Hop on board the FO train. . . .

Well, I finally got around to finishing up some knitting projects. It's true, I don't just buy yarn, sometimes I knit with it too! After buying all that yarn and goodiness at Stitches Midwest, I really wanted to cast on some new projects, but, alas, I knew I had to finish some that were on the needles first.

First, there is the Baby Surprise Jacket:
Look at me! I'm a very cute baby garment!
Here is the rundown on this sweet little number:

The Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I got the pattern out of the Opinionated Knitter, but you can find it in several places, including the Schoolhouse Press website.
The Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Goody Goody colorway.
The Needle: Size 4
The Cost: Well, I traded some yarn with someone on Ravelry to score another skein of this sock club colorway, and the buttons cost me $4. So I guess the total cost is the $19 I spent on some skein of yarn a year ago and traded to get this one, plus $4.
The Result: Not bad for a week of on and off knitting. And, the surprise really is that you bind off this wonky looking rectangle, fold it just right, and end up with this cute baby sweater. I think this will be become a staple in my baby knitting adventures.

In addition to the BSJ, I also finished up my Branching Out Scarf:

A lacy scarf made of alpaca? Yes, please!

This project had been on the needles for nearly a year. As part of the Ravelympics, I vowed to get it done. The knitting was completed early on during the Olympic coverage, and the blocking I did over this past weekend. I am glad this project is finally done. I really love the results and it turned out to be a really cute scarf.

The Specs:
The Pattern: Branching Out from Knitty (link above)
The Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Alpaca, 1 skein
The Needle: Size 7
The Cost: Free! My coworker went to an alpaca show and picked up this yarn for me.
The Verdict: I don't have a lot of opportunities to wear lacy scarves and things, but I am going to find reasons now. Or, I will wear it grocery shopping--that works too!

So, that is it for the FOs. With the end of these projects, of course new ones are being started. You might be thinking, Oh Jen, what socks are you knitting now? Surprisingly, the answer is none. Even though I bought all that sock yarn at Stitches, I have not been in a sock knitting mood. I have started a sweater! Well, I started Juliet, which has short sleeves, doesn't close all the way in the front, but is as close to a sweater as I am willing to get right now. So far, it is turning out quiet lovely. Hopefully, I will have some time to knit on it some more over the three day weekend, and can show off some WIP pics soon!

Happy knitting!

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