I promise not to go all crazy posting only finished projects, because you see after the scarf I am making for my friend, it will be a long, long time before there is another finished project. So for now I am going to bask in the glory of finished project number 2.
Number two is the same pattern as number 1, just a lot longer. I was going to make sleeves, but when I attempted them I did not like how the join was looking, so I ripped it out and decided to go for length instead.
At the underarms I switched to a larger needle to make it close better in front. From looking at the top photo it looks like the joke is on me, but when trying it on it really did close more. I found this very fun pin in my button box. I believe it was a clearance item at Joann's years ago.
The pin is fun because I can use it all sorts of ways. Sort of like a shawl pin, buttons are so permanent. I think I like this sweater, but not near as much as Number 1. It's lovely and all (and I am not looking for compliments here) it is just a bit 70's to me. Maybe it is the length, maybe it is the way the yarn changes, maybe it is all in my head. You know one of my greatest fears is someone posting me on What Not To Crochet. Have you seen that blog, it is a riot, well that is if your crocheted item is not posted on it. I have this fear, (oh no here we go again, you have heard it all before) that sometimes the things I make are, well for lack of a better word....tacky. Not everything I make that is for sure, but some things....well it is there somewhere in the back of my head nagging me, tacky, tacky, tacky. So I am just going to push that thought away and go with this
sweater/vest/longer cardi type of thingy.
The button up close and blurry, but you get the idea. The yarn is Universal Yarn Classic Shades, I forgot to write down the color. I used a whopping 580 yards on this baby, so my total for 2013 is 960 yards so far. I think this is very fun keeping track of finished projects and the yarn used to make them. I don't want you to think that all I do is sit home and crochet, although that sounds ideal doesn't it? I had four whole days off in a row last week, Thursday through Sunday and I tried to make the most of it. Lots of paperwork to complete, house cleaning to do but also time to crochet. Now it is back to reality. No more sleeping in, taking my time in the morning and sitting down with a hook in my hand at random hours of the day, but those days were glorious that is for sure.
Hope your transition back to reality is smooth, and hope you are finding time to do something you love, even if it is only for a few minutes.