OK folks, I had a nice long post that took all afternoon between the kids making me crazy beyond measure. It was going to be my one measure of success in a day of appointments, leaky roof, ants in my pantry, back pain, rushing, waiting, catnip all over the house, playdates and a three year old testing every boundary. Going to be... Hit the wrong button and now I have no successes to mark this day. And dinner's not even thought of and it's 6:30.
Here's the early draft with photos. Imagine something wittier, more descriptive.
"Do a kid's sweater, they're easy" my patoot - this sweater just goes on and on. Fair Isle, intarsia (with evil fraying cotton), cables, moss stitch, sewn on button bands and little bitty fiddly sawtooth borders ... the fun never stops.
Here it is sans collar and buttonhole band. The sawtooth border is discussed below.
Yeah, it's cute. Yeah, I'm happy to have made it. Yeah yeah yeah. Honestly, all whinging aside, it's been very educational, which I guess is the purpose of a sampler sweater. And better to learn on a kid's sweater than one I plan to wear for years. Because this one, lets be honest, will look good for about a week at best and there after be found on the floorboards of the van or stuffed in the bottom of Em's backpack after pre-school. But I did buy a white dress to go under it the other day (Hope and mother's dreams spring eternal), so final photos will be forthcoming.
That buttonband is too tight, but tough. It was too loose at first, so I undid it and redid it and it's done, so there. First mistake was to sew while on perma-hold with insurance company over a claim from last June (yes!). I waited them out and they agreed to pay just to get rid of me. So this will be forever the too-tight buttonband that's all Aetna's fault! (Real mistake was to declare it done and cut the yarn, but that I can't blame on Aetna).
Was very worried about the evil bunnies being pulled apart, so I blew $0.60 on iron-on interfacing (and another $6 on a feather boa to keep the lucky recipient of this sweater occupied in the fabric store while I waited to have my sixty cents of interfacing cut). It does add a little stiffness, but I choose a woven, lightweight one that's not too bad. Trust me, the bunnies look 10X better even if a bit of drape is lost. Anyway, now she'll have to worry that off before she can get to the million loose ends below. My 2 cents -- intarsia is much better in WOOL. And yes, I would typically weave in the ends, but this yarn frays apart and floats out of position.
Had a long description of this sawtooth fiasco. Guess a photo tells the story anyway. Just why did it take SIX repeats to think to change the dec? Why? Thought it would iron out. Insert Pope quote again. The offending teeth will be pulled out shortly.
There is a bright light on my knitting horizon. I won't even let myself get out the winder until the evil bunnies are done, but I know it's there, waiting for me! Bet some of you can guess what it's going to be. Yeah, I've always been late to parties, but I have fun anyway.