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FO Friday

Sometimes I finish things.  Whole things that can be used all unto themselves. 

I've had to rip out a lot of projects lately, so the projects that I've finished are very, very, very exciting to me.  So exciting that I took pictures and now I'm going to talk about them!

Remember when I talked about the double increase knit stitch?  I cast on the Cable Headwrap from Knit Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps to try out the double increase knit stitch and to make a birthday gift for a friend.  I am now very familiar with the double increase stitch.

And I now have a fairly large headwrap.

I might have knitted a few too many pattern repeats of the main body before I realized it was time to decrease.  I don't like to tink back, so I finished up and put the headwrap in my gift stash.  I'm blessed with several lovely ladies in my life who have been blessed with really big brains.  This will be a nice gift at some point, and it was a really fun knit.  You could probably work through it in a weekend once you got the hang of it.  I used Size 6 needles and some medium weight acrylic that I got from a friend.  This used about 3/4 of a skein.

Lest you think I'm going to let my friend shiver in the cold on her birthday, I made her a hat that's also in Knit Slouchy Hats and Headwraps. The Basic Beanie is pretty dang basic.  It's also very purple.  I used up exactly one skein of Debbie Stoller's Washable Ewe yarn.  I mean, exactly.  I finished with nearly 2 feet of yarn left. 

I wasn't sure that I'd like the garter stitch brim, but I do.  I really do.  I also like that the brim is knitted flat, and then you join in the round for the body.  Twisted in-the-round projects have contributed to some of my crafting frustrations lately.  No danger with that here, though.  Thank goodness.

On a more utilitarian note, I made some dishcloths.  I think the next time I'm getting frustrated with a slow or large project or, worst of all, a large AND slow project, I'm going to take a break to knit a dishcloth.  So simple.  So quick. So small. 

And so pretty!

As I wrote the other day, I made some dishcloths from Easy Textured Knits.

This is the Rib and Welt pattern.  It used about half a skein of Sugarn' Cream cotton yarn and resulted in a fairly large dishcloth.

And then I made two dishcloths in the Small Checks pattern. 

This one is the Sugarn' Cream Denim yarn.

And this one is the Sugarn' Cream Hot Purple.

The Small Checks dishcloth probably used a little less than half a skein, which means I'm free to try out more dishcloths the next time I get bored with a project that requires real commitment.  I'm more of a product knitter, and I'm usually happy as long I can occasionally finish something.  Building up a gift stash also makes me happy. 

Lastly, I made a sweater.

Okay, more accurately, I finished a sweater.  I stopped working on this in the fall when I realized it was going to turn out much, much larger than I'd intended.  I was fine with it being too big for my daughter--from what I've noticed, she keeps on growing every day--but I wasn't in a hurry to finish it.  I think I only finished the body because I needed the knitting needle (a Size 8), and then I left it sit in a bag like a sad, sleeveless WIP.  But then my yarn store issued a 'February is for finishing' challenge on its Facebook page, and I went for it. 

Those little sleeves only took me a couple of hours!  And that included seaming them up, and weaving in all the ends.

The pattern is Striped Outfit for a Striped Knight, and is no longer available.  I'm really glad I have it saved (where, I don't know. But if you really want it, let me know and I'll try to dig it up for you) and that I made some notes.  It's made for medium weight yarn, but I used larger needles and some unevenly bulky Araucania Nature Cotton.  It used up 3 or 4 skeins of the 11 I bought last summer because I apparently can't pass up a good sale.  This will be a cute and light sweater with three-quarter-length sleeves for my little girl when she's 8 or so.

She's turning 2 next month.  I guess I'm just well-prepared for once.  It really is a lovely sweater.

I get such a thrill of satisfaction out of finishing something.  Whether it's finally remembering to mail off some pictures to a grandma, cleaning my horrifying microwave, or binding off something beautiful and useful, I just love the sense of getting rid of a nagging feeling of "I should be.....".  I have a bad habit of trying to start all the projects I see, and then I get overwhelmed or, worse, bored with them.  Finishing something makes me unfathomably happy. 

Okay!  I don't know if alternating WIP Wednesday posts and FO (finished objects) Friday posts will become a regular habit, but for now I'm enjoying tracking my projects and talking about different patterns.  I hope you enjoy these posts, and I hope you have a great weekend filled with slow afternoons of crafting!

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