I am going to toot my own horn for a moment and declare that in general I am a pretty decent multi-tasker. It's sort of an unofficial job requirement for teachers (my former profession) and parents too, come to think of it. However, when it comes to knitting I truly cannot juggle multiple projects simultaneously. In the past two weeks, I have swatched and cast-on for three projects. I tried going back and forth between them, and although all the three patterns were simple, I just couldn't seem to give my knitting the attention it deserved and found myself making many silly mistakes. So I ended the juggling and began all over taking one project at a time.
I suppose it is time for me to face the truth. I admit it. I am a monogamous knitter.
Audrey's First Day, designed by Elizabeth Smith (it's in the Fall 2010 issue of Petite Purls), is a cropped cardigan that had Emma's name written all over it.
What a fast knit! I was able to knit the whole thing (well, nearly the whole thing) twice in 1 week. Now, remember, it is a child's sweater ( = small) and it was knit on size 8 needles at a bigger gauge of 4 stitches per inch (= quick). Hey, that's my kind of knitting. Emma's cardigan was knit in Berroco Vintage in Aster and Blush at a slightly smaller gauge of 4.25 sts per inch. Due to the smaller gauge, I chose to go up a size (the 5-6 size) for my girl. The first time I knit this sweater, I made it in the 4 size because even with the smaller gauge the chest size seemed huge. However, after making up the body and working through one whole sleeve, I tried it on Emma and (at the suggestion of my wise husband) chose to rip it out and go up a size. Because let's be honest, kids are outstanding at doing one thing... growing. She'll get much more use out of the bigger size.
It is a rare day when I can say I love a pattern. Well, today I can. I love this pattern. The designer wrote the instructions clearly, provided stitch counts regularly (which I love, love, love in a pattern) and overall created an adorable, wearable sweater (the kind that you want to knit again and again). Kudos to you, Elizabeth Smith!
|Emma dressed herself that day. I love how she chose to wear 3 different handknits!|
I haven't been exclusively sweater knitting lately. I completed one new design, played around with some swatching for another design, finished a cowl and I have one more kiddie sweater I want to knit before I throw myself back into Meg-sweater-knitting.
Here is another great pattern from Melissa LaBarre, the September Circle.
Even though the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn (I used Schoppel-Wolle's Crazy Zauberball in the Flussbett colorway), it is knit on size 7 needles with an easy-to memorize lace pattern. So the whole thing knits up quickly. I'd definitely recommend using stitch markers to separate the pattern repeats. It makes for sane knitting.
So after finishing the cowl, I cast on a raglan cardigan for Tommy and so far, that too, is knitting up super fast. The back and front sides are done already!
Altogether, it has been a productive couple of weeks. Sweater #9 is done. Sweater #10 has been started. And I am de-stashing like crazy! Not bad.