Saturday, April 15, 2006

Spring Has Sprung

I now have a sure sign that winter is officially over. The calendar has nothing to do with it. The weather forecast is also inconsequential (given that it was dripping rain at the same time that today's forecast stated it would be clear, we KNOW that the forecast is faulty). No, I know for a fact that Southern California is in for nothing but hot weather from now until Young Man grows at least six inches.

How do I know this, you might ask? It is simple. Durrow is finished. Yes, nothing forecasts hot weather better than finishing a long-sleeved sweater in April.

Pattern: Durrow by Jodi Green

Yarn: Rowan Denim in that elusive black

Needles: Addi Turbo size US 6

Instigator: Kay, of Mason-Dixon Knitting. She has no shame, but her new book with Ann is fabulous!

Details: I knit the smallest size in the pattern and then shrunk the yarn with lots of hot water. For the neckline, I picked up the recommended number of stitches, knit the first row in K2 P4 and then decreased one purl in each rib over the next two rows to end up with K2P2 rib for an inch. This was a fun and challenging project. I learned a LOT (intricate cables, mattress seaming, dealing with Rowan Denim, and figuring out how to modify a neckline), but it was all worth it. I am very proud of this one. Young Man loves it!

Since he wouldn't stand up for the photo, you can't see that I added a few inches to the sleeves (at the cuff) and to the body. My hope is that this will fit him for a year. He grew three inches in the past year (!) and will undoubtedly beat that this year, so the race is on.


Jane said...

Your son is so cute, and he looks wonderful in the sweater - which is also fabulous.

FemiKnitMafia said...

Nice sweater. Cute boy. Well done all around!

Rebecca said...

Young man looks very manly in the lovely Durrow sweater!

Kristy said...

Durrow turned out great! Your son is looking mighty handsome!