Abby’s Dream Come True

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Abby’s Dream Sweater in Dream in Color Smooshy (Ruby River, Green Lantern, Visual Purple and Buttercup)

Three things about this sweater.

1. Collaborating with my daughter was so fun. I can’t wait to do it again. And it was awesome to see her face when I presented her the finished product. She said it is exactly what she pictured. Score!

2. Still need buttons. I am thinking little pearl buttons that will fit in the weave of the button band. I didn’t put holes.

3. I learned through this project (among other things) that I don’t know how to do intarsia. It was  a poor attempt and I can see lots of flaws. I think I need to take a class or something. I am a self taught knitter, but I can tell I taught myself this technique wrong.

So, there it is. Success. 🙂

Pluggin’ Away

So far, my morning sickness has remained very mild (wow!) and so I have been able to accomplish some knitting, some frogging, some knitting, some chart rewriting, some frogging, some knitting…..

But it is going to get done very, very soon. I am determined!

Outsmarting Myself

Because I put off knitting sleeves, dreading the monotonous task of knitting the same thing twice. Because a sweater will languish for weeks, even months, waiting for me to get up the nerve to knit sleeves for it. Because I have gotten way to close to having a bulky, wool sleeveless top one too many times.

I am knitting the sleeves first this time.

Brilliant, I know. But, notice, I only have one sleeve there… 🙂

This is  Abby’s dream sweater that I blogged about here. I am pleased as punch how well it is turning out.

And, about this weekends post. I apologize for dumping on you all. I was having quite a day. Then, God reminded me of all the things I have to be thankful of. I am a spoiled rich kid compared to most in the this world and I should be thankful for that. God is so good to put me back in my place, and I am doing much better now. 🙂

Design Team

My ten year old daughter is an excellent artist. Ever since she could hold a crayon, she has been continuously improving her drawing skills. Add to that her love of paper dolls, and her endless creativity and what do you get? A young fashion designer extraordinaire. One day, I was looking at her paper doll clothes and I had an epiphany. I could knit that! I don’t have a lot of original ideas, and she doesn’t have the needlework know-how. But together, we could make a great team! So, I recently told her that, if she would draw her dream sweater, I would do my best to knit it. This is what she came up with:

Hey, I can knit that! We worked out some of the details, like “are those flowers sewn on or colored in?” and “those sleeve cuffs, how much longer than the arm are they?” Then we went shopping (online) and she picked out some wonderful yarn (Dream in Color Smooshy). The day it came was like Christmas, and she was as excited as I. I posted this picture already, but to refresh your memory:

Next, I started swatching.

The sparkle in Abby’s eye when I got it right was priceless. I think I have it all worked out. Now to knit it. This has been so fun. I hope that it is a good experience for her and that she will want to repeat it. This means I need to get it knit before the excitement wears off… I can do that.

Anybody got a clue as to how to do that bottom bit? I was thinking I would just knit a normal ribbed lower edge, but if you can tell me how to do that fancy bit in her drawing, I am willing to try it. 🙂