After agonizing for months about this sweater, finishing it with two days to spare and then playing the waiting game to see if it actually fit, I finally have a verdict for you all.
Although it wasn’t the first present opened, it was worn by the recipient right away and you know what? Even though I only had a measurement taken by my mom of one of his other sweaters to go off of (I don’t live nearby anymore, I hardly ever see them) the sweater fit better than I had even anticipated!
My younger brother commented that it looked “like something you’d find at the GAP” and my Dad seemed thoroughly impressed – it was his very firsthand knit sweater and it was from his daughter.
Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled. The yarn is soft, the garment is machine washable and the man seems pleased with his gift. This may have been my Project of the Year for 2011 – it took me months (I did take my sweet time with it and worked on it between other projects), it absolutely *had* to fit or I may have broken down in alligator tears, and it had a lot of sentimental value to me if not to the recipient (although I have a hunch that it does for him too).
I hope that regardless of which holiday you choose to celebrate you all had a relaxing, fun and happy weekend. I had some wonderful times, ate far too much and got some knitting done (new design to come!). Now, I know that today’s song isn’t particularly holiday-themed, but it’s fun and energetic – perfect for getting my your butt off the couch and your hands out of the cookie jar!
I actually finished this project last week but didn’t get photos in time for the FO Friday, so you’re seeing it this week! The friend of a friend welcomed a baby into the family recently and a blanket was in order.
I knit up this cute square one using Plymouth Encore in two colors switching them up at random intervals and doing an inch and a bit of garter endging before the bind off. After blocking, the drape of the blanket was much drapier and the softness much softer.
Bonus? The yarn is machine washable. Because its for a baby. You gotta do that.
Share what you finished this week (or last…or recently) over on Tami’s Blog!
Happy Wednesday! Remember that sweaterI’ve been working on in between projects for ages? It’s still coming along, I promise.
I know that the big day is only…what….3 or 4 days away and this thing is not done yet. BUT. It will be. I promise. I’ve only got most of the last sleeve to do, then sew it all together. And add a neckband. And maybe block it. It can be done, right? It will be done.
Anybody else cramming away on Christmas gifts still? Check out Tami’s blog to share yours and read more!
I told you I had some fun this past weekend didn’t I?
Sunday I drove down to Canyon City with the family of my gentleman friend and rode the Royal Gorge train all the way up the North Pole ::cough:: and met The Real Santa Clause ::cough::
The kids seemed to really enjoy themselves, the drive was a bit long for them but hot cocoa, cookies and carol-singing perked them back up in no time. They wrote out their lists and after we picked up Santa from his workshop, he made his way through the train and stopped to speak with each and every child, listening to their wants, taking their lists so that he’d remember what they wanted and handed them a real sleigh bell ornament in exchange.
Welcome back to another week! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I did and I promise to share more about it later this week. for now, I figured it’s about time to get into the holiday spirit (it really doesn’t feel like Christmas is less than a week away to me) and so I’m sharing a song from my all-time favorite Christmas movie!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Burl Ives
What do you do to get into the spirit this time of year?
I promised you pictures and a round up this week from the show I participated in last Saturday and today’s the day!
For weeks prior to the show much of my knitting efforts had been focused on producing enough stuff to make my table full and let me tell you, it was full. I am lucky enough to have a woodworker as a friend (and he has other new skills, didn’t I tell you?) and he very very kindly made the majority of the fixtures you see on my table.
He made me a ball bouquet that supported my hats, he made me a scarf rack and he even made a little tree so that I could hang ornaments from it. Generous, no?
Without those fixtures, my table would have been quite flat. I really like all the height I got, I think it brings the pieces to life a bit more.
Overall, the show was awesome. We got there early to set up, didn’t end up needing all the time but I was glad that we weren’t rushing at the end. Talking with the organizers after the show, they saw more people show up in the first hour than they’re used to showing up the entire time! Needless to say, at times the venue was packed. Traffic was stop and go in front of our booth which can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re a shopper.
I made some awesome connections that I hope lead to future opportunities, sold some pieces and am really looking forward to taking part in more shows!
Welcome to another WIP Wednesday! The project I was planning on showing you today actually got bound off last night and is now blocking, but have no fear! I cast on for a new project this morning and although still in its infantile phase, this little guy is going to grow up quickly.
I’m crunching out a quick pair of fingerless mitts for a custom Christmas order, not following a pattern just using some basic knowledge that I’ve got stowed away in my head from years of knitting these things. I’m knitting it out of Adrienne Vittadini Natashausing size 9 needles.
What works are you making progress on this Wednesday? Check out Tami’s blog for more reading and to share yours!
I participated in two different art shows in the Denver area this weekend I know you’re all curious to see how it turned out (at least, I’m excited to show you and in my head that means you’re curious) and I promise photos and a write up this week, but for today I’m sharing Gisli with you. Enjoy!