Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yarn Along:

Vera's baptismal gown is finally done!  I am extremely proud of it, in spite of a few little flaws.

Now that that's over, it is such a relief to know I can knit anything I want.  The power went to my head a little.
 If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I couldn't resist starting this sock for long.  It has become my self-indulgent knitting, which I reach for whenever things get tough and I just need to savor something.  It's knitting equivalent of expensive chocolate, except it gets bigger instead.
I also very spontaneously cast on a hoodie for Lucy out of my handspun.  I'm hoping to finish it in time for Rhinebeck.  Though she didn't attend last year, I made her a handspun sweater in honor of it last fall.  Come to think of it, she has had a Rhinebeck sweater ever since she was born--and so has Sebastian.  I hadn't realized it was such a tradition.  Better get cracking!
Speaking of Sebastian, he turned one the other day.  His birthday socks have been on his feet ever since.  Peter asked jokingly how long that will go on.  I replied that he'd wear them every day until he outgrows them or I finish a new pair, whichever comes first.  Since they are tube socks that reach up to his chubby knees, they'll fit for years.  This scrappy pair that I keep in my purse for knitting emergencies is speeding along, so there is some variety in his future.
 I'm also plotting some garments for him.  I intend to make this vest out of the Robin Red Breast colorway below and the gramps cardigan out of the Thunderstorm yarn you see hanked up above.  The trouble is yardage.  I'll need another skein of each.  If I use the very similar yarn cake above for the accent color on the cardigan, I might be able to get away with it.  They are perhaps too similar and yet not different enough though.  Thoughts?  I'll swatch up a sleeve to be sure.
No matter what, I have a boatload of knitting ahead to keep me occupied.  I'm hoping to read the second volume in the Poldark series and put a dent in some library books that are about to be due as well (Women in Clothes and some inspiring crochet books).  See you next week!


Joy said...

The gown came out beautifully! The story about Sebastian's socks crack me up!

Pom Pom said...

Wow! Look at you go! So many beautiful photos of beautiful projects!

willfulmina said...

Thanks! It's the most complicated thing I've ever made.

willfulmina said...

Thank you! No one will ever accuse me of having all my eggs in one basket--that's for sure!

elizabeth said...

It's just LOVELY!!!! that gown is just darling and so beautiful!!!

The Gramps Cardi is super fun! (I had Mat Anna knit one for a munchkin I know here in NJ!) It's super cute!!

Those socks are great! Maybe someday I will have the headspace to learn socks (for now I am sticking to what I know freehand; hope to learn to can applesauce in Oct!!!) much love to you! and Happy Birthday to Sebastian!!! <3 <3 <3

Anonymous said...

This is such a beautiful little dress! What an accomplishment!

Lucy Bowen said...

The gown is splendid and I love the emergency socks!