Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Yarn Along

So I still seem to be knitting obsessed this week. I did have to take a break on Sunday to shovel the pit that I call my house. We're all happier for it but I'd still rather be knitting...or sewing... which I did some of this week for my friend's daughter's birthday present. It was so nice to get back in the sewing room for a few hours. My current readin material is this book of devotionals for moms that I picked up at the bargain bin at Rite-Aid of all places... it has some really wonderful, heartfelt, and funny stories in it. Best of all none of them are more than a few pages long so I can read when I have a few minutes to spare. So this weekend I knit up these two little bunnies for the boy's Easter baskets. They were super easy (and that's saying a lot coming from this slow knitter...). The only thing I didn't like was that they involved quite a bit of seaming. Now the boys really didn't NEED anything else for the Easter Baskets but I wanted them to have something made by mama! Then yesterday the yarn that I ordered for my next 2 projects came so I was able to get going on Xander's sweater. I spent a whole bunch of time fiddling with the stupid gauge swatch b/c based on the measurements the sweater is only just going to fit (it's a 24 month size) and I wanted to make it a bit on the bigger side to make sure it fits this summer anyway. That gauge swatch was a pain in my behind! It called for you to cast on an even # of stitches but then as I was knitting it up the pattern wasn't working out right so I'm like what the heck how am I supposed to check my gauge if i can;t get the pattern to knit right- well it turns out that the pattern needs to be knit on an odd # of stitches so why the gauge swatch was supposed to be done in an even # is still beyond my comprehension. I got it close enough and just started knitting and thankfully the pattern is coming out just right and perfectly on gauge! I've got the bottom done enough that I can hold it up to Xander and I think it should be plenty big enough. The yarn I am using is a 75% pima cotton/25% acrylic blend from KnitPicks and it is like knitting with butter! OMG the whole thing is going to be so incredibly soft- and stretchy so that should help the fit even more... as long as it doesn't shrink too much! I just can't get over how soft it is! It will be a nice light-weight sweater for the spring/fall. And the color... it's just the most vibrant shade of blue. It's going to look just amazing with Xander's eyes! Now I just need to keep the motivation going to get this done. I'm pretty excited about it right now but this is the first sweater that I have done that needs to be seamed so we'll see how I feel about it by the end. Come Yarn Along with us at Ginny's place.


Tracey said...

You convinced me--I am ordering yarn from knitpicks. Any yarn that feels like butter must be great!

Erin said...

That cotton is what I am using for my shawl! IT is SO SO SO soft! Tracey... order... now... you know you want to!

Swanski said...

The bunnies are so cute! I also do not look forward to endless seaming.