The Princess Gets Hers

Last winter, I knit each of my five kids a sweater. Well, everyone got a sweater except The Bookworm, she wanted a cape.

This winter, I set out to do the same.

Here is the last of the five – The Princess gets hers –

Diamond and Bobble Sweater from Petite Purls in Patons Wool Wisteria and Dream in Color Classy Wisterious

Three things about this sweater:

1. I wanted to do a top-down, round-yoke pullover. I wanted the pattern to be free, easy and basic. I wanted to incorporate stripes. Do you know how hard it is to find a pattern that fits that description? I had to settle for a bottom-up, round yoke cardigan. Other than that, it was a fine pattern. Petite Purls has some really cute stuff.

2. Using up the stash means that this knit had to be striped, and also that I held my breath the entire knit, wondering if there would be enough. I had to modify the contruction a bit, as well. I knit the body, yoke, buttonbands and collar first. To do this, I had to do a provisional cast on for where the sleeves would be. Then, I picked up the provisional stitches and knit each sleeve, top-down, until the yarn ran out. Three quarter sleeves were not part of the plan, but it works just fine.

3. I wish I could have made this in my size. I love the colors, the shape, the buttons, the sleeves. It looks great on Emma, and she is thrilled. But I can’t help but be just a bit jealous! 🙂

Each kid got a sweater this winter – (all of these can be found in my Rav Notebook)

I can’t wait to start on the Winter ’11-’12 Collection! 🙂

Feeling More Like Me

It looks like my days of one-at-a-time knitting are over. It was like some strange dream. But, I am feeling a little bit more like myself – see?

I’ve been working on the Bebe Blanket

…and a shawl for the Bookworm (whose birthday is coming up next month) –

… and a sweater for the Princess (who was next in line) –

But, notice that even though my Knitting ADD has returned, that last project is finished and blocking! More about that little gem tomorrow.

Now I am off to clean out my craft closet… again.

The Hardest Knit

This year I have done a lot of knitting. I have knit a man-sized sweater, I have knit cables and I have knit lace. I have even found some time to work on some complicated colorwork mittens.

But all of those were easy compared to this – the hardest knit this year so far:

Baby’s Bamboo Singlet in Knit Picks Risata, Buttermilk

See how hard that is? See all the entrelac? The cables, bobbles and twisted rib? The lacy yarn overs and the complicated stitch patterns? Me neither.

And yet, this one little top, which is newborn sized and used less than 190 yards of yarn, gave me so much stinking trouble! I didn’t like the pattern, so I started to wing it… but failed miserable and had to pull it out. Did I change my ways and follow the pattern after that? No, I did what I thought best… and again pulled it out.

I frogged this stupid little thing 5 times! Stockenette and Seed stitch proved too much for my pregnant brain, and converting it into a knit-in-the-round pattern about caused my head to explode.

So much for being a knitting genius.

Being the glutton for punishment that I am, however, I have decided to continue to torture myself and proceed to knit the other 4 tops that I have planned. Same pattern. Same modifications. Same yarn. Boring, and yet, somehow, the hardest knit so far this year. Weird, huh?

Knit Picks Risata, Buttermik, Waterslide, Woodland Sage, and Babydoll