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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 decided to change gears a bit and make a bread from a different recipe book, this time “Beard On Bread” by James Beard.  This was another book that I got for Christmas.  Since this was my first time using the book, I decided to try his basic beginner’s recipe.  The result was a delicious white bread with a tender, moist and chewy crumb that made great toast and sandwiches.

See more delicious breads here, at YeastSpotting!

I love winning stuff, and I was overjoyed when I clicked on the Tollipop blog last week and saw that I had won one of Kirsten’s great prints.  The detail is just wonderful on her work, and I love the colors:

It’s a great print and I can’t wait to hang it in our apartment. If we end up having a little girl, maybe her room would be a good spot? 🙂

I don’t have an adorable daughter or niece to hold up a note, so I have to tell Kirsten directly –

Yes, I can’t seem to stop trying recipes from Nancy Baggett’s Kneadlessly Simple.  This week it was her rosemary focaccia.  This was simple to make and we had extra rosemary in the fridge so it was an easy choice.  I modified her recipe a bit – she had it baking in a pan, and I baked it on a pizza stone.  I ended up with a very crusty result, which I guess is more like a fougasse, but it was delicious nonetheless.

Rosemary Focaccia, yum!

A crispy closeup!

See more delicious breads here, at YeastSpotting!

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.

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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I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been busy growing a baby 🙂  In addition, I’ve also had a lot of fun doing some baby crafting.

I wanted to make a crib quilt for the little one, and decided to test out my quilting skills on a mini-quilt. I was inspired by this mini-quilt by Orange Flower.

Since we’re not going to know the sex of the baby until its born, I went with nice primary colors for the alphabet embroidery. I love this look – it’s simple and graphic, but definitely baby-appropriate.

I absolutely love the vintage fabric that I used for the binding. The fabric’s little flowers and birds are so cute and the colors matched my embroidery really well.

As for the actual quilting, I only did a few rows of outline stitch. I didn’t worry about quilting it very densely because this is only going to  be a wall hanging. I think this little quilt was really a good exercise in using my walking foot and binding for the first time.  I love the results!