02/05/16: Making it to the finishing line.

Completing projects, changing their Ravelry status from in progress to finished, sure is a great feeling! Our “Five for February” campaign may have to become an annual event. Lots of us stitchers have acute “startitis” and would agree with Rachel Carson who wrote, “I am always more interested in what I am about to do than in what I have already done.” But no matter how  much you love starting something new, you can’t beat crossing those old projects that have been hanging around for too long off your to-do list! Here are some of these new FOs…

I’ll jump in and be first with my Very Gifted Cowl in Shibui Cima and Silk Cloud. This is a super simple stockinette cowl, just knit-knit-knit. Also possibly the softest thing I’ve ever made. Do take a look at the free pattern; it’s written for 8 different yarn weights, so you can use just about any yarn (or combination of yarns) you like.

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Like beads? You’ll love Jane’s Giggle with a Jiggle* from Mindy Ross. Her yarn is Canopy Fingering from Fibre Company, and her beading is spectacular.

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Jill’s swooshy Mrs. Watson* was done almost entirely in Mrs. Crosby Hat Box, but there’s a bit of Schoppel Zauberball Stärke 6 in there, too. The designer is Martina Behm.

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Joanne used Berroco Vintage Chunky for her Collegiate Cables sweater from Jill Wright. The pattern comes from the Winter 2012 issue of Love of Knitting.

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Gina made Carina Spencer’s Child’s Seamless Kimono from madelinetosh Tosh DK and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. Look closely to see the cute little sheep button.

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Gina’s Opal socks would sell for big money up in Green Bay!

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Gina was able to share one more FO, Ysolda Teague’s Ishbel* in Dream in Color Jilly Fingering.

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Linda may have used a basic beanie pattern for this little girl’s hat, but the Adriafil Knitcol yarn makes it adorable.

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There’s more Knitcol color magic in Jill’s Tensfield* hat. The pattern is from Martina Behm.

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Renee adapted one of Susan B. Anderson’s (many) mitten patterns for these cozy fingerless mitts in Berroco Ultra Alpaca held with Cascade mohair/silk Kid Seta.

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Speaking of Ultra Alpaca, my Lanvad Hat sample for the class on March 5 is 100% UA. This wool/alpaca blend is a great choice for Justyna Lorkowska’s design.

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A hand carved Lantern Moon button was the perfect finishing touch for Linda’s headband made of Plymouth Mushishi Big. It’s her own original pattern.

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There’s been some SWTC Dream Big in Wanda’s stash for awhile, and now here it is as a stylish V-Neck Cable Accent Vest. This Lion Brand free pattern comes from Shiri Mor.

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Bittersweet* was Laura Aylor’s holiday mystery KAL this past December. Stephanie can attest that it took exactly 7 hours to knit, as Laura promised it would. Her yarn is Classic Elite Blackthorn.

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I’ll close with the last FO to visit the shop, Joan’s lovely Melodia* in Malabrigo Sock. Janina Kallio created this elegantly simple crescent shawl, a great one skein project. Should you have that one single skein in your stash. That you’re not quite sure what to do with. And it would be so nice to use it up. On something pretty. And easy. Just sayin’.

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Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!

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