Monday, July 28

unfinished projects

I'm sick of seeing the same 5 or 6 projects at the top of my Ravelry project page so I've been trying hard to finish them. It's odd how a site like that can inspire; if they weren't taunting me there I'd forget I had started them and I'd just start something else.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how much I like these projects, once I rediscover them. Yesterday, as we ran out the door to Christopher's play, I grabbed my Mitts of the Dystopian Future. I started them back in April or early May when it was rainy and my hands were needing a little extra warmth. I used some left over Berroco Ultra Alpaca from Christopher's Christmas Stocking.

They knitted up huge. The first mitt I completed wouldn't stay on my hand so I reworked the pattern for a little negative ease, knitted a second (smaller) mitt, and then put it all aside when it got warm. Although I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I changed on my smaller mitt, they've proven to be a quick and rewarding project for the subway. Here is a photo of my original oversized mitt.

I've also been working away on my baby gifts. The blanket I started for my new nephew is done! (Well, it's not washed, but otherwise it's finished!)
The i-cord was not as bad as I had anticipated, and I'm just so happy with how it turned out. My one reservation is that the ends seem to be unraveling. I wonder if this is because I used synthetic fibers. At my knitting group last week Tony said that washing it should help keep the ends in place, even though the blanket is synthetic (Berroco Comfort). I hope he's right! It would be so embarrassing to have it suddenly sprout tails after I've given it away.

I have some other projects that are done, but as they are gifts for some people who read this blog, you'll have to wait until they have been gifted...

5 comments:

knithound brooklyn said...

The blanket is gorgeous! Baby is very lucky!

meg said...

Hmm... don't know about the unraveling ends, but the blanket is beautiful! I really have to make another one... following the directions this time.

jessicrum said...

Wow, that blanket is lovely! I hope you solve the problem of the unraveling.

Mary Jane said...

luscious blanket, lucky baby, pesky ends!

DawnK said...

I have one mitt done, so far. It fits nicely. I couldn't knit it as long as the pattern called for, or my fingers would have been completely covered! LOL! 3-1/2 inches out of the 5 it calls for, worked perfectly. I also didn't add the 6 extra rows for the thumb.

The baby blanket is gorgeous. I love those blocks of color!