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Recently, I had several projects coming off the needles at nearly the same time. Here they are in all their glory. Click any of the pictures to embiggen.

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marysweaterback_xlUp first, a baby sweater, made for my friend Cheryl’s new (and first) baby granddaughter. Once I found out her daughter was expecting a little girl, I seized the opportunity to make something girly (since there are no wee baby girls among my closest friends and family at this point), especially since Kim was having a clearance sale on this nice cotton yarn at the time.

  • Pattern: Ballerina Top from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits
  • Size: 6-12 months
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needles: US 1.5 & US 2.5, 40-inch circulars
  • Started 12/26/08, Finished 1/3/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Since I had some yarn leftover (and I still do!), I made a hat to go with the sweater. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and I’ll definitely be using it again for some charity hats for the Reading Hospital nursery.

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  • Pattern: Star of the Day by Susan Pierce Lawrence
  • Size: Newborn
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needle: US 3, 32-inch circular (knitted magic-loop style)
  • Started 1/3/09, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

maryshat_xl1The top of the hat is the cutest part. But the i-cord bindoff that gives oomph to the rolled brim is pretty damn cute, too. The hat is worked from the top down, and it’s a really easy pattern to knit — looks way more complicated than it is. Just yarnovers to make the eyelets and decreases to make the star points and swirls.

And, finally, a pair of socks! Yes, it feels like forever since I last completed a pair of adult-sized socks! These took me the longest to make so far. Not because the pattern was difficult (it wasn’t), but because I also worked on 16 — yes, SIXTEEN — other knitting projects over the same period of time. So these spent a lot of time in the knitting bag, waiting to be picked up during a free moment. I present to you my Fearless Monkeys.

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I so loved working with this yarn. Sooooo soft, like petting a kitten (without the claws prickling your skin). They are my “Fearless Monkeys” because the pattern is called “Monkey”, and the yarn is by Fearless Fibers. Plus, I fearlessly knitted them two-at-a-time on one circular needle (not the first time I’ve done that, but the first time I did that cuff-down instead of toe-up). Seriously, the yarn is gorgeous. I had been working on the socks in not-such-great lighting in my living room most of the time, but one day when I took them into work and knitted over my lunch break at my desk, with all sorts of sunlight streaming in the huge windows, I could see all kinds of shades of brown, tan, olive, and even a pink the color of a kitten’s nose all blended in the yarn. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. (from Knitty, Winter 2006)
  • Size: as written in pattern, length of foot sized for ladies size 9 shoe
  • Yarn: Fearless Fibers superwash merino wool sock yarn, Thoroughbred colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5, 40-inch circular
  • Started 8/10/08, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Currently, I only have two projects on the needles. First, a pair of socks (for me, of course) that I’m knitting cuff-down and one at a time — a drastic departure from what seems to be my preferred method of toe-up, two at a time — and second, a classic, v-neck sweater (yeah, also for me), which thus far seems to not be turning into a disaster like the first one I made for myself something like 9 years ago. More to come on those two projects, once they’re finished.

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