And the winner is…

Aunt Kathy! Who is not *my* aunt, but just Aunt Kathy. She wins the Lantern Moon Silk Needle Case. Congratulations, Kathy! I will send this off to you this week.

After organizing my needle stash, I found that I only needed two of the four needle cases that my family picked up at the Loop & Hoop event, so I’m giving away one more. Back to the random number generator, and the second winner is Sarah, of Attitude Hats. Go check out Sarah’s creations; they are amazing!

And another winner! DH won an elevator pitch contest, and he’s pretty pleased with himself. What’s an elevator pitch? According to Wikipedia, an elevator pitch is an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride (for example, 30 seconds & 100-150 words). Congrats, Sweetie!

I think I need a knitting picture now…


I’m knitting the Baby Bolero from One Skein by Leigh Radford. It’s a short and sweet little jacket for a newborn. It will be a bit longer than this when the ribbing is added to the edges. I picked up the sleeves and am knitting them top down instead of knitting them flat and sewing them in.

I love the little motif on the back (I did change some of the k2togs to ssk to enhance the hole-iness):


What I’m not loving is the yarn.


It’s Mission Falls 1824 Cotton, a fluffy cotton core with a wrap which gives it a fun texture. But the fun texture is interfering with my ability to control my tension, I think. I have a horrible column of loose stitches between dpns on the sleeves (see them in the picture?), and I have to go back and adjust everything to even them out. Yuck. I’ve knit with lots of cottons before, and haven’t had this issue. Maybe I should have knit the sleeves flat? But then I’d never sew the sweater up! (I know myself.)

So I guess I’ll finish, since I’m so close to finishing, and give it a soak and see if things block out/even up. Otherwise, I’ll re-knit this with a smooth cotton. It’s a quick knit, except I’m having a hard time sitting down with it!

10 responses to “And the winner is…

  1. Congratulations to all the winners!

    Hopefully the blocking will fix your woes. I’m with you on not knitting it flat. Why do people do that? Don’t they know that having to do a lot of sewing up to finish can be the death of a project that lies unfinished in some bag in the deeeep daarrkkk corner of some closet?

  2. I’m not loving that yarn either. Congrats AK!!!

  3. Sorry about the yarn. The sweater is super cute though.

  4. Debbie Bliss? Not Mission Falls?

  5. That laddering issue is the exact reason why I quit knitting socks on DPNs (and I LOVE using DPNs!) and learned how to do Magic Loop. Much tighter join between needles, thus, no ladder.

    V. cute sweater, though! I’ve seen it so many times as I flip through patterns for baby things, but I’ve never made it yet. More babies in the future, though (not for ME but people I know! LOL), so it may get knit yet! šŸ™‚

  6. Very cute sweater! I’ve only used this yarn for a washcloth, so I didn’t have tension issues – but I did like the softness of it – great yarn for a baby sweater!

  7. Congrats Kathy & Sarah!

    Great idea to do the sleeves in the round. ANYTHING to avoid having to seam.

  8. Late catching up on blogs, Thank you again for the prize. I can’t wait until it arrives. I like that newborn Bolero, I’d sew it together. I need to make a baby gift, two actually I wonder if this is too advanced for my dishcloth brain, lol

  9. Thanks for the congratulations. Yes, I AM pleased with myself — sue me!