First is the long lingering “Summer Wrap” by Mac & Me. I really took my time with this, working on it mostly in church or at the movies. The pattern was simple but lovely and I loved, loved, loved the Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton yarn. It has a luscious feel that I have not come across in any other cotton. I am already thinking of knitting another, bigger, “Shawl That Jazz” with the remaining yarn. Wrapping myself in this baby will be a delight.
Also, finished are the latest pair of simple socks. I started them so long ago, that I don;t even remember which yarn I used (not Koigu, not Jitterbug, maybe Claudia Handpaints). Socks are my emergency/pocketbook knitting so they only get worked on when I don’t have my knitting bag with me (which is not often). Lisa Knits Simple Toe-up Sock pattern (8sts/in) is my go to sock pattern. While I do have it on all of my devices, I rarely have to refer to it anymore which really adds to the Zen of the experience.
Last, but not least, I whipped up a quick baby hat for an expecting friend. I used Ann Norling's Kids Fruit Cap pattern but choose colors that, I hope, made it look more like a flower. Over the last couple of years I have drastically cut back on KnitPicks yarns (They seem to be trending away from affordable luxury and more towards acrylic/nylon blends. Not my thing). However, I still consider their Comfy my go-to baby yarn. I resisted it at first due to the acrylic content but really it does live up to its name in that it is very soft and comfy. For a baby, that and washability are a can’t beat combination.
As for past & future “work knitting”. Like so many others, we are really feeling financially pinched these days. Hubby is much happier at work these days but it took a small pay cut to get him there. On top of the whooping one he took to move us to FL, a struggling college freshman, and a rash of trials, we are struggling. If I can’t find a way to help, we could be in real trouble. So, I have thrown a couple of knitting irons in the fire and am hoping to put my talents to productive use. Wish me luck.