Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Knitting victories

As I mentioned in the last post, I decided to participate in the Knit for Victory knit-along that's currently going on, and had chosen Tasha's "Victory" because I figured I was much more likely to finish something small by the deadline than any of the number of sweaters I'd like to make. This pattern knitted up even faster than I had anticipated, and I managed to get it finished in just a few days! I actually (and unintentionally) finished the last few rows on Pearl Harbor day, which I thought was wonderfully apropos.

Let me simply say that I ADORE this pattern. It's very well written, super easy to follow, and knits up so quickly I'm really tempted to make another in different colors at some point. The only change that I made was to knit the body of the hat on 3s instead of 2s, since I wanted a slightly bigger, floppier hat. I blocked it on an 11.25 inch stock pot lid instead of a plate and it fits really well over my hair, even when it's up, with some good "flop" at the sides and back. I've always loved fair isle and am so glad I finally tried my hand at it. As daunting as it seems like it might be at first, the color work was very easy. It took a minute to get myself used to carrying two colors, and finally settled on picking the main color and throwing the contrast. I can knit both english and continental, so it was super quick once I got myself all organized. Since the knit-along isn't over until January 31st, I am toying with the idea of trying to get another small project finished. I'm considering either this snood or this tea cozy from Susan Crawford. I've got some much going on over the holidays though, we'll see if either of those actually happens. 

In addition to my "Victory" tam, I also managed to finally finish this eyelet baby set I've been working on for forever months. I got it finished just in time for him to wear it a few times before the sweet boy grows out of it. I'm planning on him wearing it for our various Christmas engagements. Hopefully it doesn't get covered in spit-up before we get out the door.

Hopefully I'll be able to get back to work on my vest soon, but as usual I've got so many things I want to work on it's hard to keep myself committed to just one project at a time. 

In unrelated news, I was out shopping for fabric to make new curtains for the baby's room a couple of days ago and was recognized by one of my local blog readers! It's the first time that's happened to me while I was out and about and it was really fun to run into someone who recognized me from my blog. If you're reading, Caitlin, thanks for saying hello :)

I hope that everyone is having a good holiday season so far!

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