A sweater down!

I love being able to say a big project is finished. There’s something about weaving in that last end and snipping the last tail that give you such great relief. Friday night I managed to finish my daughter’s version of Flax Light. I left it folded neatly on the couch assuming she’d find it and be wearing it before I found my first cup of coffee.

 By mid morning, laundry being folded, I spotted it and asked my husband if she knew it was done. Apparently she had a hard time getting up like the rest of us folks and without the convenience of caffeine had missed it entirely. I called to her and asked her if she she’d seen it. And as I asked, I unfolded it revealing it’s finished partnered sleeve. She immediately snagged it from me and forced it over her head and was the happiest kid I’d ever seen.

(Forgive the lighting, we had a dreary morning) 

She wore it in our heavily air conditioned home to read books and play with our new kitten Sam all day. He seems to like it too.

Now off to start my sweaters and work on all these wips laying around! It’s been ages since I’ve been able to work on something I’m actually looking forward to knitting.

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Intermission projects

There are projects that seem as though a snails pace would move faster. There are also projects (perhaps the same ones) that give your hands and wrists grief because of the small needle size used and all you want to do is work on something else in the meantime. I’ve gotten to that point in a version of the sweater Flax Light, which I have modified to be plain without the garter panels and done in a light sport weight rather than a sock weight. The sweater is for my daughter and she picked out the yarn and colors so it was quite difficult finding a pattern that would work well with 3 colors, color blocked. I can get through a good half hour to 45 minutes of working if it’s not too chilled from the air conditioning in the house, but the second my hands get cold my knuckles start locking up and I start fighting with my muscles and start popping/cracking my knuckles and rubbing my hands every half row or so.

Now I managed to get a break with an intermission/gratification project. My niece’s first birthday is around the corner and I’ve been wanting to make a summer dress for her to wear. I found a pattern for a simple yet cute cotton dress that was simple enough yet quick moving, and better yet-not on small needles! The pattern is Shades of Summer Dress, and again I like to modify things to be a bit more simplistic and faster going so I omitted the seed stitch panel.

The colors were hard to photograph and they’re a bit softer than this. I’m posting this today as the recipient is supposed to be recieving it today. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see her in it.

A finished sweater 

A little late but I finished my son’s birthday request.

Now I have to work on a sweater for my daughter. In the mean time, enjoy our many Pokémon Go breaks.

We’ve been enjoying getting out and exploring the depths of our older established neighborhood. If we could find more than Rattatas and Pidgeys we might be able to battle at a gym.

Never ending knitting

I picked up some yarn at my lys and couple weeks back and got to work on my Jarvis sweater. It took 10 days from start to finish, and has been one of the quickest, easiest, fun knits I’ve done so far. The yarn I used was Cestari, which was a blend of cotton/silk/wool. It had a bit of vm in it that I picked out as I knit. It’s a very well made wool, enough so that I went back to my lys and picked up another sweaters worth of yarn.

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The process was exciting, as it is my first official finished sweater for me. Now that I’m finished, I have a promised sweater for my daughter to get to work on, but not before my son’s last minute birthday request for a sweater is completed. (Birthday 7/2, same as mine and one heck of a time constraint)
I’m pretty sure I have plenty of knitting, including a couple of shawls that have been on the back burner, to last until school starts again.

A short blurb

The kids have been out of school for a couple of weeks. Keeping them busy and out of trouble has been the bigger focus lately. They play nicely for a while and then the claws come out of nowhere and everything comes to a halt. We’ve played lots of board games and hid in the air conditioning because of our 90°+ weather. We’ve even had a couple of water gun fights. Slowly but surely things are coming together for next weekends yard sale.

I’ve started a new project.(mainly in avoidance of others) It’s my first personal sweater, using the pattern Jarvis. I found a gorgeous blend of cotton/wool/silk for it at my lys and have had the damnedest time trying to photograph it.

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The color is a grayish blue with a hint of green.

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I was hoping to make some progress on it today, but my hvac decided to crap out and it’s been too hot to even think of picking up my knitting. The hvac is fixed now but we are still waiting for the house to cool down, as the average temperature inside is around 80° at the moment. I can’t wait for things to readjust and get back to knitting.

count downs of all sorts

Being put on bedrest has made me want to clean every inch of my house, organize and rearrange things to no end. And I did when I could tolerate things. Little by little I have found some semblance of a sane organization that makes sense. Organization is nothing if you can’t find anything within a timely manner. It’s also useless if it’s too far from reach. I try to put things in places where they make the most sense. It’s driving me crazy that I’ve had to relocate a drawer across the room full of supplies to satisfy a couch issue. When you have so much crammed in a small room, you have to get creative.

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I have appointments galore and then the surgery. I hate ruining spring break for my kids, but I figured that it was the only time to effectively get it done and not have to worry about getting them to and from school. I’d feel really awful if they got forgotten, or lunches suffered because of it. They’ll have plenty of attention and chances to do things, so I’m not too worried about that part.

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My sister in law has finally announced her pregnancy *yay Cat and Kev*!  They have decided to do an exciting thing, and wait for the baby to find out the sex. So everything will be gender neutral, which for future babies will be useable either way, which is a totally cool concept. So, my brain has been wracking over patterns and yarns, and color shades and is totally in full swing on a few different patterns. The blanket, the sweater, the bib(s). I’m learning and challenging myself to find things that I wouldn’t normally make based upon typical gender stereotypes. It’s a very difficult habit to break. I keep looking at things and going, well… it’s not thaaaat girly, or thaaaat masculine. I have frogged many a projects already. Fingers crossed there won’t be anymore frogging. I’m really happy with the way things are going with each of the major projects. I’m not sure if I will make any more of that particular style bib. I liked it originally because it reminded me of ones I had when my children where toddlers. They had some that were part knit ribbed cloth and plastic, with a cut out in the middle for the neck and head to fit through. They couldn’t get out of those for anything. Mom’s favorite bibs! They would rip the velcro and snap button bibs right off. I was always afraid they would hang themselves with the ties on the tie back ones.

I know she isn’t due until the summer, but I have a feeling a huge slump will hit after the surgery. The urge to find and knit all the things is upon me. Knock on wood, that motivation stays.