Back with a Vengeance

Hi, I’m back. Didja miss me? Okay, don’t answer that. I’m guessing my two readers would comment “yes” just to be polite. Well, thanks for coming back.

I missed my regular WIP report last week, because we went on a little family skiing outing to Mammoth. This was our first skiing trip with the Sweeties, and it didn’t disappoint. Two days of great skiing, family time and memories. I have to add, because I know you’ll appreciate this, that we all donned our handknit hats on the slopes. Sa-weet!

You might recognize Sweetie Girl’s hat; it’s Madge’s Unoriginal Hat in Hard Rock. She very sweetly offered it because it was too big for her, and I greedily snatched it up. Sweetie Girl wears it quite a bit, not only for skiing but also for evening soccer and softball practices, and simply loves it. Thanks Madge!

What does vengeance have to do with anything? Well, I’ve been doing some WIP busting and have something to show for it.

Sweetie Boy’s Sweater finally got done. I realized on Sunday evening that we were leaving that Thursday for the snow, and Sweetie Boy’s sweater would be perfect on the slopes.

Project: Woody Sweater from Debbie Bliss Junior Knits
Yarn: Rio De La Plata 3 Ply Thread – Kettle Dyed in Rabbit Colorway, 5.5 skeins
Needles: KnitPicks Options US size 8
Start: November 2007
Finish: February 2008
Thoughts: I gathered all of the yarn which varied quite a bit in color, brought it to knitting group, polled my knit sisters on how to work in the color variegation. They, being the fabulous, knowledgeable and helpful sorts, showed me the way. I picked up the sleeves and knit them flat, instead of knitting them separately and attaching later. Thanks Patty, Melise, Madge and Fay Lynn!

I finished the second sleeve on the drive up to Mammoth and seamed it up that night. Nothing, I tell you, Nothing, has given me so much satisfaction as seeing my handknit being worn on the slopes and knowing it was keeping him toasty and warm.

The other sweater I finished up was the Mia sweater for Sweetie Girl. I finished this before two weeks ago (?) and finally took the modeled FO picture yesterday morning when Sweetie Girl wore it to school. Yes, she actually wears it and it makes me extremely happy. I think it makes her happy too.

Project: Mia Sweater from Debbie Bliss Junior Knits
Yarn: Cascade 220 in Magenta colorway (too lazy to find the ball band and figure out which one it is), 2.5 skeins I’m guessing.
Needles: KnitPicks Options US size 8
Start: September 2007
Finish: February 2008

Thoughts: For some reason, this sweater took forever to finish and I’m not sure why. Maybe the tons of stockinette, which usually don’t bother me that much. Maybe the tons of stitches once I was knitting from sleeve to sleeve across the back got too much on my 32″ cable, so I had to wait for the 40″ cable from Knit Picks. Maybe the seaming part. Yup, the seaming part. I went to Joann’s and picked up a few choices of buttons, and let Sweetie Girl choose. She originally wanted some cute flower shape buttons in bright solid colors but none of the colors looked right. In the end, she piucked the classic round leather button which was my first choice too. Only I didn’t tell her that until after she chose the button. Good taste, huh?

I’ve got on more finished sweater to show you only I still have to take the picture. Maybe tomorrow at group. It’s the Alexandra Ballerina Sweater from Fitted Knits. What am I working on now? Once Sweetie Boy’s sweater was done, I cast on the next day for the Cavern Cardigan using STR Heavyweight in Pond Scum. And pond scum is an apt description for the color. I’ll show ya next time how very pond scummy it is.


13 responses to “Back with a Vengeance

  1. Welcome back!

  2. A family ski trip sounds lovely- We really need some slopes a bit closer here! The FOs look great on the kiddos- you should be proud. I tagged you for a meme, but if you’ve done it, don’t worry…

  3. Knits everywhere! The sweetie’s looks adorable in their knits!

  4. Welcome back you little ski bunny you!!

    There is nothing better than seeing your hand knits being worn lovingly, you’re very lucky!!

    Great job on the Sweetie sweaters….everyone looks so warm and cozy!

  5. Great job on the WIP busting! Your handknits look fabulous on the sweeties. 🙂 Glad you had a good trip!

  6. Welcome back – look at you finishing all those sweaters! They look cute in them 🙂

  7. Sa-weet indeed! Awesome job with the WIP-busting. The Sweeties look great in their new sweaters!

    And way to go on matching the yarn on Woody’s sleeves.

    Aww, I’m just happy SG can use the hat.

    Can’t wait to see that Pond Scum in action….

  8. Lady Misty Morn

    Way to Bust those WIP’s! Keep this up and I’ll have no choice but to hand over the Sweater title to you this year, seeing how I’m getting absolutely NOTHING knit this year and it’s March already!

  9. So glad you had such a great trip, The kid’s look ski-rific! Nothing like a hat knit with love to keep you cozy warm! Sweetie girl looks great in her hot pink, and sweetie boy’s sweater is very handsome, well done!

  10. Glad you had a good trip. I love the FOs!

  11. Great knits! And ooh, I loooove Mammoth!

  12. Those are great sweaters! I love skiing – perfect family activity!

  13. Well the sweater turned out really nice. You have now kept both of the warm with you wonderful knits!

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