I go through phases of casting on projects, and setting them aside when it comes to finishing. Let's face it, finishing is not knitting. I love knitting . . . but sewing seams and sewing on buttons . . not so much. If you saw my last post, you know that I let the sheer number of WIPs get a little out of hand recently. But gift-giving season is approaching, and the weather is finally cooling off here in Northern California, so I am motivated to get back to those languishing UFOs.
Participating in these WIP Wednesdays and the FO Fridays is really helping me along. So if you are in a finishing funk, go over to Tami's Amis and join in!
1) Ana Bandana: This one is going into the holiday gift box. I had my mother-in-law in mind when I cast on for this scarf-like hat. She wears scarves instead of hats for warmth during the winter. I think she will like this color, as well as the silky feel of the yarn.
3) And finally . . . Emily: A cardigan for me, knit out of yarn purchased at Stitches 2010.
Pattern: Emily by Jenny Watson
Source: Auracania Collection, Book 1
Materials: 8 skeins of Malabrigo Yarn Twist in "Velvet Grapes", and US 6 needles
My Modifications: I basically followed the directions except for the fact that I was knitting at a different gauge than the pattern required. The Twist yarn is a little bulkier than the original yarn called for in the pattern. I just adjusted for this by following the directions for one size smaller than I really needed. I also avoided some seaming by using a 3-needle bind off on the shoulders, and knitting the sleeves top-down on circular needles. I still had to sew side seams, which why this sweater has been stalled for awhile. But it's finally done, and it is warm and comfortable.
Happy Friday everyone!