How do you pack knitting projects when you're going on vacation? Usually, and probably not surprising to many of you, I end up packing way too many. What can I say? I'm an optimist about how much will get done! This summer I decided to limit myself to three projects (1 sweater, 2 smaller items) and some mini skeins to knit and crochet up. And then at the last minute I threw in a skein of sock yarn and some needles in case I got an itch for something new.
Which was a good idea, because with the heatwave we had last week I felt like I could barely knit, let alone follow a pattern. Which made it perfect summer weather for that knitting staple: garter stitch. My favourite garter stitch and sock yarn combo? The Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
One of my favourite things about garter stitch is how it shows off the beauty of a yarn through it's simplicity. And I really love keeping things simple when doing baby knitting. I think the aqua blues and citrus-y yellow/greens of the Nimu yarn (a custom colourway in celebration of last October's P3 retreat!) are lovely and gender-neutral for any baby, and those octopus buttons just make me want to squee every time I see them!
Seeing as how there were leftovers, what's a baby sweater without matching booties?
I think these may be my new favourite baby booties to knit. Best of all, it's a free pattern download on Ravelry!
When I wasn't knitting, I was beating the heat with some mindless summer reading - the new Dan Brown novel that I borrowed from my father-in-law. I was quite surprised by the twist at the end! Sadly, now the book and the baby knitting is done so it's back to my regularly-scheduled knitting. But I could also use a new book to read. Anyone have any recommendations?