[Repost of material originally appearing on 26 July 2006]

So. Where have I been? Between work deadlines; preparing for a family vacation; coming back and having the smallest one hit by a sticky mystery illness (she’s better now); and getting the kids packed off to summer camp, life has been getting in the way.

I can report that we all had a fabulous time doing absolutely nothing on Cape Cod. We mostly enjoyed the beach right at the hotel, took strolls around Provincetown and Wellfleet, kayaked a bit, golfed, read a lot of beach books, saw an unusual production of As You Like It. ate great food, and some of us knit.

I can report that I finished the two quickie sweaters previously reported – one in the fuschia shown, and one in screaming purple. I also did a couple pairs of socks, and started in again on my perennial summer project – my North Truro Counterpane. I’ve got no pix of the sweaters or socks as they all made their way to the intended recipients before I could find time to take snapshots, but I will show progress on the counterpane later this week.

On the two small kidsweaters from the 1,2, Top Down #609 pattern from Cabin Fever – it knit up quickly with no problems in both sizes, and final finishing was a breeze. My only criticism is that the thing comes in just two sizes – 2/4 and 6/8, with the difference between the 2 and 4, and the 6 and 8 being length, not width (2 and 4 share widths, with the sleeves/body of 4 being slightly longer; 6 and 8 work similarly). I knit a 4 and a 6. The 4 looks about right in terms of size, but the 6 will probably be ragamuffin large on the target kid. That’s not a major problem as kids are not known to shrink, and baggy/huge is a cute look on little ones. I’d also note that in both sizes I had more than ample leftovers from my skeins of Encore. Especially in the 6. I did need to crack into that last skein, but just barely so.

Oh. I’ve got one more knit thing to report. Since the two sister sweaters were for two little girls who are about to become bigger sisters to a third daughter, I took the leftovers from their pullovers and knit up a quick Zimmerman Baby Surprise, as described in Knitter’s Magazine’s Fall 1999 issue (#56). I added my own collar to the thing. Please don’t ask me how I did it. All I can say is that far too much local Chardonnay and beach air intervened, so no notes were taken and memory is hazy.


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