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Little Sophisticate

We’re still waiting for the little one (two weeks to my due date!), but I have another baby knit to show off. This is the Baby Sophisticate pattern, and I’m totally in love.  This is the 6-12 month size, but other Ravelers said it runs small. I hope this will be just the right size for the baby in the fall. I’m already excited about fall walks in the park with the little one!

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Daybreak Shawl

The final shawl I have to show off is Stephen West’s Daybreak pattern. I saw this shawl going around Ravelry and loved it’s shape and style. I picked yarn that is outside the range of my normal color palette but I really like the results. This shawl is springy and energetic, and very easy to wear.

Tom bought me a beautiful wooden shawl pin for Christmas that is perfect for this shawl. I’m so pleased to finally have a shawl pin because I think it makes my lace items a lot more wearable – I can just anchor a shawl once and go, rather than constantly adjusting my shawls as they slide off my shoulders.  As a result, I wore my lacework a lot more often this winter than I have in the past.

Do you knit lace, and if so, do you wear it frequently? With a shawl pin or without?

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Last weekend Tom and I went up to our hometown and both of our mothers threw me a beautiful baby shower. The whole event was really wonderful, but there was one gift in particular that I wanted to show off.

One of my mom’s friends is a knitter and she made us this beautiful baby blanket. I love the Adirondack theme, and really appreciate how much work into it. It’s almost too beautiful to imagine actually wrapping a baby in!

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Shawls, take two

Another shawl that I finished a while ago and photographed this weekend is the Eliina shawl.  I was lucky enough to receive a gift certificate to the Stitch House from a friend, and I decided to buy this beautiful purple cashmere yarn with it.

I liked this shawl pattern because of it’s beautiful edging.  Of course, partway through my knitting I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to complete the shawl at the size I wanted.  Rather than shrink the overall size of the shawl, I  used some lace weight Knitpicks Bare Merino to do the edging.  I actually really like the results – I think doing the edging in a contrast color makes it really pop.

The looped bind-off took forever, but I think it was worth it.  It makes me look fancy (and helps cover the big belly!)

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Shawl Party, part 1

I’ve been really lax in getting these finished objects photographed, but in the past 6 months or so I’ve done a lot of shawl knitting. Now that the temperatures have warmed up a little, Tom and I were able to take some nice photos in the park. I’ll post a few shawls over the next few days, but I’m starting with with my Cold Mountain shawl.

I love this shawl’s graphic simplicity. It’s beautiful and one of my most-worn lace items. The pattern is very simple, but not enough so that it gets boring to knit. I loved it as soon as I saw it in the 2009 Summer Knitty and I’m glad that (eventually) made it.

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I’ve also made a pair of baby socks and baby booties to warm the feet of the little one.

These socks are from a pattern in the Summer 2005 Interweave Knits. I’ve used the pattern to make baby gifts for a couple of friends, and I think the results always come out cute.  I also used some scrap yarn to make a pair of  Oh! Baby baby booties. The grey yarn is a not as fun as the colorful socks, but at least they will be appropriate for a boy or a girl.

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More baby craft goodness! I’ve made two little hats for our fashionable future baby.

This first hat is the Greenleaf baby hat, which I made another version of a year ago for a friend’s new baby. I think it’s cute and classic. I made mine with a silk-wool combo that will hopefully be soft on the little baby’s head.

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