The gloomy weather abated long enough this weeked for me to whip some buttons on this baby and get it out for a photo shoot. Teddy was a very obliging model, although you may not get the best images of the sweater in the photo above so here are some more detail shots….
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Here's the sweater pre-buttons. I followed Elizabeth Zimmermann's instructions for a baby size Fair Isle Yoked sweater as found in Knitting Around. I'm not sure about the yoke, it seems a bit long. I fear the armholes may be a little low and this kid may end up looking like a red, white and blue penguine in this sweater! But we'll see. I wasn't sure if I'd like the blousy sleeve but we'll see when I actually get to try it on a human. This was also my first experience with button bands. Usually if I cut open a sweater for a cardigan I just sew in a zipper with an icord border or something but I figured a baby sweater would be the perfect chace to try my luck. It went surprisingly well. I didn't have to rip anything out or start over. I'm not sure if the buttonholes will be tight enough, I may have to sew them up a little with some matching thread. I am also thinking of sewing some kind of facing onto the cut edges I tacked under. They are not very attractive and I worry about them coming loose after a few washings, even though I tried to sew them down very thoroughly.
The colors in all of these pictures are ridiculously off. My Crapshot 2000 has got to be the worst camera ever. Even outdoor pictures do not show the true colors of my knitting. I hope to someday be able to afford a nice higher end digital, especially with Spike on the way. I fear he may always look blurry or completely washed out!
The yarn is Knit Picks Swish DK superwash wool in Hollyberry, Dusk, Pale Lemon and White. It is very soft and will be very gentle on baby's skin, but I'm not sure if I like the yarn otherwise. It relaxed significantly after I washed and blocked it. I DID make a swatch cap before starting the sweater but in no way did it just sort of lose all it's sproingyness (good English here….) and elasticity the way the sweater did. I think the sweater is still relatively the same size, I was just amazed at how much body it lost. But my biggest gripe is that it bled HORRIBLY! The white in the yoke is now a sort of pale pink and the yellow is not looking so hot either. I expected some bleeding, but hoped there would be no real color transfer. I even poured some vinegar in the wash water to try to prevent it (BTW I did NOT wash this sweater in the machine, I did it by hand as I was afraid the steek stitches may come unraveled in the machine). I am starting to realize why people fork out the big bucks for yarn, even for baby sweaters, as you don't want to see your work ruined because of crappy yarn. Has anyone else had this problem with any of Knit Picks yarns? Can anyone recommend a good and not bank-breaking yarn to use for baby sweaters? I will still use this sweater as long as it fits, and I am not displeased with the work itself, it just didn't turn out as wonderful as I'd hoped. But, as with everything, we live and learn. I'm sure this yarn would be great for a solid color sweater, it just didn't work so well for colorwork.
And moving on, here we have a soon to be FO….
A nearly finished Baby Surprise Jacket (also EZ in action). This will be my first although I have a second larger size on the needles….somewhere….This yarn is again a Knit Picks purchase, their Bare fingering weight which I then hand dyed with some Wiltons cake icing dyes. And again, thanks to my Crapshot camera, the colors shown are no where near the real thing. The real thing is shades of subtle red, blues, and a caramel brown. Much more attractive than what you see here. I will try to get some better shots once this officially becomes a FO. Which it never will if I don't get knitting! So I'm off! Happy Knitting all!
P.S. The fuzzy blue hat Teddy is sporting above a la Paddington Bear, is my attempt at a felted bucket hat knitted from Peace Fleece worsted weight. I made this sometime ago and have never worn it, but felt Teddy was really missing something without a hat and this one worked perfectly!