I have been finishing things like there is no tomorrow. Really. Because it feels like Christmas is tomorrow and I haven't even started my Christmas knitting. Not that I have a whole lot. I think I have actually been fairly reasonable this year. And it is only October.
Anyway, I've been trying to finish off some long standing projects as a way of procrastinating. I've decided not to start any new projects just yet, despite the inviting whispers coming from one of my new knitted lace doilies books. And before you even murmur "Who needs a doily, you've made tons you aren't doing anything with" I would say that doilies seem like a good road to getting comfortable with a technique, and if I'm ever going to knit the lace shawl of my dreams (which I will only wear in my dreams) then I should get comfortable with the technique.
Okay, well, enough with the suspense, the Plum sweater is basically finished. I realized looking back that the first time I posted about it was in February, so, as a reminder for everyone, here is a photo from the original instruction pamphlet:
And here is my nearly finished product:
This poor thing was sitting in a tote bag for months, front and back finished, sleeves finished, just waiting for me to get over my anxiety of side seams. Well I did. And also this was my first experience with steam blocking, which, as far as I could tell from my research, amounts to ironing the sweater from the back.
The torso of the sweater may be a little short to wear with jeans, but it works great with a high waisted skirt. I'm sure that is what it was planned for. Judging by the model, I don't think that she wore dungarees unless she was out on the farm or something. If you look closely at the first photo, you can see the pearlescent snaps along the right shoulder. Those were quite a pain, and I'm still not totally sure that they will stay. Perhaps it was the thick knitting, or maybe the lack of special snap applying pliers, but somehow they just don't want to stay.
The reason I say almost finished is because the original pattern called for "Parapads, the ready made shoulder pad." I had thought I could get by without shoulder pads, but I think, now, that they would actually add something to the garment so I'm going to have to get some. I'm putting it off though, because it has been boiling here temperature wise, and I don't really care to wear a fair isle double thick wool sweater right now.
And finally, another little knit co-worker gift as part of what my husband is calling the office beautification project, some happy little fuchsia flowers: