The Great Reveal

It’s DONE!  I finished the bind-off on Saturday and squealed happily, showing everyone within sight and wrapping myself inside of it.  I wove in ends while it was wrapped around me.

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It took a while, but I’m glad I used the picot bind off.  I like the way the colors ended up melding.  I like the size and shape.  I love how squishy the yarn is, and how soft against my skin (I’ve been wearing it all day and can’t fathom taking it off).

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It is knit in Madeline Tosh Merino Light in Flashdance and Grasshopper (The purple and green respectively), and in Mad Tosh Sock in Charcoal (the gray).  It’s bright without being crazy, and matches a good portion of my wardrobe.

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I keep looking at it and cheering.  It’s done! Finally!

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Now, how do I wear it?

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On to the rest of the holiday knitting before NaKniSweMo begins.

Finally, A Finished Object

I was up until well past my bedtime on Saturday, determined to finish this lovely little item.  I had figured out who it was going to  be for, and Sunday was going to be the last time I see her before the babe is born.  I’m glad I had the thought to bring the item with me so I could finish it up, and even remembered my bucket bin!

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This is the Summer Pelisse from Jane Austen Knits.  I used a cotton yarn (the name escapes me at the moment) in cream to work up this adorable summer cardigan.  I was giggling while sewing in the puff sleeves.  I adore puff sleeves.  I want them on everything, but on most adult garments, they tend to look silly.

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The horseshoe lace is a mindless pattern for me.  I don’t have to think about it anymore.  This cardigan is designed with just a little bit of ruffle at the top of the lace.

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I’m not quite sure how I feel about the drawstring.  I’m not sure if it’s actually useful or practical, since my experience with babies is that they like to grab and pull.

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The buttons are simple purple ones I found in my stash.  They were perfect – that excellent pop of color, feminine, but not over the top.

When the mother received the gift on Sunday, her reaction was the best.  A sharp gasp and her eyes went wide and that drawn out “awe” followed, and continued, and then there were tears.  She is 8 months pregnant, after all.

I love this pattern so much that I am making a larger one for my god daughter, and I will probably make a third for her sister.  I have to knit quickly to finish it all before other responsibilities take over.

Roundabout Time it’s Done!

Another finished item to show you!  This has been in my queue for years, and then in my project basket for several more weeks than it should have (and that was entirely my fault because um….I lost it.  Yeah, see previous post about admitting you have a problem).

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This is the Roundabout Leaf Tank by Norah Gaughan.  She has to be one of my all-time favorite designers.  I adore the way she pulls inspiration from nature and uses clever geometry to achieve her patterns.

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The yarn is a linen blend a coworker gave me.  When she handed me the bag full, my eyes lit up and I knew immediately it was going to be perfect for this project.  It is the kick in the keester I needed to get started.

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Mods: I made it a 33″ bust instead of 36″, and I went down a couple needle sizes.  This meant I had to add more spirals, which only became tedious after the third. I also changed the straps. I felt that the way they were constructed in the pattern seemed a bit matronly, so I opted for a racerback.

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Overall, I am very happy about the product, and I am glad to have crossed something off my list!

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And it’s going to be a lovely addition to my summer wardrobe – if only the temperature would reach above 65F.

Two Week Timey Wimey Socks

They are done! I finished weaving in ends last night, hopped up on the coffee table, and proceeded to do a happy dance.  I have finished knee high plain vanilla socks in one day more than two weeks.  It kind of blows my mind at the speed with which they were executed, and I suspect the Doctor may have played a hand in this warping of the time vortex.

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I love them.  They are so incredibly soft and they fit perfectly.  The yarn is Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler (a specially produced, small quantity colorway – sorry folks!)

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I’m kind of amazed at how symmetrical they turned out – this isn’t something I generally care about.  And, truth me told, I kind of wanted them to be crazy almost-matching stripes instead of spot on.  (Yes, that is my dirty laundry in the background – I gave up clean in exchange for knitting.  You are all guilty, too, so hush.)

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I utilized a small amount of calf shaping and topped them off with some springy 2×2 rib to keep them up where they need to be.

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The ease of making the socks has inspired me to dive into my stash and find all that funky yarn I had stashed for cool, colorful, vanilla traveling socks.  I realize that not all socks will be completed in two weeks time.  I am trying to be ok with this knowledge and recognize its truth.  Famous last words.

Can Can Ruffle

I am pleased to present you pictures of a finished item.  Not many pictures, mind you, and definitely not the best I can take.  But, given the circumstances that my only opportunity to take them was at a bustling party and with a camera phone, and the object was on a leg-kicking infant – I think I did pretty good.

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This is another on-the-fly knit.  I used baby Kashmir For the base and a purple and green ruffle yarn for the petticoat portion.  It’s  a pretty easy knit, with a rolled hem and a drawstring at the waist and a picot bind off on the bottom.  The ruffle yarn was added as an afterthought with a crochet hook.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out, and how the baby was going to like it.

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She loved it.  Kept lifting it up and feeling the ruffles in her fingers, kicking her little legs happily.  We called her the Can-Can dancer for the evening.

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And I am ever aware of how quickly she is growing.  Pretty soon, she will be crawling.  I better get hustling if I am going to fill her wardrobe with wearable hand knits.

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