Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Finished Baby Object

but not the finished object...
(no baby yet)

In a moment of personal triumph, I managed to overcome my recent case of PCAS (Project Completion Avoidance Syndrome) and seam the sleeves, set in the sleeves, work the easy garter stitch border, and even sew on some buttons, for the finishing touches of the Garter Stitch Cardigan. I have said that garter stitch is not my favorite, but the stripey goodness completely redeems the stitch in my eyes. I definitely like it in 2 or more colors much more than as a solid.
I'm not thrilled with the plain jane buttons- insert mental note to start a button stash enhancement program ASAP. I'd really like to get some orange buttons to bring out that flashy little stripe I couldn't resist adding, but that is gonna take a trip 'down to the city', hehe, I sound like such a 'hick' when I say that.

My parents are both from a tiny little town in rural Minnesota, and I remember it always amusing me when the relatives who never migrated would ask us how things were 'in the city'. I laughed because we didn't live in the city. We lived in a suburb, an outer ring suburb, as in, as far removed from 'the city' (which, in my mind, meant Minneapolis) as you could get before actually qualifying as rural. There was even a prairie/field in our back yard, before it turned into a new neighborhood, with cookie cutter houses and no mature trees...

We now live further out from that outer ring (and that ring has grown significantly) in a rural setting outside our small town's 'city limits' and I find myself saying things like "the next time I get down to the cities" (In Minnesota, the cities means Minneapolis and St. Paul, and even the surrounding area, also known as 'the metro'). Well, suffice it to say, the button selection down 'in the cities' is much more gratifying.

Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton

Graphite 625

Azul 628

Poppy 601

My favorite thing about this little sweater is that orange stripe, it just tickles me and makes me smile. The next best thing (besides the fact that this cotton is so cuddly soft) would have to be the warmth of the color Graphite. It is the loveliest of grays, which, I'm sure my pictures (no thanks to the flash) cannot do justice. It is not a cold gray, even next to the coolness of the Azul. It has just a touch of warm brown to it that makes it oh, so lovely, really. I bought a bag a while back, intending to make something for me, something that hasn't happened yet, but working with this color has renewed that idea and the wheels in my head are definitely turning around that thought again- time to start sketching.
It had been a wee bit of time since I last seamed anything in garter stitch, and I don't think I had ever done so in garter stitch stripes. That may have had something to do with my stalling... A quick glance back through a reference book, and I was off and running. The stripes lined up perfectly, even on the very shaped sleeve, and it took all of about 5 minutes.

I made the 6 month size, so between my babies being born at 'a healthy weight' and growing like weeds, it looks like it ought to fit perfectly during the coldest parts of a snow-covered Minnesota winter.

Ali's Arbitrary Rating-

When all is said and done, I would give this little sweater pattern 4 out of 5 stars. It is a quick, easy, and cute (especially striped, can't forget the stripes) baby item that would be a great gift knit for a gestating friend or relative!

Enough for now, I have another hat to finish,

happy knitting-


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Blogger Kris said...

Hmmm, now I want to knit one of those as well... Very lovely!

10/11/2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

That is just too cute, Ali!

10/11/2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

oh my gosh, ali. i love it. and yes. that little orange striped caught my eye instantly! i love it.
i also like the buttons. simple and sweet. and they don't take anything away from the stripy goodness!!!

thinking of you! 1 day!!!

10/11/2008 9:31 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

I just love that stripe!!
Know what you mean about the seaming. It's funny how we put things off that'll only take minutes isn't it?

10/12/2008 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gorgeous, can't wait to see new baby wearing it!

10/12/2008 1:35 AM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh that orange stripe!! Love it:)

10/12/2008 4:51 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

love that dash of orange, it completely makes the sweater utterly delicious!

10/13/2008 10:14 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

Such a sweet baby knit. I am loving the garter stitch more and more. Good luck in the next few days!!

10/13/2008 4:46 PM  
Blogger psalm127 said...

Looks great!I hope you are feeling well. I would love to know what referance book you are using, I have some seems I will have to sew together and I am not sure how to do it. I have "Visually Knitting" and has helped some but I would like to do it better next sweater project I do.

10/13/2008 9:02 PM  

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