Anybody home?  Hello?  Contrary to what you might have thought, I didn’t run out for a loaf of bread and keep going.  Just went through a busy period that didn’t leave much time for anything other than what was required of me. I’ve just started to settle in to some newly found free time and I realized that I didn’t want to let this blog fizzle out and die. My poor mother (Hi, Mom!) checks nearly every day to see if I’ve written a post.  I can’t continue to disappoint her!

Over the course of the last few months, I’ve managed to sneak in a little bit of knitting, so it’s time for a Show and Tell.

These booties were knit as a shower gift for a friend of mine who is expecting her first shmoopie at the end of September.


The pattern is Ruth’s Perfect Baby Booties and they are pretty perfect. I used Lion Brand Cotton-East in Lime. So stinkin’ cute – I want to hang them from my rearview mirror.

I knit this little bag in June to give as a gift to my Room Mother.


It’s the Bangle Wristlet Purse knit with Cascade Pastaza in a really pretty teal color.  Like so many things I’ve knit, I wanted to keep it.  It was so hard to give away but its new owner was very happy with it.  I started to knit one for myself in a periwinkle color, modifying the pattern to knit it in the round. Right now, it’s sitting on the pile of unfinished projects because I wanted to move on to this:

This is my Shmoopie Blanket, knit for the same baby who will be wearing the booties.


This pattern, the Baby Chalice Blanket, was knitted by a friend from my knitting group and I loved it.  I used Bernat Softee Chunky in New Denim Heather. I don’t necessarily love this yarn, but it will be new-mom friendly.


Still thinking about babies, I knit a few of these:


The pattern is Baby Ball Rattle by Jessica Gutoski.  So cute.  There’s a cat toy inside the stuffing to make the rattling noise. I think it’s such a smart thing because baby’s always hit themselves in the face with their rattles – and then they scream.  This rattle won’t hurt!

Since we all know I’m a copycat, once I saw another friend’s version of this hat, I needed to make one, too.  It’s Propellor from Woolly Wormhead (Wouldn’t you love to be called Woolly Wormhead?), available in a collection of baby hat patterns called Wee Woolly Toppers.  Here it is during blocking on a big plastic-wrapped ball of wool:


And here it is in its natural state. Adorable.


That hat hooked me on baby hats, so I knit this one yesterday:


It’s the Baby Tri-Peak hat, a free pattern that also came from Woolly Wormhead. I’m not positive on which yarn I used. It was a ball from my stash that had once been something else and was frogged – could be Cotton Tots.

I’m proud to report that everything I’ve shown you was knit with yarn from my stash! No new purchases were made in the creation of these objects. So happy about that. My stash is much bigger than it should be, so my plan is to keep whittling away at it. So . . .

For my next trick . . . I’m going to knit a sweater with the beautiful blue Malabrigo that’s been waiting patiently on the shelf.


After hemming and hawing over patterns, I settled on Tempting from Knitty. I found modifications on Ravelry that I’ll use to change the neckline – eliminating the eyelets and ribbons and instead adding cables. It won’t be off-the-shoulder, either. Not on me. Nope. I’m sure I’ll bore myself to death with non-stop K2P2 rib, but after looking at all of the beautiful versions on Ravelry, I know it’ll be worth it.

Only a few more weeks until the start of school, and then we’ll be back in action with good kid stories. Can’t wait. Kind of.  As I’m laying here on the couch with my laptop, my knitting, my lemonade, and my television, I think I can wait.

6 Responses to “Hello?”

  1. Sonia Says:

    Love all the new FOs! Totally impressed they were all knit from stash!

  2. Phoebe Says:

    All the baby goodies that you knitted are so cute! I also love your baby blanket!
    I can’t wait to see your Modified Tempting, sounds interesting!

  3. rmsheffler Says:

    Are you sure you didn’t wander away from all of us at the zoo or something? We miss you! I think you’ve been invading my brain because I’ve been into the baby hats lately, too — especially the WW ones. AND I have the yarn sitting in the stash closet for my own Tempting. Get out of my head! 😉

  4. accountantgrrl Says:

    Welcome back to the blogging world! Hopefully I’ll see you in real life tomorrow.

    All the baby goodness is “stinkin’ cute” as you would say! 🙂

  5. Kathy Says:

    Happy to see you back! Loving all your baby stuff. Can you make me a rattle? A blue one? Is that easier than a hat? The shower is Sept 6. Let me know what you think!! Love ya!

  6. Mom Says:

    Glad to see you’re back in the land of the knitters. I love the rattles, and the little hats are adorable.. Good job !!!
    Love you…………

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