The stripy thing is finished. Turns out it's a baby sweater. It's my standby pattern from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, in the 6-9 month size. I added the one-row-stripe pattern from the Yarn Girls' Guide to Knits for Older Kids book and used Butterfly mercerized cotton leftovers from my BFF Wendy from when she had a major stash purge.
Two rows of single crochet around the sleeves and one row of single crochet around the neckline cleans up the stranding a bit.
I did a bit of my own stashbusting and came up with this goldish-brown ribbon to tie up the back.
It's a gift for a very sweet baby boy who is currently recovering from the heart surgery he had yesterday. His recovery is going very well according to frequent updates from his parents. I'm pretty sure his mom has figured out that the stripy thing is his, so I don't feel bad about blogging it. I'll hopefully be able to get it (and her sock yarn prize) to her soon.
That means the only October project not to get finished in October is my October socks. I'm not horribly sad about that... it just means the November projects will be a bit rushed (but it's not like that is surprising). I've already decided to use my orange Pace scapegoat socks for my November socks, so that takes a little pressure off.
I'll leave you with a little Knit Knack related humor that my aunt found not too long ago.