Friday, 9 August 2013

FO Friday 150: The Home Stretch

Inner Child Tarot


 This week's FO Friday post shows what can be achieved when one sits down and totally ignores one's children and chores really tries to get something done. Being able to tune out loud squabbles and desperate pleas for food and clean clothes (I find earplugs helpful in this regard) allowed me to practice my concentrational skills, and thus I have a trio of finished projects to show off to you today.

First, I turned this vintage Lee Target Baby Cardigan


Into this:


I used skinny needles (2.75mm and 3.00mm) and 1 ball of skinny King Cole ZigZag sock yarn in Burgundy; in spite of its generous meterage (448m/493yds) you may recall that I ran out with about 1 inch of neck border to go; an appeal for leftovers on Ravelry was unsuccessful within the required time frame, so I caved and bought a whole new ball. If I recover from my sulk, I may turn the remaining 99% into a shawl. Or something.

While the baby cardigan was in its Time Out, I sprinted on with Mini Diva's School Cardigan for Grade 6; I have since gathered that this is a Retro rather than a Vintage pattern (it isn't old enough to be vintage yet):


Four balls of nameless black acrylic later (don't judge me, I know how hard she is on her clothes, and Winter is Coming, Jon Snow, when it is difficult to get heavy woolly clothes dry; even if you are kind and give me the benefit of the non-existent doubt, of course, that I would also be hand-washing such an item) and we have this practical and toasty tunic/cardigan:

 Because I'm good at full disclousre, here is the bottom half showing the crookedyish pockets:

I promise, they do not look quite as wonky in real life and normal light. Really.

 And then I figured I'd better get round to making a baby hat for the Nephew (August 2013 Edition) with the leftover yarn from the Striped and Cabled Baby Sweater:

 It was lovely to work with the King Cole Baby Comfort DK again, it is so smooth and soft. It took me an afternoon and evening to make this, so it genuinely deserves its name: Emergency 1 Day Hat. A great, simple, free pattern that looks way better in all the other project photos.

Yes, yes, yes, all right, I get it - don't skimp quite as much on the yarn for Mini Diva's next sweater. A mistake is only a mistake if you don't learn from it, right ?

There is one more thing that has been completed just this morning, but it is not mine to share yet. Yes, I am rather good at tantalizing, aren't I ?

Hanson-Roberts Tarot

Pop over to Tami's Amis to see the round-up of good stuff ....


  1. I love your old patterns - I blogged about some here

    - nothing wrong with acrylic for heavy wear and lets face it who has time to hand wash children's clothes!

  2. All three items are perfect. So good you could concentrate on knitting. I'm sure your children have survived. ;-)

  3. Wow! You have been busy. The sweaters are darling. Hats always look better on heads. But who has timecto have enough kids to model hats from baby to adult! Lol

  4. Great projects. I love the classic sweaters, and yes, Winter Is Coming and a good thing we have clothes dryers:)

    I also get a kick out of you giving your projects a "Time Out" when they annoy you:)

  5. Great finishes. Would the new ball of yarn be enough for some soakers or rompers or whatever the bottom half of baby clothes are called?

  6. Wow, what an impressive range of projects. I love both the cardigans - they are classic styles and should get a lot of wear!


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