Friday, September 16, 2005

Houston, we have completion

Ahhhhh! Can you feel that sigh of relief? Can you see how I glow with a sense of pride and accomplishment? Or are you thinking, what's the big deal about a baby sweater? If it's the latter, let me just say that the name Weekend Knitting is rather deceptive. Actually, the intro of the book has a quasi-disclaimer that the projects can be finished in a weekend's worth of actual knitting time. That, my friends, is a far cry from a true weekend, which even for the more carefree among us usually includes a plethora of errands and socializing, only a few of which can be combined with knitting. There may be some patterns in that book that work up faster, but being sideways knit with different gauge trim (it's sooo fun switching needles every. single. row.) this is not one of the quickies. Suffice to say that I started this gem way back in late March, and only now (the day after its recipient is due to be born) have I finally finished it. But, if I do say so myself, it's a beauty! It was in its final stages last night at SnB, and Lauren was kind enough to share her photos with me:

Sewing on the ribbon for the plaquette

Ready for the buttons

This morning on the train, I finished sewing on the buttons. The conductor even complemented me on it (and no, it wasn't the strict woman conductor who knits, it was the baby-faced man who has kindly noticed how much weight I've managed to lose). Of course, on the one day when I really need my camera phone and its e-mail capabilities, I leave it at home. (I don't want to talk about how much I would prefer to have a functioning high-res digital camera to carry around with me, but cameras? if you can hear me? please at least one of you stop being sick, because I'd really prefer not to have to send you both away and get a new one right now). If I'm lucky, and one of my camera-phone-toting co-workers is feeling generous, I will have a pic to post for you at lunch time. Otherwise, you'll have to be patient and wait until the evening for a (low-res, slightly blurry) pic of this little masterpiece. (Ain't modesty grand?)


Tish said...

You deserve to be proud. It's beautiful.

Zarzuela said...

WOO HOO!!! :) Congrats on finishing it up! Can't wait to see it. :)


Anonymous said...

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Stephanie said...

Ooooh I love this. I love finishing projects! It's exciting seeing other people finish as well because then we get more inspiration. What's next on your needles? Maybe the Weekend Knitting means you should only knit it on weekends. I don't know I'm just trying to help.