Sunday, March 19, 2006

Nothing up my sleeve...

I spent all day yesterday in a less than stellar chair knitting for a demo at the store. I did finish the knitting portion of the sweater, but man, was I hurting this morning!

Add to that I couldn't find any pins to get set up to do the final seaming, and what you see here is my attempt to distract you with the adorable button (1 of 5) I managed to sew on.

I did go out to get those pins, which turned out to be possibly the most expensive T-pins on the planet. Because after all, I was completely faithful to my mission, and didn't get anything that wasn't on my list. Just the pins, ma'am, nothing else. (Wha-- Hey! Who put the registration for class with Lucy Neatby and those hanks of Cotton/Tencil yarn in my bag???)

Okay, so maybe I did get distracted and veer slightly off course. But it's not my fault. I washed the sweater last night for some light blocking before sewing, and laid it out to dry. Then when I spread it out on the bed this morning, it looked....



And I haven't been through labor yet, so I really don't want to trivialize anything, but I kinda thought babies were small. I had planned on knitting it a little bit big, because of the timing with the seasons, so they could use it again in the fall when it starts getting cool again. I thought I was doing the 18 month size, but is it possible I misread and I was doing the 18 year size instead???

Seriously, folks, someone please tell me he'll be able to wear this before college (at which point the ducky buttons could inspire some merciless teasing) - it's about 13 inches across the torso, and 14 inches from shoulder to hem. That's actually a little bit smaller than the schematics the pattern suggested, and I was dead on five stitches per inch the whole way through. It just looks like it would fit a four-year-old at this point.

Sucky Knitting gals, you'll hopefully be able to see the finished (and seamed) sweater tomorrow night. At this point, I have one button, both shoulders and one sleeve seamed (but not attached). And I'm totally unmotivated until I know there's hope of this not being an absurd gift, so I'm going to watch Grey's Anatomy and knit a sock. That will fit me.


Blogger Coleen said...

hmmm... hard to tell from the picture if it's too big. It still looks cute though! Can't wait to see it tomorrow.

Thanks for your concern about my jaw. I will be calling around tomorrow.

see you soon!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Bess said...

Don't worry about it being too big - all babies grow bigger. The only awful thing when it comes to baby clothes is if it's too small.

7:34 AM  
Blogger trek said...

Those measurements are about right for an 18 month size - that's about what I was knitting for the Neatnik when she wore 18-24 month stuff. 'Course, she was nearly 36 months at the time but that is neither here nor there...

8:03 AM  
Blogger trek said...

PS - Add another sock to my count, if you please.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Kim in Oregon said...

2 more socks Amie.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

Babies gt pretty chunky and I'm sure it will fit soon if not already. Heck my 5 month old (almost 6 months geesh) is about 20-22 inches around the chest. it's a little big than too small.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Pink Dandelion said...

Don't despair, if he's anything like a certain little boy I know, it'll be just fine ;-)

Sweaters always fit babies loose anyways, because you put them on over their other clothes so you can take it off if you're out and they get warm. They fit them for a longer time, and as long as it's not down to their ankles, babies don't care what a sweater does for their 'figure' anyway ;-)

1:57 PM  
Blogger Shelia said...

Hey, isn't that sweater made of superwash? Superwash often grows when blocked - you might want to try wetting and tossing in the dryer to see if it comes back to size - it can always be steam blocked after that.
Also, 2 completed socks to report (I finished my Olympic Knitting!).

2:34 PM  

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