hands on. little owls.

My knitting frenzy has certainly slowed down lately… as my leg heals and I find myself more mobile and more capable of standing. (And, shhhh, walking on my hard cast… don’t tell my doctor. But he’ll probably be able to figure out that I’ve been walking around by the condition of the bottom of my cast. Yesterday, I had to add some layers of duct tape to make some repairs. Ahem.) But the knitting does continue, just not with the fervor of several weeks ago. IMGP1855One of the sweetest little things that has come of my needles was this “Owlie Sleep Sack”. It is knit in very, very soft 100% merino (Knit Picks Preciosa) and should be warm and snuggly this winter when our sprout is just a wee thing. If you notice, the cable pattern band around the top of the sack is made up of a bunch of little owls. I’m not much of cable-knitter, but I found this to be quite simple and just so cute. I had enough yarn left from my skein that I couldn’t resist knitting a matching hat. I mean, really. Who could? The patterns come from Teresa Cole and her blog Comfort Wool. http://comfortwool.blogspot.com/ (You can also find them on Ravelry. And I’ll have my own knitting notes up there soon, too)IMGP1850And the model in my photos? Well, that little doll was one I made for Ira’s first birthday. My goodness, that was nearly eleven years ago now. That doll has survived all three of my kids and is still holding together well enough to hopefully last through the playing of this next one, too. And when the new baby grows out of his/her sleep sack and hat? I’m sure the doll won’t mind being snuggled up in it…IMGP1853

hands on. more little knits.

IMGP1512Well, with this broken leg, big pregnant belly, and inability to get out into the rough terrain and mud in the garden on my crutches, I have passed many hours with my knitting needles clicking happily away. These particular projects were actually mostly completed before my big fall, so there are many (many) more coming your way. I hope I don’t bore you to tears over the next few weeks with photos of knitted stuff instead of all the goings on in the gardens right now… but I’m a little bit out of that loop and pretty well tangled up in yarn. It’s not a bad place to be, really, despite my lingering feelings of guilt at not being able to help out more in the garden at the height of the growing season! 

So, during this “down” time, I am still starting new knitted projects but I have also made myself a deal that I would finish ALL of the unfinished projects that have been hanging around… some for years (yes, years) now.  We’ll see how that goes! I think maybe this compulsion is being nudged along by my nesting instincts that are kicking in as this pregnancy speeds along – 30 weeks now! Ya know, getting all those ducks in a row. Anyhow, here’s a few more baby things that I really enjoyed knitting. Not too much longer and there will actually be a baby that can wear them! Holy cow!IMGP1510 {This diaper cover is the “WHW Plain Wrap” by Ruth Garcia. Super cute, super easy, and a free pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/whw-plain-wrap }IMGP1511{This sweater is called “Flax” by Tin Can Knits. Very simple and free pattern that comes in a range of sizes for the whole family. http://blog.tincanknits.com/2013/10/25/flax/ }

There you have it, friends. Thousands of additional stitches coming your way soon, so stay tuned…