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Another Baby Season

For the first time in a long time, IMG_2423.JPGI feel inspired to knit for infants. My childhood best friend is having a baby (a girl!), and Marc (comic book artist) is anticipating a baby of unknown sex (shy baby).

I’m starting with a gift for the baby girl, and am making a Baby Surprise Jacket. I promised up and down not to make it all pink, so I’m going with pink, green, and white. The yarn is a bamboo/cotton blend, so it has a nice shine to it, but it’s lightweight. The baby is due in May, so this will be a perfect little sweater for Spring and Summer. If I’m still in baby-knitting mode after finishing the jacket, I’ll make a hat and booties from the rest of the yarn.

Notice the cat in the photo, evilly plotting how he’s going to get his claws into this yarn.

Other baby-related knitting in my near future:

  • A couple of socks and hats for Marc’s new arrival.
  • A stuffed animal for new baby girl’s big brother (so he doesn’t feel left out).

And I’m still working on Thank You Hat #3, a couple of lace shawl designs, and some designs of my own.

Oh, and notice the Evil Cat staring at my knitting? Yes, he would like very much to eat that whole project, needles and all!

Thank you hats

I’m making Thank You hats for the folks at John’s office to thank them for their awesome work on the comic book. I’ve finished 2 of the hats so far. One is… a little big:

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But I think rolling the brim will fix that if the recipient isn’t into being blinded by his hat.

The other might end up being a little small:

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(It’s still drying, so I haven’t checked its size yet– it fit my head when I tried it on last night).

And the third isn’t on the needles yet.

The pattern for the above hats is Jared Flood’s Turn a Square, which is a fairly easy knit hat. It took me about 1 1/2 knitting days (those are days when I do knit, but at night– not days where I dedicate the whole day to knitting) to make each one. The grey and black one had some issues due to me having too much to drink on Sunday evening, and forgetting to switch to larger needles, and forgetting to stop knitting, so I had to frog back and take out 2 inches of length.

OMG: Knitting!

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After a long spell of not really making any progress in knitting, I have finally (!!!) finished Andrea’s socks!

They’re knit toe-up using the Queen Kahuna method, and have Fibonacci stripes of bright jewel-tone colors throughout the socks.
The Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical sequence found in nature and all over the place. It’s basically what you get when you take the last 2 numbers and add them together:
0+1=1
1+1=2
1+2=3
2+3=5
3+5=8
5+8=13

So the Fibonacci sequence is 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…
A number of natural elements use the Fibonacci sequence, and in general, if you want something to look balanced yet naturally random, using a number that falls in the Fibonacci sequence. The spiral shell of a conch contains this sequence, for example.
Andrea’s feet are very short– she has tiny feet, but they’re not child-sized. As a result, I’ve always thought she must have trouble finding socks that fit well and are comfortable. I personally believe in the magic of hand-knit socks, and I believe that handknit socks are essential for anyone with special foot-fitting needs, like short feet, or my mom’s diabetes (which results in dangerous circulation problems if her cuffs bind), or my step-mom’s inability to fully point her toes, and so on. I’m one of those people who can never find perfect-fitting shoes, and so I value all custom-fitted footwear.

In addition to challenging me with math, these socks challenged me with learning jogless stripes, and with Second Sock Syndrome. For the first time ever, I set aside a project after finishing the first of a pair, and didn’t pick it back up immediately. It took me 4 or 5 months to finish these socks. Which is ridiculous, because the socks themselves only took about 5 days to knit, when I was actually working on them.

The socks look a little funny, in terms of shape, when they’re off your feet. Most Americans are not familiar with toe-up sock construction, and we don’t expect the socks to have pointy heels. But when you put the sock on, it stretches out and flattens against your heel.
Anyway, these socks and a couple of extra gifts are going into the mail next week. Andrea: if they don’t fit right, let me know and send them back so I can fix them. You won’t hurt my feelings or reject my present if you do so. Consider them “first draft of socks” if necessary. As I mentioned above: knitting them didn’t take that long, once I put the project in my hands.

Promo Vlog for ComicKnits!

I’m here, vlogging about my new comic book, Handknit Heroes , which came out last week at a trade show in San Diego. It’s the first comic book for knitters, and it’s a lot of fun and a lot of awesome. Even if you don’t knit, it’s a fun thing to check out!

At least watch the video and see a few shots of the interior artwork and pattern art!

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