But first, a digression in craptastic costume sewing. Monkey1 & her class did an "in-house field trip" called A Walk Through the American Revolution, so she asked me to make her a costume. Unfortunately, when we were Thanksgiving vacation in the Sierras, we kept having power outages. I had to rush towards the end and there are a lot of crooked stitches in there.
We also had a little debate on what color fabric her mobcap & shawlette were supposed to be, so I did two. The dusty pink she eventually chose to wear during the "play," and the muslin set that I felt was a little more authentic.
At least my sister's layette set is done. The Austermann Mosaico blanket swatch actually survived the washer & dryer fine, so she'll probably get the blanket too.
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease (the baby is a tropical one)
patterns: Baby Yoda Sweater, Kiddie Cadet & Waves of Babies Booties
needle size: mostly 8's
Sweater mods: body in the round 'til armholes. Sleeves picked up & knit from the armhole. Applied i-cord edging to the vertical edges.
I'm done w/the teacher gifts, but I'm waiting for the fog to burn off before I can take a pic of Monkey1's teachers black mitts. But first up, Monkey2's teacher's hat in Cal Bears colors. Hard not to like a teacher from my alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley.
pattern: Cascade's Pittsburgh Steelers hat
yarn: Knit Picks Swish worsted in Dusk & Semolina
needle sizes: 9 & 10 KP circs
By the time I got to the Cal hat, I started to improve on my colorwork. The first one I did, the Norwegian Star Hat, unfortunately came out too small for the adult recipient. (No gauge stated in the pattern & I guessed wrong on the needle size I needed to get the gauge I think I needed.) It barely fit Monkey2 unblocked. While it loosened up a little after a wash & block, I still did another one.
This one was much better once I went up on needle sizes, but I also had to switch stash yarns since I was too anxious to wait for another Knit Picks order in the mail.