Ribbons

This is definitely my new ‘go to’ baby girl hat: Ribbons (Rav link)  from Itty Bitty Hats.  There are so many cute hats in this book, but for some reason Ribbons is my absolute fave!!!!  So far I’ve made 3 – and somehow managed to not blog about any of them???

The first one I made was back in March, for my friend Amanda to give to her new baby cousin.  They are St. Louis Cardinals fans and she wanted something that reflected that.

I don’t keep a lot of red yarn around, so I used some Vanna’s Choice that I had for other purposes.  I tried to choose some ribbons that would incorporate colors from the Cardinals’ Logo – I think this turned out really cute.

2nd hat was for the Ribbons Hat swap on Ravelry

Since this one was ‘just for fun’ I used some stash Bernat Cottontots in Lemon Berry.  I love the ribbons on this one!!!  Unfortunately I do not have a good place to buy ribbon around here, but I think that these are just adorable together.

Hat #3 was for a baby girl at church.  She is so precious and I thought she needed a precious hat.

For this hat I used Classic Elite Yarns Summer Set.  I LOVE THIS YARN!!  I’ve never used it before and now I’m really wishing that I’d bought more when I got the few skeins I did buy in Florida this year.  LOVE IT.  So soft and the color is really great.  I have 2 more of this color left over and I am contemplating more baby hats.  A great yarn!  (I really like pink and brown together.)

Wisp

I decided not too long ago that I don’t really enjoy knitting socks – after buying A LOT of sock yarn.  Therefore I need some projects that use sock yarn, but don’t make socks.  The current trend seems to be SCARVES!!!  So, in the next couple of months, don’t be surprised if you are bamboozled with tons of fingering weight scarf projects from me.  I have about 20 in my ravelry queue.  I am also ready to try my first lacy shawl.  I am all about scarves/shawls at the moment.

My first fingering weight scarf off the list is Wisp from Knitty.

I used 1.7 skeins of Koigu KPPPM – my first time using Koigu!!  I like it.  I am going to be giving this to my piano teacher, Donna.  (I am a budding musician currently on hiatus in case you didn’t know!)  I forgot to measure it but if I recall correctly it was  12.5″ wide and about 55″-60″ long.  (My row gauge is always bigger.)  This is a great pattern and I might consider making one for myself or for my mother, she also likes this kind of thing.  (Although, I prefer this as a scrunched up scarf as opposed to a head wrap/poncho/wrap.)

Another first – it was my first real experience with blocking out a lacy design.  I did not take any pictures, but I ran string through all 4 sides since I don’t have any blocking wires.  I tried to find another wire alternative, but didn’t have much luck.  However, the strings worked just fine, so I will be using this method for the time being.