Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sweater for Kassidy

Pattern: Five-Hour Baby Sweater (a more ornate version than I used before)
Yarn: Tatamy Tweed in Cherry
Completed: mid-October 2007

I heard from my neighbor in September that the neighbor on the other side of her house (that is, two houses down from me) had just had her baby. "Crap!" I thought. "That's right, she's pregnant. Was pregnant. What can I knit in a very short time?"

Never fear, the five-hour baby sweater (FHBS) is here! This is a more elaborate version I found via Ravelry that seemed more appropriate for a little girl (unlike the recipient of the last FHBS I made, this little girl is not being raised as a tomboy). In protest I made this in red, not pink. She has a bunch of dark hair already and red will look great on her. I passed over cute buttons for the more stylish and classic black ones.

I'm kind of meh about Tatamy Tweed. It's a cousin of Little Lehigh, cotton/acrylic, but seemed much rougher than LL once knitted up. Plus once I finished the sweater, it seemed way too big (I have all these other baby sweaters lying around the house to compare it to). So I popped it in the washer and dryer with warm water and a medium high heat. It shrank up just enough to make a denser fabric and got a fair amount softer. Still, I don't think I'd go for Tatamy Tweed again, especially for a baby's stuff.

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