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Finished Object (not quite) Friday

I have some exciting finished objects this week! Ok, some of them were finished a while ago, but I didn’t have photos to post, so I pretended they didn’t exist yet.

About a month before Christmas my sister, who loudly proclaimed a few years ago that she NEVER wanted anything handmade, asked if I could knit her a baggy sweater. It didn’t matter that it was a month before Christmas, that I had an 8 week old keeping me busy, and a number of other projects to finish- she finally asked for something handmade, and gosh darnit, she was going to get it!

In true knitter fashion, I was up until 2am Christmas Day putting the finishing touches on her sweater, but it was done in time to be wrapped and placed under the tree. It was a simple pattern but I love the look of it, and it was exactly what she asked for.IMG_20150118_093559240 Pattern is Il Grande Favorito, knit with Plymouth Encore Chunky. This was the 38″ bust for 4″ ease. So incredibly simple, and so comfortable.

Almost two weeks ago, I finally finished my husband’s first handknit sweater. This is a testament to true love- stockinette (with some ribbing) in a plain grey. I love my husband dearly, but this sweater tested my resolve. The actual sweater knit up easily, then took 4 hours to seam up. By the time I got to the zipper I just ran it through the sewing machine, because I couldn’t stand to work on it any longer. But it fits him perfectly, and he wears it all the time. 20150118_133529 Pattern is Cambridge Jacket knit with Cascade 220. Size 44″ chest, which gives no real ease. Modifications I would make: increase the sleeve length by 1″, and maybe less increases on the upper arm- they seem a bit loose.

 

This project was just finished a few days ago. I started a baby blanket for Connor back in July, but got so distracted by little sweaters, hats, etc that I ignored it for a while. Plus he got so many beautiful blankets from friends that I didn’t see the rush. But I finally buckled down and completed it the other week.

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Pattern is Honeycomb Stroller Blanket, knit with Ella Rae worsted superwash. I modified the edging to this. The pattern has you pick up stitches on one side, knit garter stitch for a few rows, then bind off. Repeat 3 more times. I don’t like how modular that looks, so I picked up stitches all the way around, then did two increases at each corner every other round. I also did two garter ridges in white, then one garter ridge in brown, two white, one green, two white, then the bind off. I think it makes a much nicer border for this blanket.

And of course as soon as those are off the needles, I have just as many cast on. Another baby sweater, a scarf for a family member, a Doctor Who scarf for Josh, and I’m hoping to start something for myself here soon.

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Catching Up

While I am proud of myself for becoming a more consistent blogger, it gets frustrating when I find myself with too much to do, and not enough time to do it in. I had planned on getting three blog posts out this week, but then life caught up. I spent two very long days in the field, and another long day in the office. Getting home at 9pm to go to bed, then turning around and getting up at 4:30am to leave was rough. But! Enough whining. I wanted to share with everyone what I made this past weekend.

My first attempt at a box bag. I’ve always thought these bags were adorable, but was too intimated by the obvious skill they required, to make one. Turns out they aren’t really that difficult at all. This was a first run in many, many ways. The bag turned out smaller than I had planned, while the strap turned out much bigger than I expected. It makes the whole thing look a bit disproportionate. But it’s a learning experience, and now I know what to do differently next time!

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 I have wanted to share this project for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to getting a photo of it. This is a quillow I made for my stepdaughter at Christmas. It’s made with Disney princess fabric- the main princesses on the pink side, and Cinderella on the blue side. She loved it, and immediately put it on her bed to use at night. I love quillows. They are such an easy project to make, and convenient for families who travel a lot (such as ours). I still have the quillow I made myself 15 years ago! Sidenote: I can’t believe I made it 15 years ago. Wow.

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I also finished a wallet to match the purse I made a few weeks ago. I really, really love this fabric. I love vintage images, and the romanticism in the fabric is so sweet. The wallet turned out pretty well. I’m still working on some problem issues with them, but it’s getting better. Next up: A Star Trek wallet for myself!

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 This weekend will probably be a knitting/ spinning weekend. We are heading up to the lake, and trying to bring all the sewing supplies gets to be a hassle. I may take up fabric to cut, but that will be it. I also need to get to work on my final! paper for my first graduate level class. That’s not terrifying at all. Plus put together a presentation on it, to give in three weeks. Luckily, there will be no fieldwork for a while, so hopefully I can divide my time between crafting and schooling a bit more evenly.

Oh, I almost forgot the most exciting news of all! My new project tags came in! I love the way they look. I ordered them  off etsy. The shipping was pricey, but it was really worth it. They are a bit large, though. I need to find smaller tags for items like the wallet and smaller bags.

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