Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Tulip Sweater (and hat) for Abigail




Pattern: "Tulip, a colorful cardigan for baby" from Dream in Color
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in Cool Fire, Giant Peach, Strange Harvest, Spring Tickle, Happy Forest, Blue Lagoon, Some Summer Sky, and Visual Purple (yes, the names are one reason I wanted to knit this)
Completed: mid-October 2007
New skill: Attached I-cord; knitting sleeves in the round

I squealed about getting this kit, and it lived up to its reputation. The yarn is superwash wool, hand-painted with beautiful shadings even in the less varigated shades, and reasonably soft and squooshy. It was fun to add each stripe and see how it transformed the whole thing. The I-cord finishing on the edges thoroughly charmed me. And it was really, really nice to not have to sew a single thing when I was done knitting!

Had plenty of yarn left, so I knit the matching Tulip hat that I found courtesy of Ravelry. Pity it was written by somebody for their much older child--next to the sweater, it looks like a hat for a child with a freakishly large head. But it will be cute for Abigail to wear when she gets older.

I almost don't want to send this off. I want it sitting around my living room as a decoration. That must sound sad. But I've gotten rather attached to it.

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