What it is
Productivity has been fluctuating these past weeks and I haven't gotten as much done as I would like. Life throws stuff at you and you deal with it. I get in what I can fit it. And it is what it is. I know I've fooled you into thinking that I haven't done much of anything especially with the blog content as of late. Okay, well, yes, maybe I haven't.. but I'm working slow and steady over here. But before I show you what I've been working on or not working on, let me introduce you to a knew crafty friend. She's going to be helping me get a lot done over the next few months, especially for my Brazil SWAP.
She is yet to be named but something will come to me sooner or later. Or, I'll just have a contest. My friend, Dutch Girl, gave her to me over the holidays. I was so stoked! She was upgrading to a better form and one that's actually her size, so she wasn't in need of her anymore (which reminds me, I need to get her a token of thanks). But to be perfectly honest with you, I haven't touched her since I took her home and I have to size her up. I think she's pretty spot on up top. But boy, she's got some junk-age in her trunk-age that I'm seriously lacking. I just need to get my measurements and pad/unpad her as needed. That's priority number one before I start putting her to work.
Check out that bootay.
So this is what it is. Have you ever been in a situation where you're so close to being done, but there's only one thing standing in your way? How about if you knew the solution(s) to that one thing standing in your way and you still have yet to take any action? What would you do to make yourself do it? This is what I'm doing, calling myself out in front of all y'alI. I started this Build by Wendy top (Simplicity 4112) over the holidays and I'm only two steps away from having a new top to wear to work, putting in the button holes and putting in the buttons. So, what's the problem? My machine's button holer is tripping out. So why not take it into get serviced? I needed its non-button hole related functions to complete two quilts. So why not learn how to put in button holes by hand? I looked up the directions. They just scare the bejeezus out of me. So this is it, I will be wearing this shirt by the end of the month!
Finish and iron me, please.
And lastly, onto knitting. Yes, knitting! I started the Puff-sleeved Feminine Cardigan from Fitted Knits when mamaFasu got her new knee last month. I made a great deal of progress on it and the just kind of stopped. I'm now at the point where most of the main knitting is done. I'm just stuck on where to go from here.
I wasn't really feeling the peplum and decided to change it up. Instead of the lace panels, I decided convert it to ruffles ending in a seed stitch band to match the collar. I've already finished the increases and just need to decide how long I want them to be. The next thing I'm debating on are the sleeve cuffs. I substituted Cascade 220 has a larger gauge than called for in the patter. The sleeve cuff as written, three horizontal ribs, seem like they're rather big. My choices here are to either take out one of the ribs and make it only two or knit a simple seed stitch cuff to match the collar, button bands and bottom band. Thoughts?
Apologies for the blown out photo, but does this cuff look to big to you?
Hopefully both of these will be done by the end of the month and then I can start working full time on my Brazil SWAP. I'm thinking about it every day and hopefully I'll be able to have something more to show you in March.