The Harry Potter scarf is finished – it’s been finished for two weeks, actually, and I got it into the mail and up to my niece in time for her party. It wasn’t as large a hit as the Scooby Doo mystery game we got her for her birthday, but I expected no less, and she still really liked it. One of these days I might get a picture of her in it – we’ll see.
Currently on the needles is the back of a cardigan. I liked the 1×1 ribbing of the scarf so much I decided to use it for a sweater for myself. I’ve got this bin of yarn I bought last year or so, intending to use it to make something for me, but I never quite got around to it til recently. I initially cast on for a top down raglan, but it just wasn’t speaking to me, so about halfway through, I gave up and ripped the whole thing out. This version – done in pieces, in 1×1 ribbing throughout – is so far making me much happier.
I’m using basic sweater design schematics from Ann Budd’s
Book of Sweater Patterns, but otherwise I’m just kind of winging it. I’m doing the back first, since that’s the largest piece, and I’m currently decreasing for the armholes. It’s fairly mindless knitting, which is about all I’m in the mood for these days (I haven’t cast on for a new sock since December!), and I’m hoping I can keep my enthusiasm for this long enough to get it done. I haven’t made myself anything but socks since I finished the cardigan for our trip to Ireland in 2006, so it’ll be nice to have something cozy and warm. The amusing fact that I will likely finish it just in time for the hot weather to start is something I’m just not letting myself think about right now.