I’m not going to make any more promises about blogging more frequently. My life keeps getting in the way of knitting and blogging, and I should just accept it, right?
The good news is that I’m knitting something again. I think I went about a month without picking up my needles. I’d like to think of it as a fallow period, where I just needed to regroup and refresh. I didn’t force any knitting projects upon myself. I just waited until inspiration came to me.
Or, you know, motherly guilt came to me.
My mom reminded me that my stepsister was due to give birth to her second child in August, and I hadn’t even cast on for any baby gifts. Crap. For her first baby, I made this entrelac baby blanket:
So I kinda had to do something for this baby, lest it feel left out.
I searched my stash, and thought I might make a cute summery dress or something. But then I remembered my recent interview with Susan B. Anderson (to be published in the Interweave Holiday Gifts 2011 issue), and I recalled her saying that she loved making toys because they were knitted gifts that children actually used and liked, as opposed to clothing that their parents thought was cute but they grew out of immediately and thought was itchy and gross anyway.
So I changed my mind. I already had Susan’s newest book, Spud and Chloë at the Farm in my library, so why not make the adorable eponymous sheep, Spud? I cast on two nights ago and I’m already nearly done with the body:
I need to go pick up some fiberfill for stuffing, but it’s so nice to have a knitting project again. And knitted toys just fly off the needles, they’re so fun!
Readers, have you knit toys? What’s your favorite baby gift project?
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