May and June were super productive on the knitting front, but apparently not on the blogging side of things! I get so excited about starting a new project I completely forget to stop and reflect and write about what I have finished...hopefully this post will get me caught up.
JD and I have some friends back in Maryland who were expecting their first child...they were keeping the baby's gender a surprise until birth, so I knew I needed to find the perfect gender-neutral project. Luckily the mother-to-be told me she was decorating the nursery in an ocean/beach theme, so that helped me find the perfect pattern and yarn.
I found the Twinkle Twinkle Blanket pattern on Ravelry back in December...I loved the stunning yet simple pattern, the in-the-round construction, and the fact that it uses fingering weight yarn. Then I just needed to find the perfect yarn and color...a few email exchanges with Allison at Simply Sock Yarn led me to Dream in Color Smooshy, in the Blue Lagoon colorway. I liked that the yarn is durable, soft, and washable, and the colorway had the perfect tonal depth without being too variegated.
This was my first time using the disappearing loop cast on method...it worked really well and avoided both the cast-on "hole" and the tendency of other methods to pucker in the center.
Our friends' baby boy arrived safe and sound in June, and I was so pleased to present them with this lovely blanket!
As soon as I finished the blanket, I cast on for my June Sock Knitters Anonymous project...one of the themes was Historical Figures so I chose the Marie Antoinette pattern, from the wonderful Anne Hanson at Knitspot. I had some madeleinetosh tosh sock yarn leftover from my Sproutlette baby dress project, so I put that stash to good use.
This pattern has a very interesting construction...the top cuff is first worked flat, in a narrow strip, and then grafted together in a circle. Stitches are picked up along the edge and joined in the round for the remainder of the sock. I really liked the cuff edging, and the "honeybee" stitches down the back of the ankle down to the heel. Very regal design, hence the Queen B name!
In other project news, I have given up on my seamed Custom Fit cardigan. I wasn't happy with how the pieces fit together and my crappy attempts at seaming with mattress stitch. Apparently I am a knitter, but NOT a sewer, so I should stick to seamless (or as close to seamless as possible) designs from now on. I'm going to frog the cardigan and use the yarn on a new cardigan pattern...Magnolia by JOJI. Fingers crossed this project is finished soon!
In my next blog post I will share some other exciting news that happened this summer...hint: annual summertime event with critters and funnel cakes...any guesses?
Links to projects in Ravelry:
Starlight Lagoon Blanket
Queen B Socks