my nearly finished iPod case - I still need to settle on the closure, it's a make-shift drawstring right now.
This last weekend was filled with lots of yoga and lots of creative play. On Saturday, I got together with Eve and Melissa again for our monthly knitting get together. It was a nice relaxing Saturday morning, catching up about life, and sharing about our new and old projects.
About a month ago, I got my new iPod, which no longer comes with any type of case or sleeve, so I made myself an iPod case. I used Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo in Providence Pink for this and free-formed the pattern. I used a size 6 9-inch circular needle, a little ribbing around the top, some stockinette stitch, and a playful basket weave pattern. It was a lot of fun to make and I’m loving using it.
the start of Melissa's cable knit coffee cup holder
Part of our get together this week was a mini-lesson in the cable knit stitch. Melissa brought the pattern for her cable knit cup holder and Eve gave a quick tutorial. And Melissa caught on really fast. See her work here, isn’t it awesome? I’ve decided i’m going to use cable knit in the next set of arm warmers that I make, I think that they will be lots of fun and it will provide a nice detail.
Then there was the piece de resistance – Eve finished the sweater she’s been working on for the last few months. When I first met Eve she was working on the back of the sweater.
the start of the back of the sweater
It was incredible to look at, because it includes such an intricate stitch pattern. The finished back looks amazing.
the completed sweater - view of the back
And the last time that we got together to knit, Eve was working on the second of the two front pieces, identifying where the buttons would go, diligently counting rows and lining up the left and right side panels.
the left side panel with button holes marked
Here’s the finished sweater from the front, the result of hours and hours of hard work, it’s a great piece for a variety of occasions and definitely one of a kind.
the finished sweater - view from the front
The detail and complexity of this pattern are mind-blowing to me. I don’t know that I’ll ever be making things like this, but I do truly appreciate the effort that goes into making them.
Julia's summer scarf - the first 12% or so (7.5 inches)
For this gathering, I played around with my friend Julia’s new summer scarf, finishing the first hank of yarn to see how many inches it would give me – 7.5 inches to be exact in about 6 or so hours. The scarf will end up being about 60 inches when it’s finished, so several more hanks of yarn to go and well, a lot more hours ahead, but it is simple to make and I think it’s looking great.
a closer look at the yarn and the pattern
I think this is going to be a fun project to work on in between wrapping up my other in-process projects over the next couple of months. It was a great Saturday at the coffee shop and before I left I got a vanilla soy latte and the barista exhibited his own brand of creative play too.
A little bit of latte art with a heart on the top of the foamed soy milk. It make me smile. I’m excited about my next afternoon of knitting creative play with the girls, but before then, there will definitely be more knitting on my own. Because I believe that just like yoga, creative play is good for body, mind, and soul.
When was your last afternoon of creative play? When will be the next?