Secret Project #1 was not a Christmas gift, it was a baby shower gift for Carrie, one of the ladies in my knitting group. Carrie is expecting a little boy sometime between now and the end of November. There’s a possibility he might be later than that, but it would be nice for Carrie if that option isn’t mentioned.
To welcome Carrie’s new arrival I knit her the Baby Baseball Tee from Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark’s Knit 2 Together. I used Sidar Snuggly DK in blue/white Mix for the body and khaki green for the sleeves. This is project 10 for the 12 in 2011 challenge. I used the pirate rules a little for this project, since I bought yarn. Originally I was going to use two colours, the blue/white mix and a dark brown, of Snuggly that I got at the Fibre Festival in Victoria a few years ago. Looking at them again I realized that the dark brown was too dark with the blue/white mix. So I bought the khaki green which will go with both of the colours I already had.
I made one adjustment to the pattern. Instead of starting with a small number of stitches for the sleeve and increasing, I made a straight sleeve by casting on the total number of stitches after the increases. It seems to me that straight sleeves would be easier to get a baby’s arms through than tapered ones.
Last year, sometime before Christmas, my brother’s best friend Bill asked me to knit him a scarf with skulls on it. He told me that there was no rush, which I obviously have taken to heart. In May I sent him an email with links to some potential patterns. He chose Iris Schreier’s Skull Scarf. Knowing it was double knit, I purchased some Red Heart Comfort Sport in Black and Off-White, so that it wouldn’t be too thick. Last week, I finally started this scarf.
I’m using the pattern Bill selected as inspiration, since I have not bought the required yarn to get the pattern free. I charted my own skull pattern made of parts from a few different skull patterns that I found. I didn’t think to keep track of what patterns I used parts from though. The pattern is close to one of Bill’s tattoos, so he should be pleased.
I would like to get it finished in time for Christmas, but I’m not going to pressure myself into it. As I mentioned in the last post, scarves can feel unending. I like working double knit, but I need to look at what I’m doing, so I am not able to work on it if I want to pay attention to the tv. I’m re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on evenings where I have time by myself, and since I’ve seen it before I know that this time can be dedicated to working on this project.