Monday, April 28, 2008

Knitting? Oh, Yes, We Have That!

I did promise finished objects and I aim to deliver. Today, this tale of woe and redemption is all about the babies. One of my nieces just had a baby and I had an urge to knit a hat and a sweater for her new daughter. I wandered through a LYS and found a new (to me) yarn called Jeannee and found a delightful shade of lavender. I don't really do pink (even though my phone is hot pink) and I detest yellow, so lavender seemed a good pick. I blogged earlier with the finished hat, but then ripped it back a bit and made it larger. Unfortunately, I didn't buy quite enough yarn for the hat and the sweater, so I went back and bought more. I finished the knitting and seaming in February, but didn't manage to get the buttons on until yesterday.

Project: Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater, by Carole Barenys

Yarn: Jeannee by Plymouth (Cotton/Acrylic blend)
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm)
Notes: This is an easy pattern, but do pay attention. I seem to recall that I had to rip back a few times when I lost track of where I was. Still, a little confusion is worth it to avoid those seams! This yarn is really nice to work with and the end result feels nice and soft.

The really funny thing about this project is that my estimation skills are just plain wonky. I not only bought enough yarn to finish the sweater, I realized that I had enough for another sweater and hat. So I made another hat and cast on for Trellis. Some of you may remember what happened next. Yes, I was again short on yarn and needed more. Sadly, the store seemed to be out. Weeks passed while I sewed costumes and the little sweater languished, neglected, in my craft room. Finally, I made another break for the LYS and they had more yarn! I bought two skeins. No more!

Pattern: Trellis, by Britta Stolfus Rueschhoff

Needles: US7 (4.5mm)

Yarn: Jeannee by Plymouth
Notes: Okay, for someone like me who hates seams, this pattern could have been a nightmare. For a tiny sweater (12 month size), there are miles of seams! Okay, I exaggerate, but I spent quite a bit of quality time with my tapestry needle. There also was the challenge of kitchnering cabled shoulders and a seed stitch collar. Don't forget that most favorite instruction that had me knitting the collar halves to fit the neck edge and then seaming. Ack! Still, I fell in love with this pattern when I first saw it and it was a nice challenge.

Can you guess the ending of today's tale? Yes, I have one skein that hasn't been touched. I could return it or I could get more...

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