We’ll I’m ending the year working on something I started at the very beginning of the year — here is my Greta so far. A few inches have been added since pulling it out of hibernation on Christmas Day. The blue marker is about where it was when I picked it back up and tried it on – that was about waist length. That’s also where I decided add an increase row. It’s supposed to be drapey and I think this yarn will with the alpaca in it but I’m hoping it’s not too straight down the back because I am certainly not. I added a row of spaced increases and then knit about 2 inches and added another. Was it a good addition or bad – won’t be able to tell until I get to the end and see how it hangs and looks on but heck I can always rip it back out if I want. I need to lay out all the remaining hands of yarn tho because I think I set aside a lighter one to use to do the little cap sleeves. I didn’t even thing about alternating hanks as I was doing the yoke and then realized – oh some are a bit darker than others. So I started alternating them – which is why the main portion shows darker and lighter bits and the top doesn’t but they are more obvious in the flash and in reality and I like them — it’s hand dyed yarn and those little color variations keep the long expanse of stockinette stitch from being so stagnant. But can I finish this one before the end of the year – who knows I still have a lot of inches to add. Of course the bigger needles and thicker yarn do make it go a bit faster but there are a lot of stitches on those needles. But I would like to add it as my last finish of the year.
For those who have joined in the Sticks ‘n Strings challenge – I’ll do a blog post on New Year’s day to recap it and please leave a comment with how your progress turned out for the year.
If you wish to join in on the Knit from the Stash challenge – the more the merrier. I did place my last yarn order just today 🙂 – one last one for a project I want to make as a gift. My problem is what to start on first! I’m going to have to spend some time in my Ravelry library and try to organize them matching up yarn to project.
Here’s the project on my Loopy Mix ‘n Match Challenge. I’m past the half way mark – just barely that pink marker in the lower left is the middle. It’s very stretchy and will really drape nicely I think. So 60 beads placed on that first side, another 58 to go.
The Dreambird, which I wore to work today, got rave reviews from the ladies and even a couple of the gents whose wives knit stopped me to check it out. 🙂
Time to find some dinner and then get back to that vest. But heck – no bosses in the office the beginning of next week so I granted myself a 3 day weekend and took Monday off. More time to play.