The felted dino jacket is complete & ready to gift. I tried it on my 3 yr old for a couple of pics before we say goodbye to it. I used a set of 40" circular needles to pick up stitches along the entire right front, hood & left front for the edging & button hole band. It was a lot of stitches, but only for a few rows of garter stitch.
I always like to add a little something to the gift box.
New on my 16" US #4's is a blue beret. I am using Reynolds Soft Sea Wool yarn & following Rose Window Beret by Anne Kuo Lukito. This pattern begins on only 9 stitches cast on to double pointed needles & quickly grows until it can be placed on circulars. I feel like a cobweb is growing from the center of my needles. It is shaping up nicely and I can't wait to see it after blocking.
So, while preparing for this summers annual family camping trip I decided to change things up a bit. Instead of packing each person their own duffel bag of clothing, I thought that it would be a huge space saver if I packed everybodys clothes in one big suitcase. Up I went to the 'above the garage' space in search of our only large suitcase, and once it was opened I discovered this little gem! I was most likely in high school when I knit this purse. Knit completely in garter stitch, the side seams were sewn together using thread & needle with no regards to the mattress stitch what so ever. There is a wooden bead for closure & decorative beads adorning the purse strap. Just lovely ; )
Next I have a snapshot of what is currently on my needles (well, my US #5's anyway). I am knitting up one more childs size honeycomb hat before I send this pattern off to be test knitted. I have used a test knitting group on Ravelry before, and one thing that I learned is how important it is to dedicate ample computer time once your pattern has been sent out to it's test knitters. When these knitters get moving on your pattern & find themselves needing further explanation, it is nice to give it in a timely fashion (especially when you have already given them a deadline to complete the pattern).