October 27, 2008

Sweater Factory & Rusted Root


Ah yes. Baby(sweater) fever has been running rampant here at my crafting headquarters even though it's been a very, very warm summer. Someone on Ravelry saw this photo and sent me a message asking if I knitted these for triplets. Haha! I even made little hats to match every single one of these, and now two of them have gone to new homes. Hopefully will do their jobs and keep two beautiful baby girls warm and cozy this winter. The green set is supposed to be for my little niece this Christmas. I haven't seen her in a while, but I hope it will fit her. Having knitted three baby-sized cardigans had given me courage and confidence to follow and decipher knitting patterns. I actually got really brave and made something for myself!


Tada! I present my very first adult-sized sweater! Okay, so it's probably not obvious to anyone else, but I made a ton of boo-boos while knitting this. It's not even really my color, either - I only bought the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece because they were $2 a skein at the flea market (they're normally $6-7 a skein at yarn shops). I figured at $2, that's cheaper than the cheapest quality acrylic yarn at the local mega-mart. There's no pressure if I mess it up, right? After taking it apart a gazillion times, many nights of watching Heroes, Good Eats, Iron Chef, No Reservations, Bizarre Food, Fringe & Mad Men (my new favorite show), I finally finished my very first sweater. I almost always give my knitting away, and now I finally have a knitted garment for myself. For my first adult-sized sweater, it turned out a lot better than I thought. I learned so much from this project - I feel more confident about knitting and using patterns now. It was definitely a great learning experience to work it from start to finish. After nearly five years of knitting I am so dang proud of myself that I might just wear this out in public.

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Pattern: Rusted Root
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Tea Rose
Needles: KnitPicks Options in sz 6 and sz 4

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