Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Shrug for Evelyn -FO

Ok, I just completed a shrug for Evelyn (my daughter) the other day. But, in fact, it wasn't intended for her :( I found the Shrug This pattern (from 101 One Skein Wonders) and I loved it and it was simple, and would be my first attempt at raglan sleeves. Perfect. Let's do it.
Well I decided to use some yarn that was gifted to me from my Mother in law that is absolutely fantastic. The problem was I couldn't figure out what weight it was. It came from Peru, and I guess their labeling is different, it didnt say recommended needle size or anything! It looked like it was worsted to me but I wasn't sure. But I decided to use it anyway and I cast on.

About halfway through I start realizing that maybe this will be a little snug. So I figured, "Hey no problem, if it doesn't fit me, I can always give it to_____" (my 12 year old neice). Awesome, her birthday is coming up and its perfect. So I kept going.
When I completed it, it looked small but I was like maybe I can fit into it. Well *insert buzzer here* NOPE! Too small. Then I figured wait a minute this may be too small even for my neice. So, I tried it on my daughter Evelyn who is only FIVE, and it fits her so beautifully. What happened? What in the world went wrong. So was the yarn really DK? Would it really have made that much of a difference????? I'm puzzled.... To go from supposedly fitting an adult to a 5 year old?

So what the lesson here is, and correct me if I'm wrong, is I should really check my gauge before I jump into projects. But knowing how much smaller it came out than intended, I wonder how many swatches I would have went through before getting it right? And that is why I don't do them in the first place. lol. But at least this time, I had someone to give it to.

Anywho- here it is :)- I'll have to take a picture of her in it .

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Second Shower down!

Although,I wasn't able to attend :( I really hurt my back that day (28th) and I was really upset, because I was really proud of this cardigan. My husband found a set of vintage books from 1963 meant to be a guide to Homemakers lol. There is a book about throwing great parties, planning a wedding, how to nutritionally feed your family, money management, and on and on. Its a set of like 10 books. One of the books is on Knitting, Crochet and Embroidery! So I found this pattern, its the Baby Jacket with Hood. But I improvised by using my new wonderful crochet skills, to simple crochet along the neck edge! Cool huh? I know, I'm easily amused!
So Baby Shower 3 is on March 22. I realize that I probably won't have time to complete the Pinwheel Blankie and I'm bummed about it. *sigh* Oh well, I'll have to find something else that's cute! Its a boy and I know it will be red, (the mom-to-bed loves red ). So we shall see.