This post is summed up pretty well by the fact that I already wrote it once… and then my iPad WordPress app deleted half of the first draft.
It’s been a long couple of months, where everything felt like it was taking twice as long as it should. I’ve been completely snowed under with All the Projects (not to mention, y’know, regular life). So here’s what I’ve been up to!
First, in January, I finished a baby sweater (a baby surprise jacket, of course).
As with the last baby sweater I knit, I made buttons out of Sculpey (hearts this time!).
This lulled me into a false sense of security: the sweater itself was finished well before the baby shower (which was itself rescheduled due to Snowzilla), and therefore a month before the future owner’s birth (and a year before she’ll fit it well, though thanks to a cold snap in April I’ve already got a picture of her in it!).
So, thanks to the combo of Snowzilla and what felt like the Winter That Wouldn’t End (and the baby sweater success), I cast on a super-cozy long sweater for myself out of some Lopi that I received from a spinning group member’s destash.
The pattern is Iced, but I’ve made some modifications (longer length, which required a few increases for hips, longer sleeves and garter-stitch cuffs) as I want it to be a nice cozy thing in which to curl up fireside with a book. It was knitting wonderfully quickly (huzzah for bulky yarn!), but despite the cold snap, the weather actually has gotten warmer. That, combined with all the things I’m about to tell you about, means that this sweater still isn’t finished (but all it needs is the collar! So close!).
You see, foolishly in February, I volunteered to sew the pants for my dance troupe’s new costumes. That’s seven pairs of pants, plus the mock-up. So, two field trips to the fabric store with troupemates later, and I had about 30 yards of fabric to sew before April’s end.
That picture, by the way, is only five sets of the fabric (plus the original model). It was a lot of fabric, is what I’m saying. Many early mornings and late nights went into those pants, but they were finished in mid-March (no finished pictures yet — we don’t perform in them until Saturday). They were also totally worth it — as our troupe members range in height from 4′ 11″ to 6′, it’s hard to find costumes that fit all of us. I’m going to be smug for at least the next year every time I see our tallest members in their pants. They finally have a pair that fit!
Of course, in the pants-sewing chaos I got a little delayed on weaving my tapestry for the American Tapestry Alliance‘s Small Format Unjuried Show. I finished it in the nick of time, but no pics of that yet either — I’m going to save the details until it’s on display this summer.
Amongst all of this, I was also desperately trying to finish the rest of my own dance costume (custom top… custom belt… handwoven scarf… custom headdress…), but I won’t show you any of that, as again, not dancing in it until Saturday.
…Okay, fine, here’s the headdress.
Oddly enough, it was one of the quickest costume pieces I made.
Amongst all this, I also spent an lovely afternoon with my crocheting student learning how to needle-felt.
We made a smug duck!
Finally, I had planned many wonderful glorious plans for what I would make to submit to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival‘s skein and garment competition, as I had Solemnly Sworn that I would enter something this year. But when I saw the dance costume and tapestry looming before me, I frankly gave up.
Then, I promptly finished plying a gradient skein.
So now I have at least one thing to enter. Oh, and maybe this, if I finish it in time.
Any guesses what it is?