Apparently, if left alone for a long period of time, the blog does not write itself. Maybe if I sneak in very quietly, no one will notice that I haven’t posted in almost a month. I’ve been knitting… really I have. I’ve even thought about what I would write. Somehow it’s the writing that has slowed me down.
So here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been doing.
I decided to finish some sweaters during the Olympics. I’ve got more sweaters than I care to think about on the needles. Two of these sweaters were in danger of being outgrown before they even got finished. Those sweaters became top priority.
1. The February Child Sweater*
All I had left to finish on this sweater were the sleeves. Since this was for Addie, my oldest and fastest grower, I wanted to add some extra length to the sleeves. I was a little nervous about running out of yarn so I didn’t add any length to the bottom of the sweater. She can always wear it a little short. The sleeves are 17″ long! That’s a lot of sleeve for a nine year old. I’m pretty sure she’s going to take after Daddy. I aggressively blocked this so that the lace would open up and to hopefully add a bit of length to the body. The sleeves also grew a bit in length, but that just gives her some room to grow.
Just for kicks I tried this sweater on. It’s a little short in the sleeves and definitely short in the body, but boy is it scary to realize that my 9 year old daughter is soon going to be bigger than me.
2. The Playful Stripes Sweater*
This sweater had just the yolk to finish – which is really the fun part after the slog of the stockinette. The only downside is that there are a ton of ends to weave in on the yolk. I chose to weave the ends in rather than carry the yarn up the side. I thought it would be easier to pick up stitches for the button band if the ends were woven in. I lightly steam blocked this for the photo, but need to go back and reblock it so that the hems will lay flat. Lily has been wearing this sans buttons as we haven’t found any that we like.
This sweater wasn’t officially finished during the Olympics. I finished it on February 28. Not too shabby considering I also made some baby hats in that time.
*The blog is not playing nice today. I am having trouble linking to my Ravelry project pages. All I can tell you is that both sweaters are on www.ravelry.com and you can see more beautiful variations there.