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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Yarn Along: Finished and Finished!

Just in time for the heat to hit us, I finished Elijah's sweater! He is delighted, which thrills me, and told me that it was comfortable, which is high praise from him. He is very sensitive to textures and how things feel, so I'm glad that this feels nice to him. The good news is that even though we are in the high 70s, sometimes reaching the low 80s, during the day, the nights are still cool, and honestly, even in the 100 + degree weather in August, he wears sweatshirts and wraps himself up in thick blankets. Being a desert climate, while the sun is up, it is hot, but we're high desert and there is almost always wind, and the evenings and mornings are usually still cool (or at least cool, relative to the high daytime temperatures - our temperature spread can be up to 40 degrees). Also, Rich pointed out that since our kids grow up and not out, he'll probably still fit in it this fall.

Another finished item is the working pattern for Ventus! My testers have it now. I found a couple errors in it, and had to upload an edited copy, but it is ready for them to work on it and help me find problems and places that need clarification. Yay! Ventus should be ready for publication by the end of this month, or the beginning of June.

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I have started a late birthday present for Nejat. Her birthday isn't for another week and a half, but I already know this will be late. It is crochet, and I am slower at that, and it is a relatively large project, an afghan with some fiddly sewing on of appliqu├ęs at the end. Plus I want to make matching pillows. The good news is that Nejat can't read calendars yet and doesn't know when her birthday is. I found this photo tutorial to be of inordinate help when getting started with the star blanket pattern. The instructions were kind of confusing to me as a beginner, and seeing how it was supposed to work made it much simpler and quicker.

My reading is still somewhat limited. A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter has been our read aloud book as we drive. Rich drives, I read. I'm almost finished with my brain candy book: The Terror of the Southlands (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates).

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On

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He looks so happy with his new sweater!
the sweater looks GREAT!
Great sweater! My daughter used to be the same way - I didn't knit anything for her for years. Now she will wear anything.
What a beautiful sweater! And isn't it great when it is appreciated like that! Love the start of your afghan as well...pretty color!
It's always so satisfying to not only finish a project, but then on top of that, to have it be well loved. Looks great!
Thank you everyone for your comments!

He really did like it, which made me so happy. He can be really picky about what he likes and doesn't like, and though I checked with him about color and pattern, and what kind of letter he wanted, there is always the chance that in the end it would fit in a way that bothered him. I'm sure this is related to some of his developmental issues. Now, the trick will be for him to give the sweater up when it no longer fits him.
The yarn I'm using is Knit Picks Comfy Sport, which is a cotton/acrylic blend. I normally avoid acrylic, but this is mostly cotton and feels alright. The yellow is Creme Brulee, the blue (which I got to last night) is Planetarium, and the white is white. What a surprise! So, mine is more a nighttime scene. I'm hoping to finish this at least close to her birthday.

The beginning was a bit rough, and I anticipate that the cloud border will be more challenging to me, but the rest is just chaining, dc and sl sts, and I can do that.
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