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I'm just not good at being a knitting blogger. There are a ton of inspiring and creative knitters out there who keep the bloglines interesting. Me, I get my pleasure out of the knitting, and then the wearing (or gifting) of my creation. I'm pretty psyched to realize that I now have an overflowing bin full of pretty sweaters and skirts that were hand-knit by me that I love to wear. And wearing them is the only way I get to show them off because I don't take enough photos of them.

Well, as it turns out, I take horrid self-portraits, which is part of the holdup. I like some of my hand-held, self-absorbed, look-at-me MySpace-esque self-portraits because I can usually get a flattering angle. However, they don't show off the knitwear very well. When I set the camera on a tripod, I end up with unflattering, cranky-looking shots that make me feel ugly. So I will just use my darling dressmaker dummy as a model from now on, because it works for me.

My most recent finished object, finished last week. This is the "Back to School U-Neck Vest" from one of my favorite designers/books, Stefanie Japel's "Fitted Knits." I've knit 4 of the patterns from this book so far, and 5 from Stefanie. Malabrigo worsted in Velvet Grapes.

Two-Tone Shrug, also from "Fitted Knits," in Cascade 220 Moss-green and a heather for the contrast.

Indigo Ripples skirt by Kat Coyle - Rowan Denim in Nashville. I love this skirt so much and have worn it probably 8 times already. It's a denim skirt but with some lacy/ruffle-y stuff that makes me feel pretty when I wear it.

Buster baby cardigan from a Rowan book, using some KnitPicks wool (combo of superwash & regular wool). This is for Charlie & Tomoko's baby-to-be, Charles Stellmon VI :) It was fun to knit and I am going to make some simple booties in the same colors to match.

Date: 2007-12-06 03:59 am (UTC)
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that baby sweater is super duper cute. I also like the purple one a lot - I bet that color is great on you.

Date: 2007-12-06 05:11 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm feeling enthusiastic about knitting for babies now, not only because there are so many soon to be in my friend circle :) but also the knits are fast and so freaking adorable. I'm trying for gender-neutral patterns & colors that will be sort of classic and not too foofy.

Date: 2007-12-06 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't even think about the instant (well, nearly instant) gratification part of it!

I have a very well developed aversion to pastels, so I completely understand about the non-foofy thing. And anyway, kids should be dressed like kids! Not little adults. I love stuff that makes them look like roly-poly oompa loompas.

Date: 2007-12-06 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right there with you. Nevermind that I haven't really been up on my knitting lately.

Love your BTS vest. And the shrug. I don't like the colors in the book, so I was pretty non-plussed by the pattern overall, but I really like how yours turned out.

Go you!

Date: 2007-12-06 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I wanted your opinion on BTS since you made such a lovely one that made me give the pattern a second look :)

Date: 2007-12-06 05:11 am (UTC)
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Heh. My lovely one with the backwards crooked scoop neck?

Yours looks a little higher in the neckline than mine ended up, and I really like the look of it with the variegated yarn. I actually like the overall pattern a lot, but I think I'll leave out the bumpy garter stitch section separator bits next time.

Date: 2007-12-06 06:27 am (UTC)
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Nicely done!
I love to red shirt!

Date: 2007-12-06 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm all a swoon over that top one and the Buster baby is way cute! Eeeee! They all look so soft and cuddley.

Date: 2007-12-06 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I'm super impressed. The purple sweater and the green vest are ADORIBLE!

Date: 2007-12-06 10:21 pm (UTC)
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awesome :) good job! really love the first two!
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