Sunday, September 18, 2011

Look! FOs!

To continue the saga of the dying computer -- well, it's dead.  I am posting from my pretty new MacBook Pro.  It's a bit heavier than the MacBook Air I had before (which was first-generation and taught me to avoid first-gen in the future) but I like it a lot -- and I won't have to keep editing the contents of my hard drive to keep it below the 80 gigs of my old MBA.

The big news, though, is that I have finished two projects!  Well, almost -- if you're really picky and insist that the ends be all woven in and the buttons on and all the blocking finished, well, then, they aren't done. But they're close enough for me!

Several days ago, I finished the knitting on my Catkin.  Here is Alice, helping with the blocking (and notice the ball of yarn, which she picked up out of the yarn basket and carried around without unrolling it!):

Catkin with Cat
Sorry about the laser eyes!

Here's a perhaps better picture:

Catkin blocking

The yarn is madelinetosh sock in Citrus and Baltic (aka, Illini orange and blue).  Because of my freaky loose knitting, I ran out of Baltic and had to order a replacement skein from the Loopy Ewe, whose service was amazingly fast.  And the second skein matched just fine. Because I then had so much extra of the blue, I diverted from the pattern a bit, doing the last bit in blue rather than orange, and adding a couple extra rows, too.  I still need to weave in some ends and find buttons, but it's so close to done!

The second almost-finished Finished Object is the first of two Baby Sophisticates.  Two of my co-workers are expecting baby boys in the next few weeks, so they will have coordinating sweaters.  I'm making both in the 6-12 month size because Ravelry says the pattern runs small.

Baby Sophisticate #1
Pardon the weird looking hand...

The yarn was some stash-busting Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Fired Brick.  Swish is a great yarn - I'm glad I had enough in the stash for this project.  This was a quick knit - Ravelry says it took me about 3 weeks, but most of the knitting was done in the last week.  I need to find buttons for it, too.

So - there you go -- a new computer, two finished objects, and yet another cat assisting with the blocking!


lori said...

citrus and baltic look great together!! as long as the last stitch is knit, i consider that an FO too. weaving in ends, blocking, buttons, just the details. they both look gorgeous, janna!

Kaye said...

Nice!!! I like that sweater. That will be one cozy baby!

Chris said...

Yay for the new computer and FOs! AND for helpful kitties, of course! :)

Steven said...

Excellent work. I especially like those baby jackets. And where can I get a set of blocking cats? ;-)

Anonymous said...

I think you should bring that Catkin to visit in a town that respects its colors.... hint hint.

Mary Lou said...

I love my macbook pro. I got it last January and it was a big step up from my old ibook. Cute baby sweaters. I never knit newborn size anyway. Some babies are born too big to wear it!