Given my poor fashion choices during photo shoots, I'm sure you'll be surprised to hear I'm quite fashion forward.
Uber fashion forward, cutting-edge, avant-garde. You name it, it's a statement.
However I was not sure new moms will share my unique fashion perspective, so I knit a little longer and I've renamed this the eight hour sweater. A little more traditional, but two sleeves:
And a visual lesson in gauge. Same yarn, same pattern. One sweater with US10 and one with US9. Two sweaters for two very different sized babies. So the first sweater will be my first package for Bundles of Joy and the second to a new mama.
I have one complaint about the yarn and one about the pattern. For the yarn, I used Bernat's CottonTots. I used this a few years ago for a crocheted baby blanket. When I washed the first sweater, the yarn really pilled quite a bit and gives a bad fuzzy halo to the sweater. I don't remember it happening before so I don't know if it's because the gauge was loose or the yarn is older.
For the pattern, I didn't realize that there was no direction for putting in a button hole. Maybe y'all read the pattern all the way through before knitting, but I don't. So, the first sweater has no button hole because I was quite a ways through the sweater before I realized there wasn't going to be a button hole. And you already know I loathe tearing out my knitting (even when it's in my best interests). You could argue that the problem is with me and not the pattern, but the picture with the pattern shows buttons. The sleeves are a little fiddly, because you knit the sweater in one piece and really need to be aware of holes under the sleeves (which the pattern is good to point out); a friend of mine put the sleeves on waste yarn and did it after the fact, in the round on DPNs. I liked having the ability to continuously knit, but after-the-fact sleeves are an easy option.
Here is a picture of my button, which I think is unbelievably cute:
Oh, and another shot that will give a knitter much joy. You know besides perfect gauge, yarn that is always on sale, and unlimited knitting time. This is the yarn I had remaining at the end of the second sweater.
Yay! No leftovers. :)
My next project is for a colleague at work who's wife has a brain tumor removed last year. Unfortunately, at a check up they found the tumor had returned. They decided to use a gamma laser and she has lost a circular patch of hair. With everything else, my friend said it's really bothering her. So, I'm reverting to an old hat pattern that I enjoy and hope will quickly yield a hat. I'm using Lion Brand Cotton ease with the hope that it will be cool enough for summer.