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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…

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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

Monday

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…

Tuesday

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 ☺

Wednesday

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.]

Thursday

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™₯

Friday

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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4 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!

  3. […] TWiP: Finishes and Beginnings (2016) There's nothing like the first time you put on a sweater you've just finished knitting… except maybe for the rush of starting a new one! […]

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