I hope you all are having a more relaxing weekend than I am. Yesterday was spent running errands and doing some shopping. And knitting as fast as possible.
One of my husband's co-workers had a baby shower today. Last week we discussed what to get for the shower. I went to the Co-op hoping to find an environmentally friendly baby present but, being a grocery store mostly, did not find much there. So I decided maybe I would try to make something. A baby quilt would be the obvious choice (and probably should have been) but I didn't have any really appropriate baby fabrics in my stash and didn't want to go buy any. So, I searched online for some baby knitting patterns and found a couple to try. I did go out and buy the yarn but I only needed two skeins. I decided if I bombed on the patterns, Frank could go out and buy something at the last minute.
With one week to finish, I started a baby hat and baby shrug (it's suppose to be a girl). I'm not much for girly-girl stuff and did not choose a pink yarn. Instead I picked a nice multi-color pastel. I worked on both this past week at volleyball games and while watching tv in the evening (the US Open tennis event is on).
I managed to finish the shrug last night, but it has lots of mistakes. I have never knitted a garment. I still consider myself a beginner. Shaping and picking up stitches were new to me, but I figured I would just learn how to do it as I went along. Any knitter would be able to tell I did not do a good job. Hopefully, the non-knitters will not look too closely.
I finished the hat this morning, a couple of hours before the shower. It turned out better than the shrug but working with double pointed needles on something so small was a little difficult for me. Below is the result. I really hope that it's the thought that counts on this one.