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TWiP: Finishes and Beginnings

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

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.

πŸ“· = taken with my Canon DSLR
πŸ“± = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…


Instagram πŸ“±: 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 πŸ“·: 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 πŸ“±: There’s nothing quite like Jersey Corn fresh from the farm πŸŒ½πŸ’• #jerseyfresh

365 πŸ“·: 2016 220/366 – When one sibling is clearly the "homely" one.

Instagram πŸ“±: 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 πŸ’Ÿ


365 πŸ“·: 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 πŸ“±: What a beautiful morning! I love listening to the cicadas while I sip my coffee β˜•. I hope your breakfast is equally as pleasant πŸ’Ÿ

Instagram πŸ“±: It’s time to finally sew that shirt I’ve been talking about sewing for more than a month βœ‚

Instagram πŸ“±: 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! πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’› BTW, I’m lclarke522 over at @spoonflower if you wanted to use this fabric in a project of your own 😊

365 πŸ“·: 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 πŸ“·: 2016 223/366 – My goddaughter. Playing with a can of beans, and looking very serious about it πŸ˜€ [Taken at my in-laws’ house.]


Instagram πŸ“±: 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 πŸ“·: 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 β™₯


Instagram πŸ“±: 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 β˜• ☺ [Taken at Boxwood Coffee, Summit, NJ.]

Instagram πŸ“±: 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 πŸ“±: 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 πŸ˜‰

365 πŸ“·: 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.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on FlickrΒ and/or Instagram.

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!

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3 thoughts on “TWiP: Finishes and Beginnings

  1. I love these photos!! Your sweater is beautiful, and wow, I love how great they go with your tops you made! Definitely a good color on you…I also really like the colors you chose for your new sweater. I have used Tangier a couple of times for shawls, never thought of using it with a neutral color…I feel inspired now to try it out…Have a great week, Lisa! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Jamie 😊 I saw some shawls on Instagram last week that were made with Tangier, and they were beautiful!

  2. Sweet photos…I glanced back through the week’s instagrams too…it sure has been a hot summer…but I was noticing the other day that the days are getting noticeably shorter…so fall (sweater weather) can’t be far away…

    ~Have a lovely day!

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