Monday, November 10, 2008

Back on Track

Remember a few weeks ago, when I was kickin' out the handknits at a rate far exceeding my average? Well, I then lost my mojo, and have been stuck ever since. But this weekend, the cool (we're not at cold yet), the gray skies, and a sick husband helped get me back on track.

And I finally finished Duck Soup...
Duck Soup 02

This is for my cousin who is expecting a baby; well, he's not going to have the baby, his fiancee is. I'm way ahead of schedule here as the baby is not due for another few weeks. (Let's ignore the fact that I had hoped to have it in the mail last week for a baby shower yesterday.)

Duck Soup 01

Back to the knitting... I highly recommend this pattern for any baby knitters (and it's sized up to 5 years). It's quick (at 4 st/ inch it should have been much quicker for me) and very well-written. I used Vanna's Choice (under 2 skeins for the 3 month size) in Colonial Blue and miscellaneous Cotton Ease for the frog closures. The primary color palette is not my favorite, but I think it works for a baby boy.

I like the pattern, I'm satisfied with the final result, and I will knit this again. However, I'm not sure that I will use this yarn again, at least not for the smallest size. I think it would have been fine in one of the larger sizes. As acrylics go, it's not horrible. It's knittable and the color selection is vast. The problem I ran into (and went to 3 yarn stores trying to solve) was finding a machine washable yarn that knits up at 4 st/ 1 inch. I don't think it's right to saddle new parents with handwashable knits, and I'd like to see this used (if it fits, which is always a question.)

I started, and nearly finished, another project last night. It's colorwork, and I didn't want to put it down. More on that later this week...

3 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

MamaLizKnits said...

I love this pattern -- the frog closures, the oversize garter stitch border -- so cute! I definitely think that Tommy needs one. I think I'll use the same yarn you did. You are right -- it's not horrible yarn -- for acrylic. Great job. :)

Debbie said...

It's so cute! I love it.

And I beg to differ about the cold. True, it's not really cold, but I ended up walking to work on Saturday in the snow (very light, almost nonexistent but still snow snow). I don't like it, not one bit.

Theresa said...

Those frog closures are adorable! And it looks like a versatile pattern, would even look good in neutrals.

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