It's late on a Sunday night, and I think I'm coming down with something. If that is the case, it must go before the week is up because I have exams next week! Ahhh! (Freak out moment pause.) I popped some zinc tablets (to shorten the lifetime of the common cold; it's worked for me every time I've tried it early enough) and some Sudafed (a.k.a. pseudoephedrine, a.k.a. indirect sympathomimetic). I feel much better after taking several 20 minute naps throughout the day.
All this studying is so nerve-wracking, but so gratifying at the same time! I really enjoy all of the learning, but hate the fact that I am going to be tested on everything to basically rank me amongst my classmates. THAT, my 2 readers, takes the joy out of studying.
Anyway, I've been knitting away diligently at a few things. My Alexandria Cardigan may be just too big. Stupid lying swatches. I am glad, though, that the rampage to find my US 6 dpns forced me to clean up all of my WIPs. I must finish up some of these instead of letting them languish.
I have a 4th project that I've kinda been working on, and it is so tedious!!! I am knitting the cutest Horace the Horse from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren. I love this book and almost every pattern in it! I want to knit them all. I have so much fingering weight yarn in my stash, so it's perfect, but I never really have enough, especially for this gorgeous blanket. (Wow--that would take a lot of time to knit!)
My friend is taking the USMLE Step 1 on Tuesday and Horace is kind of a good-luck charm for her. Unfortunately, I don't think I will finish it on time, but I keep praying for her while knitting it.
Pattern: Miette by Andi Satterlund (Ravelled here.)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarns Indiecita Alpaca 4-ply (discontinued), 5.74 skeins (585.5 yds), Color 4479. I bought this muted mustard color a long time ago from Windsor Button (good ole Boston). The yarn was already discontinued at the time so I grabbed all that was in their sale bin and dashed. I never really liked the color though, so I never wanted to knit with it. When my aunt requested a "mature" color for her sweater (one that will still be acceptable if she is ever widowed and must wear white/colorless clothing according to Hindu traditions.) I thought this was kind of perverse, but at the end, she was kind of disappointed with the color choice, too. I suggested dyeing the sweater, but she said the color worked well enough for it to not be a trouble. She wore it quite a bit while I was around, too!
Made for: Pishi
Size: 42"--I swatched, and I was so nervous when I finished the sweater--it fit me perfectly! I'm like a 38" bust! But I kept holding it up to a blouse she lent me to get her measurements right and it matched those measurements (42"). I was worried. I forgot about how much give can really be in these things--the cardigan ended up fitting her perfectly (minus the bottom button.)
Needle: US 6 (4.0 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm)
Notions: Buttons! I found these at JoAnn's, and they turned out to be a perfect match even though I didn't bring the swatch with me when I went shopping.
Mods: Added one repeat to lengthen the sweater a tiny bit.
Dates: 11.16.11-11.20.11 (Surprisingly fast knit!)
Cost: $43.05 for yarn; ~$3 for buttons = $46.05 USD
I still have a few more FO's that I want to document on the blog, so bear with me as I keep chugging through them. I may even have MORE FO's once those are done!