Last weekend we went on a road trip to stay at my in-law’s cabin on one of the Canadian Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea. I enjoy going to the cabin. As it is out of cell range and the cabin has no internet it’s a great place to go to and truly escape. Both of the children had a blast visiting their grandparents. Boo enjoyed playing all sorts of imagination games with Grandpa, while Nod worked on a learning new skill. What new skill? Climbing the stairs! It won’t be much longer before Nod is running and chasing after his sister.
For the trip I brought 3 projects with me. A hat, a baby blanket I’m making for a friend who is expecting, and a shawl.
The pattern for the hat is Bohemian by Atelier Nordrise. It is a free pattern on Ravelry. Since it using huge needles and bulky yarn it knitted up super quick. By the time we crawled into bed Friday night I had already completed it and weaved in it’s ends. I don’t think I’ve ever completed a knitted project in one day and it was immensely satisfying. It was my first time knitting a hat and doing cable work. I’m real happy with how it turned out and looking forward to wearing it this winter.
The 10 Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown I brought along is another free Ravelry pattern. I didn’t work on it as much as I had hoped I would of. My shawl project distracted me from it. I’m hoping to get the blanket done by July long weekend when we head out of town on another road trip. My friend isn’t due until September but we’ll be seeing her mom in July and I’d like to be able to get it to them before the baby comes.
As for the distracting shawl, I haven’t photographed it yet.
Besides the socks I have two other projects on the go. Both of them are left over Christmas projects that I simply could not get done in time. The first is the baby’s sweater.
It’s a Playdate Cardigan from Tin Can Knits. Another purchase from Knit City last year. This is also the first sweater I’ve ever knit. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. For yarn I choose to go with Lion Brand’s Sock-Ease in Rock Candy. Originally I had thought that I had chosen to knit up the 6m-12m size but when it came time to knit the arm holes I realized that I had actually gone with the 1y-2y size! It’s likely a good thing too. The baby is growing so quickly now that he’s starting to be in 9m clothes.
The sweater called for seaming the front to the back using kitchener stitch. Since this was my first time doing kitchener I had to pop over to YouTube and watch some tutorials on how to do it. Once I found my rhythm I actually found that I enjoyed doing it. Perhaps it was because I learned a new skill or may-be I’m just one of those knitters who enjoys seaming. Now I’m onto knitting up the arms. I can see the end of project coming and I’m already wonder if I should cast on another sweater once this one is off of my needles. My daughter has been asking for me to make her one so that might be coming next.
The last thing on my needles is a pair of Susie Roger’s Reading Mitts for my sister. I’d link you to the yarn but my husband threw out the skein band before I had a chance to add it to my Ravelry and my spare skein is in the stash upstairs in the room the baby is sleeping in. I’ll try to remember to grab is later to tell you. My sister has been asking for me to knit her a pair of fingerless mitts for about the past 3 or 4 years. Considering it took me 9 years to knit up the blanket I had been promising my husband I think my sister is getting a pretty good turn around time. I had originally intended to make these as a Christmas gift for her but since I had the baby’s sweater and my niece’s gift on the needles I had opted to buy her something else instead. Instead these will be an “I love you and know these will help you” sort of gift. I know that she’ll understand why it’s taken me so long to make them. That’s the beauty about sisters. They understand you.