OK, for some reason today I decided to make incredible progress on several WIP in addition to planning some future projects and purchasing yarn for yet another future project. Sit back and relax because there is a lot to share...
Almost done with the Debbie Bliss Matinee Jacket in Baby Cashmerino. Of course, there are a few deviations from the pattern. I changed the edging this morning on the train when I just couldn't figure out what she meant by "Cast off 2 sts [slip st used in casting off back onto left hand needle, cast on 2 sts knitwise, cast off 6 sts knitwise] to end. Fasten off." I confess that since I make up all my own patterns generally, I'm not the best at reading other people's patterns. But this one threw me for a loop, so I just made up my own picot edging. It turned out quite nicely, but it is curling. See below.
I need to block the matinee jacket and possibly even press the edging to keep it from curling. I was disappointed with the lack of finishing on this project. There is nothing on the sleeve, neckline or edge of the jacket. I think it looks rather unfinished and am still debating whether or not to add a little more to it before giving it to the no-longer-newborn Coco Marie-Claire tomorrow night. Sigh!
But wait! There's more!
Here's the status of the Warm Up America baby blanket with the criss cross pattern that I created. It's probably got about one more train ride worth of knitting to go before completion... but since I MUST finish Coco Marie-Claire's present, this will have to wait a bit longer.
And, just in case you were wondering what I want to make next, check out some future projects which got a bit of attention today.
Michael picked out this yarn in December at Knitting Central, although he doesn't remember that now. It's a beautiful 100% hand painted merino wool by Artyarns Luxury Hand-Painted Yarns in Supermerino. I think it will be a cardigan with cables. Variegated yarn is not my personal favorite, but Michael liked it, so I'll come up with something for him. Holly posted some pink and green socks knit with a variegated yarn and contrasted a swatch with straight ribbing right next to a swatch with cable ribbing. I liked the cable ribbing best and therefore think I might do that with this yarn, too. I'll probably try my own swatch comparison and see how it turns out. I'm open to other suggestions for stitches with this yarn.
And finally, I bought this beautiful yarn today at Stitches East. It's Adrienne Vittadini "Martina" made with 70% extra fine merino wool and 30% silk. It's scrump-dilly-icious to knit and is going to be made into a crew neck pullover for someone special in my life. Oooh! Are you curious? Just wait. I'll tell you all about him at the right time. He's a keeper though. Oh, and this steel blue yarn matches the color of his eyes.