Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I heard, back in Jauary, that there was such a thing as “finishitupitis”. It’s the opposite of “startitis”, something which I have contracted more than once. Normally this occurs just after I bought yarn, or when a new issue of knitty comes out. Sometimes the arrival of a magazine or even spotting something in a shop can trigger a case of startitis.

Well, it seems that I may have contracted finishitupitis this time. All I’ve been able to think about over the past week is how I want to finish the projects I’m currently working on.

I looked at, and even knit a little bit with the Fyberspates Scrumptious which is going to be Tirrold from the Scrumptious Collection. Then I put it back in it’s little ziplock bag and put it in my craft room.

I thought about how my recent handspun would make a nice scarflette or similar.

I thought about a secret idea that I’ve had for a Christmas gift (I know he doesn’t read the blog, but it’s always best to be safe).

I decided what pattern (monkey) I was going to knit with some of the yarn my parents brought me back from Nevada. (I can’t believe I didn’t blog about it, so here are two teaser pictures, the sock yarn is on the left)



And I made a mental note of it.
Then I picked up the baby cardigan I have been working on.
I knit on the remaining arm for a bit. Garter stitch in the round is not a lot of fun! Then I picked up and knit both button bands, sewed on the buttons and voilà:

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi 2

Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Ecobaby Fairtrade, just more than 2 balls (3rd ball was just for the button bands) in the pale green colour
Needles: 3.5mm circular
Modifications: None really. I chose the garter stich button band option which I think looks lovely. I might consider working button bands as part of the fronts if I were to make it again.
Verdict: It’s a really cute baby cardigan, and simple to knit too. While this one lingered longer than it really aught, that was mostly because this was the second cardigan of this pattern that I have knit in succession. So, if you’re making 2 I’d recommend getting a really long circular and doing them two-at-a-time!

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi 2

Moving on, I picked up my “Fangirl Socks”, which were inspired by the Yarn Harlot as I briefly mentioned when I started them over a year ago! I’ve finally finished them.

Fangirl Starfish Socks

Pattern: Basic Vanilla sock recipe, plus simple rib sides and only short length
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal – Regenwald (Rainforest). Colour 2675 “Isabella die Meeresbiologin” (Isabella the Marine Biologist) – about half the skein
Needles: 2.25mm 80cm circular needles for two-at-a-time magic loop
Modifications: I used a standard heel flap rather than Yarn Harlot’s short row heel.
Verdict: They’re great! The Opal yarns are good value and pretty hard wearing (my other pairs made with Opal yarns have stood up, both in colour and texture, to numerous machine washes in my front loader (on a wool setting, of course!). The sock pattern is just a vanilla sock, but the ribs down the side make it interesting enough to not be boring.
They're only short, which is great for a summer sock. If we get any more summer this year I'll let you know how they go on. Failing that, they are still good socks!

Fangirl Starfish Socks

That just leaves my woven bag and my Après Surf Hoodie to be finished. While the bag is going to take the least time (it just needs sewing together, lining and a strap) the hoodie will be a challenge. I usually don’t like to have only one thing on the go at once, but perhaps this bout of finishitupitis will last long enough to get me at least on to the hood!

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