what's on the needles?
i love knitting for babies and kids. love it. that may be because they have little say in what they'd like to wear, so i can get away with more, but that's not the point. luke's vest is on the back burner for awhile, so i got hungry for a quick knit. luckily, my mom has a coworker who is expecting a baby boy in a few months and is going through a tough time. babies? tough times? both call for knitted gifts, if you ask me.
what you see on the needles is the garter stitch cloche, which the baby on the cover is modeling. it has an unusual construction, with short rows, but it's very straightforward and easy. if you haven't checked out this book, knitting for baby
, do it right now! i got this copy out of the library and i never want to give it back! (i will, of course, but i'm definitely ordering my own copy.) it has the most precious baby knits- from easy ones like the hat i'm making and garter stitch booties, to heirloom nordic and arans. when i saw the nordic snowflake pullover, i swear my ovaries started weeping. but since there are no babies for me anytime soon, i'll just tuck it up on the shelf and keep knitting gifts.
another great book of patterns for little ones is lucinda guy's handknits for kids
. the patterns are geared towards bigger little ones than ...for baby
, toddlers and young grade schoolers, but they're equally adorable, beautiful, and knitworthy. i already have plans to knit luke the digger tractor sweater. another must buy book for me.
then of course, there's the sock, chugging along.