Friday, February 06, 2009

Showing Off

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Pattern: b13-3, such a romantic name

Yarn: I'm a bad bad blogger. This isn't even old yarn, but I've misplaced the ball band. I bought it at Hobby Lobby if that helps. And it's acrylic. And it's really soft! And I got perfect gauge with it, which never happens with my yarn subs!

Needles: Size 2 Harmony Needles

Modifications: None

Review: Love, Love, Love! Take a moment to admire the button.

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Isn't it perfect?

And just drink in that crochet edging.

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Not that my technical skills with a crochet hook are that perfect, but look at how much that little detail adds. I didn't feel like crocheting the edging, but I'm so glad I took the time to do it.

I think part of the appeal of knitting this sweater was the fact that I got to use my Harmony Needles. Oh how I love my Harmony needles. Otherwise I don't know what would possess me to cast on for a sweater on tiny size 2 needles. But it was a tiny sweater, so it wasn't so bad.

This sweater is knit entirely in garter stitch, knit stitch after endless knit stitch. I've never paid much attention to garter stitch. I took a moment to ponder why I never use garter stitch and I am ashamed of my answer. I didn't realize I was such a snob, or that I had such a high opinion of my own knitting. I don't use garter stitch because I tend to think of it as a beginning knitter thing. I know, when did I get such an ego? I am ashamed to realize I am such an elitist. I suppose my logic is this: the first thing you learn to knit is garter stitch, and I guess I never realized it has value beyond that first swatch. But oh it does.

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A swatch in garter stitch will produce a much thicker fabric than a swatch knit in stockinette. And this sweater is wonderfully thick and smooshy. She is such a cuddly baby in this sweater. Put this sweater on my baby and she is transformed from adorable to absolutely irresistible, must be cuddled this instant! I've put her in this sweater every time we leave the house for the last two weeks. I think the other Moms at school think the baby only has one outfit. But just look at her.

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Don't you just want to scoop her up and cuddle her? I wanna go wake her up right now just to kiss those cheeks. But I won't.

The sleeves are a bit long. They are intended to be folded back once. It's a look. Hers are folded back three times. That give her plenty of room to grow. I'm hoping she'll be able to wear this sweater well into fall.

And just in case you were wondering

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the pants are progressing nicely.

4 comments:

lynda said...

What a perfect sweater and, yes, she looks totally cuddly! Love the hair.

turtlegirl76 said...

Awww she does look like a little cuddlebug in that sweater! Love the edging.

Kaye said...

Is there seriously anything cuter than a baby in a handknit sweater? Wait, maybe one in handknit pants.

shiguy4076 said...

I love the sweater. Garter stitch may be easy but with your skill it's perfect. It's not sloppy and the stitches are even. Perfection.
MIss you so very much