Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Clearing the decks

The twin nieces turned 13 this year. I don't know when I started these vests but they are a size 8 and were in a bag from Maggie Beer 's Pheasant Farm visited in November 2003 so I'm guessing 5 or 6 years ago.

2 pink vests for the girls

Found in a recent shake up of some boxes that hadn't been opened since I moved into this house 3 years ago, all that needed doing was finishing and sewing on the button band of one of them and the arm bands and buttons on both. So that's what I did yesterday.

The pattern is one I've knitted several times for little people and is in Panda Kids Knits Volume 3 which I still see on pattern racks around the place. The yarn - whatever acrylic K-Mart or Target was selling 7 years ago. The buttons from stash.

One of the reasons these weren't finished (apart from sitting in a storage unit for 12 months when I returned to Canberra) was that two little girls in Sydney had already had the same vest knitted for them from the same yarn that year.

Also found in the shake up was an almost finished jumper knitted for myself which I was never really happy with. It hit the frog pond. Joining it was My Oldest WIP. I went to sew it up and finish the bands yesterday and found that the back was a size bigger than the front. After all I'd been through with the bloody thing, it should think itself lucky that it hit the frog pond and not the bin.

The bin is where the second Jelly Belly vest ended up when I discovered I didn't have enough yarn to finish it and there was no hope of reclaiming the two balls already used.

So two items finished, two items frogged and one item trashed and I'm feeling much happier about what's on the needles. The rest of the WIPs are quivering in a basket and wondering who will get the treatment next. Hopefully there will be another couple of FOs this week and I can begin to think about some new charity projects with all the beautiful yarn that came in last week. It's weighing on my conscience a bit.

Oh, and if anyone sees my two cones of black 3 ply and generic sock pattern, please spank their bottoms and send the home - I need them.


TinkingBell said...

Aaah - those WIPS!

Always such a good feeling, dealing with them!

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

It's always good to let your UFOs and WIPs know just who is the boss.