After spending an afternoon getting to know my yarn a little better, I pulled out a couple of old friends to party with. They aren’t the fanciest or nicest yarns, not super soft or exotic. I skipped over the recycled silk and alpaca. I didn’t even keep out the cashmere blend I stroke and dream about wearing. I went with fun and practical.
I bought this practically antique wool on Ebay years ago and never used it because the color was so disappointing. The rich, golden hue in the photo turned out to be washed out and dull pyrite. Here’s the fun part- Kool-Aid. Just what it needed, and I do so love to dye. A few packs of Cherry and Black Cherry later and voila. (Bad picture, but you get the idea.)
And how did you choose a pattern? you ask. And I answer: I have two shelves in a largish closet just for my knitting books and magazines. Knitting books and magazines are very heavy. The shelves are very weak. The books and magazines are all over the floor. Good time to flip through every magazine and weed out the ones I’ll never use. I gave two to my sister. Knitter’s is not my favorite, but this pattern in the winter ’04 issue caught my eye as a good, basic with a little stitch interest, throw on any time practical sweater. And so I began.
It’s a boy! I have several girly sweaters ready to donate, but only one boyish so here we go. The pattern is kind of one in a mag, but I’m knitting it in one piece and doing the button hole bands differently and my gauge is different so the number of stitches is different. Of course the yarn is different. But otherwise it’s the same.
Just for fun… Check out these videos. Scroll down to the oh so cute crocheted tulip hat, too. The new Knitty is out if you haven’t seen it, and this I have to knit. Cute baby hat, another baby hat, and lots of cute baby things. Knit on!