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Wow. So I had a bit of Christmas knitting that looked very promising for completion in time for the big day… until this past Tuesday, when I finally ended my denial about the sizing by undoing the entire two weeks’ worth of knitting. Now that I’ve restarted it, I’m progressing quickly — but not quickly enough, I’m afraid. (But more on that later… much later. Like after it’s actually done and been gifted.) That’s not the only thing I’m behind on, either! I’m way behind on taking FO photos and updating the blog! Let’s see… I did manage to get photos of two recent projects (well, technically, four — but three are a package deal) since the last update.

First up, something a little silly. My friend Katie and I went to the Stitches East show in Hartford, CT over Halloween weekend, and crashed at her former college roommate’s house for the night. As a thank-you, we decided to present her with a lovely little beret for her cat, Luke (who is surprisingly tolerant of such things). Amanda convinced Luke to model the hat for us and texted Katie a picture while we enjoyed our 2nd day at the show:

Le Mieux – graciously modeled by Luke (aka “Jean-Luc”)

  • Project: International Cat Hat: France, Le Mieux by Stacy Mar
  • Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic, navy and khaki (leftover from handwoven placemats I made for Mom in early 2009)
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm), Addi Turbo circular (magic-looped, of course)
  • Started 10/3/10, finished 10/5/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Next, a bit of gift knitting that’s generally considered more useful than a cat hat: baby stuff! My friends Diane and Randy recently adopted a baby boy, RJ. It was a surprise to many of us, including Diane and Randy — they hadn’t expected it to all go through so quickly! So, I needed to knit up something just as quickly. This may look sort of familiar — I made the same baby set for my friend Carey earlier this year, in a different color of Sockotta yarn.

RJ’s Baby Cardi & Hat

  • Pattern: Sock It To Me Baby by Beth Anne Paustian
  • Yarn: Plymouth Sockotta, color #6056 (white, gray, green, blue, yellow, pink stripes)
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) and 2.5 (3.0mm), Addi Turbo circulars
  • Cardi started 11/2/10, finished 11/7/10 except for buttons (completed with buttons 11/21/10); hat started 11/8/10, finished 11/10/10.
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)
  • Modifications: Unlike last time, when I knit the cardi in separate pieces and seamed it, I decided to knit the body of this one in a single piece up to the armholes, then knit the two fronts and the back separately up from the armholes (starting at the same point in the color repeat for each section). I then finished the shoulder seams with a three-needle bindoff on the inside and knit the sleeves in the round from the top down by picking up stitches around the armhole (again, starting at the same point in the color repeat so each sleeve would be pretty much the same striping). The only thing I’m not completely happy with in this approach is that the striping sequence was a little too short for the body of the sweater below the armholes — you can see on the front that the stripes really don’t match. But it’s still damn cute and I appreciate the time I saved by not having to do any seaming. If I were to make another one of these cardigans, I’d combine my two approaches: knitting the fronts and back as three separate pieces (matching the striping on the fronts, not caring if the back matches — because it’s pretty much impossible except maybe if you use two balls of yarn and alternate them every row so that the striping sequence is doubled), still using the three-needle bindoff for the shoulders, seaming up the sides to the armhole, and knitting the armholes from the top down. I don’t mind seaming side-to-side or top-to-bottom along a straight edge, but seaming stepped shoulders and set-in sleeves/armholes is a bit of torture I’d prefer to avoid. Oh — also, on the hat, I knit it in the round instead of flat (really, why bother knitting a hat flat?! I honestly can’t think of a good reason, at least not for this particular hat).

RJ’s Baby Booties

I just counted, and there are seven other finished projects that I have yet to photograph and blog about, including that fringed scarf I mentioned in the last post which finally got its ends woven in and a good wash and block the last week of October. Heck, I’ve even worn it to work twice! I attempted a cell-phone pic while I was having trouble with my regular digital camera (problem solved — battery no longer recharging) but it turned out way too blurry. Besides the scarf, I have two hats and four (!!) pairs of socks to photograph and blog. Oh yeah, and finish that Christmas-gift sweater… which means I should stop typing and get the needles clicking.

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