Getting Closer

I have three projects that are 95-98% complete, and I’m trying my darndest to push through the final bit of finishing. One is the Manon sweater… I want to do something a little special with the button closures, but I haven’t figured out exactly what to do yet. I want to use an i-cord to “embroider” a pattern on either side of the ribbed band, but I just can’t seem to make up my mind how thin/thick to make the cord and what design to set that won’t overwhelm the beautiful peplum.

And I have this little baby sweater needing trim and buttons… and I also want to make up a bitty hat as well.

And of course there’s the hexagon blanket. I can’t believe that thing isn’t done. All I have to do is stitch up all the hexes together, which I actually kinda like doing, but somehow, it hasn’t been touched for the past month at least. Of course, having my mom stay with us to babysit me while I wait out these last few weeks (only days now!) definitely complicates things, but still!!

I did a design test strip to see how I should attach them, so at least that decision was made:

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First attempt, a single crochet… or was it a double chain? I have no idea… I’m not really an experienced crochet-er.

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The cross stitching looked great on one side…

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but I didn’t really like the opposite side.

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Then I tried chaining around the hexes and linking those together, but I was completely unhappy with the results. I think part of the problem is my lack of experience, but this made the hexes look so wonky and out of shape, I couldn’t imagine putting in all the extra time to make the blanket look even less polished. Rustic, fine… unshapely, uh, no thanks.

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I don’t even remember what I was doing here… but I definitely didn’t like it.

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For me, the mattress stitch really kept the focus on the hexes, so it became the obvious choice.

I have three rows complete, which leaves only, uh, how many does that leave? I’m busy counting something else at the moment.

Making Progess

On some fronts, but not on all. Here is the unraveled BSJ… three little balls of Koigu, begging to be cast on.

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What I’d really like to be doing, this very moment, is taking a nap. Both of the kiddos are sound asleep, but alas! I’m busy having contractions, watching my Tivo backlog of Antiques Roadshow, and sucking down tea like I’m heading to the desert. I’m trying so hard to be thankful that I’ve been able to carry this baby full-term, but not getting any sleep because I’m having contractions every time I lay down is starting to blur my judgment.

I have two other projects to show, one the finished Manon, but I’m afraid I can’t be bothered to take any more snapshots today. I’m starting to fall behind on the Christmas knitting, but maybe you’ll take pity one me. I’ll at least have something to do while I’m recovering at the hospital!