The sweater is done. I actually finished it about a week ago, but still need to block it. Finding a pet safe location for something to dry for a few days is easier said than done around these parts, but I'm thinking that I will just clear off the top of the dryer this afternoon and set it up there. Overall, it was a super fun knit, and I think that I will do it again in a smaller size for baby Z. when he is a little bit less on the baby side. Maybe a 2T or so. And, with stripes. Because I believe strongly in the importance of stripes.
Speaking of stripes, I made a trip to our local yarn store late last week to pick up some Spud & Chloe sweater yarn with the intention of making striped leg warmers for the girl. I'm trying to create an opportunity to teach myself how to do jogless striping. But in a predictable turn of events, I was distracted by other things during my visit and left with some hand painted sport weight yarn to knit into baby socks. It is pretty and soft and I could knit with it all day long. But I won't. Because there are things to cook and wash and fold and small people to chase and love and clean up after. Written out like this, it doesn't sound all that great, but actually, its really pretty good. Well, maybe not the folding part.
I did get one sock knit up earlier this week. Pretty quickly actually. This yarn is so soft and smooth that it slides right off the needles just like that. I lost the label almost instantly upon bringing it home, but I believe that it is this Misti Alpaca. The socks are a gift for the newish baby girl of some dear friends, so I am likely to knit two more. Yes, two. You see, I have this decade old habit of instinctively doing a really strange cast on and although I've been working hard to retrain myself, I unknowingly did it again when I made this sock. As a result, I'm not super happy with the tension of the stitches at the top, and may just send along a "pair" of three socks to make myself feel better about the imperfections in this first one.
Yarning along with Ginny today.