That’s right, y’all – I have not one but two finished projects to share today. Because it’s finally cool enough to wear wool and long pants and long sleeves outside. and I was able to get Katie (a huge thank you as always!) to take photos.
I did think about saving one for later (because whoa, I’ve got 30 blog posts in a row to fill up next month), but it’s a lot more fun to share them both now (and I could use a short break from knitting baby hats and watching Call the Midwife).
That reason finally arrived last week and about 20 minutes later* it was on the blocking board.
…but then it got hot again. until today. It was a really nice layer.
What made the project so much fun to knit was the changing colors and stitch patterns. I think it’s going to be a fun piece to wear, too. I should note that the pattern was perfect – not single issue – so I could focus my attention on those fun parts.
Next up is Portis.
This project had it’s time-out at the beginning. I was gung-ho to get started, but then got side-tracked to finish the Blue Blanket. Once I started knitting on this one in earnest, it went fast. I finished the big stockinette tube in about two weeks (while watching nearly all of Inspector Morse). My first steek was surprisingly easy (maybe three hours from beginning to end).
then a three-needle bind off, an i-cord neck, 3″ of 2×2 ribbing
and a few more ends* (along with the last season of Mad Men)… and done.
I’m super happy with the finished piece.
This time I didn’t quite knit it as written and I’ve suggested a few changes for my students – those notes are documented on my Ravelry project page.
But I did knit the piece to the schematic measurements and that seems perfect. Note that it’s a smidge bigger than the Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho.
So yay! for cooler temperatures. October 21 seems like a perfectly fine date to start wearing long pants, long sleeves…and wool!
*Weaving in ends with Shelter and Loft is a piece of cake. When wet-blocked, they grab on like nobody’s business so the ends hold firm with minimal effort. They’re also spit-splice-able, so there aren’t as many ends. But as others have commented, those traits make them not-so-great for seaming.(of course neither of these projects required that.)