Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration knocks me upside the head. The creative juices start flowing and I think I am going to drown in them. That is where I am now with this hat.

Note to self: Thinking creative thoughts while trying to fall asleep never works…

I Had A Great Idea

Wool longies are so useful. I have been knitting wool longies and shorties, and skirties and undies, for a few years now. I use them everyday. I love them. I just hate knitting them. Granted, it is a quick knit. I don’t need to look up a pattern. I can whip out something cute, useful and compliment worthy really fast. Sometimes, in the middle of a long sleeve, or a lace shawl, I make a pair of longies to remember what it is like to bind off. But, they are boring. Boring, boring, boring. So, every time I make another soaker, I get creative. This time was no exception.

Winter is coming, and the nights are getting cooler, so I was thinking that I would like a pajama type of longie that would be warm and cute and wonderful. I wanted a square neckline, a straight body and long, warm legs. Something like this, only put the longies at the bottom:

Now, a smart girl would buy the pattern and just change the bottom, but I had a “better” idea. I just decided to wing it. How hard could it be? (famous last words, right?)

This is the first prototype. Well, the first one that got farther than 4 rows. I cast on, knit a bit, and frogged. Over and over and over. And, each time I started over, I changed my stitch count. I really didn’t want it to be too small. Of course, there was no gauge swatch involved, so it was all a big guessing game. And, while that picture above may look cute, it is a disaster, and I will tell you why. The front portion of the neck, from corner to corner, measures seven inches! I don’t know about your baby, but my baby’s chest is probably closer to three.

No problem, I thought when I realized this. I will just change my plan. This can be a something for Emma. This is where knitter denial reared it’s ugly head. Emma’s chest is only 5 inches…

So, I knit around and around, and it was nice, fast, mindless knitting. Then, I thought, I should try this on Emma. So, I put all the live stitches on scrap yarn and called Emma over to me. Wouldn’t you know it? The straps are too far apart (as I suspected they would be) and the body was too tight around the middle.

Some garment I made – it doesn’t work on any body, and there are a lot of bodies to choose from in this house! I need someone who is broad shouldered and skinny as a rail.

Back to the drawing board….

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. 🙂