This is the sweater I'm knitting for baby*M*. I think it's going to be sooo adorable! I can envision her wearing it with bright pink tights (or maybe some coordinating babylegs) and a skirt. :) *C* suggested I knit her a hat to go with it too. :) I'm thinking something kind of jaunty like a beret. What do you think?
I'm using this pattern http://www.spunkyhats.com/pattern_babysocksweater.htm and self-striping sock yarn. The yarn the creator of the pattern used had different striping, but it's been discontinued. :( The back panel has been completed and the front panel is in progress. I was almost done with the front panel when I dropped a stitch and it kept getting worse and worse as I tried to pick it up so I frogged it. It's not like I don't have time. I mean she's not going to be wearing this until October, right?
The needles in the picture aren't the needles I started with. I was doing this on a size one circular needle even though it's done flat. BUT last week *I* tried to pull the knitting from my hands and snapped my needle. (Mommy was not happy. :P) The store was all out of size one circular needles soooo feeling desperate to knit, I bought a set of double points and some point protectors and it seems to be working pretty well. Actually, I think it will work out better for attaching the sleeves using a 3 needle bind off (whatever that is...Google will be my friend when I get to that step.)
My mom taught me to knit scarves when I was little but I never got any further than that. When we went to seminary, many of the women were knitters and I decided to pick it up again. Between some generous help and what I read in books and online, I'm willing to try most any pattern. I mean, if it doesn't look right you can just rip it all out, re-roll the yarn and start over. LOVE that.
Knitting relaxes me and feels so productive. I love feeling the wool or silk or alpaca (not a fan of artificial fibers and the way they feel between my fingers). I love the colors and the creative process. It feels good to take a hank of yarn and make something useful out of it. It challenges me too, because I'm learning something new.
Would it be easier and cheaper to just buy a sweater, hat or scarf? Maybe. But when I knit something for someone, I'm knitting it up with prayers and love.
And as the song goes..."Cant buy me love."