My favorite part of a project--any project--is finishing it. I love the moment that dinner is ready, that the second sock is finished, that the last room of the house is vacuumed. Why is it, then, that I am so incredibly pokey about putting the final touches on my knitting projects? I can spend three days knitting something and then three weeks sewing in the ends. I've had a baby sweater in my possession that's been off the needles for at least two years but is still waiting for a button--one button!--to be added.
This week, I've resolved to finish all of my unfinished projects, to pack away the little things that I'm "saving for later," to stow the needles and yarn that are drifting across my craft table, and to up the ante on my moth-proofing efforts.
I know. I'm incredibly ambitious. I tend to set high goals and then quit half-way through. It does seem to help me, though, when I start small.
So this time, I started with buttons.
These two little hats are both from Hadley Fierlinger's Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. The one on the right is the Vintage Pixie Cap, which is sweet enough, I guess. On the left, though, is the Modern Baby Bonnet. I fully intend to make several more of these, just so I can revel in the alchemy of the back shaping.
I did them both in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, which is very nice to work with--and machine-washable. I'm going to try the Modern Baby Bonnet in a wool/cotton blend next. It won't be as soft, but I picked up the yarn for practically nothing and I think it might make for a nice summer weight.
Please note the recently-added buttons:
I'm sure the hats would both look better on a real live baby. I worked with what I had. The model didn't mind the hats but was not remotely interested in the buttons.
Thanks for indulging my show-and-tell. I promise, dear readers, that next week's posts will knitting-free. In the meantime, here are a few nice things to get your weekend started:
Have a lovely weekend!