I took a small hiatus from knitting this last week after finishing the Sylvi coat. A row here and there on the shawl and I didn’t knit at all this weekend. Shocking, I know. A lot has been going on and I needed something to take me more out of my own head than knitting allows. I tend to think more when I’m knitting than less. But I did get a picture of my Sylvi.
It is a little fuzzy, limited time and battery life, but you get the idea
Hopefully I will have more to show you later this week.
I finally finished Sylvi! Yay Woo! I don’t have a picture of the full finished coat yet but I do have these:
The buttons I picked out using part of my Hobby Lobby gift card I received for Christmas.
And one of the completed flowers. There were 4 total. Those took awhile. Longer than expected actually, but it is all done. I actually wore it yesterday before I finished putting the buttons on. It is very warm, and I finally have a coat that I don’t mind driving in because it flexes and moves very well with me.
Ellie, completing Melissa, and a blanket for the office because it is seriously freezing up in here.
The other night, I apparently was not thinking very clearly and ended up doing this to my Unemployed in Greenland?! yarn from Indigo Dragonfly
I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say, I made a huge error in judgement, did something incredibly stupid, and I spent about 5 hours last night fixing it. Now it looks like this:
Just as it should
For many of us here in the States, this weekend was a 3-day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. As I currently work for a university, I too had Monday off. I have to say, this was the most productive MLK weekend I’ve had in awhile.
I wound 5 hanks of yarn into balls,
(George seems to be a little leery of the swift)
I completed the 1st 3 charts on the Melissa shawl pattern,
(That’s the farthest I’ve ever made it on this shawl, I am very excited)
Part of the seaming on the coat is complete,
(Both fronts are now attached to the back, now I have to attach the sleeves and start the hood)
And while there are no pictures of this, I started designing my first shawl, I finished all of my laundry, and I started rearranging my closet. The closet is mostly done, now I just need to finish up the rest of the clutter that results from dragging everything out of your closet. I think I did pretty well. Did you have a productive weekend?
Well, I haven’t made any progress on the coat. I haven’t been feeling very well and so I really haven’t been wanting to deal with the large pieces of Sylvi right now. As for the shawl I re-started Saturday night…
I had to frog it again Sunday night and I re-started it yet again. I think I just got lost in the pattern. I actually have to tink back about a row and a half tonight when I get home because there is a mistake right around the marker on the left. It happened after the picture was taken. But I do like the random sparkle of the sequin in this yarn. I think it adds a bit of flair. :)
Well, over the weekend, I finished the right front of my coat as planned. What remains is the seaming, hood, blocking, and petals. Not too much work, really, just somewhat time consuming. And as we’ve been having a bit of a warm spell here, I haven’t been in a huge hurry to finish it. Which brings me to Saturday night. Instead of beginning my seaming on the coat, I started (or rather restarted) a shawl I had been working on last year and had to frog. For a moment there, I thought, I’m not sticking to The Plan, I’ve begun a new project. But then, my sister, in her infinite wisdom told me, “then that doesn’t really count if you’ve already started it.” Even though I had to frog it before I even started my coat, it was a WIP and I really have stuck to The Plan and I have not begun a new project before my coat is finished. Bazinga! That is the kind of loophole I can support.
BTW, I will post some pictures tomorrow of both the shawl and the coat.
I know, I know, I KNOW, I need to refrain from looking at knitting patterns, yarn, books, etc when I have a project that I’m working on that needs to be finished. And yet, here I am getting sucked in to the black hole that is Ravelry. There are a ton of patterns, both free and for sale that cover just about anything under the sun. There is even an Alien Autopsy. I really enjoy looking at all of the patterns, adding them to my library for future reference, and ending up killing about 3 hours of my day. You can set up projects and add patterns to you queue. Add needles and yarn to your stash. It’s really interesting and an excellent resource. But it is very easy to get sucked in and never leave.
Alright, I’m going in…if I’m not back in a couple of hours, send in the cavalry.