I have been busy knitting a couple of smaller things since I finished working on the baby blanket. I will post pictures of that once I have given it to it's recipient.
The first photo is a little knitted hat with a knitted rose for my friend's daughter for her third birthday. I had the joy of giving it to her this morning and she seemed excited, though maybe a little reluctant to wear it for any length of time. I know it's not really toque season, but I am sure it'll fit her for a while. When I first started it, I thought it would be miles to big, but it actually fit her quite well!
I just wanted to experiment when I found a pattern for how to make a knitted rose. It turned out really well and I am sure I will try it again. The only complaint I had was that the knitting for the rose got really tight toward the end, so it was a little bit challenging to finish it. But I think it had a nice finished result! I sewed the rose onto a hair clip so that it could be removable from the hat and that worked quite well!
I also decided after finding a cute pattern for puppy slippers that I wanted to make them for my friend's son. I did some modifications because the pattern I found was supposed to be made with fuzzy/furry yarn and I find it difficult to work with. I decided to make a gray and black dog, but in the end I think it looks something more like a cross between a puppy and a mouse. Oh well, I still think they turned out fairly well, and they fit!
I decided to use the leftover grey and black yarn to make my dad a pair of slippers for father's day. Not puppy/mouse slippers, just a simple pattern for knit slippers that reminds me a little of ones that my grandma may have made years ago. I finished one slipper and have the second one about half done. I think I am going to run out of gray...d'oh! Maybe I will buy another ball of grey yarn and make another pair of puppy slippers for someone. I also was thinking of making a baby hat with the leftover yarn from the baby blanket to go with the blanket. We'll see how I am feeling after all this. My arms are feeling a little stiff/sore after so much knitting in the last week or two!