Sunday, October 14, 2007

Finished Objects

I have finished objects! They have actually been done for some time, just not blogged about until now. I felted the clogs a week or two ago. The Nature Spun yarn felted fast and wonderfully I thought - just one trip through the washer on a short cycle. This pattern was so much fun to knit, and everytime I felt something I want to immediately do it again. It is just so magical. I have yarn for another pair for my other niece, and a pair for my daugher in her college colors. For my daughter's I bought some fun, under-stated novelty yarn (yes, there is such a thing) that I will add to the cuff.

I also finished up a baby sweater I had started last year. I really only had a few ends left to weave in and the buttons to sew on. I set the sweater aside while the baby grew a bit, and suddenly was rushing to finish before he grew too much! It is made with Plymouth Encore, an Acrylic/wool blend, so it is machine washable and dryable and is a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern. It was knit from the top down, all in one piece, and then you go back and add the hood. This is my second "real" garment. I started this so long ago I seem to have misplaced one of the buttons in progress. I am sure I had bought enough, but when I finally got around to sewing them on, I was one short. I guess my thinking at that point was you probably wouldn't ever button that very top button anyway, so he got it without the top one. Once my nephew is done with it I may get some plain buttons to sew on, but these little trains were too cute not to use, even if I was one short. Lesson learned here about letting projects languish too long I guess. I should note that I used the "auto adjust" feature in my photo program, and while I like what it did for the colors and the crispness of the image, it seemed to make the sweater look very "acryl-icky". It doesn't look that way in person, and it doesn't really have much of an acrylic feel to it either. It is soft and cozy.

And this is not knitting related, but I also have a room full of rubber stamping supplies. I have hardly touched a rubber stamp since I found knitting, but I had a baby shower this afternoon, and decided to make a card to go with my gift. I did knit an umbilical cord hat out of Cottontots yarn that I attached to a very full bow on the outside of the gift, but the gift itself was a bouncer, not a handknit item. This photo doesn't enlarge very well - I took it in a hurry before I rushed out the door for the shower. It's a bit blurry, but you get the idea.


"T" Van Hoecke said...

The clogs look great, the sweater is so darling and so is Dreyton ; )
You card is very fun too. You have been busy.

Susan said...

The card is so cute!

I love the clogs and the baby sweater. I have a sweater that I knit ages ago for my daughter and haven't put together yet. At the rate she's growing it might go to one of her dolls!

Jeanne said...

Ijust finished some of those clogs myself. They are fun, aren't they?

monica said...

I love those clogs. I have made them for others, but not myself...yet. The baby sweater looks fantastic.