TOMTEN!

I’m breaking my own rule. The one that says it’s not finished until it’s blocked. But it’s Sunday, Maggie’s Tomten is done, she’s home and we had time for a photo shoot. We’ll call it “finished” and I promise it’ll get a bath tonight. Can I show you all the pictures?

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

Maggie's Tomten

In my previous post about this sweater, I mentioned some of the modifications I’ve made to the pattern. Another mod I made besides those already detailed is that I decreased the sleeves to 32 sts, instead of 28 as directed. Then I added that little loopy at the back of the neck with i-cord that you can see in the last two pictures. Don’t ask how I did it, because I don’t think I could replicate it if I tried.* Also, when I finished the pockets, I put the stitches from threads onto a needle, but didn’t bind off right away; I knit three more ridges then bound off. The pockets are nice and deep.

*Essentially what I did: I marked the center back stitch, and when I got that point in the i-cording I stopped attaching it and knit the i-cord for about 10 rounds. Then I flipped it around and attached it again (this is the part I cannot replicate) and continued i-cording as before. When I was weaving in my ends, I tacked the loopy down so that it would stay in place.

The sweater is big on Maggie. I hope it doesn’t look too big, my goal was that it would fit now and fit next year (and fingers crossed, the year after). Seeing as she has nearly outgrown the jeans that I bought her in August, I won’t hold my breath. This Tomten has room for growing, but please don’t grow too quickly, mkay?

Tomten project page on Ravelry

So that’s the Tomten! It was exactly the knitting project I needed after knitting all those socks a few weeks ago. But now I must face the music and get started on all those Christmas ideas I have. Balls anyone?

love fridays

In the Yard

Although he missed “strengthen” on his spelling test today, this boy had a great week at school. So good, in fact, that he earned the title Student of the Week for next week. It involves sitting alone at a special desk. Yay Jerry!

I’ve been taking more frequent pictures of the kids, trying to get a good one of the both of them for Christmas cards. I like these from today, but I still haven’t taken the perfect shot yet. I’m running out of time!

In the Yard

In the Yard

In the Yard

In the Yard

In the Yard

Tonight

Tonight

As the kids wind down tonight in front of the television, I am sitting here contemplating how much a polaroid effect from picnik can make an admittedly awful photo bearable. I am also contemplating this whole NaBloPoMo thing, or in layman’s terms, a blog post each day of November. I’ve never been one to blog that frequently, but with two kids in school now things are different. I’m knitting regularly again, getting ready to go back to school, and now seems as good a time as any for a challenge. Consider yourself warned. Also consider this post #1 and picture #1. Because if I am going to try a post a day, I might as well have a photo from that day attached. Wish me luck!