Catching Up!

It turns out, that I’m the kind of person who has to “play catch-up.”  This is why I haven’t yet posted my last week of May’s photo-a-day challenge (that coupled with the fact that I’m pretty sure that it’s not June yet because 1) how on earth could it already be June? and 2) it’s grey, cloudy, rainy, and cold.)  It’s also why I haven’t posted any of my recent knitting projects, but I am here today to fix that!

I’ve actually been knitting a lot since we’ve moved to Sweden, although before I joined the knitting group it was a bit of an off-and-on activity.  However, I’ve been on quite the kick recently and have managed to actually finish quite a few projects, so I thought I’d give a run-down.

First:

These were a few things I knitted for my nieces (one who is five and one who is…about negative four months old).  The hairband and giraffe were birthday gifts for the five-year-old, who enjoyed them even though her aunty Zeta sent them over a month too late for her birthday.  Oops.  The…other thing…is a sort of lovey for the new baby.  When I started making it, the sex of the baby wasn’t known, and it began life as a lion.  However, after realizing that a baby would probably eat most of the lion’s mane within its first few weeks of life, I decided to nix the mane and let the animal be whatever it felt like being, which is sort of a mix between Winnie-the-Pooh and a mouse.  While it definitely didn’t turn out how I envisioned it in the beginning, at least it was give-able, and I’ve learned valuable lessons for future lovies made for future nieces and nephews.

Next, I started on a pair of socks I found while browsing Ravelry, my first attempt at a color pattern:

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out (although one is noticeably more loosely knitted than the other) but they’re a bit small for me, so they’re going to make the trans-Atlantic flight and become a gift for my little sister, who is the only person I know whose feet are smaller than mine.

After that, I received a huge amount of yarn from my neighbor, and a request for a sweater for her (absolutely adorable) baby girl.  This one knit up rather quickly, as I just did a few changes to a sweater I had already made a couple of times for a couple of different babies in the past.  I added the heart design, the scalloped neck-line, and the buttons on the shoulder.

Luckily, I had just finished this before I managed to chop my yarn-holding finger and had to put my knitting on hold for a bit.  However, my mother-in-law, about whom I can never, ever say enough good things, knitted me a “dimsidut” (the Danish equivalent of “thingamajig”) to protect my finger so I can knit.  Check it out!
(photo courtesy of my chin)

Now I’ve just started a pair of socks for my mom, but I’ve run into a snag.  For some reason, every time I have to knit ribbing, it ends up looking great on the inside and pretty awful on the outside.  I’ll play around a bit more with it before I start the actual pair of socks, and continue looking around on forums for any tips, although I haven’t found anything applicable yet.  Any advice?

Next up: catching up on May photo-a–day…don’t worry, it’s coming!

 

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6 thoughts on “Catching Up!

  1. Wow! The patterns on the socks and the hearts on the sweater are just amazing. I wouldn’t know where to begin if I wanted to knit a solid color scarf let alone anything with a pattern or design!

  2. So CUTE Zeta! love the giraffe! It would be cool to have a little display of a bunch of Zeta-knit animals. You should try doing a guinea pig!

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