Thanks for pointing me at the Knitmore Girls for their preemie/newborn hat design contest. I was in dire need of snack knitting with a challenge, so the design contest was a perfect context. I poured through the Japanese stitch pattern book, 250 Couture Knit Stitch Patterns by Hitomi Shida and found a few intriguing patterns that worked out to make what I think is a pretty cute little pattern. I knit one up in leftover elann Superwash Chunky and one in some leftover Tempted Hand Painted Good Grrl. Since I made them with scraps I’m calling them my Scrap Babies. The two different yarn weights yielded two different sizes — one that will fit a newborn and one that will fit a preemie. I stayed up late last night to get the pattern finished and entered. Then I saw your note about how they had extended the deadline. I’ve downloaded the podcasts, but I guess I should start listening to it if I want this kind of information while it actually helps.
I did some other snack knitting too. Katie’s Sparkly Scarf is finished and I hope to get my act together enough to put it in the mail by the weekend. This was a really fun knit. I ran out of yarn too quickly, but there was enough for the purpose. This is one of those scarves that you start at the center back with a provisional cast on and knit to one end and then go back to the center and knit out to the other end so that you can have nicely matching ends, a good design feature for this pattern. Instead of doing a provisional cast on I did Jenny’s Magic cast on and just put one half on a stitch holder and then knit the first half from the other side. Then I moved the reserved stitches back to a needle and did the other half. It looked a little short when I was done, but thanks to the miracle of wet blocking (during which it reminded me of a planaria) it grew to a nice length for an accessory scarf. I wouldn’t count on it much for actual warmth.
It’s Single Skein September — I haven’t started anything yet, but have ideas for socks (thanks to all the great patterns from Hitomi) and I have at least 2 pairs of mitts for Christmas presents. I’ll get moving on those tomorrow.