Monday, October 27, 2008

Finished Project - Baby Sweater

Baby Sweater 01
Baby Sweater 01,
originally uploaded by jennlikesyarn.
I finally finished my first "big" project since I started knitting again. For those of you who don't know, I both knit and crochet. I learned to knit first, when I was 11 years old, but became obsessed with crocheting once I got to college when all my friends taught me how.

Since joining Ravelry, I've taken a huge interest in knitting again, especially since things like baby sweaters and clothing in general look better when they're knit. This lead to me picking up my needles once again and casting on.

I didn't expect much out of this sweater, since the first and last baby sweater I knitted two years ago took forever to complete and I had to seam every piece together once I was done. I like to call that project "Hell on Earth." I don't mind emroidery or things like that, but I abhore sewing things together (almost as much as weaving in my ends). But this whole sweater was made as one piece on two needles - you couldn't ask for an easier project!

I really love the colors - pink and green. The picture is pretty true to the actual colors. You an also see it's barely bigger than the size of my hand, which makes me think it's too small for even a newborn. So... I'm making another. I've altered the pattern to be 10 stitches wider and it'll be a couple rows longer. We'll see what happens, but I'm also alternating the colors on this one - the main color will be green with the pink as accents.

I can't tell you how quick it is to knit this sweater up, and maybe I'll make a bunch of them for people I know and to sell. I mean, it's just a basic raglan, which until this past week I had no idea was so easy!

More of my friends need to have babies so I can make a ton of these.

For more information on this project, or to download the pattern yourself, click here for the ravelry page..

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Yarn Store Woes

Every time I visit my local ACMoore, I regret it.

They have very few yarns that I like and use on a regular basis or, when they do, it's never in colors I'd like to use. Last night, I went in hopes I could find some awesome colors to make more fingerless gloves and wrist warmers. I spent five minutes trying to find the Caron Simply Soft (or any Caron at all, for that matter) and finally found it buried in the middle of the tiniest aisle ever. I was soon horrified to discover they only carried six colors, all of which were either muted tones or primary. Where were the Brites?

I tried to find the silver lining, thinking this would be the perfect opportunity to use some Microspun again. Nope, they didn't carry that, period. Any soft yarns that didn't cost more than $4? Meh, not really. Like, I'm looking to sell this stuff - I'm not going to spend $5 on a skein of yarn to make something I only plan on selling for $5.

My basket empty, I saw a row of blue in the Red Heart aisle. Okay, so it wasn't what I was looking for to make hats or gloves, but I figured I could pick up some white and delft blue for the Special Olympics scarves. I had planned on purchasing some online, but if they sold it here, might as well save myself the shipping and have something to work on during the craft show. Great. So they had periwinkle, light blue, dark blue, and navy. Not delft, heaven forbid.

At this point, I think my trooper boyfriend was ready to murder me and was going dizzy from all my walking back and forth. Eventually, I wound up purchasing $32 of yarn from the sale rack in some gorgeous colors that felt great. I couldn't, for the life of me, tell you how some of them ended up in clearance because they were so wonderful, and most were less than $3.

My biggest concern? I live in a heavily populated city less than an hour outside of Phildelphia. For two years, I lived in Middle of Nowhere, Central PA, and had the world's most amazing ACMoore less than 15 minutes away that carried every Caron color imaginable and tons of novelty yarn I have yet to find around here. I love where I live, but the ACMoore leaves something to be desired.

But they do have a bigger selection of crochet and knitting tools than I've ever seen anywhere. Then again, how often do I need to buy supplies?

PS: I bought a High School Musical lunchbox at Giant last night for $4. Guess what I brought my lunch in today? :)
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