Thanks so much for all the Anniversary wishes on my last post! We had a wonderful anniversary dinner! We wound up going to Del Posto, an amazing Italian restaurant by the owners of Babbo (my all-time favorite Italian restaurant here in NYC). The pasta was *incredible* and just melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I couldn’t have asked for a better meal or a better night. It was all wonderful and a great beginning of our non-newlywed marriage. πŸ™‚

The day after our Anniversary was really busy, though! We hosted a baby shower for a close friend of mine who I previously knit many different things for her, her husband and their soon-to-be-born baby boy. The baby shower was a huge success (she wanted it co-ed so we wound up with more than 30 people here!) with my husband making a great BBQ of hot dogs and burgers as well as his dad’s famous rib recipe. Basically, everyone had a wonderful time and it was a lot of fun! As a shower gift, I knit up a baby blanket:

Chalice Blanket - FINISHED

This was made in Dream in Color Classy in the color Go Go Grassy, which she just loved! It’s a beautiful mix of green and purples. The blanket itself was very easy to knit and quite easy to memorize, as long as I could look at the beginning of every row I was fine to remember it. I am so excited to meet her new little one (due on October 30th, though we’re all hoping for Halloween)!

Chalice Blanket - FINISHED

Pattern – Baby Chalice Blanket by Lykkefanten (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Dream in Color Classy in Go Go Grassy (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US10 (6mm)
Cast on – August 31, 2009
Cast off – September 8, 2009
Modifications – None

To go with the blanket, I also made an extremely quick (2 hours!) pair of baby socks using the same yarn. I think they turned out adorable even though they’re plain… anything that tiny has to be adorable! πŸ˜‰

Baby Socks - FINISHED

Pattern – North Country Cotton Baby Socks by Handpaint Heaven (rav link | project link)
Yarn – Dream in Color Classy in Go Go Grassy (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4mm)
Cast on – September 9, 2009
Cast off – September 9, 2009
Modifications – None

Both of the patterns are free, so if you’re looking for baby knit ideas, these just might work for you!

Baby Socks - FINISHED

I loved hosting the baby shower not just because it was for my close friend who loved the blanket I made (she really did, check out the picture below!), but also because as the title suggests, I love beginnings and the beginning of a new life is extra special! πŸ™‚

Carla's Baby Shower

For other beginnings, I’ve been working on two different projects. First up, a new pair of socks from the Sock Innovation book. For any readers that do not know, I’ve been knitting one pair a month from the book along with a Ravelry group (Makin’ Cookies). We’re currently doing Devon. Although I love love love the yarn I chose to knit this with, the pattern hates me and this is the third time I’ve had to cast on for it. But just look at the pretty yarn first!

Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock Club - August 2009

Say hello to Shadow Lake, the August 2009 color of the Fiberphile Sock club. Isn’t it beautiful?

Fiberphile Merino Cashmere Sock Club - August 2009

It’s a gorgeous cashmere blend (and you should all know by now how much I love me some cashmere) and just knits up beautifully, as does all Fiberphile yarns! Here’s the beginning of my third attempt at this sock…

Shadow Devons - WIP

I’m knitting the YO’s through the back loops to minimize the lacyness so of course it made the socks a lot tighter, thus the multiple starts. It’s coming out beautifully, though, and the color is even more rich in person.

Shadow Devons - WIP

My last beginning is the beginning of a sweater! That’s right, I’m knitting a sweater! Go ahead, be surprised. I don’t think I’ve made any garments since December and I don’t really remember that experience fondly at all. But when I saw the Vine Yoke Cardigan (rav link), I fell in love and just have to cast on, though I know that sweaters take so long and are much more time consuming than a simple pair of socks. I’m currently at the gauge swatch phase and trying to pick between these two:

Vine Yoke Cardigan - Gauge Swatch

That’s Malabrigo Worsted in Applewood (SO soft and such a beautiful color). I’m leaning towards the top swatch which is a little off on gauge post-block (pre-block is dead-on) but I like the look of it more. Also, I’m already picking a size with negative ease and a little positive ease wouldn’t hurt, so I think I’ll stick with it…. we’ll see.

And this isn’t a beginning (more a middle actually) but tomorrow marks two months of me not buying any new yarn! Woohoo! Go me! πŸ˜€


10 responses to “Beginnings

  1. Carolyn 09.16.2009 at 3:45 pm

    What a wonderful post. The restaurant sounds really nice and who doesn’t love good italian. The baby blanket and matching socks is beautiful and such a classy gift. I love the yarn you’re using for your own socks. The richness comes across quite well. I have thought about the Vine Yoke myself. Perhaps next year I’ll do it.

  2. topperarnold 09.16.2009 at 4:31 pm

    What a lucky baby!

  3. Kate 09.16.2009 at 9:31 pm

    You have the best taste in yarns! That baby blanket is beautiful, and I love that you used wool for a baby item. And that sock yarn- Holy Crap! It looks great in the hank, but knit up and with that pattern- amazing!

  4. Julia 09.17.2009 at 4:42 am

    I love the idea of a co-ed baby shower! Sounds like fun.
    The Go Go Grassy is a great colour for a baby, and the blanket and socks look lovely.
    I agree, the Shadow Lake is gorgeous! Good for you for not giving up on the Devon socks. Hope third time’s a charm!

  5. Susan 09.17.2009 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful baby presents and beautiful yarn for the socks. I like the top swatch, too.

  6. apocaknits 09.17.2009 at 1:01 pm

    I dig the top swatch.

    Great post!

  7. shortly24 09.17.2009 at 4:59 pm

    Simply beautiful! Totally in love with the blanket, just lovely. And love your sock club yarn too, I agree you have awesome taste in yarn!

  8. Linda 09.18.2009 at 11:38 am

    What a gorgeous baby blanket, the colour is fab!

  9. tangletale 09.19.2009 at 6:22 pm

    A pair of socks a month and a sweater? I’m impressed. The baby blanket is gorgeous.

  10. nona of sav 10.06.2009 at 8:04 am

    Oh wow! The baby blanket is beautiful! I’ve been working on a Baby Chalice too! It’s in my projects on Ravelry πŸ™‚ It is a lovely pattern isn’t it? I know it’ll be my blanket of choice for baby gifting…
    And your sock knitting! Wow! I’m in awe…they’re all just lovely, as well as your yarn choices…love all of them!

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