I cast on for my Out of Hibernation, Even Though It's Winter scarf in September 2009. It has a feather-and-fan stitch pattern, and is knit in Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the gorgeous purple and copper Eggplanted colorway. The pattern is incredibly easy, a four-row repeat, with only one patterned row. Early on, I made a major mistake, but once it was ripped back and I got on the right track, I dropped the project and didn't pick it up again for over two years! Once I got started on the scarf again, in early January, it moved right along, and I finished it on February first. Here it is, all ready for me to wear:
The second finished object is a felted bag, knit from the Samantha pattern, that was part of a She-Knits Mystery Knitalong, cast on in September 2010. I kept up with the clues fairly well at first, and was probably about two-thirds done when my knitting came to a dead stop. I didn't pick the bag up again until last summer. I made some more progress then, but set it down again, with only two inside pockets to knit and felting left to go. Two weeks ago, I knit those inside pockets—which took me only about two hours. Then I felted the bag (three times through my washing machine's short hot cycle). Last Saturday, I put the finishing touches on it by sewing on a magnetic snap. This bag is finally fini! I love the result, and it's already being put into use as my new favorite knitting bag. Here she is—Samantha:
I haven't just been finishing UFOs this month; there is lots of other knitting going on, too. Watch for more on that in an upcoming post!