Laura Ricketts Designs

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands..."

Laura Ricketts Designs is a personal and business website for Laura Ricketts, hand-knitwear designer, author, teacher, crafter, mother and wife.

Baby Chicks

The summer is continuing in lovely weather, and I've been a knitting fool.

Besides the Cave Point Hat Knit-Along, which I'm leading here on Ravelry, I have cast on and knit a garter baby hat, and begun a Baby Chicks dress for a little one. No. No babies in my future, but I do have a friend at church having her first. Which reminds me -- I must start that quilt...

 Garter Stitch baby cap before i-cord ties.

Garter Stitch baby cap before i-cord ties.

 Cave Point Hat on the ribbing. This is knit with lace weight yarn and will be quite light.

Cave Point Hat on the ribbing. This is knit with lace weight yarn and will be quite light.

 Bottom hem of the Baby Chicks dress -- A Dale design. I still need to add the eyes and beak.

Bottom hem of the Baby Chicks dress -- A Dale design. I still need to add the eyes and beak.

I have had this knit in my mental queue for quite awhile. I bought the yarn when I nearby yarn store closed three years ago. I began the knit two years ago and then got distracted.

In moving a pile of UFOs back to my craft room, I came upon this again. Nothing like a bit of color work to keep me interested! I ripped back and started again, and here we are.

Yesterday, I blocked the bottom design and sewed down the hem.

It's coming along!

In my non-knitting time, I am having fun tweaking my handouts and lectures for my upcoming Minnesota teaching trip. I am so pleased to be speaking in both Duluth and Minneapolis at the Northern Lights Knitting Guild and Minneapolis Knitting Guild, and at the Sami Cultural Center of North America in Duluth. I also will be teaching at the American Swedish Institute and Ingebretsen's. It is always such a pleasure to go to Minnesota, let alone be surrounded by so many like-minded people. And, October is one of the best knitting months with its crisp weather and beautiful fall foliage. I can't wait!