I love to knit for other people. Or, more accurately, other people’s babies, as they are small and the knitting goes faster. I generally only finish knitting projects when there is a deadline, so baby showers are the perfect excuse to start (and hopefully finish) something new. But no matter how far in advance I begin, I am *always* knitting frantically in the days before the shower, weaving in ends 2 nights before, and praying to the yarn gods that the washed and blocked garment will be dry in time to wrap. I procrastinate. I know this about myself. Thank goodness for deadlines or I’d never finish anything at all.
I knit this dress for my cousin’s future little one and she opened it at her shower today, so I can finally show it to you. (Finally, because it was done a whole 24 hours ago and I had to wait to post to avoid spoiling the surprise. 😉 )
The pattern, Little Sister’s Dress, was free on Ravelry and it was easy to knit (raveled here). I was even brave enough to finish the neck edge with a row of crochet as directed. I don’t crochet, so attempting this last night (um, yes, after I’d already washed and blocked the dress), was a bit risky.
I found buttons from the stash my Grandmother gave me when she jettisoned many of her sewing supplies. I thought they were a nice final touch, as the dress is for her great grand-daughter.
Whenever I finish a baby shower gift, I’m relieved I finished in time, and energized to plan a sweater for Tea. I’ve yet to knit him anything more substantial than a hat. But then ambition fades and Tea grows, and I think, “but now I’d have to knit a 4T if he’s going to be able to wear it for any length of time after it’s done”. I look at the yarn requirements for that size, I hesitate, and he grows again. Sigh. Maybe I should just start knitting for his kids instead.
What’s your secret for getting projects off your needles?