Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I took a short break from Christmas knitting to make a gift for a neighbor who is having a baby in October. I decided on the Little Garter Cardi because it's cute, and is knit on size 11 needles, which meant that I could get it done quickly.
I guess I'm not in love with this sweater. It's just ok to me. I really don't like feeling that way about a project, especially a baby project. Here's what's thrown me off a bit...
1. The yarn. Cascade Yarn 128 Superwash. I picked this yarn because I thought it would be good for a new mom who is having to wash a lot of baby clothes. I love the color. I loved knitting with it. But, I washed it (according to the directions) and to me it came out looking worn. There were little pills that I had to pick off. It just makes me wonder what this will look like after a couple more washings.
2. The buttons. Since I didn't really know how long the sweater (almost jacket) would be, I made my best guess about where to place the button holes. The buttons are too close for my liking. It would have been nice to have had a bit of guidance about where to place the button holes. Also, I really wanted to use mustard yellow buttons, but had a hard time finding them.
3. The sleeves. I feel like little baby hands are going to get lost in those huge sleeves. The end of the sleeve isn't decreased or knit in smaller needles to make up for the lack of wrists.
The nice thing about this project is that I learned some new techniques. I learned provisional and cable cast-on and i-cord bind-off. I also knit the sleeves by magic loop, a technique I've been wanting to learn for socks.
I've moved on in my reading to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This has always been my favorite book of the series. For some reason I found myself checking out the back of the book and saw the chapter titled "The White Tomb." Every time I've read this book I've bawled when Dumbledore dies. I wonder if I can manage getting through this time without blubbering.
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