Sunday, November 11, 2007

Well Worth It!



Okie dokie, so I haven't started any holiday knitting yet...but I have finished the February Baby Sweater, and I recommend it wholeheartedly as a great project and satisfying FO. I especially love that garter stitch yoke.

Because I don't want to seam unless I have to, I worked down the yoke to the spot where the directions ask you to start the sleeves, which are worked flat. Instead, I popped the sleeve stitches on some waste yarn and finished the body, then came back, picked up the 28 live sleeve sts knit up 14 more under the arms and motored on down the sleeves on dpns.



A word of caution if you decide to do this yourself - knit up 16 sts under the arm if you decide to do this, and on the first round of the sleeve, which I suggest be one of the knit rounds rather than a pattern round, k2tog & ssk the first and last of the 16 sts along with the first and last live sleeve sts to get a nice round with no gaps where you added the underarms. Also - give some forethought to where the end of your round is going to land, so you don't have a jog on the front of the sleeve when you get to the garter stitch cuffs. I'm sure knitting into the stitch below or something like that would eliminate the problem, but I'm lazy.

I am on an EZ jag, too - I am planning on ignoring my exploding stash of doom and heading over to Knitting in La Jolla today to acquire some more wool of some sort to start a Tomten. I don't even know who will get it - I'm just going to knit me up one anyhow. Somewhere, some baby will fit.



This weekend I am suffering two major holiday slaps in the face. Last night Fiona and I attended the Nutcracker Gala benefiting City Ballet. Can't get much more Christmasy than the Nutcracker, can you (and by the way, if you are in San Diego in the early part of December, I highly recommend City's production at the Spreckels Theatre...intimate, opulent, elegant...)? But then today we are heading over to hear Fiona sing at Adelaide's for their holiday open house! Maybe hearing Over the River will scare me enough to prompt some gift knitting...one can only hope.

16 comments:

xardas said...

and you think it sounds like greek when I talk abot my hobbies...

Windansea said...

lol!! Did your eyes glaze over when I lapsed into knitspeak?

Ingrid said...

That's beautiful - I like your tip about completing the sleeve in the round.

Deb said...

Beautiful sweater!! Where do I find the Pattern?

lifexhistory said...

I love your BSJ! It turned out fabulous-- and I'm glad to see people are being brave and making it for boys as well as girls. I think it's a great sweater either way!

Can you tell me what yarn you used? I didn't see it on the Zimmermania KAL or on your blog details! Thanks!

Windansea said...

Thanks ingrid - yeah, the sleeves in the round are a big timesaver since there's no seaming, and like I said, I'm lazy! Lydia

Windansea said...

Hi deb, the sweater is the February Baby Sweater from Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It's a great pattern. Lydia

Windansea said...

Hi lifexhistory, thanks! The yarn is Cascade 220 Heather in color 9459. If you go back a couple of days, you can see the yarn in one of my flowerpots in the "Yarn in the Landscape" post. It's really pretty. Lydia

Sarah-Hope said...

THanks for the tips--this sweater is on my knit-someday list, and I'd much rather work in the round.

Cactusneedles said...

Great sweater! I just have to tell you that my hubby wants another father/daughter hat! That's such a great, great pattern! :)

turvid said...

It's just beautiful!

Lucy said...

Beautiful baby sweater - Congratulations!!

Windansea said...

hi sarah-hope, i might even have to knit another, i liked knitting this one so much. i was scheming about making the next one a pullover with a buttoned yoke, to keep it all in the round!

Windansea said...

hey cactusneedles, you're making me want to start knitting those hats again too! they're fast, and christmas is coming. Lydia

Windansea said...

thanks turvid and lucy! i really appreciate your comments. i gave the sweater away yesterday and was thanked very kindly! Lydia

Knitcrazy said...

LOve it ...LOve it.. LOve it !!!