Happy leap year y'all! Didja miss me? I'm freshly returned from Stitches West and all the craziness that let up to it, and super happy to be home and getting back to WIPW this week.
Stitches was great. Calfornia was great. Seeing my all my awesome girlfriends (and remembering that I have lots of awesome girlfriends) was super great. It was all so fantastic that it will get its own post this weekend, and you'll want to check it out because there's a giveaway involved. I won't say what it is, but it might be yarn, and it might or might not involve the words Tosh and/or Madeline (not necessarily in that order). Because I love you guys! So don't forget to come back and get all entered and whatnot. Okay?
You may remember this pre-trip picture of my nicely caked yarn for my next project, Narragansett...
And all of you were kind enough not to point out how I was a complete idiot to think I'd be knitting through 3 skeins of yarn on a 5-day vacation. Thanks for that, but you would've been sooo right. I toted all 3 of those yarn cakes out to California and back, and managed to knit just under half of one of them. So much for wishful thinking, right? Anyway, here's how it's looking now:
This is a top-down sweater, so what you're seeing is the boat neck and the beginnings of the raglan increases for the sleeves. I'm loving working with this yarn, but I'm a bit worried that it's so squishy the sweater might not hold its shape. It's feeling very loosey goosey at the moment, even though I'm knitting just a smidge tighter than gauge.
I've also been following a modification that someone used for smaller eyelets on either side of the raglans, and I'm a bit on the fence about how it's working out. I really like the idea of having smaller holes, but I'm not sure it's working out too well.
This picture is as close as I can get to illustrating my point with bad light and a jet-lagged brain, I may soldier on a bit longer, we'll see. This is a fun and pretty zippy knit, so undoing a bit of it won't be too much of a disaster if it goes that way.
In other news, Tink over at Master of a Thousand Things FINALLY received her swap package from me! I'm a little bummed that it took so long, but so glad she's finally got her hands on her goodies and really excited that I can finally spill all my secrets. She's blogging about her gifts now, and has opened all of her hand knit gifts in her first two days so I can finally give them their time in the FO Friday spotlight. Woot!
I can't decide if the opening or the watching of the opening is more fun. I'm a smidge overly happy about both, I think. Anyway, after you stop by Tink's blog, go check out the rest of the (zillion) WIPW entries. They're totally worth the trip.
See you Friday!