Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I Knit Therefore I Am

Knitted SweaterVoila! Here is what I did while we drove around Florida back in March. Both of those front panels represent the time spent on the roads between Miami, Orlando, Titusville and Ft. Myers though I didn't get the sleeves and back done until later--that pattern took me forever to get into my head.

She's getting too big for me to knit for now, a size 8 sweater takes a lot more time than those 12 month-sizes she used to wear. I may have to hang up the knitting needles until I have grandkids. Or start knitting doggie sweaters for the neighborhood strays . . .

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36 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh I am so impressed! I do love when your projects can also represent the time and place you were knitting them!

Steph

Little Miss Moi said...

so that's why my mum stopped knitting for us when we were nearing 10!

mannequin said...

That is beautiful!! Do NOT hang up those needles girl!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I think that's why people are always knitting baby things.

April said...

That is AWESOME! I'm learning how to knit... maybe someday I'll be awesome like that! :)

MRMacrum said...

I wish I had saved them. When I was a kid I can remember I was disappointed knowing what to expect from Aunt Helen every Christmas. A check and a new hand knitted wool sweater. For 17 years she plied her trade for me. Every Christmas, I could count on either a new sweater, sized appropriately or a new wool Hat, mittens, and scarf ensemble.

I grew up under appreciating these gifts from the heart. Thankfully, as I was in charge of her caregiving in her last days, I was able to relay my heartfelt thanks for her efforts to keep me warm and safe.

Damn, I just puddled up. I miss that ole broad.

kirsten said...

that's beautiful. i so don't knit.

Allison said...

Beautiful sweater! And she looks so cute. Well done. Allison

imadramamama said...

That turned out great!

Jennifer said...

I love the little collar and the color.

SIGH...... Another skill to add to my ever growing list of things I want to learn.

Do I dare ask how long I would have to be knitting before I could knit that sort of sweater?

Shannon said...

What a gorgeous sweater! I only just finished my third scarf. I've been trying to do a ribbed knit scarf, but can't get the knit2/purl2 stitch down yet!

Karen said...

You are one talented mama. I have tried knitting and can't get beyond the basics, much less knit a sweater. That is gorgeous.

Team Harris said...

Wow! You are so talented....and patient. What a lucky little girl.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Very impressive! My hands don't seem to be made for knitting ... well maybe that will change some day if I put more time into trying to learn :) !!

Melissa said...

Wow! That is a fantastic sweater. Definitely keep those needles going.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh that is so pretty! And what a great way to keep occupied during a long drive. Maybe someday I'll graduate from the scarf I've been knitting for months now (obviously, since it's no longer necessary in this weather, lol) and try something a bit more challenging. :)

Janet said...

That is a gorgeous sweater, and I love the color. I crochet and cross stitch. I have knitted, but not well, and I prefer cross stitch. (That's what I do on car trips.) My mother is the knitter. She made all of us sweaters Christmas before last. All 16 of us. And when she visited last month she brought the two sweaters she had originally knit for my kids that were too big. So, including mistakes, she knitted a total of 22 sweaters, including 2 for grown men over 6-feet tall. Granted, she is retired, but still.

Marie N. said...

I love that darling collar!
Congratulations on a beautiful finished project.

I can't read in the car so I have never tried knitting in the car. It is tempting to try.

Have you tried knitting socks? They only get so big and they take longer to outgrow.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Hee hee, just thinking of stray dogs running around in colorful sweaters makes me giggle.

Maybe if I learned to knit I would eat less on road trips. This last one we took made me gain 5 non baby pounds.

cndymkr / jean said...

OK, I don't want to take away from the sweater (which is gorgeous) but ...

Your daughter is beautiful. And her hair? How did you get it to look like that?

Richelle said...

That is beautiful!

Heffalump said...

My Mom knit each of us a sweater for our Senior year...I had my Senior pics taken in mine and my older sister did the same with hers. The pattern she used was simpler than the one you made for Lillian though. Maybe instead of hanging up your needles you can knit simpler patterns for bigger sizes...

Mrs. Organic said...

Very nice! I've noticed the same thing about kids getting bigger=way more yarn, way more time.

But, you will have nieces and nephews to fill your knitting needs.

Ter said...

I wish I could knit. I've tried to learn but I can't. I do use knifty knitters to make hats though.

If you're looking for a knitting project, most hospitals accept donations of knitted items such as blankets, booties, and hats, and even little sleepers, for their NICU and their bereavement units. Something to think about if you like knitting baby items.

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

YOu know, you could combine two of your loves and knit purses. . . Here is a whole page full of free patterns:

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/bags_totes_purses.php

sometime I'm going to get around to making this one:

http://www.patonsyarns.com/pattern.php?PID=2196

Gray Matters said...

Holy cow - that's beautiful. Seriously, is there anything you can't do?

Anonymous said...

That's a gorgeous sweater ... would you be willing to name the pattern?

And I don't think you should hang up the needles or pick something simpler .. for me as a knitter the patterned stuff goes quicker once I've got the pattern down, it's more fun.

penelope said...

Wow. That is completely impressive!

Hazel said...

I gave up on the patterned stuff at about that size with my four but kept on knitting their school jumpers until they left school. My grandchildren don't want handknits -- until I make the poncho of her dreams so she can show off to her friends!!

chelle said...

Oo that is such a great sweater!!! She looks so sweet!

Amy said...

As a newbie to the world of knitting, I humbly bow to your sweater. Awesome!!

Robin said...

You amaze me.

I don't know how to knit, but when I see pieces like this, I long to know. My grandmother--a master knitter--died when I was too young to teach...that's how long I've wanted to know how. It's always seemed intimidating to try to learn...plus, I'm the type learner who does better when I see it live and in person and can ASK questions.

Beautiful........bravo :)

Sonja said...

It's so beautiful!! I want to know how you do it all??

I've tried to knit, so I know that a sweater like that isn't easy...

Stephanie said...

Oooh. That's pretty. Very impressive work.

Alice Wills Gold said...

WOW. I could NEVER do that. If my kids are to ever get a handmade sweater, you will have to be the one to send it to them.

I LOVE IT!

Fee said...

What a beautiful work. I'm so impressed.

Greetings from Germany

Sabine