It’s been a while since I’ve talked about knitting on the blog, so here is a full-fledged update for the couple of people out there who might be interested.
This is what our guest room has looked like since early December. (Obviously, we haven’t had any overnight guests!)
That’s my very first hand-knit sweater, set up for blocking on the floor. Well, I had already blocked it in pieces, prior to sewing it up. The measurements were just right. However, what you’re seeing here is an attempt to block it down in size after realizing it was horrendously large on me. No such luck – it doesn’t fit at all. It’s really too bad, since I’m quite proud of how it turned out… minus the fact, of course, that it doesn’t fit. See the pretty detail:
I have a couple of potential fixes in mind, although I haven’t attempted anything in the nearly three months since I finished the project. One is to make it more of a wrap sweater, sewing on the buttons (which I haven’t attached yet) over to one side to make up the extra room in the waist. (It is supposed to be a straight-forward cardigan, with buttons in the middle.) Another is to take it to my local yarn shop owner, who offered to steek it for me, which means she would take scissors to it and then sew it back together. That sounds pretty scary, but then again, I’m not doing anything else with it. We’ll see…
By the way, that is the Sojourner Cardigan (Ravelry link) by Dena Childs in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash DK.
Here is a new hat I knit up while in Denver:
Butterfly Hat with Cascade 220 in color 2404.
I had fun taking these photos with our new camera! I never could have gotten this detail with our old one.
As for things that are ON the needles, I’ve got a few things underway.
My first priority is finishing up this sweater that I started last summer, but set aside once I realized I wouldn’t have it done until the weather was such that I wouldn’t be able to wear it.
As you can see, I have the back done as well as one of the front panels. I hope to finish this by April 1st. I saw a few crocuses in bloom today, so I do know that spring is on its way!
I have also started another short-sleeved cardigan. However, this one is more of a fall sweater, so I have a feeling I’ll set this aside until mid-summer when I’m motivated to work on it for the fall. I seem to have a bad habit of starting things too late.
Yes, another blue! This pattern calls for 10″ of a boring ribbed pattern (that’s about 9″ of it there) and then it gets more interesting.
And finally, here is a project I started in Denver, after finishing my hat and realizing I didn’t have any knitting left. (This was a problem, given the excessive amount of television watching that was going on.) My mom and I visited a local yarn store (Lamb Shoppe – doesn’t it seem like yarn stores always have the cutest names?) and I was inspired to pick up yarn for yet another baby project. But this time, it’s a baby project for MY baby. I know that I have many, many months until I will have a baby in need of a blanky, but I finally feel like I can start to work on something like this. It’s a big step.
I’ve always wanted to make a pretty baby blanket in a white-ish color. Not the most practical, I know. But lovely.