I finished Olivia’s undershirt, which was made of stash yarn left over from my mom’s Christmas gift last year. I have yet to get some pictures of that item… I was supposed to knit it in the round, but my needles had too long of a cable between them and I impatiently decided to knit two sides flat and sew them together instead. The result is very similar to the pattern in Interweave Knits Fall ’09. Crocheted edging always evens things out. The Shine Sport yarn from knitpicks.com is so soft! I love it!
I have enough left to make a small newborn hat for Livvy, so that’s already begun. I love knitting in the round, but I confess I hate double-ended needles! I just have the hardest time working around all those pointy ends. Usually by the third or fourth round I’ve managed to get some kind of rhythm going, but I often end up starting over and over at the first round, unsatisfied with my cast-on over multiple needles.
The second set of photos is of a wonderful, beautiful, soft and colorful baby blanket that my awesome friend Jef knitted for Olivia! I couldn’t believe how great it is! My guess is that he started directly after hearing about our baby, because people have only known for 3 months (we announced around 2 months, just after we found out ourselves). Jef is the king of patient, even stitches. The entire blanket is impossibly uniform garter stitch – yes, simple, but it’s about 4 feet wide and 6 feet long, and I think he probably knitted it on a pair of straight needles. I’ve made a similar attempt before, and it’s kinda hard to do it right. The photos don’t really reflect how dark and rich the purple is.