Knitting Librarian

A knitting scrapbook to keep track of things I've knitted and/or would like to knit someday.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Baby Sweater Factory

In the past 6 weeks I have knitted 3 baby sweaters. One for a baby already born, and two for babies not yet here. I used the rosebud cardigan sweater pattern from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I love this pattern because it's fast, it's easy, it only take two 50g balls of baby yarn, and it's small enough that you can give it to a newborn without having to tell the parents that their child will grow into it someday. Other baby sweaters I've made end up looking like they should be for a giant mutant baby the size of a three year old.

Here's my favorite sweater of the batch:

Another great thing about this pattern is that you can use up leftover sock yarn. For this one I used sock yarn on the front and then misc white baby yarn for the back, arms, and neck.

Here are the other two sweaters (one finished, and one steamed and ready to sew together). I had hoped to find really cute baby buttons for these sweaters, but the only place I looked, Jo-Anns, didn't have much of a selection. The yellow sweater will have little ducky buttons.

I spent all day yesterday sitting on the couch and knitting. It was great. I'm trying to recover from a cold and I knew that Saturday would be my only day off for two weeks, so I took advantage of it and stayed in my pyjamas all day and knitted. I made a lot of progress on sleeve #1 of my Poetry in Stitches cardigan:

Sweater sleeves are like socks. Once you finish the first one you wish you were done. Too bad it's a hassle to do them both at the same time. I know someone who works on two socks at once because she hates having one done and one left to do. I don't think I have enough needles (or motivation) for that.

Here's the body of the sweater:

And I have to show off the inside. I'm glad I learned two-handed knitting:

That's it for now. Next time I'll post photos of the yarn I'm spinning to make Knitty's Clapotis shawl/scarf (inspired by seeing my friend the Nerdy Knitter's beautiful version).

So many projects, so little time! (Note: my husband's Phd advisor states his wife's occupation as "Fiber Artist." Our joke around the house is that my husband will get a great a job in a few years and I'll be able to quit working and stay home and be a Fiber Artist. You never know . . .)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Wedding Shawl

I'll start this blog with one of my favorite projects. I got married last summer, and being an obsessive knitter, I wanted to wear something handmade. I considered knitting my own wedding dress, but decided that I had enough to do with planning the wedding in 4 months. Instead, I decided to make a wedding shawl.

When I first started to knit, the group of friends I learned from would often talk about knitting "good juju" into their projects. I knew that I wanted my wedding shawl to be a community effort, and I wanted to import good juju into it from everyone I know and love who knits. It was a wonderful experience. I contacted friends and family from near and far and met with them and asked them to knit a row or two on my shawl. All of the stitches would blend with my own stitches to symbolize who I am and the people who have influenced my life. The people who contributed included my 85-year old grandma, my mom, my step-mom, my mother-in-law to be, my old college friends, my friends who taught me to knit, my friends at work, and my non-work friends who happened to be knitters. I was able to meet with everyone in person and talk about the wedding and my plans while they knitted on my shawl.

The pattern I used was Madli’s Shawl by Nancy Bush, published in the Summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. Here's a picture of the shawl from that issue:

I changed the pattern a little bit, taking out the nubbs in the body of the shawl but leaving them in the borders.

Here's the shawl in action at our wedding: