Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review :: Sockupied Fall 2015


I'll probably get flogged to death with wet acrylic boucle yarn but I'll say it anyways: Fall is just around the corner. Or, if you're a GoT fan then it's probably better to say Winter is Coming. I don't know if it's because the nights have started to get nippier (at least in my part of town), or if it's because I've been school supply shopping and slowly trying to get the Munchkin back into school mode but lately I've been thinking a lot about warm woollies and socks. Lots of socks. So when the opportunity to review the fall issue of Sockupied popped up, you bet I said "heck yeah, sign me up!!". Do you really think I would turn down the chance to look at, chat about, and most likely queue up a few sock patterns? Of course not! Bring on ALLLLL the socks! 

In case you're not familiar with Sockupied (and if the name doesn't give it away), it's an interactive e-magazine that focuses exclusively on nothing but socks! Each issue contains five or six sock patterns (all of which are also available in a printable PDF format via a simple click), sock related articles, tutorials, tips, videos, and galleries. I have several issues stored away on the Sockupied app on my tablet. I love the layouts, the ease in which I can quickly scan the magazine, and if I want to check out the pattern in its entirety I can with a simple tap. In this particular issue there are six brand new and beautiful sock patterns, a short interview with featured designer, Debbie O'Neill, and a really fascinating article about the sock history of the Russian Empire. Unfortunately for me I couldn't read the whole article as I received the PDF version of the eMag to review and can only assume that the rest of the article was one of the many interactive parts of this issue.

Anyhoo, let's get to the real reason why we're here: the patterns. Like the majority of knitters out there, I determine whether or not if I'm going to buy a knitting magazine based off of how many patterns I like and would consider knitting. Sockupied Fall 2015 retails for $11.99 USD (which would be about $16-17 CDN, depending on how much crappier/better the exchange is) and if you divide that by the six patterns, that would make each pattern $2 USD each! That's such a steal! I would definitely knit three (four, if I had the guts to do colourwork on socks) of these patterns and so I would definitely add this issue to my shopping cart.

But I'm not sure if this issue is for everyone. I did take note that this issue contains four top-down patterns, one toe-up, and one that has instructions for both construction methods. I could see this as being a potential "deal-breaker" for sock knitters who knit exclusively one way or the other as to whether they'd purchase this issue or not. I know there are a lot of knitters out there that are steadfast top-down/toe-up sock knitters and would therefore turn down any pattern that wasn't written for their preferred method. Some knitters like the challenge of converting a pattern to fit their style and some just want to knit the pattern as written. I'm pretty neutral on the subject and so it doesn't bother me either way, but for those of you who do have a strong preference, take note: Yay for top-down sock knitters, boo for toe-up.

As for pattern difficulty, well, I'm not one to say whether or not if a fellow knitter can or cannot knit a particular design because in my opinion it's all about what the knitter can, or think they can, knit. With that said I think the majority of new sock knitters might find most of these patterns a bit intimidating. 

Hominy by Marie Godsey

There is one pattern in the lot that is highlighted as being 'good for beginners', the Hominy Socks by Marie Godsey (pictured above), which I can agree with as the pattern is simple and uses straight up knit and purl stitches and basic decreases. My only problem with this pattern is that it's written in only one size. I think I'm experienced enough to know how to work around that but a newbie sock knitter might not even know where to begin. Or worse yet, knit the socks as written, have the finished sock not fit, the knitter blaming themselves for why the sock doesn't fit, and therefore might not want to knit another sock again. No! That thought makes me shudder!! I think it's odd that this pattern is written in only one size when all the other patterns contain at least three sizes, why not this one as well? Although the size given would be tight on my feet, I'd still knit this. 

Electrostatic Lines 

One of my favourite socks in this issue is the cover pattern, the Electrostatic Lines Socks by Jennifer Raymond. These socks contain qualities that I love: a funky zig zag design, knee high, and the endless colour pairing possibilities...ooohh!! You just know I'm thinking hot pink and grey!! These socks are such eye-catchers and look like a lot of fun - both to wear and to knit. But like I said earlier, I don't know if I have the guts to try my hand at colourwork on socks just yet, but if I did I take solace in knowing that this pattern is knit toe-up and I can keep trying them on to figure out which charts I needed to use to fit my calves. I hope you don't take my lack of self-confidence in colourwork as any indication of the pattern's difficulty level because really, reading over the instructions, if you can knit a basic sock that fits you well and you know how to read a chart, then you can knit these socks. I just seem to freeze and doubt myself when it comes to floats in my knitting and my need to yank on the working yarn a lot.

A Walk in the Woods by Debbie O'Neill

And then there's A Walk in the Woods Socks by featured designer, Debbie O'Neill. This design really caught my eye and piqued my interest. The cuff, the lace, the asymmetrical lace detail on the instep, and again the knee high length...all together makes for a gorgeous sock. The cuff, which is comprised of two different rib patterns, is so pretty and one that I have never seen before on a sock really intrigues me. And let's talk about the fact that the lace pattern mirror each other. Yes! Be still my heart! The pattern includes three sizes and each size has its own chart for both feet for the instep and leg. My only concern is that judging from the pattern the amount of stitches you cast on for the leg is only a couple of stitches more than that for the foot, and let me tell you, 68 stitches for my calf is definitely not enough. I don't think it would be too hard to fix that though. This sock is just so pretty that I'm willing to give it a go! 

Gladys Thompson by Kate Atherley

Another one of my favourite patterns is the Sockupied exclusive, Gladys Thompson Socks by Kate Atherley (pictured above). This pattern was actually slated for her newest book, Custom Socks (which I am dying to get my hands on!!), but was cut out due to lack of space. You won't be able to find the pattern for these beautiful socks anywhere else but in this issue! 

These gorgeous socks were inspired by classic Gansey stitch patterns and was named after the knitter/author/historian who first published the Guernsey and Jersey patterns. Best of all, the pattern includes instructions for both top-down and toe-up versions, which you can also see in the photo above!! So awesome. I really appreciate it when the designer and/or publication show that in their sample and photos. I absolutely love how textured and cozy these socks look. They just demand that you wear them all throughout winter...in front of the fireplace...whilst knitting away on an equally cozy sweater. I also love that this pattern comes in six sizes, with the largest being 24 cm (9.5") foot circumference. With a variety in sizes mixed with the neutral looking stitch patterns, this design could be knit up for men too. I also love the suggestion of knitting one sock top-down and the other toe-up to avoid knitting the same sock twice. Perfect for those who suffer from Second Sock Syndrome!

Left: Riband Socks by Heidi Nick
Right: Checkers by Mone Dräger

The other two patterns in the issue are Riband Socks by Heidi Nick and Checkers by Mone Dräger (pictured above). Normally I'm all about the cables but for some reason the Riband Socks just aren't doing it for me. I'm not sure if it's because of the colour choices or because one of the pairs look ill-fitting in the samples shown, but I'm not really sold on this pattern. I think the cables are lost within the variegated colourway, and while the pink colour makes me giddy with joy, I can't get over how it looks a little...slouchy.

As for Checkers, I think these socks are fun and cool looking but the construction of them just isn't my cup of tea. There's a lot going on here: you're knitting them in the round before you start knitting them flat, there's a lot of picking up of stitches, and of course, the stranded colourwork to keep mindful of for the front of the leg. As someone who likes to try their sock WIP on several times during the knitting process, I don't think you'd get a chance to try this design on until you're more than halfway through knitting the sock. If you're a very experienced sock knitter, or a process knitter, or even just a very confident knitter, I'm sure this pattern would be right up your alley.

At the end of the issue there's a handy glossary for instructions on how to execute Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, Judy's Magic Cast-On, Turkish Cast-on, the short-rows version and increases used in these patterns, and of course, the Kitchener Stitch. I don't know about you, but no matter how many times I've done the Kitchener Stitch, I still need to look it up on how to get it going. Every.single.time!

So, my overall thoughts on Sockupied Fall 2015: I totally dig it! I've already queued up a few of the patterns and am thinking of what I have in the stash to knit them in. I think if you're a sock knitter and/or are wanting to go beyond plain vanilla, it's definitely worth checking this issue out!

Which of these socks do you like? Have you been thinking about socks lately too? Or do you never stop thinking about them? I for one always have thoughts of socks going on in the back of my mind. I just wish I had the time (and the healthy hands!!) to knit all the socks I daydream about!


♥ Happy Knitting! ♥


** Please note: all photos in this post are courtesy and © Sockupied/Harper Point Photography and are used with permission


:: Disclaimer ::
I am not affiliated with the company or designers mentioned in this post. I received no monetary compensation from said company or designers for my review. I was sent a digital copy of the issue for review purposes in exchange for posting the review. The opinions I've written are my own and I will not be receiving any commissions from the links provided in this post or from any of the links provided.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wordless WIP Wednesday


Ok, so not completely wordless. 

I wanted to mention (in case you don't follow me on Instagram) that I've been working on these socks for the past three weeks, using some very yummy SilverSpun Sock by Feel Good Yarn Company (more on this delicious yarn later). Aside from the baby knits, I'm also slowly getting back into sock knitting. YAY!! I can't wait to get this pair off the needles and onto my feet! 


♥ 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Knit In Progress: Drachenfels


I realized the other day that I've been knitting away on a new shawl project for the past month without saying a single word about it on the blog. I've posted several photos of it in various stages of progress on Instagram, maybe Tweeted about it a few times, but have not made one peep about it here. Oops! Totally not intentional. You know how I am: all about the knitting and kind of lacking in the blogging. 

Anyhoo, just as I was in the midst of finishing up my Match & Move shawl, another fantastic shawl designer, Melanie Berg (aka Mairlynd on all social media), announced that she was having a pattern sale. I've been eyeing up her patterns for quite a while now and had a hard time deciding between The Joker and the Thief, January Skies, and Ashburn, but was always drawn back to her Drachenfels design. Obviously that last one was the one that I bought. Once I purchased it and had it in my library I couldn't get the shawl off my mind. There was only one thing to do about this: I had to knit it up.

At first I had no idea what colour scheme I wanted to go with. At the time I was on a major "I need a neutral black and grey shawl" mood and honestly thought I would go that route, but after some deep consideration of stash possibilities I realized that I actually didn't have much in the way of black or grey in fingering weight that wasn't part of a sweater quantity or didn't already have a project planned for it. Back to the drawing board...er, stash. Then one day as I was going into my closet a bag of Plucky Knitter yarn came tumbling out. Seriously, it's like the Universe was trying to tell me that It wanted me to knit Drachenfels too! The Plucky Knitter yarn was a Color Affection kit that I had purchased eons ago when that pattern first came out. I bought a few kits but had only used one to knit the pattern that it was intended for. This particular kit was so pretty that I stashed it in my bedroom closet and had always kept it in view as a reminder of not only that I had it, but also as inspiration, just in case another project came to mind for it as I honestly couldn't see myself knitting another Color Affection any time soon or even in the near feature - there are just way too many other shawls that I really want to knit before I can even think about re-knitting a pattern!


The kit included a deep raspberry (the now retired En Vogue), a light ballet pink (appropriately named Bashful), and a light beige (Bisque) but after some deliberation I decided that the beige was too close in colour to the light pink and would most likely get lost within the whole colour scheme. I was going to have to switch it out. It was by pure luck that a single skein of Plucky Primo Fingering in a beautiful medium grey (Snap Out of It, acquired from the Plucky Classics club) was stashed right next to the kit. Perfecto!! Knitting Drachenfels using this Plucky trio? Totally meant to be!

So far this project has been pretty straight forward and quite mindless. Well, mindless only after I had made myself a little spreadsheet to keep track of my stripes and increases/decreases. I kept getting absorbed in the relaxing garter stitches and would constantly forget to decrease. After having to knit, tink, and then re-knit every few rows I decided that I had to make a chart simply for the sake of my sanity. Otherwise, this pattern is easy to knit, and if you know the most basic way to do a "make one" (in this case, it was a super simple knit in the front and back of the stitch) and know how to knit two stitches together, then even a beginner can knit this beautiful shawl up.


This shawl is so easy that it was the only project that I took with me when I went camping early in July and when I went to Vancouver for the weekend with the Munchkin. Before it got too big to stuff into my handbag, it was even my car knitting (obviously when I was the passenger). This pattern is such a relaxing knit that I found myself choosing this project over the others when I had the energy (and the will) to knit during the height of my sickness. And talk about potato chip knitting! Throughout the striping section I kept telling myself "just one more stripe"...yeah, I didn't get much accomplished in terms of housework or sleep during this section. Definitely the most productive procrastination project I currently have on the needles! It'll be a sad day when I'm finally able to bind off this beauty. 

Although I'm sure I'll recover with the next shawl project I cast on. Which, by the way, is already planned out. Ha! How fickle of a knitter am I? Here I am praising and voicing my appreciation for this shawl project but in the back of my mind I'm plotting away and dreaming of a new knit. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Even I'm shaking my head at myself. 


Well, before I get too ahead of myself and start winding the yarn for the next shawl (I'm not that fickle!!) I'm going to enjoy knitting the last section before moving onto the much anticipated border because I'm absolutely loving this raspberry colour! And while I'm excited to be nearing the end of this project and the possibility of being able to wear it soon, I do have to wonder how long it will take me to buckle down and weave in all the ends and get this baby blocked. I'll freely admit that my track record for doing the finishings on FOs isn't that great, as I've mentioned in the last post. You'd think I would want to take advantage of this warm weather in which wet knits would dry a million times faster and I wouldn't have to pester my family by bombarding the entire house, taking up every free inch of floor space, with wet wool. Maybe I should promise myself a reward of new yarn for every handful of FOs I block and blog? Or better yet, for every project I block and blog. That last one is way more enticing (and less work?), don't you think? I say this as I shudder at the thought of the projects that have a ton of ends (BlueSand cardigan, I'm looking at you!).

Oooh, here's an even better idea: make a pitcher of sangria and spend an entire evening weaving in ends. Yeah...I like the sounds of that! 


♥ 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Knit, Knit, Knit!


I haven't been prolific with the baby knits as I was hoping to be during the month of July, but for a while there I was so sick that I didn't even want to knit. Yeah, you read that right. I didn't want to knit. You know you're really sick when... The sad part was that for the first two weeks I didn't even know I was sick. I had just assumed the unwell feelings were due to stress, late nights, too much caffeine, and possibly the onset of the loathsome summer flu. And when I did have the energy to knit I was completely all over the place and would spend a few minutes here and there knitting on one project before moving on to knit for a few minutes on another. In some ways this scatterbrained style of knitting has gained me a fair amount of progress on a few projects but obviously if I concentrated on one knit at a time I would get projects done a whole lot faster. But please, who does that? Apparently not me! 

Anyhoo...craziness aside, I have managed to whip up five baby knits (six, if you count the Milo vest I had knit last fall that was put in the "to-gift" box), all on top of the socks (yes, I can knit on socks again!!), a shawl, and a gift stole that I've been working on. The baby knits are all so darling that they make my ovaries hurt. I had originally wanted to knit a dozen baby items but I'm thinking of bumping up that number because I would love to knit a few of my favourite baby patterns for my cousin's winter bundle of joy and some "follow-up" kiddie knits for a few of my closest friends' little girls.

At the start of the weekend I had cast on a dress (Sproutlette by Tanis Lavallee of Tanis Fiber Arts, in case you were wondering) using a pretty girly colourway (it's the yarn in the photos in this post) after learning that one of my friends had revealed the gender of her baby. My previous baby knits were all reasonably gender neutral so I was excited to do a gender-specific knit. I absolutely loved working on this dress so much that I was surprisingly able to concentrate on it solely for the entire weekend.  


I've been pleased as punch that I've been able to finally knit up some of the single skeins of yarn that have been floating around my stash that were not designated to a specific project. Yay for one skein baby knits!! Even more importantly, baby knits that use different yarn weights!! I have random solo skeins of worsted and DK weight in the stash that I have no idea what I bought them for, and one of the finished knits I even managed to use up a leftover skein from one of my sweater projects. YESSS!!

Even though I already have the next handful of baby knits sorted out, I think I might take a few days off from knitting to give my hands and wrists a rest. This might even be the perfect time to give the pile of FOs on my desk some attention. I've blogged about so many knits in progress with only three FO posts this year. So sad. Meanwhile there's a stack of unfinished finished projects that I would eventually like to wear this fall. 

Unfinished finished projects? You know what I mean, it's those projects that you've finished the knitting on but still need to weave in ends, block, maybe add a few buttons. I don't know about you but for the most part I don't consider a project "finished" until it is completely ready to wear. Sometimes, not even then. Sometimes it has to be photographed and blogged before I can consider it done like dinner. 

Hmmm...but doing the final finishing touches means I'll have to weave in ends and sew on buttons, all of which will take away from the knitting. I'm going to knit on my shawl for a bit and think about this.





Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Not This Year, Dear


Hello, August. My, you arrived pretty fast, didn't you?

Usually around this time is when a lot of local knitters and fibre enthusiasts start to get excited about the upcoming fibre events (and if you're a vendor, then you've most likely have already been preparing for them for the past few weeks, if not months) . After all, fall is right around the corner. In this part of the West Coast, there's Fibrations here in Victoria (which happens this month!) and Knit City in Vancouver in October. I've been getting a few emails and messages lately about these events and about whether or not if I'll have a booth at either. I don't know why but I've kind of been avoiding the question, but now I think I should just come clean.

Fellow Fibre Enthusiasts, I'm sorry to say that I will not be vending at this year's Fibrations. Due to my tendonitis and CTS earlier this year, I haven't been able to sew up any stock. I missed the application deadline but even then wasn't sure if my hands would be able to do any sewing. Then I realized that even if I was able to sew, I wouldn't have been able to build up enough stock to take with me anyways. I'm hoping that I can at least attend the event for an hour before my little family and I head out of town for a wee family adventure.

As for Knit City...well...again, I'm sorry to say that I won't be vending there either. I wish I could say this is also due to the aforementioned health problems but it's not. Last year, even though I wasn't a vendor, I still attended Knit City and I felt guilty the entire time. The weekend of Knit City was also the weekend of the Munchkin's birthday but I selfishly went to the event anyways, thinking we could just have the kiddo's birthday party the following weekend. That didn't happen. My kiddo is very by-the-book and sometimes certain things have to happen in a certain way (it's the inflexibility of a person only someone on the Spectrum can have, I suppose), even though I told him I didn't mind if he had a party without me. He couldn't do it. He couldn't celebrate his birthday without his Mom there. I felt horrible. But I couldn't back out on going since I had already committed financially.

This year, Knit City once again falls on the same weekend as the Munchkin's birthday. I just don't have the heart to take off and go out of town for a second year in a row, to attend a knitting event so that I could selfishly shop for yarn and mingle with other knitters. I know I might be missing out on seeing friends that I haven't seen in a long time, on meeting new knitters, on networking, on seeing all the new knitterly things...I just know that I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself.

So, sadly, 2015 will be the year in which I attend not a single knitting event. And when I think about it, haven't accomplished much in terms of knitting or even sewing (thanks for nothing CTS!!). Hmm...2015 has not been my year. Oh well, just keep knitting...just keep knitting...right?




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Fell...And Bounced Back Up With Yarn!


Hello Knitty Friends!

It's been a while, hasn't it? The summer is just zooming along and it sure helps that there has been something planned every weekend since school has let out. We went glampin' camping up-island and spent a few glorious afternoons at the beautiful Rathtrevor Beach. The Munchkin and I headed over to the mainland, where he got to spend two and a half days basking in the attention of his uncles (and playing ALLLL the video games to his heart's content), while I got to sneak away and join the festivities for a friend's monumental birthday. I got the chance to sneak away to the mainland again a week later with a friend to attend the Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival (yes, there really is such a thing and I honestly did go). During that last visit to Vancouver I got to make an unexpected yarn store stop and purchase some highly covetable self-striping yumminess. 

What's that? I bought yarn? 

Yes. I did. 

I was doing SO well with that whole "I'm not buying yarn" thing too. Well, in my defense these were only the second and third yarn purchases this year. Not bad, right? Compared to previous years, I'm actually doing pretty darn awesome. I just have a slight weakness for all things self-striping. But then again, who doesn't?


It all started when earlier this summer Knit Picks announced that were bringing back the beloved Felici in eight new colourways for a limited time. Um... Eight?? New?? Limited?? I'm so there!! I was good though, and had only purchased three of the eight new colourways: Teacup, Wizard, and Gummy Bear. A part of me regrets not adding a few balls of Mosaic to my cart too. Oh well. I'll live. I had allowed myself to get two balls of each colourway (meaning three pairs of socks - if I ever get around to knitting them up), so that's plenty of knitting right there. I just hope that Knit Picks doesn't bring out more new colours any time soon. Not that it would matter, the exchange rate right now is horrific if you're a Canadian knitter. I balked when I saw how much more I had to pay when I saw my credit card statement. The weak Canadian dollar really plays a huge role in why I haven't been buying much yarn.

And maybe the lack of space. But we won't talk about that.   

Some more yummy stripey goodness that I couldn't resist: 


I got these bad boys at Baaad Anna's in Vancouver. I feel so incredibly lucky that they had any skeins left in stock, let alone the main one that I've had my eye on. I had discovered White Birch Fiber Arts about a year ago on Instagram, when I saw that a fellow knitter had whipped up a pair of socks in the Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow (I know, such a fantastic name!). I've been coveting the yarns ever since and every once in a while I like to go to the Etsy shop, salivate at every colourway, fill my cart, chicken out, and quickly close my browser in a sheer panic. Then in June I found out that Baaad Anna's was going to start carrying WBFA. I thought I was hallucinating. But it was true.

So when my friend, Arika, pointed out that the yarn shop was only a few blocks away from where we were for the Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival, I got all giddy at the possibility that I could very soon own my own skein (or, in this case, two) of WBFA. I went into the shop with every intention of just getting the one skein, the aforementioned Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow. But then I saw the hot pink, black, and grey skein. Well, if you've been reading this blog for any length of time you'd know that is my all-time most favourite of the favourites colour combination. Ever.

Then I saw the name for that colourway and I was done: Hello Demon Kitty. I didn't stand a chance. This skein had too much going for it for me to just leave it in the shop. I mean, after just spending the entire afternoon at a Hello Kitty festival and I come across this??? It would have been stupid to not get it. Amiright?!?

I have to say, White Birch Fiber Arts has some of the best colourway names. Ever. It took a lot of willpower to walk away from the other skeins, especially when they're named Sparkle Pony, Release the Kraken, and Call Me HeisenbergEven the tagline on their yarn labels made me laugh too:


It's funny because it's true!!

I'm really tempted to wind up one of these awesome skeins and cast on a pair of socks immediately, but that will have to wait. I still have a ton of baby gifts I would like to knit up and there's a secret project still on my needles (ooooohhhh!! Did someone say secret project?? Yeah, don't get too excited. It's just a special knit that I would like to gift to a special friend). Fingers crossed that by the time summer is over maybe, just maybe I'll be able to get back to the selfish knitting?

For now, I'll leave a few of these skeins on my bedside table as "inspiration". Who knows, maybe some of those baby knits will come flying off the needles faster than expected and one of these bad boys will be allowed to finally grow up to be the pair of socks it always wanted to be?


♥ Happy Knitting! ♥


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And So It Begins

Baby Flax WIP

Earlier this month I had mentioned that several friends of mine had made pregnancy announcements. I'm excited! And now that I can knit again, I'm really excited. The last baby shower I attended I gifted a handful of books that are a favourite of mine and my kiddo's, ones that we still read to this day (well, the kiddo reads them to me now). While I love gifting books to little ones (seriously, anything by Sandra Boynton and Mo Willems has gotten a huge thumbs up by all) I long to, and almost prefer, to gift hand knits to babies. There's nothing better than swathing a tiny wee one in hand knits; baby knits are just so darn cute and quick to knit up! Actually, I think my love of knitting baby items stems more from the need for the instant gratification feelings you get when you whip up a sweater in a few days. Nevermind that it's teeny and that it's for a tiny human, you've just knit a sweater in two days! Two! It makes me think of those memes, the ones that ask what your super hero power is. Mine: "I can knit a sweater in a day mofo, what's your super hero power?" (said with a lot of attitude, of course).

Anyhoo, last week I found out that a few more friends and a relative are also expecting. That brings the baby count up to almost a dozen!! Crazy pants! And I have a sneaking suspicion that more announcements will follow as we get into the summer months. So the last few days I've been combing the stash (again) for baby-suitable yarns and have been jotting down patterns on the ever growing list of baby knits. Aside from wanting to knit a Sproutlette and a Little Sister's Dress (solely for my own knitting pleasure!), most of the patterns I've chosen are fairly gender neutral. Only a few friends have found out what the gender of their baby is but I want to be prepared with stacks of baby knits (yes, I said stacks) ready to be gifted so that I'm not frantically trying to whip something up at the last minute. Luck favours the prepared (my favourite Edna Mode quote that I apparently say a lot).

I'll forewarn you now that you can expect to see a good amount of baby knits in the next handful of posts and for sure a lot on my Instagraml'm pretty confident that most of these new-moms-to-be don't read my blog so I'm not worried about posting photos and talking about these knits. There will be a lot of them, who knows who is going to get what. I'll try to make the posts not so barf-inducing for those who aren't fans of babies or posts about babies. I'll cast on a shawl just for you guys. Something to break up the "so cute!" baby talk.

But before I cast on a new shawl I've got a few more stitches to bind off on the second sleeve on the little sweater you see in the photo above (pattern is Flax by Tin Can Knits). I just wound up more yarn and hope to cast on another wee sweater before I have to pick up the Munchkin from school. If I plan it out right, I'm hoping to have a nice little stack of cutie patootie sweaters before the month is over! 

Man, I feel so productive! What a fabulous way to start the summer!





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