September Staff Round Up

September Staff Round Up

There's that adage about the cobbler's children having no shoes--that definitely does NOT hold true here at Miss Babs. Just about everyone on staff has some sort of creative outlet, and most of those include yarn. Let's take a peek at what some staff members have been working on.


I'm mostly focusing on Christmas knitting at the moment. I finished my mom and older sister's gifts in the spring and then slacked off a bit over the summer, but I'm making good progress on my sister-in-law's sweater, have finished a pair of fingerless mittens for my dad, have swatched for my younger sister's sweater and will cast that on shortly. 

a handknit red sweater, with one partially knit sleeve and one sleeve that's yet to be knit

For Lucy, I'm knitting the Cozy Pullover by Ewelina Murach, but modifying it to be a hooded cardigan. I'm knitting in Dark Andromeda Yowza.

a pair of fingerless mitts knit in brown yarn with a contrasting white yarn pattern.
These mitts are modified from the  Tradescantia Zebrina pattern by Natalia Vasilieva - this was originally a sock pattern. I used Yummy 2-Ply in White Peppercorn and Timberline (a retired colorway).
My final Christmas gift is my annual project for the longest-term employee for whom I have not yet knit a gift--this year that is Annette and she picked socks in Rock Sparrow Hot Shot. 
a pair of handknit socks, one partially knit with the needles still attached.


Last but not least, I've also cast on a shawl in Moonglow for our next pattern collection.

a large rectangle of handknitting in a light colored neutral mohair yarn



I'm doing some stealth knitting for some upcoming designs, so I can't exactly share everything I've been working on lately. I always have TONS of projects in my queue and have recently picked out some colors for two challenging cowls. 

Here's a sneak peek at the stealth knitting (black and white to sort of preserve the mystery...) and my cowl colorways:

a black and white photo of three different knit swatches in different stitch patterns five skeins of yarn in five different colors placed on a light background.

The Yowza Minis (at left) in Dark Pegasus, Rock Sparrow, and Fiberworld 2020 are destined for Charadriiformes, while the Picture Perfect and Cacao on Yet are for Sea Holly.

a cowl knit in two colors with an all-over colorwork design of various types of sea birds a swatch of brioche knitting placed next to several floral branches
Of course holiday knitting is on my mind, but I've learned the hard way to only knit or sew gifts upon request. But before I get started on all of that, I need to finish up my Novice Sweater Mohair Edition (knit in Moonglow, held double, in Sunny).
A bright yellow mohair sweater, with one arm still being knit, atop a gray and yellow quilt
The quilt that the sweater's sitting on is one quadrant of my Free-Wheeling Single Girl quilt that I'm stuck on. The quilt has four quadrants, and part of me thinks I should not piece them together (for one big king size quilt), but finish them as four small lap quilts and give one to each of my three kids, with the fourth to stay with me. We'll see. 
A quilt block containing four patchwork circles (two over two) in yellow on top of a gray background.
I've had two requests for sweaters from my oldest and youngest. The oldest lives in a warmer climate, so I'm thinking of using Killington to make this Rock Island Line sweater. 
Man wearing a two toned sweater with stripes across the chest.
My youngest is intrigued by the Wednesday Sweater, so I'll need some Big Silk and Moonglow for that. I'm going to use Big Silk in White Peppercorn and Moonglow in Purple Joy.
a light neutral colored sweater knit with brightly colored mohair so the sweater appears speckled with confetti
Both of these are completely do-able, but I have a feeling that my Last Minute Lucy middle child will have a request (which of course will come about Dec. 20).



Jennifer has been weaving lots of creative projects lately.

For the Creative Cloth Challenge, she's been experimenting with colors, textures, add-ins, types of yarns, and negative space. 

A weaving project in progress using a variety of blue yarns, beads, fringe, and more.
A weaving project in progress with blue and orange yarns and spaces in the fabric.
Together with A Good Yarn Sarasota, she participated in a woven scarf swap. This scarf was made with one skein of Yowza in a Wild Iris (non-repeatable) colorway.
A woven scarf made with variegated purple yarn


Have you started any gift projects or tried any new techniques lately?

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1 comment

Wow such inspiration!

Kristie M Michalowski

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