Unlike most knitters (I say tongue in cheek), I have a pile of left behind WIP's who have been thrown to the wayside in search of newer, more exciting knits. Soooo, this year armed with lots of integrity (and a nagging armada of guilt) I have decided that I will tackle that pile and get some oldies finished.
With this in mind I present the following two finished projects:
Four Panel Jacket
I can't quite remember when I started this (not a good sign) but most likely it was way back in early 2006. My grandiose plans at the time included getting it done and sewed up before my Mom returned from Florida. Didn't happen. I had the back, two of the four front panels, the pockets...well you get the idea. Fast forward to 2007 - I decided I was going to get the sweater finished. Did the rest of the knitting. Didn't do the finishing. Enter Patrick. Knitter and sewer extraordinaire. (I really need to do a post about the very special people I have in my life who do amazing things for me, given my particular "issues.") Patrick put it together for me and, I was able to give it to my Mom THIS year when she got back from Florida. Better late than never I suppose!
Specs: Four Panel Jacket from Jamieson's Shetland Knitting Book 2
Yarn: Jamieson's Chunky Shetland (purchased from The Needle Emporium) in Artic
Modifications: I did not add the button loop as my Mom has a bunch of funky pins she can use to fasten. Patrick left out the finishing edges on the armholes to create less bulk and some ease of wear.
I love the shaping and it looks great on my Mom! She loves it and with the recent switch back to fallish/winterish weather it has gotten some good wear. I'd love to knit another one of these but holy mackerel given how long it took this one to get done I'd better keep on movin'!
This little sweater (and I do mean little - when Ed and Nick saw the finished product they both asked me what little kid was getting it - I do live in the world of big chested men!) was a quick knit but then languished in the needing to be sewn up pile (it's funny how that happens...). I started it last spring and had the pieces done pretty fast and then......NOTHING! When Patrick took the Four Panel Jacket he had me give him the Ribby Cardi and wow he did such an amazing job. The man can put a zipper in! (Okay the photo below is not the zipper but I looooooove the shoulder seam on this!).
The sweater was a gift for Pam, who works her bahuee off as the Administrative Assistant at the Brain Injury Association, Quinte District, a local volunteer organization where Ed donates his time in the role of President. It is like another full time job and Ed is so thankful for the work Pam does (she is the only paid person at BIAQD), given all the other things going on in his life. Thankfully, she had no idea she was getting this because it sure has taken a while!
Specs: Ribby Cardi by Chic Knits
Yarn: Peruvian Highland Wool (purchased at Elann.com) in Starlight Blue and Nutmeg Heather
Modifications: None other than some extra finishing details. Patrick added a lovely decorative edge along the zipper selvage which looks wonderful!
Pam loves it! When Ed went to the office with the bag, Pam sarcastically asked if there was something hand knit in there for her (Ed does wear his hand knits proudly!) and when Ed said, "well, actually yes," she was mortified! Of course Ed got a big kick out of that. Anyway, she says it is her favourite sweater and I am happy to have such a loving home for this boffo sweater!
Thank you so much Patrick. You rock! I love you Buttercup. And besides giving you this (you chocaholic you although I have to say if you haven't tried this you really must. Must.) I will so find some other way to express my appreciation.
I do hope to have more old and neglected WIP's done this year...here's wishing me luck; I am sooo going to need it!