Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Baby Knitting Woes

I am so happy to be able to join up with Ginny this week for another yarn along! The past week and a half have been consumed by baby knitting.


The brighter green is a Sunnyside cardigan for my nephew/godson, Maximilian Kolbe. (Can you refer to a baby as your godson before he's baptized?) I knew I wanted to knit him something and found a skein of this yarn waiting in my stash. My cousin has big babies, and I was afraid he'd outgrow it before he got a chance to wear it later this year, so with a little nail-biting I cast on for the 12-18 month size. According to the pattern I don't have enough yarn, but according to other people's Ravelry notes, I do. So we'll see how long the sleeves end up being ... if they end up being at all. (More on this in a moment.)

Anyway, I started knitting happily away and was a good bit in when I realized I'd forgotten the first buttonhole. Whatever, I thought. It's just one buttonhole at the very top. I am not knitting back. Who ever buttons their cardigans all the way up to the very top, anyway? (I am a perfectionist but I am also lazy. I've gotten used to embracing things as "design elements.")

Well, I can't say that I believe in karma, but after reaching the bottom and binding off I realized that I had managed to forget to make the last three buttonholes. Now, if this was a little girl's cardigan, I might be able to rationalize this as another "design element" (see "Maile," below). But it's not, and I can't. So I will be ripping this out and reknitting once I finish the sleeves.

Oh yes. The sleeves. I bound off while my mother-in-law was visiting for Easter--so last Monday? Tuesday? I set the cardigan, the needles, and the yarn in my knitting basket. Two days ago I went to retrieve them. I found the needles, I found the cardigan ... I did not find the yarn. I have literally torn apart my living room looking for it, so it must be somewhere else. But that makes NO SENSE. I put in my basket; I did not bring my basket anywhere else! I am terrified I won't find this yarn and will have to go buy more and knit something else for Max from scratch. Sigh. We'll see; hopefully St. Anthony will pull through for me on this one!

The lighter green is the sleeve of a Maile cardigan for another friend's baby. Although my gauge is off a bit, so far it is going better than poor Max's cardigan.

The book is Pillars of Gold by Alice Thomas Ellis, and I'm afraid that after this book I've exhausted our library system's supply of  her books, which is depressing. Unfortunately her books are also mostly out of print (although surprisingly this one is available as a Kindle edition), so buying them can get a bit expensive; but I guess a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

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  1. Oh dear, I hope you find it, because the work you have done so far is lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I haven't found it yet ... sometime this week I plan on tearing the house apart looking for it, hehe. If I can't find it then ... I guess baby Max will just have his sweater mailed to him.

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  2. Oh no! I love the sweater--I hope you find the yarn and can fix the buttonholes easily enough!

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  3. I hope that yarn shows up and soon. I hate when I forget the button holes, and I've done it many times, luckily I caught the mistake quickly.

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  4. Have you considered making loops for the buttons out of a thin, light colored cording or leather? You might need goggles instead of your buttons but it might be worth a try if you do not find your yarn in time for him to get the sweater. Good luck!

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    1. Oh my goodness ... loops for buttons ... that is an AMAZING idea! I sat and stared at that thing for a long time trying to figure out a way around ripping it, but I didn't come up with that! Thank you! (Now I just have to find that yarn ... sigh ...)

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  5. I really like that yarn, but I promise I didn't take it! Good luck. Sometimes I put stuff in a safe place. Someday I'll find that safe place and it will be so full of great stuff!

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    1. Haha, I have a lot of "safe" things too ... ;) This is the first time it's happened with yarn though. Sigh!

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  6. I hope you find your yarn soon! I wish I was a more experienced knitter. I am sticking to blankets for now until I get more ambitious. The cardigans are both so beautiful! Miss you!

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