Friday, June 08, 2007

And a Little Something For Me

So I am about to send my last package out to my SP10. And, among several other things, it contains this cool little knitting/craft tote bag that I got from Knitting Warehouse. Knitting Warehouse has really great prices on yarn and accessories. Most of their yarn is the average consumer stuff that you can buy in Michael's or Joann's. However, even those average brands have some really nice stuff sometimes. I think several of the big yarn companies like Lion Brand and Patons are moving more towards the simpler, natural-fiber yarns and moving away from the "fun & funky," eyelash, novelty junk. At least it seems that way to me.

Marsha discovered a free pattern on Elann.com for this sweater. She made a child-sized sweater in about 6 days. You can see it here. I think it looks fantastic. And apparently, it can be worn from about 6-months to 4 years old, depending on how you wear it. I believe she used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

I love it so much that I am going to make one of these pinwheel sweaters. For me. Yes, yes, that's correct. I am actually going to make a garment other than a scarf for myself!

Now, while I do love natural wool in knitting, I sometimes find it itchy, seasonally specific, and also challenging to wash. Enter cotton. Love 100% cotton sweaters, especially in Spring, Summer evenings, and Fall. However, cotton shrinks in the wash and tends to be HEAVY, especially on something this scale. So I decided to use a cotton/acrylic blend. So it won't be as heavy as an all-cotton sweater and will also be more resilient. Basically, I want this sweater to be practical and to last.

That said, I bought some of Lion Brand's Cotton Ease yarn to make the sweater. I bought an array of heathered colors: taupe, stone, lake, charcoal, and violet. I'm excited about trying it! I hope to have the baby knitting for my sister completed soon (that kimono is nearly done)! I think this might be the project I start when I am on vacation in Vermont again this year.

If it turns out well, I think I am going to make one for my mom. She would love it.

2 comments:

Marsha Brofka-Berends said...

Those colors are going to look so great together! I can't wait to see you cast on for this sweater.

Beth said...

of course, I spent the past 20 minutes looking over at Knitting Warehouse to see if I needed anything. I could not follow the link to the tote bag you bought your SP10, but I saw a tote bag i really liked there.