Saturday, March 29, 2008

I Actually Finished It!

Well, with only sewing up the under arms and re-working the edging to go my tomten was rapidly approaching UFO status, but Tuesday morning I woke up and thought "Today is the last day that jacket is going to sit in the back of the closet!"
So, I pulled it out and decided that double stranding the yarn for the I-cord was the way to go. I think it's worked out quite nicely.
I used matress stitch to finish the under arms. I think it looks nicer on stockinette, but was still a vast improvement on the prior weak attempts at seaming.
The zipper is only partially sewn in at this point, but I should be able to finish that up this weekend, and hopefully soon spring will show it face and the Tomten will get a little use.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Half a Sleeve and a Hood

Well, I've been distracted with hats. I'm always distracted with hats--they are a great gift item and quick but still I wish I could tell myself, "No!" and diligently stick to my Tomten endeavors. Yet, I've amazed myself with my progress--half a sleeve and only one more to go!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

new KAL

I wanted to let you know that after my first Tomten, I didn't mean to ditch you. I do plan on making many more. but i have a surprise jacket to knit next, then a bog jacket! so I've started a surprise KAL if you're ever interested!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

1/2 a sleeve

well, the tomten photo isn't quite up-to-date, but it does show the hood and the beginning of my first sleeve. I started knitting together the last stitch of the sleeve with a body stitch, but it finally became too cumbersome, and i wasn't delighted with the way it looked, so i decided i'd just knit back and forth and deal with a little seaming at the end. At right is a photo from last month of my snow-bound backyard. i don't like shoveling, but i have to admit it looks really pretty sometimes!

my shoulder has been troubling me, so i've mostly worked on smaller projects and left the Tomten patiently awaiting me to finish it. i hope to have more progress to show you soon.