Friday, September 29, 2006

new threads

I finished another sweater for Daughter. Upon its completion I held it up for Hub to admire and said, "I probably need to get a life." And he said, "no! I love seeing her in all the cute little things you make for her!"

That was the right answer. He is a good man, indeed.

Pattern: Top-down raglan cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple, 18-month size
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Banana Cream, about 1.5 skeins
Needles: US 7 and 8
Mods: I knit the bands in seed stitch instead of k1, p1 rib because I like how it looks and I thought it might hold up better in cotton - I feared everything would stretch out and sag otherwise. Also, I used size 7 needles rather than 6 (as the pattern calls for) on the bands and cuffs. I think size 6 needles make everything pull in too much. I suppose it depends on your tension and yarn choice, but that's what works for me. Other than that I knit it as written. I have made this sweater about 5 or 6 times now and love it. KP&S patterns are wonderful.

As you can see, it has no buttons. I am rather stumped as to what kind of buttons would look nice on a banana yellow sweater.

Here's the "watching TV in a shaft of sunlight" shot. The color is more true here. It's really banana-ey.

I have 1.5 skeins of this yarn left over (I originally bought the last 3 the store had when it was discontinued). Does anyone want/need them to finish a project or anything? I'd be happy to trade for something else. It's 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. The yardage is 207 yards per skein, and this is about 1.5 skeins. It knits up roughly to a worsted weight gauge (again, depending on the knitter).

There were a couple questions about patterns from my last post about sewing. The curtain was made from the Roommates Sunny Outlook pattern (#0054), by Donna Babylon and Victoria Waller. The website on the pattern is

The quilt and pillow were made from Michelle's Designs Chantilly Lace Ensemble, by Michelle Griffith. The website for her designs is I would warn you that it is a pattern designed for machine embroidery (mine was modified to use focus fabrics instead) and there are a couple of errors in it that are easily fixable if you use your brain and measure everything carefully before cutting. Also, it is way expensive because it includes a CD of embroidery designs.

added later: Someone also asked about the pattern I used to make the pumpkin hat - it is by Ann Norling, and I got it at my local yarn shop. Chances are good that if you go into a yarn shop and say you want to make a fruit hat, they will point you in the direction of the Ann Norling pattern!

Well, that's enough yakking - Daughter is out like a light and I have sewing to do.


Karen said...

LUUUUUV the sweater.

Scoutj said...

Take advantage of the time you have with her where she'll actually WEAR the things you make her.....unlike a certain supergirl.

Teresa said...

Love the sweater, and I envy you on your disapline that you can have a clean house, an adjusted toddler, and KNITTING TIME!

kate said...

Bwaaaaaaahahahaha! Teresa, you are so funny. I was just wondering to myself how the floors can become so filthy in less than a week since I mopped, and also it's been tantrum central around here all day long. My knitting time is the 2.5-ish hours between toddler bedtime and me zonking out on the couch!

Teresa said...

LOL, ok.. then it is my fault then.. that is my talk online, cruise web pages, go snuggle with hubby time.

tam said...

oh! Love that sweater!

Soooo cute...

Vintage buttons are required! Vintage shell buttons that would pick up the yellow...

or vintage yellow...or vintage pink...

ok..rambling now. Got lost in the vintage look for that heirloom sweater!

Still praying.

Caren said...

oooh! The sweater is lovely!!

Pam said...

The sweater is precious. What about just doing something simple like a hook and eye closure at the top so it's open and shows whatever little shirt she's wearing with it?

April 1930s said...

Hi, Kate! I made a sweater nearly identical to this for my SweetPea when she was a little baby. I LOVED it... made matching booties to match. Yes, I bought a set of vintage-inspired little square buttons. So, so, so adorable. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter is so cute.

Ruth said...

I'm with Pam ... one great button up at the top, and let the rest hang open.

I made a banana-yellow sweater for one of my nephews and used these great vintage-y blue buttons ... it looked so cute. Pink or lavendar would be good, too.

Oh, I love buttons.