I finished Dad's vest in time to give it to him on his birthday! and it fits! and he likes it!
My apologies for using so many exclamation points, but this project has been weighing on me for almost three years and now it's done and all is well! I have to find a new project to promote into the drawer it has been occupying. Probably this year's Christmas stocking knitting.
Finishing this project, and having been monogamous to it for about three weeks, seems to have inspired me to finish up several other things.
2012 Washcloths May edition:
Baby socks for the Lil One:
The pattern for these was Toddler Socks from the blog Creating a Family Home. I used the yarn left over from the pair of socks I knit several years ago to learn the two-at-a-time technique (on dpns).
It's all very complex, but also a lot of fun. If you like the Harry Potter stories and might like to use that world as a framework for some knitting challenges, I encourage you to check out the group. They do a much better job of explaining things than my little outline, and everyone is happy to answer questions and help newbies get started.
So anyhow, I joined and I'm really enjoying it. I turned in the squishies for the assignment in Care of Magical Creatures. May's prompt was about studying thestrals and abraxan (two kinds of flying horses), so one of the options was to knit something using a worsted weight "workhorse" yarn. The squishes were knit out of worsted weight, and I knit them entirely within the month of May, so they qualified. The toddler socks met the Mini-sock Challenge for Quidditch -- no more than four inches tall and long, and knit between May 18-28 -- so I turned those in as well.
Hopefully this trend of knitting efficiently and finishing things will continue!