So, it was about this time that I had planned to write about a finished sweater for The Princess.
A red hooded coat with a cabled yoke. An adorable squishy masterpiece. (This one, to be precise)
The Princess and I poured over patterns on Ravelry looking for the perfect sweater to make with the yarn I purchased from Craftsy.com, a red Bollicine Baby Night. Once it was picked out, she assumed that she would have a sweater in minutes and even told someone not 45 minutes later, “Mama is almost done making my new, red coat!”
I knit the yoke. She said, “Is is almost done?”
I picked up the stitches and knit the body. She said, “Have you finished my red coat, yet?”
I bound off along the bottom edge and held it up. Hmmm. Looks small. She said, “Can I wear it now? I don’t need sleeves.”
I shrugged off the doubt and picked up the stitches for the edging/button band. She said, “When can I try it on?”
I bound off the edging and held it up. Yup. Definitely small. She said, “Let’s see if it fits me.”
It doesn’t really even fit The Munchkin who is signifigantly smaller. (For those of you who are wondering – No, I did not make a gauge swatch. Yes, I regret not making a gauge swatch. No, I did not learn my lesson and I will probably skip the gauge swatch next time, too.)
Now, the really sad part of this sad, sad tale is that, while I know that I could just pull it out and make a bigger size, I also know that I have no where near enough yarn to do so.
On the flip side, I got to go yarn shopping – and that spin worked on the four year old.
“No, honey, it doesn’t fit. Let’s pick out a new color together and I will make a bigger one for you.”
She chose blue.
So, instead of writing a post about a finished red coat for The Princess, I am writing a post about casting on a blue coat for The Princess.
Maybe I should do a gauge swatch first …