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!

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Saffron for The Munchkin

It was just sitting there with only half a sleeve to go, abandoned in the yarn bowl, alone on the top shelf of my yarn cabinet. I had so many “must knit” things going on, that I couldn’t spare an hour to finish it up. Well, yesterday morning I finally found that hour and put the finishing touches on The Munchkin’s little sweater.


Saffron in Malabrigo Arroyo, Archangel size 3T/4T, with ribbon from the dollar store (score!)

Three things about this knit

1. The Pattern is Excellent. Well written, lots of photos, and many different options for customization all come together to make a very pleasant knitting experience. Which is great, because I bought theĀ pattern bundle and plan to make two other sweaters by this designer in the coming months (Cinnamon for the Dancing Queen and Lavanda for The Bookworm). I should have made one size bigger and the sleeves could be longer, but those are my mistakes and not the designers. At least it will get passed down to The Fraggle when The Munchkin grows out of it. I highly recommend this pattern.

 

2. The Yarn. Malabrigo Arroyo is a fine sport weight yarn that knits up nicely and has lots of yardage, plus it is superwash, which is a huge plus when making a sweater for a three year old. But that isn’t why I bought it. The color. Oh, my! The color is fabulous! In true Malabrigo form this yarn is amazing to look at, an adventure to knit with, and a delight to behold! On the flip side (and I know this is my fault for being too lazy to alternate skeins), the two skeins that I had were not identical, so one arm is a bit lighter from the armpit down than the rest of the sweater. I can live with it. I am probably the only one who can tell. When will I ever learn to knit from both skeins?

This is not the arm that is different, in case you were wondering…

3. Three down, three to go, plus three more…. Every year I knit a sweater for each kid. I am halfway done, after finishing The Boy’s Green, The Princess’s Olearia, and now The Munckin’s Saffron. Except that this year I threw in plans for a Man sweater and two for me, too. Hey, it’s only September, right? Plenty of time.

Oh, and there is lots of yarn left. A pair of socks, maybe?

I love finishing a project. I love dressing my girlie in frills and wool.

I think that she likes it, too