Sunday I was in a finishing frenzy, and kept digging things out to finish. Good at starting, good at doing, not so good at finishing. Hello, three unfinished but almost done novels, how are ya?
Let’s not talk about that, shall we?
You’ve seen this before. Specifically, you’ve seen this back in 2004. Two thousand FOUR. Isn’t it 2007 now? I forget, but I think that’s right. She’s never, ever, ever been worn, except to take the finished picture (specs there) because I never put in the zipper.
Please. A zipper? I don’t even mind putting in zippers. I hate sewing, and it’s not that fun, but it’s satisfying to do by hand, because it ends up looking so neat. I decided I wanted to wear it Sunday, so I grabbed it and put in the zipper (which had been neatly folded inside the sweater for the past almost-three years. It’s not like I didn’t even HAVE a zipper, I did). And voila, Bob’s yer uncle:
The bottom ended up wanting to be scalloped because of the way the pockets pull, so instead of fighting that, I put the zipper in to accentuate it.
Love the pockets:
From the back:
I also had to finish the scarf that is so gorgeous I will wear it in summer. And I don’t even usually wear scarves, but I made it with Kyoto, which is the most stunning yarn in the universe, seriously. It absolutely glows, and it’s the softest stuff, and you must get some. I had some random balls lying around. I’ve never made anything with it, but when I go to ArtFibers, I usually end up walking out with one precious ball. Just because. And I’m glad I do that, because I got this:
I tried so hard to get a shot where you can see the yarn’s glow, and this is as close as I got:
I used Stephanie’s one-row scarf pattern, and I threw in stripes where I felt moved to do so. I swear, it was practically religious, and I usually hate knitting scarves. Highly recommended.
As if that weren’t enough fun, I finished up a baby sweater that had been done (as has the baby, as of last week) and only needed buttons and a bit of lace. I’d learned about the Ribbonerie last week (how did I not know?) and stumbled into the store, amazed. (I also stumbled out, as I happened upon their 10th anniversary sale, and as soon as I entered this amazing ribbon-wonderland, they pressed a glass of champagne into my willing little hands. Now, sitting in the sunlight, sorting through antique buttons and scraps of lace with champagne to hand? What could be better?)
I left the store with two old mother-of-pearl buttons and a half-yard of ribbon that was quite literally worth more than the sweater, but don’t they look nice together?
Specs: 5 hour baby sweater pattern, free (bootie pattern there, too)
Yarn: (Wait for it) Caron Simply Soft, color wine, NO DYE LOT. Gotta love machine washable.
for a detail of the embroidered white-on-white ribbon.
All right. I’m tired of typing, and I haven’t even shown you the new sweater, the one you’ve never seen a scrap of! That’ll come tomorrow because right now I have to go for a run. Or a Cadbury Creme Egg. Whichever comes first. The eternal question, isn’t it?
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