I have a printed copy of an internet meme hanging on my whiteboard above my desk at work, and another copy stuck to my fridge at home. On days when I’m struggling with procrastination, or mornings when I’m feeling sluggish and uninspired, it gives me a boost. What is this magical motivational poster, you ask? Well, it looks like this:
Now you know what gets me moving. It came from the internet. The fact that the shark hat is crocheted makes it even better, because I know that someone out there took the time to make a shark hat for their kitty (or sure, for a baby, but let’s be honest, cats in hats are pretty amazing).
This weekend, I definitely felt like a powerful Great White Shark — I finally finished repairing Brooks’ dad’s sweater! I wound in the final ends, checked everything over, and packaged it up. Success! An item checked off the knit list! Fellow crafters, you know the satisfaction I felt when I officially declared it done. Is there any better feeling?
Now I get to cast on my capeletfigure out what to make for a baby that is due in early September. I want it to be something fun but also practical, because this is a Maine baby. With that in mind, this is one of the potential items:
Is this not one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen? Possibly even cuter than a cat wearing a shark hat? This is the Baby Duck Booties pattern from Quince & Co., and it makes me want to just squeal with delight. The toddler size (which I would have to make, because I knit slowly and babies grow so quickly) uses Chickadee, a sport weight yarn. I think I’d change up the color of the sole, because white would get dirty really quickly, but we’ve got plenty of colors to choose from in the store. I have also pondered trying to size this up to make a cozy pair of slippers for myself, perhaps using plushy, aran weight Osprey. (Non-slip paint or a suede sole would be a necessary safety feature.)
I’ve also considered a blanket for the heirloom factor, and because the sizing is less crucial (ditto for the gauge — score!). But there are so. many. baby blankets out there. Ravelry offered me 168 PAGES of knitted blanket patterns when I searched. After enjoying working on the ZickZack Scarf, I’m tempted to tackle the Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot, though probably in Berroco Vintage instead of cotton, because this is a fall/winter baby. However, if I continue procrastinating on this project, I may end up needing to choose Softcotton Chunky for a quick knit summer blankie!
Of course, there’s always the sweater option. I think I’ve already mentioned that I love designs by Tin Can Knits, and they don’t make it easy to choose. I’m torn between two patterns: Old Growth and Goldfish. Which one do you prefer?
And this is Goldfish — adorable, fun, quirky, and also seamless. With a slightly tonal yarn for the main color… this could be the one.
What do you think, readers? Booties, blanket, or sweater? What’s your go-to item to knit when someone is expecting? As soon as I have a pattern, I’ve got to channel my inner shark and attack the project!
Last week I mentioned that I have a lengthy To-Knit list (I also have a lengthy To-Do list, but the knit one is much more fun). In fact, I suspect that there are more items on my list than I could ever possibly knit, even if I maximized my knitting time by quitting my job, taking all of my nutrition through an IV drip, and never doing dishes or cleaning the house ever again.
Since that sounds somewhat unhealthy (hello, carpal tunnel), today I’ll just share with you my current top three To-Knit projects:
This has been on my list for a while, and I’m torn about which yarn to choose. Allison, who used to work here, made a gorgeous version using Firefly by Classic Elite Yarns, but I’ve also seen a beautiful one done in Chickadee by Quince & Co. I keep wandering back and forth between these yarns in the shop. Do I want breezy linen and viscose, or soft and cozy wool? Either way, this top is perfect for warm weather, and would be easy to extend for my long torso.
I’m a t-shirt girl at heart, but I sometimes long for a little more glamour and sophistication. Odele is my answer. Knit in Mykonos from Berroco, it’s going to be slinky but wearable, and the subtle sheen will make a nice change from my usual cotton tees. I even have a great statement necklace I got for Christmas that will pair perfectly with it. When I think about this pattern, I keep picturing myself sipping a cocktail on a deck overlooking the ocean at sunset. It will be mine. Someday.
Dear Pam, please stop coming up with so many lovely patterns. Well, no. Please don’t ever stop. But really, what’s a girl to do? This simple top caught my eye last spring, and has been calling to me ever since. Made with Quince & Co. Sparrow yarn (100% organic linen), the only question here is which colors to choose. I love the classic nautical look of the photo, but wouldn’t it also be fun in a dark pink with burgundy stripes, or teal with navy stripes?
This week’s featured yarn is Sparrow, from Quince & Co. It’s a 100% linen sport weight yarn. It has a slight sheen for a touch of elegance, and it comes in the delicate palette that we love Quince & Co. for! Linen is a most excellent fiber for light, breathable summer garments or fine dish towels.
Quince & Co. offers some gorgeous patterns designed for this yarn. We’ve been dreaming of the Saco Stripes top. (pattern available on Ravelry)