You saw my unfinished Five Hour Baby Sweater this summer. I really did knit it in something like five hours, alongside my mom who was also knitting one. The pattern was simple and the yarn oh-so-soft (mine is the blue one).
Mom incorporated a few buttonholes to close her sweater with the sweetest little pink buttons. I wanted mine to tie closed, and had seen a cute example on Ravelry of a sweater with a crocheted tie that encircled the yoke of the sweater. My poor sweater waited patiently for weeks for me to decide to attach a simple i-cord instead.
The Spartanburg Knitting Guild was collecting the sweaters to donate to one of several children's ministries they support. It was fun to add my sweater to the collection on display at the guild retreat in September.
You also caught a glimpse of my No-Fuss Mitts just before the retreat, in another softest yarn ever (Louisa Harding Thistle). I learned so much knitting these sweet little mitts, from the knitting instructor that never sleeps and is ever patient and repeats instructions as often as I ask it to (yay, YouTube!): provisional cast-ons, picot edges, folded hems, and thumb gussets...
...and embroidery! At the last minute (in fact, in the car on the way to the retreat!), worried that despite the sweetness and softness of the mitts they would look plain amidst the many other mittens and gloves in the annual retreat contest, I decided to add a little detail. I found instructions for a little embroidered lamb and (yay, YouTube!) learned how to do a duplicate stitch, a chain stitch, and a french knot.
The contest was indeed packed with the most beautiful, warm, soft mittens and gloves I have ever seen. Of all things, though...my mitts won first place!
I received a one-year subscription to Knitter's Magazine and the fun of being able to say I am an award-winning knitter!
Definitely way more fun than saying I am can't-seem-to-get-this-sock-to-fit knitter...