Hey, I finished something! Woo woo! I don't even want to go back and see how long it's been since I finished something. Here is the elegantly named Simple Top and Socks With Contrast Stripe from Debbie Bliss Easy Knits (just rolls off the tongue). I think Baby's First Golf Shirt might be a catchier name. I did not make the matching socks, though I have yarn left and might eventually do so.
I'm not sure the jaunty mismatched button thing is working for me. I think it would be cute if there were three, but with two, it just looks like I picked out the buttons in the dark, so I will probably change them. I like the cute little polo collar (which felt like it took forever) on this one, and I'm pretty happy with my color choices. They look pretty accurate on my monitor. The pink is just a light pink and the blue is a dark purple-blue. I like the contrast, and I feel like it's a little unusual.
Edited to add: Oh, the blue is Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton and the pink is Rowan Wool Cotton. I can't really tell the difference between them.
So, this sweater is designed to go with my big project, which I've been calling Butterbean, and for which I will not be posting a pattern :) Butterbean is due to arrive January 18 (plus or minus a couple of weeks). I asked my husband if the pink trim on the sweater would offend him if Butterbean turns out to be a boy, but he thought it'd be fine. So those of you wondering why the inconsistent posting in May and June, there you go! Both knitting and looking at the computer monitor made me nauseated, and I was just so darn tired. I'm feeling pretty good now, though, and wanting to knit more stuff for the baby, so I should be better about my posting.
But this is for me:
This is the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Look for a pair of angora baby booties here sometime soon :) My friend Holly decided to make this, and as soon as she told me, I thought "Hey, that's what I want to make!" so I'm jumping on her bandwagon and making her do a knitalong with me. I dug through the stash for this. I first picked out Rowanspun DK in Eau de Mil (a lovely nubby greeny blue color), but when I swatched it up, it was a very thin, see-through fabric. I like the yarn, just not for this project. Next up was Jo Sharp DK Wool in Seashell. When I got two bags of this on sale at WEBS, I thought, "Ooh, Seashell...sounds like a lovely pale, pearly pink." Not so much. It's pretty much...tan. The color has grown on me, though. After the Debbie Bliss pattern, size 7 needles feel gigantic! Now, why am I making a sweater that I won't fit into when it's finally cold enough to wear it? Well, I figure I can wear it after Butterbean appears, and since I'm in Wisconsin, I'll still have four months of use during the season.
I know I have a million projects over on the sidebar, and I'll get back to them. I still have an aversion to the baby blanket I was designing, since that's what I was knitting with morning sickness when I realized that knitting made it worse. But I want to post the pattern and see how it turns out, so I'll get to it. I also want to finish my Indian Summer Shawl before it starts to get chilly here. This week, I may also go through and make a Christmas gift list of knitting.
Writing: I took yesterday off. Today I'm working on a tricky revision, sort of turning one chapter into two chapters. Lots of avoiding repetition. I'm at 27,000 words.
Reading: Still on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hey, I got really excited when re-reading this because there's a reference to the Vanishing Cabinet. When Harry is in Filch's office, Nearly Headless Nick gets Peeves to drop a cabinet, which sends Filch out of the office. When Filch comes back in, he says something like, "That was a very valuable vanishing cabinet." My husband was not as impressed, since it's not like it's important in book 2. But I like how cohesive Rowling's story is. Things show up in book 2 that you don't realize are important until 4 books later. Cool.
Cooking: It's been too hot again. I have an eggplant I've been meaning to roast, but it's too hot even in the morning to have the oven on.