I have some things to show you. Not one, not two, but THREE finished objects! Can you believe it? I can’t.
But it’s true! First, a super quick and super gratifying knit – meet Frank.
Frank is actually Kate from Knitty
. I knitted the pattern exactly as written, using size 7 and 8 Denise needle tips as double pointed needles. (I am lazy). It’s an easy pattern to follow and I think the whole thing took me three days from start to finish. I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fine doubled for his stripey shirt and pants, and Cotton-Ease for his body. I cannot tell you how much I love the finished toy – he is just. so. cute. I see a lot of knitted toys in my future – such a great baby gift, and so fast! (I embroidered his eyes in addition to his mouth and nose so there wouldn’t be any non-baby-friendly parts).
Okay. on to Finished Object the Second. It’s the February Lady Sweater!
I wore her to work today!
I was so excited that I wore it to work today! It fits great. I used Silky Wool — I think about 3.5 skeins. I had to change the numbers because Silky Wool is DK and the sweater is definitely light and airy – and it grew A LOT after blocking. I actually thought it might be TOO long last night, but after wearing it around today, I think it’s the perfect length. The buttons I used were purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool this year. They are a little heavy, so I’m considering reinforcing the button band with grosgrain ribbon. (yeah, I will probably NEVER get around to doing that. but I’m considering it.)
LOVE this sweater. I think it would be a great first sweater, if you’re not afraid of lace, because when you’re done, it’s DONE. no seaming, just a little sewing under the armpits. It’s seriously a great pattern. I’m trying to convince my sis to knit one! Thanks, Pam, for this awesome pattern – obviously it kicks ass because it seems like every knitter in the blogosphere / Ravelry has knit one. I might make another in worsted weight one day…
and finally! the grand finale. My First Quilt!
hanging out on the fence.
This is a lap-sized quilt – I used the Streak of Sunshine
pattern from Quiltville. (That site has tons of good info – thanks for the rec, Carolyn!) And seriously, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The hardest part for me (besides the binding) was picking out colors that worked well together. It’s such a challenge for me, and for some reason really intimidating to me. I’m just going to keep plugging away at it.
Close up of the corner.
I lucked out because Carolyn was in town for Dragon*Con and showed me how to do a free-form braid on the sides and also how to do the binding. The braid was her idea and I love how it looks against the straight lines of the rest of the quilt. I was scared to do it without drawing it on the quilt, but it actually wasn’t that bad. Carolyn is a fantastic teacher too.
The binding is machine sewn on the top, and then folded and blind-stitched by hand on the back. It was tedious, but seriously, it looks so good. It really makes it looked FINISHED. Carolyn swore it was her favorite part, and I was all, okay, whatever, crazy… but as you work the binding, the whole quilt just comes together – it’s very cool!
I am really looking forward to working on more quilts, and some larger ones. Obviously there are lots of mistakes in this one, but I seriously love it so. and I actually use it all the time! Woot.
So, there you have it. I’ve been busy with the crafting, in between work and school and life in general. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program – oh boy! – and work is totally slammed. Things are great! Now I have to decide what to work on next…