Care 5ply in my stash and I was off.

I obviously had to adapt it so it would fit a baby. For the hat, I used 3.5mm needles and cast on 54 stitches. After knitting 15 rows, I increased by 6 stitches and then followed the pattern as written for two pattern repeats, omitting the snowflakes. 

For the socks, I cast on 30 stitches, knit one repeat then finished as a normal sock. It felt a bit ridiculous to be turning the heel on such a tiny sock! But I think they look pretty cute.

In fact, I think the whole thing looks pretty adorable! 

This was such a pleasurable knit - I had yarn in the perfect colours in the stash, the pattern was both free and fabulous, it took no time at all to finish and I enjoyed every aspect of it, even grafting the teeny tiny toes. As always, my colourwork is a bit rubbish on DPNs but they're going on the foot of a baby who won't care at all. And, if the mum says something awful when she gets the gift ("I love the hat and sock set. It's so thrifty to make your own things! Everyone else got us ridiculously expensive gifts."), I won't care because I love the set and I am certain the baby will look as cute as a button in it.  Baa baa, white sheep :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WIP Wednesday: The Saving Postage and my Sanity Edition

I had great plans for today. I was going to get up, go for a swim, go to the park and take photos of my knitting, get back home in time for a client meeting then spend all afternoon working. Unfortunately, this happened:

It's been really cold and wet all day. I'm going a bit stir crazy! Tomorrow's supposed to be sunny and  for my sanity and peace of mind I hope it is.

Fortunately, knitting is not a weather-dependent hobby (or else I really would go mad). I think I've mentioned before that my dad and my sister live overseas. It's not that big a deal - it just means that Christmas presents need to be sent by the start of December. However, I spoke to Dad a few days ago and he told me he plans to come to Melbourne at the end of October. Great, because I can see him and save on postage at the same time.

Not so great because I haven't finished his or his wife's socks! 

This is not a huge deal - both of the socks are more than halfway. It's easily doable.

But then my sister rang, and reminded me that she's coming in the first week of November, so her socks need to be done by then.

Again, they're 80% done, so not a big deal.

Except for this. 

The needles arrived and I got gauge on the second attempt. All I want to do is start knitting my Belmont cardigan! Maybe I'll just do the cast on and then get back to the socks...