Friday, December 10, 2010

Projects! (Finished and Otherwise)

I have hit the point in my current crochet project (the Dinner at Eight Top, free pattern of which can be found at Lion Brand's website), where I am kind of stalled out.  I still want to crochet, but I don't necessarily want to work on that project.  Sigh.  I hate that point.  Mostly I'm there because the yarn I am using, Vanna's Glamour, is a very thin yarn, which means tiny stitches, and the part of the pattern I am at is just single crochet back and forth.  It is boring.

So, to distract myself, I've been working on a few other interim projects.  One is a holiday-related project that I won't go into right now, but the other is a sweater I spontaneously decided to make for my daughter yesterday.  A while back, I made this sweater for her:

Vintage Mint by Cori 2010.

She loves that it has holes for her to play with!

Pattern:  Baby Set:  Jacket, Bonnet, and Mittens by Lily Mills, Co.  (Lily's Album of Crocheted Designs issue number 1200)
Yarn:  Bernat Baby Sport Solid in Mint and White
Hook:  G

I found the pattern for this sweater in a pattern book from 1944 that I found in an antique shop while I was in Iowa this summer for my family reunion.  I was so proud of this find!  I have made a couple of things from it already, though it has taken some fiddling, since it was written for crochet thread rather than yarn.

Anyhoo, my daughter wore this sweater yesterday and I was looking at it thinking that the shaping around the neck just wasn't quite right.  Having recently made my first sweater in the round (the Lady Grey sweater), I wondered if I could adapt the stitch pattern from this sweater into a pullover rather than a jacket.

As of yesterday, this is what I've got:

Princess Tunic by Cori 2010.

I am actually mostly pretty happy with how it came out, considering I completely winged it.  But it is a little too long and a little too narrow for my daughter.  It fits her, technically, but it is kind of a pain to put it on and take it off.  I was initially thinking I would do sleeves, but if I don't end up frogging this altogether, I will probably just leave it as is, maybe do a little edging around the arm-holes and neck.  Although, the more I think about it, the more I want to frog it and start over.  Probably I'll start on it again tomorrow after I finish my current not-listed project. 

Man, I really will do anything to avoid finishing this sweater, eh?

Nah, I'll get back to it, I just need to find something good to pop on the idiot-box and zone out to power through the current part of the project.  Hopefully I can get back on track with that this weekend.

I also can finally show you the birthday gifts I was working on last month, yay!  They have been given to their recipients (and hopefully enjoyed), and so now I will share them with you as well.

Classy Clutch by Cori 2010.

Pattern:  Perfect Purse by Lion Brand
Yarn:  Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Black
Hook:  G

Classy Tam by Cori 2010.

Pattern:  Angora Tam by Lion Brand
Yarn:  Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Black
Hook:  G

Ravenna Woodland by Cori 2010.

A closer look at the pattern detail.

Pattern:  Ravenna Lace Scarf by Julie Armstrong Holetz (available at Knit Picks)
Yarn:  Knit Picks Gloss Sock Yarn in Woodland Sage
Hooks:  F, G, & H

See, I've been getting stuff done, I just couldn't show it to you.

Also, don't forget, as it is Friday, to check out the newest installment of Gronk!

Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. These are all beautiful. But I think I love that little vintage sweater best. I have a stack of old needlework magazines, too. I wouldn't part with them for anything!