Monday, November 26, 2007

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    Hurt no living thing:
    Ladybug, nor butterfly,

    Nor moth with dusty wing.
    -Christina Rossetti

    The Ladybug Sweater is finished: And I think this definitely counts for NaKniSweMo, as well as the UFO Resurrection. There are easily more than 50,000 stitches in a 24 month size knit in fingering weight wool on US2s. Plus, there's my first steek, three-color stranding in a single row, and all sorts of other fun.

    Marihone/The Ladybug Sweater
    Pattern:
    from an out-of-print Dale Baby Knits book, also available in a pattern leaflet
    Yarn: Dale Baby Ull in various colors
    Needles: US 0 for the hems, US 2 for the rest
    Notes: No major changes to the pattern, although I did leave the neck stitches live for picking up the neckband.
    Best Thing About This Project: When I started this sweater a year ago, I had a vague notion that I might have friends having babies. When I really got going knitting it, however, it became clear to me. I love this sweater far too much to give it away, so I'll be keeping it tucked away for my hypothetical future children. I don't think that's particularly strange, although this is a 24 month size . . . Wool keeps, right?

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    23 Comments:

    Blogger Carole Knits said...

    That's adorable and certainly worth keeping for your future!

    11/26/2007 9:52 AM  
    Blogger Margene said...

    It is too cute to give away! Wool keeps for a long time. You are so smart to be a head of the game. ;-)

    11/26/2007 10:06 AM  
    Blogger Karen said...

    That is so impressive . . . yes, it must be tucked away for your own child!!! I don't think that's strange at all.

    11/26/2007 10:22 AM  
    Blogger sloth-knits said...

    The sweater is adorable! I think it's totally fine to keep.

    11/26/2007 10:28 AM  
    Anonymous Donna said...

    So cute! Yet, I can't help but wonder if keeping the sweater is truly de-stashing ;)

    11/26/2007 10:38 AM  
    Blogger Joan said...

    Beautiful! I have the book and yarn for this sweater. I decided that I would not only knit for others but some things for future great grands. This would be one of them.

    11/26/2007 10:42 AM  
    Blogger Liz said...

    It's wonderful! And yes, wool keeps. And by the time s/he's two years old, you may not have to wash it every time it's worn.

    11/26/2007 10:55 AM  
    Anonymous Kristen said...

    Huzzah for the ladybug sweater! Definitely worth saving for your own child(ren). That it's a unisex design is a big plus.

    11/26/2007 1:34 PM  
    Blogger Pam said...

    Wonderful decision! It's such a cute sweater - and would work for a boy or a girl (I found a little lace collar one-sie that helped this along when I passed the boy's things on to the girl).

    I think 24 months is the perfect size for hand-knits -- smaller sizes are grown out of all too quickly - kids often wear this size for a while. Plus, you can always put it on a little early, with the sleeves rolled up.

    I love this sweater!

    11/26/2007 1:53 PM  
    Anonymous pat said...

    I made sweaters for hypothetical babies and they all got worn by 4 of those babes!
    ADORABLE sweater!

    11/26/2007 1:56 PM  
    Blogger TeresaB said...

    I would keep that for your hypothetical baby as well! That's beautiful.

    11/26/2007 2:07 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Lovely! I would keep it too - some things are just too pretty to give away.

    11/26/2007 4:37 PM  
    Blogger hannah said...

    Wow... that is quite the sweater... I'd keep it for myself too :)

    11/26/2007 5:39 PM  
    Blogger hopalong682003 said...

    I want! I want! I want! That is sooo cute. I wonder if I could modify the size for a child? It looks perfect for my currently 3 year old niece. If I started now, I could have it for her when she's 4 or 5.

    11/26/2007 8:00 PM  
    Anonymous nova said...

    Lady bugs are cute, but on a knitted sweater?! How can anyone stand the cuteness?!

    11/26/2007 9:32 PM  
    Blogger Dorothy said...

    Definitely a keeper! I have the pattern too, but those three color rows are discouraging me. Any hints?

    11/26/2007 9:37 PM  
    Blogger Rebecca said...

    It is far too adorable to give away ..... you should MOST DEFINITELY hold on to it!

    11/26/2007 11:20 PM  
    Blogger Wool Winder said...

    This is the kind of sweater that you can only give to someone who will truly appreciate the significance of all the work that went into it. I think you are wise to keep it for yourself.

    11/27/2007 4:28 AM  
    Blogger Kat said...

    Forewarned is forearmed: Knitting for future babies gets the baby bug into your brain. It increases the likelihood of said future babies. (That said the baby showed up over three years after the first knits for the baby.)

    The sweater is beautiful. I would definitely have kept that sweater for myself. Actually I need to knit that sweater before epsilon will outgrow 24 mo size! (The size kit I have.)

    11/27/2007 5:16 AM  
    Anonymous theflitgirl said...

    I think you definitely should keep that sweater for the future little T+Js...and then make another for the future progeny of flitgirl and Toasty. Because as much as I've improved in my knitting, I don't think I'll ever get to that level, and I MUST have that sweater. You don't mind doing two, right? Not even for the future godson/daughter?

    11/27/2007 6:52 AM  
    Blogger Disentangled said...

    Yay! super cute! You got all sorts of lists checked off with that FO!

    11/27/2007 7:04 AM  
    Anonymous Rachel said...

    I have gotten attached to a few baby sweaters in my time too. I have a little stash of about 4 or 5 of them. Nothing to be ashamed of. I just hope they fit my future hypothetical kids at the right time of year.

    11/28/2007 6:19 AM  
    Blogger Jenny Raye said...

    Way too cute!!! Well done.

    11/28/2007 12:31 PM  

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