Saturday, June 5, 2010

Knitting Block Party

I finally finished the Nutmeg Sweater. It is a cute, wee little baby kimono made out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino (a 1-ply supersoft 100% merino wool yarn, very similar to Malabrigo) in Nutmeg and trimmed with Scarlett. Clicking on that link will take you to my Ravelry project page. Here is a picture of it when I was done knitting it. (Look down).

Technically, it still needs a button, button-loop, and some i-cord ties to told it shut. But I did block it. While I was at it, I blocked a bunch of other FO's (that's Finished Objects for you non-knitters, to whom I profusely appoligize for all the knitting content on this blog).

I blocked not only the Nutmeg Sweater, but the Wonderful Wallaby in Malabrigo in colorway "Buscando Azul", a very pretty blue. You can also see my September Surprise jacket here in Malabrigo in colorway "Amoroso". I made a matching 2x2 ribbed hat out of the same yarn.

The Wallaby is the prettiest thing I have knit yet. I still have 3 more skeins of that yarn (ok, like 3.5) and I am trying to decide if I should knit another one (original plan) or make a Tomten Jacket from Knitting w/o Tears. Both cute ideas.

I like all of the knitwear much more since it's been blocked. Blocking, for non-knitters, is where you wet soak an item (usually with some wool wash, NOT Woolite), roll out the water in a towel, then manuever it into it's finished shape. It evens out stitches and usually makes the whole thing drape and wear better. I forgot how blocking "stretches" the knitting a little. The baby surprise jacket is a little bigger now, which I like.

It feels good to have officially "finished" at least one of these. :) The surprise jacket and nutmeg sweater still need buttons. But other than that, they're done!!


Anonymous said...

Yay! Love the nutmeg sweater! My lace is coming along. I will be surprised if I don't finish it in the next week or so. I love the red edge. Beautiful. (the others are cool, too. )

Anonymous said...

Okay, so I knit and even I didn't "get" the "block party" thing! LOL I hate 'doing' blocking, but oh my what a difference it makes.

I love it all! That nutmeg sweater is gorgeous!

My daughter-in-law mentioned that she thought about doing cloth diapers, but didn't do enough research "in time" so isn't (yet?) As soon as she said it, I had dreams of knitting longies in my head!!!! I love knitting longies!

MamaMidwife said...

Thanks guys!!

I love knitting longies too! I am having a little "knitting block" right now b/c I have soooo much yarn to choose from for longies and I am not really "in love" with any of the colorways.

(And I totaly stole the "block party" thing from another blogger! Can't remember who.)

Candy Rant said...

You are so talented with the knitting thing! I'm very impressed. If I had that little nutmeg sweater, I'd frame it and put it on the wall. :)

Uh, because I don't have kids. :)