I haven't been blogging much because I've been busy knitting. Here's a look at my works in progress.
First up: Samantha. After much finagling, I managed to get the neckline to come out right. If you want knit this pattern, do e-mail the designer. She has re-written the pattern, but not yet published the revised version. She's very, very helpful and a nice person.
So far, I've done the 3 needle bindoff on the shoulders and hemmed the neckline. It still looks a bit scruffy, but blocking should do wonders -- as should the addition of sleeves.
I love the lacy detailing in the front.
Here's a peek at Samantha from the back. I love the smocking. I hope the bottom seam doesn't flare too much even though I didn't go down a needle size. But I'll worry about that when I get to it.
Remember my sister's birthday sweater? The one I cast on on Monday? Here's the back. I've finished the armholes and am a 3/4 inch away from the back of the neck. The yarn is very shiny and I really like the way the half-twisted rib looks.
In other news: my knitty spooky SP package has arrived at the post office (am not expecting anything else). I will pick it up tomorrow. So excited, can't wait!