Sometimes after a big project I just want to do a bunch of little things. Or relatively little things, like the EZ's Baby Sweaters on Two Needles aka the February Sweater from the Knitter's Almanac. Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon. This was the first one made with Laines Du Nord Maxi.
As everyone has already said, EZ's instructions aren't explicit. For example she assumes the knitter will start the button holes at the top of band, and not 2 or 3 inches down which is where they will appear if you follow her instructions. (Given my propensity not to follow instructions, you'd think I would have placed them at the top anyway!) I also didn't get that the body is knit all in one piece, so this version has side seams running from the end of the sleeve to the hem, creating odd little 1" extensions on each side under the armpit and on the inside of each sleeve. They're tucked in - you can't see them in the photo. Still I think the sweater came out fine. I will sew on snaps at the top and attach a button.
The second version is made from bulkier Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Dolcetto, and therefore several sizes larger. Did the body in one piece this time. The knitter has to figure out how the seams should work as EZ doesn't tell you that either. I think I did it right since there are no little one inch extensions on this one!
Both sweaters need buttons and ends woven in. I love these sweaters and will knit more as gifts when I'm able to make them with fewer errors. They were fun to knit.
Since there's a bit of chill in the evening air, I'm beginning to think about Fall. Nona's I-Cord Gloves have been weighing heavily on my mind lately so I started a pair. You make the fingers first as you can see below.
I thought that making the fingers first would make knitting gloves less fidley, but maybe not. We'll see. I'm using some Elann Peruvian Baby Cashmere I had stashed.
There's been a Ravelry-related blog death recently: Isis Rising is closing. Felicia said that the main purpose of her blog was keep a record of her WIPs and FOs, and that it's much easier to do that on Ravelry. It's the first one I've heard of. I'm sure it won't be the last. Have you heard others?