Thursday, July 09, 2009

And Another

These baby sweaters practically knit themselves. Another one came off the needles yesterday.

Pattern: Baby Sweater on Two Needles (aka February Sweater) from Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport (100% wool), colorway Bordeaux, approximately 1.5 skeins
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: July 1/July 8
Mods: widened the neck by casting on more stitches and changed lace pattern to all stockinette for a more gender-neutral garment; also picked up four additional stitches under each arm and decreased them away in the first several rounds

I fully admit that I copied what Jen did with this sweater. I think the result of changing the lace to stockinette makes this look like a cardiganized, child-size version of Cobblestone, a sweater I still love and want to knit one day.

As usual, I knit this sweater entirely in the round. I put the sleeve stitches on scrap yarn and cast on the underarm stitches before finishing the rest of the body. Then I picked up stitches for the arms and knit them using magic loop. The only finishing was weaving in the ends and sewing on the buttons.

Speaking of which, the buttons came from my grab bag and are a light faux horn -- not nearly as light as they appear in the photo.

The Tour de Fleece is continuing, and thus far it's been very successful for me. I'm on my second bobbin of the Rainbow wool top (it's amazing how fast bobbins will fill up when you're not spinning super thin!). I also managed a feat I never imagined -- I won first place in the daily voting for my most recent sock yarn! So I guess you could say I won the yellow jersey for one day of the Tour.

I've been doing so much knitting for Rainbow lately that I thought it was time I started a project for myself. As it is the middle of the Tour de Fleece, I thought it only appropriate that the project be knit from handspun. So I finally wound my merino/silk laceweight and cast on for the Fountain Pen Shawl. I've made it through the set-up chart and the first several rows of the main body chart, and so far, I'm loving it.




8 comments:

weezalana said...

Very cute! I dig this so much more with the stockinette subbed in for the lace!

LOVE the color of the shawl!

Jenn said...

You are going to have the best-dressed baby on the planet!

Julie said...

I love the mods you made to the sweater.

Congrats on your win - I'm not surprised at all that you won for that beautiful sock yarn.

Kristin said...

Ooo, I have the Fountain Pen shawl in my cue - mine is going to be red (like an editor's pen!). Once I get Mystery Stole 3 blocked, I'll be knitting right along with you!

Jen said...

Damn, you are cruising on Rainbow's sweater collection! Looking forward to seeing your shawl in your handspun!

DPUTiger said...

SpeedKnitter strikes again! If I was as productive as you are, maybe I'd get through some of my yarn and fabric stash!

Kenny said...

That is absolutely so gorgeous. I can't wait to see how the fountain pen shawl comes out!!!!

socksformum said...

What a nice variation of the February Baby Sweater! Love the stockinette...I've wanted to knit one of these for a while now.....