Thursday, October 17, 2013
UFO 1: Cate's Easter Sweater
That's this past Easter, not Easter 2014. It's a pretty little thing made using Rowan Calmer, a lovely cotton/acrylic blend that is sadly discontinued. I missed my Easter deadline, but continued to work on it thinking it would be a nice summer sweater (light sweaters are a necessity in the SF Bay Area). Unfortunately, Cate grew faster than I knit and I started to realize that, once complete, the sweater would not fit her. :( However, she has a cousin, Elena, who will be turning 1 at the end of Nov. Elena lives in Atlanta, so a lightweight sweater would be perfect for her. The knitting is done, I just need to block it, sew the side and arm seams, and add buttons.
UFO 2: My Turquoise Shrug
When I realized Cate's sweater wouldn't fit her, I put it down and started crocheting a shrug out of Rowan Calmer in a very pretty shade of turquoise (back when Calmer was discontinued, a local yarn store put their remaining stock on steep discount and I snatched up a bunch of it). The shrug pattern I"m using is very simple; you crochet a large rectangle, fold it in half lengthwise, then sew a short seam on each end of the long open side. This makes a nice, short-sleeved shrug. I would like one that's around 3/4 sleeve, though, so I'm making a much longer rectangle. After doing the seaming, I plan on picking up and knitting some ribbing around each opening to give it a bit more shaping. I've been working on this one here and there, but crocheting hurts my wrist so I've had to take a break.
UFO 3: Mom's 2012/2013 Christmas Socks
Every year, I make my mom socks for Christmas. That is, every year except last year. I started this pair of socks, but, between having a toddler and using my knitting time to make things for that toddler, I barely got them started. I am using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Byrne (I think, I lost the ball band and the colorway doesn't look exactly the same on the website, but it's close) and the Spring Forward pattern from Knitty Summer 2008. I now have the foot and part of the leg done on one of them. Maybe they'll be done by Christmas this year, or maybe they will turn into 2012/2013/2014 Christmas Socks!
UFO 4: Purple Woolies
I knit a wool diaper cover for Cate using Malabrigo yarn and the Sheepy Pants (Ravely link) pattern. Before adding elastic to the waistband, I tried them on her and they were enormous and I was thinking I was going to actually have to cut off a large portion of the top so that the crotch wouldn't be hanging down to her knees, so I set them aside. That was several months ago. Now, they are still too big, but not as bad as before and I simply turned under about two inches at the top instead of the one inch that I originally intended. I've almost finished sewing down the waistband after which I will add the elastic, sew the waistband closed, lanolinize them, and they will be good to go!
No sewing UFOs right now, sewing's a lot harder to accomplish since I can't take it with me to the park or doctor's appointments (though I've actually considered starting to sew garments by hand simply because it seems like it would be easier than trying to find time to clear off my desk and sit down at the machine!).