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Is it really almost November?

October 27, 2011
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I’m not really sure how it happened that it’s almost November. First Quarter is over in two weeks at my school! Where has time gone?

A few months ago my husband mentioned that a coworker of his was expecting a baby and asked if I would make something for the baby. Of course I agreed and started looking around for just the right yarn/pattern. Not knowing much about this coworker, I knew it should be something superwash and fairly simple, but I wanted to use something from stash.

Clouds in my Coffee on Springvale Super Merino (far right)

I finally settled on a skein of yarn that I picked up at the Three Irish Girls booth at Sock Summit.  I really like it, but didn’t have any big plans for it. It’s a Carpe Yarnem colorway called Clouds in my Coffee and I decided it would be just right for a baby boy.

Once I chose the yarn, I went on a hunt for a pattern that would work. I vetoed my usual boy-baby standby, Pembroke Vest, because of the highly variegated yarn I had chosen. I tried Assisted Hatchling (Ravelry link), only to change my mind because I didn’t want to deal with buttons. I contemplated the Small Things Sweater (Ravelry link) but again with the buttons, and I didn’t think I had enough yarn. Finally, I thought to myself “maybe I should look for a pattern that uses the specific yarn I have!”  A quick Ravelry search led me to several options and I settled on the Link Sweater by Jenna Swanson. (I also ADORE Pippin, but had the same yarn-and-button concerns as before).

Once I found a pattern that worked, I was able to finish the sweater pretty quickly. I’ve been waiting for nice weather to coincide with me having time to photograph it but I finally gave up and just took a few quick photos.  I need to get the sweater off to the baby before he outgrows it!

I had a few challenging moments while knitting the pattern that were eventually resolved by scrutinizing pattern photos, project notes on Ravelry and emailing the designer and in the end I am satisfied with the result. I think the simpler cables work well with the variegation in the yarn and the roomy construction should fit for a bit longer than a more fitted sweater.

 My teddy bear wasn’t thrilled to model, but I wanted to show the cute neckline off just a bit more than it shows in the laid-flat photograph. I am not quite sure what to call this style of neckline, but it’s got a notch cut into the front to create an extra big neck opening without needing buttons or using a more traditional V-neck.

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