This final week is bittersweet; I’m excited for my next adventure (whatever it may be), but I’m feeling sad to be saying goodbye to all of you. The thought of leaving behind a routine that I have followed five days a week for the past five years is really daunting. Fortunately, there is ice cream in my freezer. Lots of ice cream.
Also fortunately, I have a knitting project nearly done, so I’m all lined up for a great dopamine boost when I finally (finally!) bind off and get all those tiny buttons sewn on. You probably assumed I had finished it ages ago, but Maine’s Slowest Knitter is still plugging away on the Goldfish sweater. Only half a sleeve and the button bands (gulp) left to go…
I definitely recommend this pattern by Tin Can Knits, although I will be changing the number of buttons — the size I’m making calls for twenty small buttons. Yes, twenty. Ain’t nobody got time for that, especially not on a squirmy baby. Besides, there were only eight of the cute fish buttons I wanted. (And do we ever knit a project exactly as the pattern says?)
So here’s to wrapping things up — winter, a job, a baby sweater… Whatever you’re wrapping up right now, I hope that the transition is smooth, the next adventure is rewarding, and that your buttonholes are always the right size for your buttons.
I picked Goldfish by Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits, and I’m using Berroco Vintage DK in Bird’s Egg #2136 for the main color, and Fuchsia #21176 for the fishies! The needles are Knitter’s Pride Dreamz, my favorites. So far, all I have is the collar edge, but I’m already loving it, and can’t wait to get to the colorwork section.
The most exciting part about this project is that my amazing partner is knitting it with me. (Honestly, I never get tired of talking about how great he is — but tell me if you’re getting sick of hearing it.) He knew how to crochet when we met, and quickly learned to knit so he could make a great scarf for his mom. It seems that we knit to about the same gauge, so we’ve been taking turns with the project. If there’s enough yarn left at the end, I’ll translate the goldfish motif into a matching baby hat for winter!
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!