New FO's and trying to finish all those UFO's.

I know I sort of lamented a bit about all of those UFO's floating about my house recently, so I finally decided to do something about it! I figured they weren't going to finish themselves so I had better pick up those needles and get busy! On my days off last week, I did just that and I have quite a bit to show for those efforts.

First I finished the adorable Presto Chango Baby Sweater that I had started for my friends little girl "Hoot" a few weeks ago. Thanks to Sandy, I was given a flash course on the proper way to do a mattress stitch (somehow I had managed to avoid it for so long) and I was on my merry way. It came out so cute!

Next, I was bound and determined to finish the Ishbel Shawl in the Noro Kureyon Sock (color 220) which had been sitting lonely and neglected on the needles since just after Mother's Day. I pulled a late night one evening and pushed through just ten more rows and I was finally finished! I think my mom is going to love it, don't you? I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out (this photo of it blocking hardly does it justice) I just have to finish mine...

Lastly, I had cast on for the Pleated Vest by Blue Sky Alpacas with some lovely Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed Chunky back in February or March (amazing how time flies when you are knitting!) I decided to pick it back up and was able to finish the whole back in one afternoon. Since it is going so quickly, I am hoping to finish it within a few weeks so it can go on display in the shop for a bit before it gets cool enough for me to wear it. I am making a few modifications to the pattern to fit my shape a little better so keep your eyes peeled for those on the project log.

Once I finish with this, I can feel less guilty about starting on the Napoleon Vest in the Blackstone Tweed, or something beautiful in the Lustra...both are lovely new yarns from Berroco... Oh it feels so good to finish projects! Hope all of you are having a productive summer as well!

Happy knitting,

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