Put-off update…

I need to blog but have to get pictures of everything I’ve finished first. Per usual, I’m flying through small projects more quickly then I can write about them. (And thanks to pregnancy, I’m usually too tired to blog in the first place.)

Let’s see, since my last update, what has changed? Tempest still needs buttons. I’m horrible when it comes to getting those sewn on. I still need to sew the last three onto my Wicked Cardigan as well. That lace scarf I mentioned ages ago has been blocked, but the ends are not yet woven in, so one of these days I’ll do that and get to photographing it.

Made and finished a yoked baby sweater out of the aMAIZing yarn I purchased while back home. It was odd to work with. Never worked with a ribbon yarn before, let alone one made out of corn. Since my hands get sweaty, it got to be rather sticky. It also rubbed funny on my fingers as it was passing over. Can’t say I’d work with it again, though it was pleasant enough, I suppose. I decided to leave out the contrasting color and the three skeins of the violet I had were just enough to make the sweater with mere inches to spare. (Try to picture the sweater without the ever-so-flattering fluorescent lighting upon it. The color is much more lovely in person and contrasts beautifully with the wood buttons I already had laying around.) I modified it to only button on the top and am not sure exactly what size it is as my gauge was off–ha, imagine that. However, it was a happy incident as it is large enough that I do not have to worry about it being too small for a newborn; though that’s the size I made.

Other finished projects include a felted sausage dog that I need to take pictures of…there are plans to make two larger ones. One for DS and another for DD when she gets here. I’ve been trying to think of special things I can do for him to prepare for the arrival of his sister since so many things are coming into our house for her these days.

Also finished a pair of Zombie socks in the last of my Black Purl yarn from Lorna’s Laces. They turned out really well…once again, no picture at this time. Will need to bribe DH with cookies and see if I can’t get him to be sweet and take some for me.

My current project is another yoked baby sweater. Not sure if I’ll leave it as-is or modify it. I think I want to add some sweet little frilly ruffles to it and girl it up a bit. And I believe, like with the first sweater, I will not run buttons down the entire front, just the top. With a newborn, why futz with all of those buttons? I’m already over half done with this current sweater, it’s been a very fast knit, and am looking to finish some other small projects and clear some yarn out of my tote. I think spring forward is on that list, as well as another foliage for my sister with a beautiful alpaca yarn I purchased but is impractical for here. Then the two larger sausage dogs (already linked) and I’ll likely knit some more toys.

I’m not sure I want to start my February Lady sweater before September and will likely wait a bit longer on her (I managed to score enough Malabrigo in Hollyhock for it, YUM), but I have plenty of yarn to work with for now. Had a bit of a buying spree for my birthday and my tote seems to be full again. I shall end this post with pictures of my favorite acquisitions of the spree; the ones I keep opening up my tote to pet and admire for their beauty.

First, the Malabrigo. Such a yummy color. One of the things I love about knitting my own clothes is the greater variety of color I can get into my wardrobe. My love of color is also tempting me to learn how to do my own dying so I can get exactly the color I want. One expensive and time-consuming hobby at a time!Second is this absolutely fantastic Elizabeth Bennet sock yarn by Yarn Love in Strawberry Shortcake I managed to score. It’s a wool/bamboo/silk mix and it feels so silky and nice. The colorway is just beautiful as well. There’s a subtle graham cracker color, lucious pinks, and it’s topped off with a creamy color. There’s another short sweater pattern I plan to make with this. It’s just too lovely to make into socks.

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