In the meantime, I can show you the one gift I am working on that I actually purchased yarn to make. That gift is S's Poncho that I talked about briefly in the last post I had with any knitting. :) It's moving along quite splendidly except I'm running out of yarn. This is a pattern from my head and so I completely guessed at how much yarn and considering my lack of experience at doing this, I apparently need more practice. I am also knitting this with two strands held together for extra warmth and that also means extra yarn. I have less than half of one skein of the lighter brown left and I have 4 more rows of it in the body and I have planned to add a border on the sides with this color too. I really need to purchase at least two more skeins of this color. I know the store doesn't have the same dyelot either because I bought every skein she had of that dyelot. But...since it's really just the border left, if the dyelots don't match exactly, it won't be obvious. So here's a picture from early last weekend.I have now made it to the color change on the back side and as I said before, I've got 4 more rows with the light brown color. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I have enough yarn in the other colors.
Oh, a few details about what I'm doing. This poncho is using Plymouth Encore yarn; 25% wool, 75% acrylic. I'm working on 13s with the yarn held double. I have used 3 mosaic patterns from Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting book, which I am currently completely enamored with. As soon as I get the yarn I need, it should wrap up pretty quickly.
I'm also working on some more co-worker baby gifts. These women just keep getting pregnant and so I keep knitting. This is obviously another Baby Surprise Jacket to all those knitters out there. This is being made with some baby yarn from the stash and it's turning out pretty cute. It is really nice and soft too. I only have the button band and two seams left to finish this one so maybe I'll get froggy and get it finished today.One last work in progress below. Knitters and non-knitters might be able to figure this one out but I'm not going into details. It's turning out nicely and the yarn is really pretty, as you can see. Yummy.Lastly, Spot has been sitting on my lap as I try and type this entry, which isn't easy since that's where the laptop is sitting too. It's not like I have a huge lap, I just have a really persistent cat. So, because of his persistence, I figured you all should get to see him too and the expression I usually see, "Hey Mom, don't you want to pet me?!?!"