Knitting, spinning, and otherwise.
The astute among you will remember the Baby Surprise Jacket I was knitting. For the baby born in January. Um, right. Well, I couldn't have given him anything but the flu in February. And I didn't do much work on it anyway... Early this week, like when I couldn't sleep at night over the construction of our new mantel (pics to follow), I decided something. With which many of you will likely disagree. I think the BSJ is kind of knitterly. As in knitters like it and like the idea of it and like the genius of it. Knitters like how it shows off yarn. We like the little decrease lines. We like folding it and sewing it together. Non-knitters? Not so much. They see a garter stitch jacket without much shaping. Period. Plus -- my stitch count is off somehow and I can't figure it out! So, I'll work on that and wait for a knitter to have a wee one.
Plan B. Begun at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
It's the King Cole cabled baby jacket I made for my nephew a year and a half ago. The yarn is Dream in Color Classy Worsted in the Strange Forest colorway. Weird color for a baby? I guess -- but this jacket is a size 2 (which is apparently the next size up from a 2T... whatever). Perfect color for a little boy digging in the rocks at the playground, I think. And it's superwash. Cha ching! Hopefully he'll be able to get a few season's wear out of it too. Roll it up when you're one and perfect when you're two. I'm crossing my fingers.
I plied singles spun from roving from Hello Yarn's Roving of the Month club (January, I think) with singles from roving from Sakeena via The Loopy Ewe. About 4 oz. each I think. I got heavy worsted yarn that shades through light and dark greens, yellow green, salmon, and pink. As you can see, when the yellow green and the salmon get plied together, the yarn reads orange. Kinda crazy, kinda fun. I love it. Of course, the scarf is the ubiquitous Irish Hiking Scarf -- Hello Yarn again. And it is soft and heavy and warm. Yum.
The construction continues. We are in the home stretch... begun January 14th, supposed to end by the 30th of March. I'll be surprised if they make that deadline, but we can all hope, can't we? What kept me up? The mantle that you see bears only passing resemblance to the carpenter's first try at it... which I thought looked more like a prop. Here, you look:
Hmm. Well, here in the pictures there isn't a ton of difference. In person? The legs on the first one (on the right) were spindly and it didn't sit far enough off of the wall. So I had them re build it. Which was a hard thing for me -- I'm not big on confrontation.
But I'm much happier now.
My favorite things about this project so far?