F.O: Dot the Monster

We interrupt this blanket broadcast to bring you: A Finished Object!

I swear that I’m still working diligently on the Fireside Afghan. I’m plugging away at it, churning out roughly a block a day. Six more blocks and I’ll be ready to begin sewing up! But, in the meantime, I also managed to slip in a little monster. He’s to be sent away to a new home in a swap.

DSC_0048I’m pretty enamored with this little guy. He’s knit from RedHeart Impeccable, which I bought on a whim but have decided that I like. It was a little scratchy to work with at this gauge, though soft enough as a finished project. I think if it were worked at on 8’s as, say, a lovely little entrelac scarf, it would be perfectly acceptable for against the skin wear.

DSC_0043A lot of gradient yarns fall pray to the murky, less attractive patches as the colors shift. I found this one to be lovely through and through. This pattern is a perennial swap favorite of mine, too. It’s small enough to squish in an envelope or tight box, but big enough that I don’t feel as though I’m sending along a mini. It combines all of my favorite of the designer’s techniques, too.

DSC_0054And, for proof, a quick shot of my stack of blocks hanging out in the Hexipuff bowl. I’ve given myself the deadline of my birthday, a month and a half away, to finish the two projects. I know that I’m getting close on the blanket and that I’m not far off on the puff pillow, but I think we can all agree that seaming and finishing a project can sometimes feel more daunting than the actual knitting does.

Does anyone else get squeamish about finishing techniques?

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F.O: Little Cotton Rabbit (x3)

Dear blog,

When last we spoke, I fessed up to a mild infatuation with Julie Williams’ Little Cotton Rabbits. I said things like, “I just need to knit a few dresses to get it out of my system,” and “They’re teaching me new skills!” We’ve had this conversation before. This is the conversation where I admit to going over the deep end with some pattern that I just can’t put down. Embarrassingly enough, it’s happening again. I’ve become obsessed with these little rabbits and little dresses, and am in serious need of some bunny rehab. But really, who can blame me? They’re so completely precious!

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Obviously I need help. The white rabbit is my latest finished object, and I’ve named her Carroll. As ridiculous as this picture looks, I actually have to admit that since I took it this morning another dress has been added to the collection. It’s a sickness. All of the dresses come from the Seasonal Dresses pattern except for the pink feather and fan dress and the elephant dress. I figured the elephants from an outside chart, and added them to the basic dress pattern.

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I’m really pleased with how my white rabbit turned out. Just fuzzy enough, and just fluffy enough. She’s knit out of sport weight, though, so she’s the smallest of the bunch, but the dresses still fit her well enough.

I feel like admitting my problem is the first step to recovery, so hopefully when we speak next I’ll have moved on to something new.  No promises, though. These bunnies are pretty irresistible. I don’t recommend buying the pattern if you, like me, are susceptible to the charms of little embroidered smiles and tiny buttons. I’m sure I’ll kick this one eventually, but with my luck it’ll be the day before Julie publishes her next animal pattern, which is sure to be just as sweet as the first.

Wish me luck!

On My Needles This Morning

We have had an unprecedented streak of sunshine, and it just makes me all the more willing to work on these happy, delightful socks:

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Rumpled! by Alice Yu, in a mystery wool pulled from my stash. Many of the projects in this pattern are sunny yellows, but I’m considering these a warm rose gold. The stitch pattern drove me crazy at first, but I modified the decreases to make them more manageable (less painful and irritating), which has made them good fun to work on. I’m to the heel flap, which I’m modifying to be plain knit, instead of slip stitched. Slip stitch heels make me cringe. All in all, I’m loving these socks, and we’re at a very zen place in our relationship right now.

My eyes have been wandering a bit, though, and I keep having to ban myself from Ravelry. A good friend just found out that she’s having a girl, and I have the most perfect hank of Mal Worsted in my stash that I keep imagining as a darling sweater/headband combo.  I’m a fickle knitter, I guess, but I’m sticking firmly to my one project at a time mantra. If anything can tempt me from that, however, it’s bitty baby headbands with big crochet flowers and adorable buttons and… Oh, my. This might be harder than I thought!