Yesterday was a big deal around here:
Kate lost her first front tooth (and the other is loose)! This is number three. "S" words are currently a bit tough. She can't wait to try a straw through the crater-sized hole and if you wait long enough you will see her trying to figure out which finger fits the most comfortably in that spot.
Another pretty little thing:
I want this peony to last forever, so here she is in all of her glory. I almost want to name her.
Once the fiddly part of the provisional cast on and armholes are shaped, this is an easy knit. I was going to say quick, but it is a lot of knitting. Not hard though. In fact, I wanted to add more circles to break up the rest of the stockinette, but I did not. It is nice that once you create the neckline, the whole sweater is knit in the round.
Today I hope to finish the front neck with the fabulous pleat. The two rows of the circle cables meet in the middle of the center panel of purl stitches. I can't wait. Then I will be adding sleeves to make this sweater as Montana friendly as possible. Although you can't see now (I will try a close up soon), I used an eyeleted I-cord bind off that looks fabulous and I know I will use that on a zillion projects. It has a bit more pizzazz than a regular I-cord and I can't speak highly enough for the edging. Piece o'cake: CO 2 stitches, *k2, k2tog, replace these 3 stitches back on the left needle. Repeat from * to last three stitches, k3tog. You can see, however, it is curling a bit. I will wet block this whole project once I add the sleeves and pin the edging so it will play fair.
Other exciting news: I found out that all 5 of my designs made the cut for the 2011 Knitting Calendar (link to the calendar website), so that is a lovely bonus. Barnes & Noble (link to the calendar listing) has it available mid-July. The calendars are all color and for only $14.95 and there are still over 100 patterns! Do I sound like a commercial or what? I bought these long before I ever submitted anything to them. I think the calendar improves every year with both better pictures and patterns and is a rip roaring good deal (even if you only like half the patterns).