Sunday, October 10, 2010

scrappy sweater

So, in keeping with the spirit of Responsible Recession-ing (yes, it's a verb, now), I decided to make L a cardigan using . . . wait for it. . . yarn I already own.  I know, I know, but I'm trying to clear out the stash so that I actually have room to put all of the new yarn that I'm going to buy from PARK AVENUE YARNS , my new local yarn shop (totally feels good to say that!).  Anyway, I had about 3/4 a skein of some old Paton's merino wool yarn that I bought from a little old lady because I felt sorry for her. Isn't that ridiculous.  Anyway, I figured I would do some stripey action and use Susan B. Anderson's (all hail the Susan B!) Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong as my template.

For those of you who are new to sweater knitting, this Easy Top-Down Raglan Knitalong is a great sweater pattern for first time as well as experienced knitters.  The basis of the pattern is from Wendy Bernard's Custom Knits book (which happens to be on sale 40% off at Knit Picks right now.

Anyhow, I began scrounging around to find colors that would go well together.  Unfortunately, that is not my strong suit so I went with Paton's Classic Merino Worsted Weight yarn in the Winter White colorway.  Ok, I admit it.  Right here and now.  My name is Kristin, and I'm a yarn snob (Hi, Kristin).  Not that there's anything wrong with Paton's, but I just plain old don't like it.  It tries to pass itself off as quality merino, but it just isn't.  When I think merino, I think of the good stuff. . . the Lorna's Laces kind of stuff.  Well, I know merino, Paton's and YOU, sir, are no merino!

In addition to the white Yucky McScratcherson yarn, I chose to make myself feel better for giving this sweater to my daughter by doing the stripes using some stashed Lorna's Laces in a really beautiful straw color as well as a  bright grass green and bright pink.  Halfway down the first sleeve, I made quite an interesting discovery. . . the Yucky McScratcherson Paton's yarn had a HORRIBLE bumpiness to the stitches and the Lorna's Laces was smooth and delicious.  Check it out for yourself.
This one is going to require some serious blocking.  I almost feel badly for the poor little sweater.  Kind of want to get out my shoulder massager (yes, mother, I said SHOULDER massager) and help the sad little thing work out those kinks.  Probably would be the most lovin' that poor quasi-merino ever got.

Anyhow, here's where I am so far in the sweater process:
I did a good old fashioned Elizabeth Zimmermann garter stitch on the bottom and front edges.  I have yet to finish the sleeves and add a collar, but no doubt it will be done by tomorrow because I have a Psychopathology midterm tomorrow and have to study sometime.  

By the way, I've been steadily working on Halloween costumes for the kiddos. When I say "steadily working on" that really means "steadily delegating to my dear mother for her to work on".  I figure, why re-invent the wheel.  The woman is a master seamstress among everything else and as far as having it all, she puts Hillary to shame!  She's like an evil\ a brilliant mixture of Paula Deen and Sarah Palin.  She will  serve you the most wonderful cookies, invite you to stay the weekend at her gorgeous home in the woods (that she decorated herself) whilst mind melding the Democrat that may be lurking in you to her way of thinking.  All the while you will be so charmed by her hospitality and charisma that you'll want to tell her all of your dark secrets and where you "hid the money"!  I swear this woman should be a cop.  

But I digress. . . She is making Little Sister a sparkling Little Red Riding Hood costume that would make any German Drag Queen jealous!  For under the gingham skirt, there is a red tutu which Sister has been playing with already.  She figured out on her own that she could put the tutu on and then pull the front over the back of her head so that it fits on her like a sassy bolero.  Check it out:
Personally, I can't decide which is cuter, the drag queen bolero or the regular tutu.


Finally, for my last indulgence, we went to visit my wonderful cousin T on Saturday and they took some great pictures of Sister and her cousin, J.  

And one of my gorgeous new cousin, A.  Don't ever tell anyone you saw me sans makeup.  It's not allowed here in the big TX.

Well, on that adorable note.  I'm off to sweater land.  Have a good week, knitty people!