I have been consumed with one big knitting project after another for the past few months. My future sister-in-law gave birth to a beautiful little boy on April 7th, so for awhile there I was working only on baby things. Here are some of the things I made for the shower in February:
Modified Bear Claw Blanket (from the Bear Claw Blanket from an old issue of Interweave Knits, designed by Veronik Avery):
This was a big project. I started working with the pattern, and it took me over a week just to work the center square. I was on a time crunch since the shower was in February, so I decided to work a log cabin around the outside edge. I started with a knitted on log cabin border, but it was too scrunchy where it was knitted on, so I ripped it back. I ended up crocheting it on because it was easier to control the picked-up stitch tension and easier to rip back if it was scrunchy. I spent a lot of time fussing about how it looked, but I'm very pleased with how it turned out and I'm proud of myself for coming up with a creative solution to my problems using the resources I had on hand.
Modified Bear Claw Blanket (center panel from Veronik Avery's Bear Claw Blanket)
Yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK in cream, brown, and light blue; Valley Yarns Huntington in grass green
Needles/Hook: US Sizes 2 and 3 for the center panel, US Size F hook for the log cabin strips
I also made two baby sweaters and some booties. Here is one of the sweaters:
Little Wolf Sweater by Luanda Diaz-Santiago (purchase on Ravelry)
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in green and blue (from stash)
Needles: US Size 8
Modifications: I knit the body in stockinette; I can't remember but I think there is a different stitch pattern in the directions. I also think I knit the body in the round, and made a couple of other modifications that I can't remember now.
I didn't make this bunny, but someone else did. I was at a craft fair and there was a woman who makes great bags and stuffed animals from old chenille bedspreads (I bought a bag for myself). I did change the bow, since the original had flowers on it, and I'm proud of my bow-tying job.
I'll find the pictures of the other items and post those soon, as well as the other things I've been knitting. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!