I was feeling that it had been about a month since my last post, so this is a good time to catch up. The winter weather is finally behind us and we've had a stretch of glorious spring days. I've also been energized to finish a bunch of projects and am going to finish even more before starting my next "big" project. We leave tomorrow for a college tour with our high schoolers; there will be several hours in the car for knitting while others drive. Since I finished the first of my husband's Harris Tweed Socks, I immediately cast on for the second and hope that will be a good car project (assuming I don't have any lost DPN disasters in between the seats of the car!) This is a great pattern and looks fantastic in the Socks that Rock Lenore Colorway.
I will also work on my current pair of driving mitts for my daughter's friends--this one in Deep Blue Malabrigo Worsted, leftover from my daughter's cardigan. Three of these left after this pair, then this year-long labor of love for "my girls" will be complete--10 pairs in all.
I also finished the Baby Cardi that I made for the woman who does my daughter's hair. I did the "Ready, Set, Knit" Podcast Knitalong, using the book "Seven Things that Can Make or Break a Sweater." I did learn some good techniques from this book and the sweater came out cute. By far the best technique I learned was the one-row buttonhole--they come out perfect every time; I will use this technique from now on.
I used the buttonhole technique as part of yet another finishing project, putting together a drop-shoulder sweater that my mom made out of KnitPicks CotLin. It was kind of a mess when she gave it to me, but I am proud of the work I put into it to make it look lovely. This includes finding the perfect buttons! I will give it to her when I visit her next week--I hope it fits. The good news is there were 6 skeins of CotLIn left, so I'm planning on making the Lotus Blossom Tank from the Spring 2006 Interweave Knits with that, for me! It will probably be the next project for which I swatch and cast on when we get back home later this week.