Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Tulips kit

The Peapod is almost finished. I sewed up the last seams last night and it just needs to be blocked and have buttons and snaps sewn on. I'm hoping the blocking will resolve a few small issues--I can see now where I made a few mistakes. I should've knitted a bit longer on the non-lace front half. It doesn't quite match up with the other side. Maybe it's a gauge thing with the lace too? Either way, one side needs to be stretched out some to match up with the other. The neckband helped things out a lot, but it doesn't quite come together, so I'm debating having it just stand up like a small collar of sorts (Peapod Baby Pastor!). And somehow the armholes were bigger than the sleeves, so I sewed up a bitty seam there as well.

Now, I was quite obliged that a baby had stepped forward (figuratively) to claim this sweater, since I began it without a clear recipient in mind. Elissa and Justin are due to give birth any day to their daughter. But...the more I thought about it...the more it didn't seem right to give Peapod to a girl baby. Peapod is unisex, to be sure, but surely a girl deserved something more...well, not necessarily girly, but something different. Something more festive and bright.

Something like Tulips. (Note: I DID NOT MAKE THIS. Yet.)

Keyboard Biologist has one of the best photos of this out there.

Tulips' popularity skyrocketed when the Yarn Harlot sang its praises, and now yarn shops who make the cute little kits (essential unless you are making a bunch of them) have trouble getting the stuff in stock. Most have a waiting list--I'm on a list that is 4-6 weeks long right now. Problem when the baby is due any minute! But surely, I thought, if I can find a place that can get a kit to me relatively soon, we'll be fine. This is superwash wool--the baby won't be able to wear it in August, surely. Perhaps not even in September.

Enter Arcadia Knitting in Chicago! Happened to stumble on their shop blog right after they got the kits in stock, and so one is now winging its way to me, hopefully to arrive on Saturday (???).

The more sensible side of me is disdainful, knowing that to a certain extent, I'm rationalizing the human desire to have the latest, greatest, most popular thing. I know in my heart of hearts that it is just a kit, and it just has yarn, and it will not be the Holy Grail of knitting, after which everything is pale and boring. But the "ooh, shiny!" side of me can't stop thinking about Tulips. Mmm, Tulips.

Peapod will be finished, and then laid away for one of the December babies coming. Surely one of them will be a boy. If not...well, that other Tulips waiting list may come in handy.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

I, too, have fallen

I got my invite to Ravelry. It's exactly as addictive as everybody who's joined it already says. I just can't recommend it enough. It was nice to be able to use material from Needlin' to reconstruct my projects for Ravelry (as best I could).

I'm currently working on a project that Ravelry informs me happens to be the eighth most popular baby pattern that Ravelers are working on. It's the Pea Pod Baby Sweater. I started this with Little Lehigh because it's what I had on hand and I didn't have time to shop for something nicer before I left on my trip (and just couldn't bring myself to buy a lot of nice yarn at British prices). Some measure of regret there, but I still think it will be a nice light cotton sweater.

I started it knowing that two friends were due in December. Lo and behold, I just found that another friend is due in a week or two, and yet another friend is due in April, so there will be a steady stream of baby sweaters proceeding through here! Thank goodness for Ravelry's queue.

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