Here are some pictures of where I am currently with these projects, along with how the finished product should look…
- Rowan Intrigue sweater (Book 36)
What it looks like in the pattern book…
What I have done so far…
So, as you can see, I’m almost done! The bad thing is that I finished knitting the sweater about 3 or 4 years ago. I’ve been working on the embroidery part ever since. I still think it’s pretty, but I’m disappointed with it because it turns out that it’s not as cozy and cuddly as I think it looks like in the magazine. The wool is pretty dense and makes the sweater heavy. And the turtleneck is tight at the bottom, despite having reknit it. This causes the fold to ride up. I’m thinking I should tack it down and that will help. But I just need to get some motivation to finish it and have some faith that there is still a chance that I will love it and think it was worth all the time and money I invested in it.
- Rowan Petersburg cardigan vest (Book 42)
This is the latest project I’ve started. This was a splurge because the yarn cost about $70 even with a 20% discount. But I used a gift certificate that Shane gave me for Christmas last year. I was determined to use it on something I really liked instead of on sale yarn, which is the only thing I normally buy. Anyhoo, I’ve finished the front left piece and am almost done with the back. This should be too difficult to finish since it’s not a huge project and I can actually use it while I’m pregnant, so I have some motivation to get it done.
- Habu Nanako jacket (kit 67)
- So far I’ve finished the back and started on one of the front pieces. But, it’s been so long that I’ve touched it I really don’t know with piece it is. This is going to be the toughest one for me to finish. The fabric that these four yarns and the stitch pattern creates is so fantastical. But it is also very difficult to see what you’re doing and it is something that requires a lot of attention. Also, here is a shot of part of the pattern diagram. It’s a Japanese pattern and apparently, this is how they write patterns. When I first saw it I thought it looked like an amazingly interesting puzzle. Quite a challenge. But, now I think it’s just a pain in the arse. Somebody really should give me a medal if I finish this by the end of the year.
- Debbie Bliss Check and Cross Stitch Jacket (Special Knits)
- My mom bought the kit for me quite some time ago and I’m finally determined to finish it. She got some great gender-neutral colors, so I’ll be sure to use it for this baby. Her swatch is also in the picture. But she used a multi-colored yarn and I’m going to replace it with the dark rose color. I can’t help it, multi-colored yarn makes me nauseous. I’ll probably cast on to this one as soon as I finish one of the other projects listed here.
- Blue striped child’s sweater (my design)