Thursday, April 05, 2012

It only took me 9 months

Some people, women mostly, can grow a baby in their tummies in nine months. It's pretty miraculous isn't? I haven't done that.

No.

No, I knit a sweater for a baby in nine months. That's basically the same right?

I knit the baby cardigan for Inspector Climate's best friend who had a baby in January. We didn't know when I started the sweater whether it was a girl or a boy. So we went with vibrant red - also, I'm not a big fan of gender specific colours anyway!

Inspector Climate picked the pattern, the yarn, the colour, everything. Be ye not so stupid. Do not let your, then, boyfriend pick out a knitting pattern if he does not know how to knit!

This pattern was a challenge. It was complicated. Which basically means, that I had to fully concentrate on what I was knitting 100% of the time. This is only awkward because it meant I couldn't knit and watch tv or have a conversation or day dream. And the amount of times I had to unpick it...I don't even want to talk about it.


Just to see how little it really is, made for 6-12 months, I put it next to a sweater that my mom made me. Aw.

I get kind of manic when I knit. I love starting new projects, but then I get so impatient to finish it and obsessed with getting it done that the actual knitting part loses all the fun! This is obviously not ideal.

What are you like when you start a project - knitting or otherwise - do you enjoy the process or manically try to complete it?

As part of my life list I have knit a cardigan by myself - does a baby cardigan count? I think so.

20 comments:

  1. Holy cow, that's a detailed pattern!! I'm impressed that you got in done in 9 months. I started knitting a cushion cover when I was ten. I've finished two squares so far, and it's only plain stitch!! ;)

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  2. I started knitting a scarf in 1998.. it's about 9 inches long now...

    But I do sew and the fun part is picking the fabric and pattern.. then it's frustrating and I just want it over.. so I can pick more fabric!!

    Great work though, it looks super cute!

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  3. I have no idea how to knit - I'd like to learn one day. That looks seriously impressive though, and cute :)

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  4. Wow, I'm impressed, regardless of how long and how much unpicking went into it. Well done.

    I have a project that I'm ready to start (making a collage of copies of old family photos) but I keep putting it off because I fear the finished product will look nowhere near as good as it does in my mind's eye!

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  5. Its gorgeous! What a lovely gift. Think about what you've been through the last nine months too? I have one friend who could whip out knitted baby stuff all the time, but everytime I saw her she was busy with yarn. This took her mind off..who would she choose..the father of her baby or her husband.

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  6. Holy COW! I this is very advanced. I haven't made it past knitting scarves. I'm impressed. :)

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  7. Wow! It's really nice! The only thing I've ever knitted is scarves. And even then I have a hard time watching TV and knitting at the same time. I've been working on one scarf for about 5 years! I can't believe you made that. It looks beautiful!

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  8. That really looks good! My grandmother used to knit my sister and I stuff all the time. Sweaters, vests, you name it. I'm sure that the baby will look adorable in your gift

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  9. Now that's amazing. I couldn't knit that in 9 years. The pattern is so intricate. Color me impressed!

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  10. "Mostly women." LOL.

    Also, this is adorable and basically a super power, because I could never, ever do that.

    Lor

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  11. Whoa, that is amazing, job well done... trust me that is harder than growing a child in your belly... I didn't need to concentrate on that:)

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  12. I would go crazy with that pattern! I crochet, and every time I learn a new stitch the air is filled with swear words for days on end. I get very frustrated. I like my crocheting to take place in front of the tv with only half of my attention. :))

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  13. I used to knit. TONS. Now I just watch people who knit and wish I remembered.

    What a beautiful gift you ended up with. Just probably don't tell the new mom that it's just like delivering a baby ;)

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  14. Jealous of your knitting skills!! The sweater looks beautiful and I am sure the IC's friend is going to adore it! =)

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  15. Aw it looks amazing!!! Good work x

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  16. HAHA! love the beginning. You had me going for a second! I have always wanted to learn how to knit. i bought a How To book once - and it confused the daylights out of me! The sweater is adorbs!!

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  17. Congrats on finishing the sweater! It's very cute and I totally could not have done that.

    My mother is a pro knitter and she knit a sweater similar to that in 3days for my nephew. She also is a stay-at-home-pet-mom with all the time in the world, so don't feel bad :p

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  18. Your talent is inspiring and given my propensity to procrastinate 9 months seems like no time at all.

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  19. I don't care how long it took, you did a great job!!! I think it looks fabulous!

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