Knitting for The Dancing Queen

“When do I get another sweater?” The Dancing Queen asked me a few weeks ago. And she was right. She was way overdue. I had the yarn in the stash and the pattern already downloaded to the iPad, so it I told her I would start it soon. She immediately retrieved “her” yarn from the stash and wound it into cakes right then and there.

I cast it on about a week ago, and she says to me, “Mama, can you hurry up? I really want to wear my new sweater!” (These people think I can knit faster than a speeding bullet!)

I bound off the ruffled edge, and she says to me, “Is it done, yet?”

I tell her it still needs sleeves and she says, “No, it doesn’t need sleeves.”

Then The Man pipes up with a great point. “If you leave the sleeves off, she can wear it this spring. You could always add sleeves later when it gets cold again.” At this remark, The Dancing Queen’s face almost exploded in delight, the prospect of getting her sweater sooner rather than later too wonderful to comprehend. In the back of my mind a little voice said, “If I don’t do sleeves, I can be free from the nagging eight year old….”

So, I knit a few rows of garter stitch on each sleeve and bound off. She was practically salivating while she watched.

I added i-cord ties to the front while she sat bouncing in delight on the couch next to me

I wove in the ends as fast as my needle could fly while she giggled in gleeful anticipation.

This girl! I tell you! When she is delighted her entire body radiates with joy! And her delight at her new sweater made my day. (Ravelry Project page hereĀ )

IMGP8810You may recognize this pattern. It is Saffron, the same pattern that I used for The Munchkin’s sweater last fall (which, incidentally, has already been passed down to The Fraggle. Man! These kids grow so fast!). It is a great pattern, well written, and comes in many sizes. I used Malabrigo Rios this time, which is a worsted weight, so my gauge was off (the pattern calls for sport weight, I believe). To compensate, I knit one size smaller than I needed and it fits perfectly. This yarn is fabulous. This is the second time that I have used it and I am just as delighted as I was the first time. I did alternate skeins, though, to compensate for differences in the saturation of color. (The first time I used it was for a Contented Cardi for my sis-in-law)

IMGP8815I have the perfect ribbon for the ties, but can’t find it anywhere. As I said before, The Dancing Queen was in no mood to wait, so i-cord ties will have to do. I hope to find the ribbon soon, though, as it will look so much better.

IMGP8811When I do knit the sleeves, this sweater will have used up less than 2 1/2 skeins of the Malabrigo Rios. That ruffle is a yarn guzzler! She wants 3/4 length sleeves, and the sleeves will have the same ruffle as the edge of the body.

IMGP8812Another happy knit. Another happy kid.

If you read this blog often, you know that I knit a sweater for every kid each year. This is The Dancing Queen’s 2012 sweater (as I hang my head in shame). Up next is The Bookworm’s 2012 sweater, and then I can get started on everyone’s 2013 sweaters! Pregnancy really takes it’s toll on my hobby’s! HA!

The Other Mister

The Man came in the door with a big box last night.

“This came in the mail for you,” he said as he set it on the table.

“Ooooh” I gushed. “Who’s it from?”

“A Mr…..” he searched for the return address, “A Mr. Yarn.”

A box from Mr. Yarn! And this is what was inside:

I love that guy!

Clockwise from left to right – Dream in Color Classy, Peacock Shadow (4 skeins); Malabrigo Sock, Light of Love (2 skeins); Handmaiden Mini Maiden, Wine (3 skeins); Malabrigo Sock, Ochre (4 skeins); Malabrigo Rios, Archangel (2 skeins); Dream in Color Classy, Emerald Darkness (4 skeins); Malabrigo Rios, Cumparsita (4 skeins)

The Unveiling

At long last I can show you the sweater for the sis-in-law. I bound off the last stitch on October 2 (!) and have been positively itching to blog about it ever since. So here we go!

Knowing that I am a little bit dorky and a lot bit out of style, I recruited the aid of my younger, much hipper knitting buddy when choosing pattern and yarn for my younger, very much hipper sis-in-law. After much debating and hemming and hawing, I finally chose the Contended Cardi by Hannah Fettig. The yarn was easier to pick – a superwash worsted in an awesome colorway? Malabrigo Rios in Pearl Ten fit the bill nicely. And the end result? Fabulous (if I do say so myself).

And the really good news? I think she really liked it.

(Oh, by the way, did I mention that my sis-in-law is gorgeous?)

Pearl Ten will always be one of my favorite colorways. (The Man says it’s purple, but I see charcoal… honestly.)

Yay! It fits! (The Man says, “Is is supposed to hang down in the front?” “Yes, Dear. Extra long stockinette stitch rows for that feature!”)

She looks happy to me. Mission accomplished.

Three things about this knit:

1. Once again, Mrs. Fettig has written a wonderful pattern. However, it was extremely boring to knit. In the entire 1000 yards of knitting, there was one single interesting row. The remainder of the knitting was movie-watching-knitting. Which is fine, really, because I like to watch movies. I just don’t think that I will ever knit another just like it. Great pattern. Boring knit.

2. Malabrigo Rios is fabulous. I won’t go so far as to say that it is my favorite, but it is close. It is soft, drapes nicely, and washes easily. Throw in the fact that the color selection is heavenly and that it is Malabrigo and you have a yarn worth every penny.

3. Knitting for cute skinny people is way more fun (and faster) than knitting for me.

Happy sweater, happy sis-in-law, happy me.