Knitwise, this week has felt as one those homiletic nursery rhymes about good girls and boys who keep busy all week with milking of cows, churning butter, baking bread and so on so they can spend Sunday angelically resting. That’s my week, knitwise. One sweater, from spike to loaf.
I realize I need to knit something delicious and pick up the most delicious yarn I can find in my stash. It’s yellow. I add delicious pink and a little green since the yellow and pink won’t be enough. I cast on, using the instructions for Doreen L. Marquart’s Modular cardigan to know how many stitches I need. I change needles to 2,75 and decide that I’m happy with that. I do not swatch, the recipient is small enough to fit in practically anything I make and the number of stitches are for a bigger size.
I continue knitting on the bodice, making it longer than the pattern states because I want the stripes to match the sleeves. I also buy buttons that I think will look great on the finished cardigan.
I knit all day, bringing my knittin with me everywhere I go. Late in the evening I finish the last buttonband and give the cardigan a bath together with some no-rinse soap (best invention ever, by the way. What did I ever do before I tried this? I’ve always been reluctant of hand-washing things because I’ve been scared I wouldn’t get all the soap out but with no-rinse soap all problems are solved!).
Cardigan is still blocking and takes forever to dry. Meanwhile I cheat and cast on another sweater (blocking as we speak), a girl in a homiletic nursery rhyme can’t let her hands rest, idle hands…
Cardigan is finally dry and I weave in ends and sew buttons. There are many ends to weave in and I don’t really like sewing buttons but they are so cute it’s all I can do not starting to nibble on the colors.
I fasten my little label that tells that I’m the one who has made this cardigan should anyone forget. If nothing else they should know who to blame if the thing is scratchy. I take photos of the finished cardigan and then I warp it in tissue paper, write a card and send it off to the recipient as a little surprise. The recipient is very far away and I wish to remember them to come back home soon, hence I give away hand made cardigans. Also, the little darling might be cold and we can’t have that.
I rest, pleased to know that the post delivery will do the rest. Today the cardigan arrives at the recipient and my week of knitting a sweater is done. Therefore I can proudly present to you…
The Ice Cream Cardigan!
The Ice Cream Cardigan has borrowed some of it’s stitch amount from the Modular cardigan by Doreen L. Marquart but is heavily modified and improvised.
Since I don’t like sewing together a knitted garment I try to make as much as possible in one piece. Therefore this is a raglan cardigan knit on a circular needle so I won’t have to cast off any stitches under the sleeves.
The yarn is from Marks & Kattens, Eco Baby Bomull. The ball bands are long lost but I think the yellow is discontinued. I had a cotton period about five years ago and I think these balls are from then (I particularly remember a lace skirt and a tank top, the latter with unfortunately long shoulder straps as a result of my cotton period).
Buttons have elephants on them! Tiny baby elephants for a tiny baby shrimp.
The Ice Cream Cardigan is knit with only good colors, ice cream colors and will probably make the recipient look like a tiny bonbon. Or some scoops of ice cream with sprinklers. I should have added a warning tag to the parents not to chew on the baby.
I totally can’t get enough of the yellow, it makes me so happy, and really, that was the idea with this cardigan in the first place.
This was a good week – I made a cardigan and I learnt a new word: homiletic.