Sunday, April 06, 2008

Finally, a FO to show.

I have been distracting all of you with pictures of the baby because I haven't been getting much done. Now that she is awake more often, my time is consumed with entertaining her or watching her play. She got sick last week and had a little fever. For 2 nights she was impossible to deal with. She was cranky and crying inconsolably and refused to drink her formula. I felt so bad for her. I knew she was tired, but she couldn't fall asleep for more than 45 minutes at a time before she would start crying again. She seems to be doing much better today (knock on wood).The sweater has been done for a while, but it needed the ends woven in and to be blocked. I soaked and blocked the sweater last week. And while she played this afternoon, I sat next to her and sewed on the 3 buttons. When she willingly took a nap after playing, I took the pictures. It's a dreary day today and the sky threatens to rain, but if I don't take the pictures today, I don't know when my next chance may be.I love how the sweater turned out. But I would knit it in a worsted weight yarn if I had to do it again. The stitch pattern became tedious with the thin dk weight yarn that I used. My only complaint is that the sleeves are not knitted in the round. I had to carefully mattress stitch the sleeves together and it was a bit difficult because of the pattern on the sleeves. I think I did a good job because the seams turned out to be invisible.I made the 12 month size so it's way too big for Melody right now. I still haven't decided whether I should keep it or give it away to the many babies being born around me. Everyone I know is having girls, except for one friend who recently had a boy. I haven't had a chance to make anything for that friend yet. Does anyone know of any good boy sweater patterns? I know this pattern is unisex, but I want to knit something new.

Pattern: Baby Brights (CH-33) by Bev Galeskas from Fiber Trends
Yarn: 2.75 skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun DK in color: 7990 (Pink, Gray, White)
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
Size: 12 months

34 comments:

hetty said...

Great little sweater! Sorry to hear that Melody was not feeling well last week. Hope all is better now. Have you ever looked at the free knitting patterns site?
It's at www.knittingpatterncentral.com
There is also a crochet site.
www.crochetpatterncentral.com
Hope you will be able to find some baby patterns there. I am so glad that I was able to access your blog today. When I tried to do so the last couple of days, it told me that I was not allowed. OMG I almost cried! I love your blog!

sUsAn said...

Gorgeous sweater!!! Hope that your Melody continues to feel better and better!

Sharon said...

Wow! Thats beautiful sweater..Hope Melody feels better and begins to sleep longer...our nights have gone from bad to worse,Just when I thought we had figured it all out,Ethan decides its fun to wake up every two hours!! Loved your previous posts too,Melody is looking adorable,love the pics of her smiling,its soo rewarding to see them smile :-)!

JL said...

lovely sweater, for sweetie.

annemarie said...

That sweater is awesome - I cannot believe how talented you are.

sue said...

Sending get well wishes to Melody. Poor babies are so helpless when they are sick and they cant tell you what is wrong with them. I think we mums feel just as bad as they do. I love the little cardigan, it is adorable. I like Sirdar patterns for boys and they have some great ones.

Kirsten said...

It's beautiful! I love it! I so wish I could knit. I am planning on signing up for a class at our local yard shop. Hope your little one is feeling better soon.

rohanknitter said...

What a pretty sweater! Sorry to hear Melody was sick - that is never any fun, but the littler they are they worse it is, I think. They are miserable and they will make sure you know it, the poor little things!

Marianne said...

Hope you had the worst part with Melody so far !
I love the sweater, the color is just great !

Kirsten said...

The sweater is adorable!
I hope Melody is feeling better.

Grace said...

Check out the book "Simple Knits for Cherished Babies" by Erika Knight, she has so many beautiful knitting patterns that are easy and quick.. also boys and girls styles. Hope the little one gets better soon!

Allegra said...

I'm sorry to hear that Melody has been sick. It's so miserable (for everyone involved) when they're sick. I hope she feels better soon! Great sweater. I think I might need to get that pattern.

Priscilla said...

Pretty sweater, if you keep it for Melody - I know she will look c-u-t-e in it! Hope she is feeling better soon!

flanthrower said...

What a great looking sweater! THat's a sweater I would happily wear! I love the color progression of the yarn through all the rows.

I hope that Melody feels better soon and that you guys both get some much deserved rest.

garn said...

Adorable sweater! Your little girl is getting so big. Hope you sleep well tonight.

I have several cute little boy patterns. If your interested send me a quick e-mail. I can give you a peek. knitserland@gmail.com

Tina

kawaii crafter said...

I really like the color of this one

Saira said...

That is such a cute cardi. Hope Melody feels better soon.

Micki said...

It's adorable, just like everything else you make! :)

Judy said...

Very cute baby sweater! As usual, the baby photos are adorable. Hang in there, Mommy, it will get better.....

Laurah said...

I like how the colors in the yarn turned out with that pattern. You can still see the stitch through the variegation. Very cute!

c.Rachel said...

Hope your little one is feeling better. It's tough when the little ones get sick.

What a wonderful sweater...I'm always amazed at people who can knit things that can be worn...I just do blankets, scarfs...all simple and again...simple, simple hats. My dream is to one day knit a wearable sweater! Gorgeous work!

p.s. you can post pics of Melody in every post...no complaints here. =) [my youngest is almost 3...so I love seeing the wee little ones!]

bunbun said...

I want one in my size!
you always make such good use of color!

My Best Friend Calls Me Martha said...

That's a great little sweater. Love the colors, very mellow!

Corrie said...

oh its just gorgeous! love the pattern and the colours..and just wait there will be times when you're lucky to achieve 1 or 2 things you want in a day as miss melody gets active!!!

Corrie:)

caitlyn said...

The sweater is so beautiful!!
I'm glad that Melody is on the mend.

Lisa said...

Beautiful sweater - I really like the colorway.

Hope Melody gets better soon :)

Jennie said...

Hope melody is feeling better.
Love the colours in the sweater.

amandajean said...

that sweater is adorable! you did a very nice job on it.

joyce said...

beautiful sweater. i love the color...keep it for Melody!

Alice said...

You must keep the sweater for Melody! It is gorgeous!

As for good boy patterns... hmmm... BSJ, Wonderful Wallaby, Tomten, Child's Placket-Neck Pullover from LMKG? I've never actually knit anything for a little boy so I might not be the best help :)

Danielle said...

I'm so sorry to hear that the baby has been sick too :( I've been dealing with a sick little girl a lot myself. As for a baby boy sweater, I really do like the free one I'm making right now by f.pea called super-natural stripes. Look it up on ravelry. It's really fast. I love Melody's sweater BTW!

riggwelter said...

The cardi looks beautiful. Hope Melody is feeling better soon.

nova said...

This is such a gorgeous little sweater! I think the yarn selection was perfect.

claudine said...

Such a beautiful cardigan, pretty colours too! You sure have a knack for picking such lovely patterns!