I love the very end of a knitting or crochet project, when you’ve been slogging through what has become somewhat tedious work, and now there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That is the time that I usually hunker down and just push through to the end. There’s nothing like the first time you put on a sweater you’ve been knitting for a month!
Except maybe the rush of starting a new project. It’s especially fun for me, when I’m working on a top-down sweater, because those first several rows (having relatively few stitches) go by very quickly and lead to nearly instant gratification.
I’ve gotten lucky enough to experience both feelings this week, with the casting off of my June’s Favorite Cardigan, and the casting on of a brand new sweater that I’m designing for future publication (and to wear to Rhinebeck in October). It’s this year’s September Sweater, even though it is actually still August and 92 degrees out there. I can’t seem to help myself.
I’ll share a bit about the completed cardigan in a future blog post, after I’ve blocked it and gotten it all pretty for a photo shoot. I might even throw it in the laundry first. It’s pretty gigantic and if it shrunk 6 inches in length, I could still wear it!
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
Instagram 📱: We walked out of the store and were greeted by a wall of rain. This photo doesn’t do it justice. @aidan.226 and I got soaked to the skin running to our car! #rainydayadventures [Taken outside of Staples, Watchung, NJ.]
365 📷: 2016 219/366 – Don’t mind me. I’m just sitting on the front steps trying to come up with something to take a picture of for Project 365 today.
Instagram 📱: There’s nothing quite like Jersey Corn fresh from the farm 🌽💕 #jerseyfresh
365 📷: 2016 220/366 – When one sibling is clearly the "homely" one.
Instagram 📱: I finished my #junesfavoritecardigan this afternoon. I’d have a more detailed show and tell, but the weather is too warm for a photo shoot! I can tell, though, that I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this sweater 💟
365 📷: 2016 221/366 – I love challenging and/or creative computer work. I don’t love spending an afternoon essentially copying and pasting. At least I’m done now! I’m feeling a bit cranky, though. Maybe I need to take myself out for a special treat of some kind…
Instagram 📱: What a beautiful morning! I love listening to the cicadas while I sip my coffee ☕. I hope your breakfast is equally as pleasant 💟
Instagram 📱: It’s time to finally sew that shirt I’ve been talking about sewing for more than a month ✂
Instagram 📱: Just finished this #beatrixtop made with #spoonflower fabric I designed myself. It’s technically reversible, though I have yet to hem the lining fabric (those curved hems are not fun for me!). I’m so happy with the way it turned out! 💚💙💛 BTW, I’m lclarke522 over at @spoonflower if you wanted to use this fabric in a project of your own 😊
365 📷: 2016 222/366 – It’s two shows-and-tell in one: a new top I sewed, and a new sweater I knit. I’ll put more details and views of both on the blog sometime this week ☺
365 📷: 2016 223/366 – My goddaughter. Playing with a can of beans, and looking very serious about it 😀 [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]
Instagram 📱: A little swatching over breakfast. I’ve got this year’s #rhinebecksweater on my mind. I’m thinking it will be a pullover, but I reserve the right to change my mind (over and over, if necessary) 😊
365 📷: 2016 224/366 – I wrote a rough draft for my next pattern, and tonight, as soon as I put this camera away, I will cast on for the sample. It’s going to be a Porthole Pullover, which is an adult-size version of the baby-size Porthole Cardigan I published earlier this year. Yay! New projects are always so exciting to me ♥
Instagram 📱: Dropped by @woolandgrace to find a contrast yarn to use in my new #pdcportholepullover, and I think this will do nicely. Now I’m trying my first #nitrocoldbrew and it’s pretty interesting ☕ ☺ [Taken at Boxwood Coffee, Summit, NJ.]
Instagram 📱: Hmmm, yes, this is a color combination I can get behind ☺. Now I have to pack up my little project and go home. Time to wake up my teenagers for lunch 😴 [Taken at Boxwood Coffee, Summit, NJ.]
Instagram 📱: Knitters, don’t you just love the early stages of a top down sweater, when the yoke goes by so quickly? I wish I could sit around all day and see how these color stripes progress, but I have actual work I’m supposed to be doing now 😉
365 📷: 2016 225/366 – It’s been so hot and humid this week, and just about every day there has been a thunder storm. Today’s is just about finished passing through.
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!