A sweet little hat

I went into my living room, where I have a little knitting corner set up, to get the package of yarn for the Drops Vest I want to make. I knew I needed to ball it up and thought I might as well prep it so it would be ready when I was. Only, I saw some project bags and wondering what they could be, looked. I found scraps I use for newborn hats I take to one of the local hospitals. It’s been a long while since I dropped any off, so I thought, hey, I can knock out a few real quick. So I did.

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Ok, so I got at least one knocked out.

Leftovers are Cleakheaton Cocoon in lavender, Cascade Heritage Paints in Dahlia, and for the flower Frog Tree Meriboo in Raspberry and Beige. As you can see, I started with plain Cocoon and then added in Dahlia. Only, I ran out of Dahlia too soon. I am hoping the crocheted flower draws attention away from that fact. I hate crochet, and these little flowers were no fun, but they do spiff it up a tad.

The 2nd hat is using some leftover Splat in the Heritage Paints with the leftover Cocoon. Not quite as great a match, but at least it will keep a preemie’s head warm.

Now on to the weekend. It will hopefully find me at the pool and in the water. But who knows how refreshing that will be? By this time of the year the pool feels like a bath. And that is not cool! I want to be revived when I dip my toes in, not sweat even more. Have a good one wherever you are.

Wednesday Progress

Hey all, hope your summer is fantastic! For all the heat we are getting now, I must say the summer so far has been very mild. More thunder storms and rain than heat waves. But this week is a scorcher, so it called for some water time.

He just loves this game. As long as you keep throwing the ball, he will go for it. And when you stop, he drops it in the water himself, waits for it to float away, and then jumps in after it. Silly dog.

Not all activity has been outdoors, more indoors than not. Knitting has been revived pretty much, so progress on the latest baby item is swimming along. I am half a sleeve away from finishing it.

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I grafted the shoulders, should have probably done the hood, but with seed stitch, I just wasn’t up to the challenge. But I did accomplish grafting both shoulders with all the knits and purls associated with cables.

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Left is the fist attempt, right shows the improvement with the second attempt.

Just wish I could have crossed those cables without losing my mind. But didn’t want to put anymore stress on myself over joining the shoulders.

After this is done I need to get back on the baby sweater for twin brother. Twin sister’s is done, but I fear too small. I am dropping it off with momma so she can give me an idea of fit before I start his.

While that design percolates I might start on a vest for me. I have some brick red Alpaca with a Twist Highlander in the stash. It’s been there a looooooooong time! It should be used. This will be a lighter version of a cardigan, so maybe I won’t get too hot knitting on it through summer?

But before that, I would like to make a baby hat for my Dr. She just had a boy a few months ago, so I thought a cotton knit hat would be cute. And this might be good for baseball game watching, if the 95 degree temps don’t hang around into the evening hours on Thursday!

Mid July Recap

This month has been busy, once again sounding like a broken record! Independence Day celebration, dental work that put me out for a day, PT for hip, and baseball games make for fun/pain and less knitting time.

Stash On Hand: 65,400 yards 365 skeins

July so far……
Knit up: 385 yards 2 skeins
Bought up: 632 yards 4 skeins

I made a valiant effort to knit up as much as I bought, but fell short. I am still behind 247 yards and 2 skeins on the month. At least I have 16 more days to make up the difference.

YTD…….
Knit up: 7859 yards 41 skeins
Bought up: 4820 yards and 22 skeins

At least I am staying ahead on the year by 3039 yards and 19 skeins

In FOs I have 2 so far

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Pop Up Paws and Halland Mittens
Due to the horrible Pop Up pattern I refuse to link to it

July Goals at this point?

  1. Finish both mitt mates. Yes!!! All birthday gifts are off my roster, now to see what the August birthday girl would like and maybe get hers done BEFORE her birthday!
  2. Start baby sweater for Owen to match twin sister’s. Not yet, the next item takes precedence.
  3. Start a new baby sweater for an August shower gift. Neutral color since baby is going to be a surprise for all. Pattern and yarn picked out, cast on, both fronts and back done. It needs to be done and mailed by August 1st, so I think I got this. image
  4. Determine what’s up next for me and work towards starting it. Still pondering, maybe mittens, maybe a sweater, maybe a vest?