Needle blocking and lace scarf gifting aside, the needles have not been quiet these past two months. I also finished my Ribby Cardi, once an Olympic contender but we failed our qualifying round, took our time recouperating and in the end emerged victorious because I still only took two months to finished this adult sized garment and that is a personal best.
It is finished–not counting the fact that it needs the zipper installed and some grosgrain ribbon facing to tidy up the inside. Sadly the zippers I ordered did not match at all and, given the hot weather, I’ve just chucked the whole thing into a basket. I’ll be motivated to do the finishing work as soon as it gets cool.
I also made an Owlet for E.B. What a wonderfully quick knit and the wool I got for it was more marvelous than I realized at the check out counter: Shepherd’s Wool by Stonehenge Fiber Mill (local for me, to boot!). It is squishy, non-splitty, has good stitch definition, and feels great in the hand. One word sums it up: delicious. At $10 for a 250 yard skein of aran-weight deliciousness–well, I am looking forward to making a sweater for me!
Sadly, E.B.’s Owlet is in time out next to the Ribby Cardi. I made the 18-24 month size with additional body length of 1 to 1.5 inches because this is normally what would fit my daughter this winter given the size she’s wearing now. But no. This pattern either runs small or my gauge is off (or both!) because the pullover fits her perfectly NOW. Le sigh. Thus I have not sewn up the underarms or put eyes on owls. We’ll see how it fits in September at which point I can rip and reknit this in a week. For now, I need some emotional distance from this disappointing result.
The silver lining: the size I did knit, which was at the larger end of the baby sizing, took just over one skein of Shepherd’s Wool – and remember, I added length to the body. You could totally make a delicious baby sweater for $10, just sayin’. No acrylic trees will be harmed in the knitting of that sweater, either.