Thursday, September 04, 2008

Pink Pea: Done

Knitting has overtaken sewing as my craft of choice these days. I don't know if it's because my fingers are craving the bigger needles or just because I've temporary lost my sewing space to the nursery. We're still working out my sewing machine's new home. Until then, I have to lug it down to the dining room everytime I want to sew a stitch. And pack it up every night because otherwise J would have a conniption fit ... shall we say he's a bit of a neat freak? That, and he doesn't understand how much of a pain it is to breakdown your sewing studio on a nightly basis.

Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah. Knitting. Maybe it's their innate portability and speed off the needles, but I'm feeling more productive and accomplished after knitting all these baby sweaters lately. My most recent project off the needles is Pink Pea (more commonly known as the Pea Pod Sweater Set), the first sweater for my baby! After spending all summer knitting for other people's babies, it's a refreshing change to knit for my own.

Pattern: Pea Pod Baby Set by Kate Gilbert (sadly, and a bit annoyingly, no longer available even to those who purchased the magazine. I was just dumb luck that I printed a copy before the pattern was removed from the site.)

Because my baby is not here to model, I enlisted Orangutan. He was less than pleased to oblige.

I scowl because I'm forced to model a pink sweater.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK in Pale Pink, 3+ balls. I barely used any of the fourth ball.
Needles: Size 5 Addis.
Wooden Buttons: 6, from Big Box Craft Store
Size: 6 months
Mods? No mods, really. Just knit the sleeves in the round and subbed the yarn.
Comments: This pattern is perfect for when you can't devote your full attention to a project, but need something more interesting than stockinette. A good portion of this sweater was knit while at evening concerts in the park. Good times!

I bought the yarn at a recent sale at my LYS and was quite pleased with how it worked up. Good stitch definition and it softens up even more with a good bath. Now I just have to cross my fingers my baby's skin can handle wool.

Miles is weary of the orangutan.

Not one to let my needles cool down, I cast on for Flore, which like the Pea Pod Sweater is another baby project I planned on making long before I even considered having a baby. Funny how that works, huh?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Children's Placket-Neck Pullover: Done

For some reason, I faced the biggest mental block with the name of this sweater. I even had to refer back to Ravelry just to title my blog post. I made this lil sweater for my nephew, set to arrive this November. I cast on for Trellis first, but the pattern and the yarn didn't vibe very well. After two attempts with different needle sizes, I gave up and cast on for the CPNP.

Pattern: Children's Placket-Neck Pullover. Easy to follow and minimal seaming. Will definitely use again.

Source: Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Yarn: 3.5 skeins Mission Falls 1824 Cotton, Colorway 402. Size: 0-6/6-12. Because of the yarn sub, I followed instructions for the 0-6 version, except for the length measurements, of which I followed the 6-12. The final sweater dimensions are those of the 6-12 month size.

Needles: Size 6 Addis.

I enjoyed working with the MF Cotton, but will reserve it for projects with an "organic" feel. Its nubby texture workes well for this stockinette sweater, but hides cables and anything that requires sharp stitch definition.

I encountered some gauge issues... I started with Size 7 Needles, but the fabric was too thin and "holey" for me. I reknit with Size 6 needles and the resulting fabric is nice and dense, but maybe a touch thicker than I prefer. I'd rather err on the the "too thick" side, so I went with the 6's.

Final Verdict: Success! It's a versatile little sweater and because it's cotton, it should transition well through the winter/spring seasons. But for now, this sweater will collect dust while we wait for this baby to get here!

With this sweater off the needles, I am officially free to knit just for my baby! (Unless I fall weak and take on other projects...) I already started a new baby sweater set...

...The Pea Pod Baby Set