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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

gift knitting revealed

Lest you were wondering if I would ever blog about knitting again, here's some gift knitting I've done. I'll start today with some baby sweaters.

This red one is made with my own handdyed superwash merino worsted, a wonderfully sproingy, soft yarn. I am test driving it to see how it behaves before I start marketing it further. So far, I've only sold it in small quantities at the NYS sheep and wool fest, and at the recent holiday craft fairs.

The bright red color is difficult to photograph. I think the picture below does it justice the most. Notice the natural habitat for sweaters, my wood floor.

The parents of the baby who will be gifted this sweater specifically asked for red. I hope it's red enough. :)

I used Knitting Pure and Simple Pattern # 982, with the no hood option. I worked ribbing on all the edges, rather than ribbing and garter. I like all my edges to be the same.
I was hoping to make this sweater out of one single skein of yarn, 270 yards for the 6 month size, and would have been able to, had I not lengthened the sweater body by 1.5 inches. Instead, I ran out of yarn on the last row before the last bind-off. Thank goodness I knew where to get more yarn...:)

This next one was started last September, and the sweater was too small for the intended recipient from the beginning. I finally finished it the other day, and it's going to a different baby girl who was born on the wee small side. Now that we're in the midst of winter, it should keep her nice and cozy.

The pattern came from a Morehouse Merino kit, but I used a superwash merino wool Filatura di Crosa yarn I had in my stash instead.
I love the sprinkles buttons:

Both sweaters used size 8 (5mm) needles, and were done seamlessly, the red one from the top down, the lilac one from the bottom up with sleeves picked up and knitted in the round from the top down.

More gift knitting to be revealed within the next few days!


Mare said...

Those little sweaters are fantastic! That is the reason why i decided to learn how to knit-to make sweaters for my grandchildren. So far i've made 1 for Lola and am making 2 for babies yet to be born and for the shop. This year i plan to try more complicated patterns with button holes and collars....gulp!

Vivian said...

What lucky babies! and those buttons are just so cute.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karin, I have been out of town and read all of your holiday posts at the same time. You captured what is, for me, the true spirit of the season. I was home with my mother who had an emergency bypass three weeks ago. She is recovering well, but is 85 so we are watching her closely. She is still fiercely independent and won't hear any talk of moving in with me or one of my sibs. I expect to be going to visit with her on weekends into the near future so I will not be able to make the knitting retreat. I am so bummed. I enjoyed it last year and, after the year I've had, could really use it. Sorry to be so windy, but I wanted to touch base. I will talk to you soon. Cathy BTW, where did you get those adorable buttons?

SpiderWomanKnits said...

Baby knitting is the best! That's why I keep having them ;-)

Kristine said...

Those buttons are To. Die. For. I love them!

Knittingchick said...

The sweaters are darling and the buttons are just the icing on the cake.
P.S. my computer is having a hiccup. I hope you don't get a duplicate of this message.

Doris said...

Hallo Karin,
wunderschoen!!! Diese Farben, die Muster und besonders die goldigen Knoepfe! Schade, dass wir noch keine Enkel haben ;-))

Dawn Brocco said...

Your sweaters are great, Karin! Hope the wee ones enjoy wearing them.

AmyS said...

Karin, the yarn is gorgeous, and the sweaters are wonderful! I love the woven look on the lilac one. I am such a huge fan of seamless knits! You have really inspired me. :)