I feel like I should do about 17 posts on this one sweater, for the time it took me. I am guessing about 50 hours over the last 2 months or so, including the entirety of our road trip. I like knitting, but it really does test my patience. I am a mover and a shaker....I like to see results, and knitting, at least when done by me, is so SLOW. But, I DID IT!!! Anyhoo, I have been sure to point out to the hubs about every 5 minutes:
Me: "See each of those loops in this sweater? They represent one stitch. I made them. Each one. There must be a million of them!"
Hubs: "Does each one represent a swear word I heard you utter on the road trip?"
Me: "Um...could be."
Yes, I admit the learning curve was steep and the language colorful, but I made that d@#* thing, and I am f&^#ing proud! With the help of You Tube and Knitting for Dummies (yup, that includes me), I figured out all sorts of new skills like how to pick up stitches under the armpit to make a sleeve, how to add a button band and make button holes. I also learned the definition of "frogging" (rip it! rip it!) and how to pick up dropped stitches....these mishaps accounted for 90% of my foul language!
The pattern is the Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan, perfect for a beginner like me. More deets if you want to know the ins and outs can be found on my Ravelry page here. But if you want to just admire along with me, away we go...
I made this for The Middle Child.
Doesn't the blue look wonderful with her eyes?
Here is a view of the back:
She picked out the buttons herself.....she already has a thing for bling!
She has now asked if I will make a matching one for her American Girl doll (the answer is NO).......
I added a label to the inside, which doubles as a loop for hanging the sweater up on the hook in her classroom. No unsightly holes or stretches in this baby, please!
All in all I am beyond pleased with myself for this accomplishment. I know I make crap all the time, but knitting a sweater makes me feel connected with hardy pioneer women or something. Don't get me wrong, I won't be doing this all the time, but am set to cast on another for Last But Not Least, and will, someday, knit ONE sweater for myself ;)