One of the reasons I don't keep my blog updated is invariably I will be almost done and something happens and I lose the entire post. That happened this morning!!! GRRR
I have been working hard to finish some projects that have hibernated in my knitting baskets for years. I finally finished a Debbie Bliss baby dress I started for my sister's last granddaughter about 5 years ago. It is a cute pattern but I wasn't fond of the Debbie Bliss Cathay yarn. It is cotton viscose and silk and had almost no springy feel to it which I love when using wool/cotton. A few years ago I made tis same dress in DB wool/cotton and that was so nice to knit. Anyway, my cousin had a baby girl in January so I completed the dress for her.
This is a close up of the bodice smocking which was fun to knit.
Next I finished a sweater I started about 4-5 years ago in Rowan summer Tweed. I probably bought the yarn 7-8 years ago. It is the pattern called Lavender from Rowan's Summer Tweed Pattern Book. I loved the pattern and the yarn but after sewing it all together I noticed a mistake in the left front cable right near the neck. I knew I couldn't live with that and had placed it in an open basket in my bedroom. Well, my girls were puppies then and they ate the turtleneck and the bamboo knitting needles so it hibernated even longer. I am pleased to announce that I took it apart and ripped it back to correct the cable error and reknit the neck. The measurements were spot on with the pattern but when my daughter tried it on the sweater was a little too short from the waist to the underarms. I was willing to try and add more ribbing but Amy said she can live with it. Here are the two photos as no matter how hard I tried I couldn't capture both the design and color in one photo. When I used the flash on my camera the color came out faded, outside the lighting was also too bright and when I didn't use a flash the color was accurate but the design disappeared. You would never know this is the same sweater. But it is. They really are the same sweater. It's just the lighting. I also finished up two scarves. One is in Noro Silk Garden and I used Jared Flood's ribbed pattern. Great for mindless knitting. I've used Noro Kureyon a number of times but this was my first time using Silk Garden and I like it so much better. I'm looking forward to using it again.
The next scarf I finished was made in Malabrigo Silky Wool and love this yarn. The colors are exquisite and it is so soft. It was really fun to knit.