Sunday, February 28, 2010

Small Victories

A small-ish parade of fo's to share today. First up: the Natalya mitts for eldest's music teacher. These were very quick to make and only used about 2/3 the skein of Malabrigo. We gave them to her on Thursday and, I swear, it looked like she was going to cry...she loved them so much! The fit and color were perfect and I was so glad that I made them. Its not often that gifted hand-knits elicit any kind of response other than polite murmurs so it is really fulfilling when you actually get visible excitement and appreciation.

The next thing on the hit parade is my Noro vest. Oh how I struggled with the decision on what to do about my color shortage. In the end, reason (and cheapness) ruled the day and I just worked with what I had. I don't think it is too noticeable where I changed the color sequence and I really love the finished vest. It is so warm and pretty. I'm glad I just sucked it up and got it done. In the past I would have just let it languish incomplete for who knows how long.

Details for both projects are on my Ravelry page here. Now that the vest is out of the way I can dream about what to make next. While I'm making up my mind on the big project I've cast on another pair of plain socks for myself, this time in burgundy-purple Trekking.

The last win for this week is my craft room. It is all painted and everything is moved in. There is still some sorting to do but its all there and easily accessible. I don't think all my stuff has ever been in one place before. Its a bit shocking, actually, seeing how much I have. Not just yarn (which in itself is kind of appalling), but the fabric and sewing supplies and the general craft stuff, too. Well, I know I won't be shopping for a while and the girls will finally have a chance to try out all the fun crafty things that I can dig out for them!

That's it for now. I have to get upstairs and help K. with painting the girls' rooms. Today we are doing eldest's in a rich purply-blue. Youngest is getting a soft spring green when we get to it.


  1. Y'know what?
    I can't tell where the missing colour is in the vest unless I reallllllly think about it. It's on the shoulder? BTW, the vest looks great on you :-)
    (I"m a random flyby from Ravelry :-)

  2. Ah, your vest turned out fabulous! Now, I'm not real knowledgeable about Noro - but I'll tell you that I cannot tell where your color sequence isn't perfect. HONEST! It fits you GREAT! Congratulations on your gift being received so well - it's such a wonderful feeling when someone really appreciates a nice handknit. Now you need to show us pictures of your repainted craft room!