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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Finished Two-fer | Bradway and Portis.

That's right, y'all - I have not one but two finished projects to share today. Because it's finally cool enough to wear wool and long pants and long sleeves outside. and I was able to get Katie (a huge thank you as always!) to take photos.

I did think about saving one for later (because whoa, I've got 30 blog posts in a row to fill up next month), but it's a lot more fun to share them both now (and I could use a short break from knitting baby hats and watching Call the Midwife).

First up is Bradway. I started this way back in August mostly because I had nearly a full skein of Shelter leftover from the baby blanket and I didn't want to waste it (so buying five more skeins made perfect sense, right?!) In any event, the knitting was a lot of fun and went as fast as you might expect on size 8 needles. This is the project that watched the Little League World Series and sat through a few knitting classes. I finished the knitting and bound off on September 1st. and then waited for a reason to weave in the ends and block it.

That reason finally arrived last week and about 20 minutes later* it was on the blocking board.

...but then it got hot again. until today. It was a really nice layer.

What made the project so much fun to knit was the changing colors and stitch patterns.  I think it's going to be a fun piece to wear, too. I should note that the pattern was perfect - not single issue - so I could focus my attention on those fun parts.

Next up is Portis.

This project had it's time-out at the beginning. I was gung-ho to get started, but then got side-tracked to finish the Blue Blanket. Once I started knitting on this one in earnest, it went fast. I finished the big stockinette tube in about two weeks (while watching nearly all of Inspector Morse).  My first steek was surprisingly easy (maybe three hours from beginning to end).

then a three-needle bind off, an i-cord neck, 3" of 2x2 ribbing

and a few more ends* (along with the last season of Mad Men)... and done.

I'm super happy with the finished piece.

This time I didn't quite knit it as written and I've suggested a few changes for my students - those notes are documented on my Ravelry project page.

But I did knit the piece to the schematic measurements and that seems perfect. Note that it's a smidge bigger than the Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho.

So yay! for cooler temperatures. October 21 seems like a perfectly fine date to start wearing long pants, long sleeves...and wool!

*Weaving in ends with Shelter and Loft is a piece of cake. When wet-blocked, they grab on like nobody's business so the ends hold firm with minimal effort. They're also spit-splice-able, so there aren't as many ends. But as others have commented, those traits make them not-so-great for seaming.(of course neither of these projects required that.)

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Blogger Lydia said...

Love these 2 pieces-I have about 5 projects cast on-none of them documented yet. My organizational skills at home have gone out the window for some reason! Happy Fall!

Friday, 21 October, 2016  
Blogger Sara said...

these are both gorgeous

Friday, 21 October, 2016  
Blogger Debbie said...

They are both beautiful...enjoy wearing them!

Friday, 21 October, 2016  
Blogger Nancy said...

Both are beautiful, but I'm especially smitten with Portis. Perfection! Love the photos, too.

Friday, 21 October, 2016  
Blogger Carole said...

Those are both awesome and you are rocking the outfits!

Saturday, 22 October, 2016  
Blogger Bonny said...

Both of these are gorgeous! I love how you always have wonderful photos of your FOs, showing what they look like on a real person combined with great outfits. If only I had a photographer like Katie (I still wouldn't look half as good in my FOs)! Wear them well and enjoy the fall weather.

Saturday, 22 October, 2016  
Blogger AsKatKnits said...

Oh Mary! They are both so cute!! I really like them!! And, hmmm - how is it that I have NEVER knit with any of the BT yarns?!? This is a serious problem that needs to be solved and soon! Haha!

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Blogger Vera said...

Oh my, I love them both. I need to get moving on the shawl I started a few weeks has been sitting (not in time out, I just haven't had time). Both look wonderful on you and Fall is here - so enjoy!!

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Blogger Penny said...

They are both beautiful - and you wear them so well! Wish Portis was in my skill set but probably not for a long time. And I agree with Bonny Katie does a fabulous job with the photos!

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Blogger margene said...

You look so great in both projects, but I love Portis in size and shape. You and Katie make a great FO photo team!

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Anonymous Patty said...

Gorgeous! The model, the projects, the scenery! And as the others have said...beautiful projects but that Portis is extra special. Nice work Mary!

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Blogger Honoré said...

Right nice! And they look grand on you. Katie takes great photos.

Monday, 24 October, 2016  
Blogger Kym said...

Lovely projects -- but Portis is my favorite! In fact . . . going right to my queue. (That's my kind of handknit. . . ) :-)

Tuesday, 25 October, 2016  

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