Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pure & simple

Cute hmmm? I'm tempted to keep this tiny sweater for my little rabbit guy. He already has a striped pink sweater though so maybe, just maybe, I can part with it.

It seems that this is the season of knitting for other people's babies. I've seen so many finished baby sweaters recently, destined for showers, that I'm wondering what was going on last November. I don't remember any natural or manmade disasters last November... what else could explain such a baby boom across the country though? I'm going to have to investigate this further.

On my front, I'm pleased to report that this little sweater knit up in no time and is destined for a shower coming up in a few weeks... yep, I'm actually done ahead of time! I have to admit, casting on and bringing my UFO total up to 6 was motivation to finish this up fairly quickly. I worried that I wouldn't be able to bring myself to do the finishing work, but I conned myself into it last night. You know the "ok, I'll only do one seam" then "well now that that one seam is done, it won't hurt you to go ahead and knit the neckband, that is knitting after all," and then "well all that's left now is just a few side and sleeve seams, just do it." Before you know it, I managed to push through and get it all done. I did seem to have an unwealdy number of ends to weave it, but wove them in I did!

The pattern for this sweater is baby's pure & simple pullover from Weekend Knitting (which I shamelessly bought from Michael's with a 50% off coupon). I saw the finished sweater over on Soule Mama's blog not long ago and thought it would be good for one up the upcoming arrivals. I knew I wanted to use my old baby standby, Lion Brand organic cotton. Of course, the pattern calls for nothing of the sort, it wants a skinny little DK yarn. I wasn't going to let that slow me down. I've finally, and this is a milestone, gotten to where I'm willing to try to recalculate a pattern to use yarn of a different gauge. This sweater was perfect for that, I'm mean really, it is all garter stitch.

All in all, I'm pleased with how it came out. Soft, smooshy, and best of all organic. I even love the brown buttons -- they came out of a jar of buttons I bought in a flea market in Maine last summer. Reuse, you know! I hope the baby this sweater is destined for will find it comfy.

baby's pure & simple pullover by Lana Hames from Weekend Knitting
2 balls Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (100% cotton), AlmondUS 6 circulars
US size 9s and 7s
Cast on June 19, 2008
Finished June 25, 2008

Modifications: Recalculated the pattern given yarn with a different gauge.

Ravelry details here.


meg said...

The sweater looks wonderful!

I've noticed the baby boom. too. Someone I know attributed it to all the power outages due to storms in November. Hmmm...

Queen of the froggers said...

Thats so cute! We don't seem to have a baby boom so my poor friend will end up with loads of knitted stuff!!

Hilary said...

Oh, how cute! It looks wonderful in the organic cotton.

(And how gorgeous are those pink flowers in the background?!?!)

PĂ©itseoga said...

i like it! especially with those buttons!

tiennie said...

That is adorable! I love that organic color for it.