First up, perhaps the cutest quickest baby project ever.
This is the Winter-baby kit with hat and mittens (a free pattern on Ravelry),
|you can see my project and even more details on Ravelry, here|
and the brioche stitch on the mitts. Of course newborn mitts are likely to be cute no matter what, but still, these are special!
I've got a few babies on the horizon this year and I'm delighted to have a pattern that knits up so well (so fast). Note that this set is for a baby due in February, so I'm anticipating he'll be able to wear it this winter. I also have a few summer/early fall babies and I plan to knit the 3-6 month size for them.
….and now, the pile of yarn I bought yesterday.
This is 12 skeins of Shibui's Heichi in the Sidewalk color way, destined to become Beaubourg.
|© Fairmount Fibers/Julie Hoover|
I have had my eye on this pattern since it was released (a year and a half ago!) and am excited to finally knit it. I chose the Heichi for two main reasons: first, I love it at the pattern-suggested gauge of 4 stitches to the inch; and second, because silk is a year-round fiber for our climate and I think this design could be worn year-round (or at least for ten months of the year).
I'm planning to swatch - yes, even though I've knit this yarn at the correct gauge three times before, it's been a while and I want to double-check - and cast-on later this week. Based on what I've heard around the shop, I think a few of y'all are interested in the pattern as well, so I'm going to share my progress here on the blog. Stay tuned and please - if you have any questions - ask them in the comments. And definitely, if you'd like to join me and knit-along, I'd welcome the company!