I finished Skelf yesterday. Okay, technically I still need to block it and sew on buttons, but all the knitting is finished! Yay me! This is the first "grown-up" sweater I've completed. I did make a top-down raglan when Spud and Chloe had their knit-a-long a couple of years ago, but this is my first REAL adult sweater. Like with written out directions for each size and no math required. It was terrific. I love the pattern - Ysolda writes them so just about anyone can follow them. The directions were very clear (even if I didn't read them very well the first time around). I did add some to my project page, and will finish adding notes later. Here are a few pictures before blocking:
My only problem now is where to block it?! I have hardwood floors throughout my house, except the bedrooms, and I work during the day, so I have to block things either at night or early in the morning - when half the people in the house are sleeping. Sometimes more, but at least half. That leaves few possibilities. First, there is the ironing board:
As you can see, it works GREAT for Little Man's sweater (now it's not scratchy). The sleeves dangle, but I'm not as worried about them. The problem for my sweater - it's wider than his. This means that either a) I could only block half of it at a time, or b) it might stretch funny. I can use a drying rack, one of those old wooden dowel zig-zag racks to cover it, but again, it might stretch funny from the spaces in between the dowels. I would just go get some of those puzzle mats from the exercise section of a local big box store, but I really don't have even the $20 to spend at the moment (payday is Friday and we're watching our pennies for Christmas). So, I have to decide how to block it. In the meantime, Hubby helped me pick buttons for it and we decided on these:
Aren't they lovely? They will add just a little sparkle to the top of the sweater. I had planned on using these terrific ceramic buttons I found at an antiques mall, but after looking between those and these, these buttons won out. Oh, and once Little Man's sweater is dry,
he's going to shine! :) What are you working on? Anything new? Anything finished up? It's going to be a great day, so let's get started with a lovely chat.