A friend recently had a baby boy, and to commemorate the occasion I wanted to make her a simple gift so I settled on a baby bib. This free pattern from Delia Creates was the perfect solution. I love the simple way it fastens – with a little knot that is pulled through a button hole. My friend’s baby shower was Nascar themed, and the baby’s namesake has to do with her alma mater, so I decided on a football theme for the bib in her university’s colors. I was lucky to find the helmet pattern and then used a solid red for the back of the bib. The pattern was easy to follow and went together quickly.
On Sunday and Monday it was in the mid 70s. Yesterday and today it did not get out of the 20s and there was some insane morning wind. Wow. I left Ohio to get out of this kind of weather. It looks like tomorrow will be just as cold, with a chance of little snowflakes Thursday night. To top it off Texas isn’t built for these temperatures and the energy grid can’t handle the load, giving us rolling black-outs and lots of school and business closings.
Yes, I whine, I know. Anyhow this coldness reminds me of a gift I knitted for myself around a year ago. Arm warmers! They are one of my favorite shades of green. The intent was to wear them at my desk at work because my fingers sometimes turn purple from being cold. Unfortunately they make typing a bit difficult so I don’t wear them as often as I should since typing is pretty instrumental to my work. That does not detract from their appeal though.
The pattern name is dashing and I found it on ravelry (of course). Pattern browsing on ravelry is addictive, you should sign up and try it. The pattern is available from knitty. The yarn I used is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes, a very nice and affordable yarn. I really love the way the long cables turned out on these arm warmers. Overall I found this project to be pretty easy and would recommend it. It does require knitting in the round on double pointed needles, but once you learn how to do that this is a great pattern!
I found myself headed outside to play winter league softball (also known as “whiskey league” by my team aptly named “Beer Me”).
It was cold and windy in case you couldn’t tell already. I bundled up with many layers and topped it off with a hat that I recently knitted:
Can you guess where I am in that picture? No, not the softball game. I didn’t wear my ski jacket to tonight’s softball game. It’s a Steelers hat that I knitted myself! I was at the Steelers – Panthers game in Pittsburgh on December 23rd. It was REALLY COLD there.
I really like how that hat turned out. You can get the pattern on Ravelry (login needed). The yarn was very warm and knit up nicely (Knit Picks Swish Worsted). As the pattern was written it was too big for me and I had to do only 3” of stockinette stitch after the ribbing. You know, just in case you want to knit this hat too.