My Finished Object collection is slightly out of hand right now. I have three completed projects (including one I just happened to run across by accident that I finished a couple years ago) that need blocking and finishing touches. And I have three done and usable projects to share. And don't even ask about the WIP situation...we learned last week that our first grandchild is going to be a boy, so serious baby knitting has commenced and other projects are simmering quietly on the back burner. You'll hear all about them on Wednesday. It's frightening...truly...
198 Yards of Heaven
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted
Purchased at: Temptations
Date Started: 8/21/10
Date Finished: 8/22/10
Yays: This is such a cool pattern. I love the way it works up quickly and easily and, of course, I love the yarn. Stonechat is my new "favorite color" for fall.
Nays: Although this yarn stretched like crazy when I was making the ribbing for a hat, it really did not have much give to it when I blocked it, and actually turned out just a wee bit smaller than the 198YoH I made using the Berroco Ultra Alpaca. I was mildly (very mildly) disappointed at this.
Pattern: Button-Up Neck Warmer
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry
Colorway: Lead Mine
Purchased at: Temptations
Needles: #9 (two strands of Tapestry held together)
Date Started: 7/17/10
Date Finished: 8/14/10
Yays: I started out using one strand of this yarn and really disliked the way it was knitting up - much too floppy for the thick, woven fabric it's supposed to be. When I started frogging the inch or two I'd knit, I ended up with a huge knot and cut the yarn in frustration. Really lucky move! I decided to start playing around with holding two strands together and, because I'd cut a few yards from one ball, the colors weren't uniform, resulting in a very cool, tweedy look that I adore. What else do I love? The buttons! Look at those awesome buttons!!! And I love this pattern - I can almost knit it in my sleep yet still don't get bored with knitting or admiring it.
Nays: The yarn is somewhat scratchy. I don't think I'd want to wear it against my bare neck for any length of time, but it would be awesome over a turtleneck. I'm also not crazy about the buttonholes and may have to do some creative stitching to tighten them up a little.
Other comments: Yes, this was the "Grey Holiday Mystery Thang" that I've been avoiding showing people for months. Someone told me the other day that even if the recipient of my holiday knitting reads my blog and sees their gift, I'm knitting so far ahead of the season that they'll forget they saw it by the holidays and it will be a surprise! So... But this one is for me, mainly because I kind of messed up sewing on that bottom button and don't want to redo it or give it to someone with an upside down moon button. I'm funny that way...
Christmas Tree Skirt
Yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted
Colorway: Cranberry and Dark Greenhouse
Purchased at: The Knitter's Mercantile
Date Started: 1/12/10
Date Finished: 8/20/10
Yays: Last winter was my "winter of knitting short rows", and this pattern fell right in line with that. Easy, garter stitch, works up pretty quickly, though I took my good sweet time with it.
Nays: What to do with all those yarn ends? I'm still not sure, so I cut them all at an even length that I can easily weave in if I decide to, then tied them in cute little bows. I'm toying with the idea of attaching bells or little unbreakable ornaments of some kind by the ends. I'll make that decision closer to the season. For now, I'm just glad to be finished with this project.
Off to do more baby blanket knitting! Time's a-wastin'!!!