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.
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.
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
Last but not least, I've also cast on a shawl in Moonglow for our next pattern collection.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Have you started any gift projects or tried any new techniques lately?