Packing continues for the move next month. So much has been done, but so much is left to be done. I hate packing, doesn't everyone?
The timing of our move is rather inconvenient for my knitting schedule. I have friends and family who have recently become new parents or are expecting soon. This seems to be the year for babies. I have many, many baby things to make.
I have some new layette books to inspire me. There is only one problem with a new pattern, you don't know exactly how it will turn out. The proportions may make the garment look like clown clothes. The pattern stitch may be awkward to execute and make your carpal tunnel thing flare up. The finishing details may not work out quite right, or may look cute in the photo but ridiculous in person. You just don't know until you've tried it out.
And so, I'm trying out some patterns. I really don't want to have to rip out and reknit that lovely Lang yarn that I paid way too much for, it looks a little delicate, like the plies may separate and not survive too much frogging. So, I'm using that acrylic yarn they sell at the dollar store. If I don't like the way it's going, I can break the yarn and throw the piece away without feeling guilty. If it turns out well, then I can donate the test garment to a worthy organization who collects layette items. A win-win situation.
I don't mind the extra knitting time, I like to knit while I watch TV, it gives my hands something to do. If the project is small, then it is easy to put down quickly to chase the toddler.
This is the piece I've been working on this week. It's turning out pretty well, we'll see what it looks like with sleeves. The cotton-candy pink color just grows on you, doesn't it? I think it will look best with interesting buttons. Plain buttons would just make it too boring and blah. This simple little sweater needs some little ribbons and rosebuds, that sort of thing, to dress it up a bit and make it more special.
Have a wonderful week and happy knitting!