Curtis Willis and Maizie

Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Finish of 2011

It's been enjoyable and inspiring to read other blogs that show the author's 2011 finishes, and in some cases, how they stack up against goals set for the year.  No such organization on this blog I'm afraid. It's a real feat just to upload a photo or two on occasion.  I had an unanticipated request from a coworker to knit a baby sweater for her new grand-niece, smack in the middle of last minute gift knitting (there was a deadline)! But I had a skein of Rio de la Plata just calling to be knitted, and had a supply of cute pink buttons on hand, so decided to go for it.  The photos don't really show the yarn's beautiful shades of spring green, pink, white and a bit of turquoise. I had a newly published version of Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket that really helped speed things along, including the use of short rows toward the end.  The 2nd photo shows the jacket as it appears after bind-off.  It looks somewhat like an amoeba! Just two small seams across the shoulders and 5 buttons sewn on et voila! A tiny little jacket!

To welcome the new stitching year I will be joining with a number of good friends to set off on a journey to stitch the most amazing Ann Dale 1827 sampler by Theresa Venette, owner of Shakespeare's Peddler and designer extraordinaire!  Theresa mentioned that there are approximately 65,000 stitches in this lovely sampler.  I had to do the math: 65,000 stitches/50 weeks/5 days per week = 260 stitches required daily to finish within a year.  OK - game on!!  Is anybody else in? Here are the fabulous silks that will be used, and a half-yard cut of Vintage Pear 40-count that looks the size of a bed sheet!!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year filled with peace and light and lots of time to enjoy your needle work pursuits. 


  1. Congratulations on your finish! I love pink and green together and this yarn is especially lovely.

  2. good job Kris finishing under pressure - can't wait to start Ann - don't worry that piece of linen will keep you warm this winter - you know "as a lap robe" LOL see ya later Mel

  3. So nice of you to make that sweater! It's so cute too! Wow on Ann Dale. So many are going for that biggie. I may succumb once I see other people's starts -- like yours! :D Happy 2012!

  4. Such a cute jacket!
    Good luck with Ann Dale! It's a beautiful piece and very ambitious!

  5. What a sweet sweater!!. . . I know the needles were flying.
    Can't wait to see your first stitches on Ann, colors are just