I have been a bad, bad journaler. What is my problem??? I don't know. My life has gotten away with me. We moved to a new apartment in mid-Feb, and from the holidays going forward, my days were all about packing. I am still working on cleaning out my last few UFOs from last year. Seriously. Oh, and finishing my first baby sweater. But that's a story for another time. I have some old FOs to document!
1. Last undocumented Christmas present:
the Irish Hiking Scarf from Hello Yarn. I like this pattern--it's very clear and easy to follow. I'm in the middle of making her poncho pattern too, but more on that later. I used size 7 needles, and ended up using a crochet hook to hold the cable stitches. I really should buy a cable needle. I don't know if I really care to learn how to cable without one. I used the same Red Heart Super Saver in 'fleck' that i used for his cap. The scarf is quite short. You can just wrap it once around the neck, and maybe tie it. I got bored of the cables after a while, and he lives in FL, so its not like he needs a really snuggly scarf. It's more for when the air conditioning is too cold or when he needs a bit of extra warmth on the back of his neck. At least that's how I hope he's using it. My mom probably put it away somewhere for the winter and won't let him use it.
Here's a close up of the cables:
2. My first sweater--Knitty's Grace:
This sweater was a nightmare of finishing, and in the end, as you can see, it's TOO SHORT. D'oh. But i did wear it once to work under a nice thin cardigan, and no one said anything about it. People thought it was a vest. sheesh. This was made with something from Artyarns (I can't remember exactly what now, but it's linked somewhere in the first entries of this here LJ). It is mercerized cotton with angora, so the yarn is really soft, but I didn't know what i was doing for the most part. It was my first exercise in making a garment, and I suppose I should have picked something a little easier, but I really liked how the sweater looked in the photo on Knitty. I learned how to seam badly) pieces together, and how to pick up stitches, and how to change a pattern to make something useable from something completely wrong. I had to extend the arm holes quite a bit in order to get the pieces to fit around my fat fat arms. It's too bad that now I really hate the sight of this sweater. I feel fat in it because the bottom edge hits me right at the top of my gut and I'm mad that it took so long to finish and is not what I expected. But I'm going to keep it, to remind myself of how far I've come.
3. My second sweater--Chic Knits' Mondo Cable Shell:
I bought this pattern from Chic Knits because I had some Jo Sharp Desert Garden yarn that I got on sale and didn't know what to do with. She listed that as one possible alternate yarn for the pattern, and I was just getting into cables (see Irish Hiking Scarf, and Salwa's xmas scarf), so I thought it would make a great vest to wear over a long-sleeved shirt. I hated working with this yarn. It is cotton, but is made up of a million little threads twisted together, which makes it like this round tube that was very prone to splitting. It has great stitch definition though. I can't imagine making a whole sweater out of it, but the vest is cute. I wear it a lot over button down shirts:
The lessons learned from this sweater? Don't just buy tons of yarn on the internet without ever seeing it before. Also, measure yourself! The small size on this was still much bigger than I needed. I do like the neckline and the shaping, but i would have made it a tad longer if I could do it again. Also, I learned that it really pays to do a good job weaving in the ends. I still don't know what to do to keep them from really sticking out, but I've gotten a lot better since working on this sweater.
So that's it for now, I guess.
My unfinished objects are still:
1. sew the fricking buttons on the pillow case already
2. finish dan's scarf (I am so almost done with that).
3. baby sweater (will be done by Wed baby shower)
4. poncho (it fucking shrank! I have to block it, weave in ends, sew together, and do single crochet edge.) I hope it fits at the end of all that.
5. coffee cozy for amy pie
6. ian's kangaroo
7. isabella's sweater/poncho (i still haven't decided yet)
sweet jesus, let me finish some of this stuff! it's SO CLOSE.
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