Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Savoring the Scarf

I have been slowly knitting away on this very pretty scarf. It is such a pleasure to knit that I have been taking my time with it and have actually been savoring my knitting time. It is kind of like a very good book that you are enjoying reading so much that you don't want to get to the end too quickly because then the story will be over.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

FO: Spring Hoodie

I have been finished with the hoodie sweater I had been knitting for my son for a few days now but it has been so dreary outside - definitely not weather to be taking pictures of a little spring sweater in. We were so happy that the sun finally came out for us today!

Pattern: Design D Plain Sweater with Hood from Sirdar booklet 318 Lazy Days and Holidays
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in colors in Putty and Navy
Needles: size US 3, 5, and 6

I made quite a few mods to this sweater because the original design was very plain. I wanted to make this a little more sporty - give it a little something. To start with, I added an inch and a half to the length but shortened the sleeves by an inch. I added 1x1 ribbing to the hem and cuffs. The original design had rolled edges but 1x1 ribbing for the trim on the hood. I wanted all of the trim to match. I also added a pouch pocket and trimmed that with the 1x1 rib. I lined the pocket with the blue yarn. I added the blue varsity stripes on the left sleeve and I also lined the hood in blue. I knit the hood lining separately on a size smaller needle. To attach it, I picked up the stitches for the trim on the hood through both thicknesses of the hood and then tacked the bottom edge of the lining to the inside.

I feel like I have been working on this sweater for so long that I was really getting tired of it. But as soon as I finished, I loved the way it turned out. The biggest reward though, is that my son really loves it. He is a great little dude! He was so excited to put it on and was super patient being my model while I snapped his picture.