this week, maya and i have been knitting together on some fun new projects. i'm working on a quick newborn gift (for a friend's baby, who is due any time now!) - a tiny bloom dress in a sweet pastel rainbow mini mochi colorway. it's amazing to me that this dress, using this tiny fingering weight yarn, is made with the exact same number of stitches as the bloom tunics i've made for my big 7 year old girl! another reason to love tikki's bloom pattern. :)
this may be my most favorite bloom tunic that i've knit for maya yet! i adore the feel and squishiness of this gorgeous plied yarn (a nice variation from my usual single ply favorite), not to mention the amazing colorways...and the aran weight of it makes this tunic feel quite a bit more substantial, which is nice. maya also specifically requested that i make several eyelet rows for the bottom border. :) after my previous attempts at beginning this tunic, i'm pleased to finally have it completed now and ready for her to wear and enjoy these last few months of cooler weather!
this week i finished a thorpe earflap hat that i've been working on. maya is modeling it here but it is actually for wesley! as popular as this hat pattern is, it's hard for me to imagine that this is the first time i've knit it?? with simple and easy-to-follow instructions, this warm hat knits up quickly in a bulky gauge (i used malabrigo worsted held double - ravelry notes here)...
i've got two knitting projects-in-progress to share today - one is brand new, and the other has been through...well, let's just say a fewincarnations since it was first on my needles. i'm talking about the most recent bloom tunic for maya that i've been working on since october! i originally intended to make this for maya for her traditional handknitted martinmas gift (nov 11) but, unfortunately, that date came and went. i had also begun knitting the top portion of this tunic in a single colorway (a definite deviation for me)...but quickly decided that it was just a little too plain. so i frogged it back quite a ways and included the additon of a second color that second time around (and thought i might finish it by christmas?). some weeks later, i was still unsatisfied with the color combination so i decided to pull out all of the remaining various colorways i had in this araucania toconao worsted merino yarn (which, by the way, is a lovely squishy multi-ply 100% merino - love it!)...and reknit the tunic once again, from the beginning, this time using all of the colorways together, randomly, in my own signature scrappy style. now i'm wondering why in the world i didn't just start it like that?? i'm much happier with this final version and should be completing it in the next few days - just in time as a new year's mid-winter no-reason-in-particular gift? :) now it's just a matter of quickly deciding which border i want to use!
the second project i have to share today is a new simple ribbed scarf that i'm making for wesley, using some lovely sundara silky merino in the most beautiful shade of variegated green (his favorite color). yes, it's true, i have a couple of otherscarves for him that have long been in progress in my never-ending knitting queue...but i just couldn't resist this gorgeous yarn that was begging to be made into a quick colorful scarf just for him!
and, at last, a yarn stash update! all new araucania toconao worsted merino colorways (see notes on said colorways mentioned above):