Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple #293 Child’s V Neck Down Pullover, by Diane Soucy.
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted, Colors #135, #127 & #8.
Needles: US 6 & US 4.
Modifications: When picking up the stitches for the armholes, I did a K2tog at the beginning.
I knit up the gauge swatch during the last little bit of our trip home from Alberta and have since been steadily working on this sweater and only the sweater. I stalled out when it came to knitting up the sleeves, but that’s just something I always do when making anything with sleeves. I have to waste a week worrying about making the sleeves before going forward. Every. single. time.
I ran into a problem with knitting monogamy about a week ago and seriously considered putting the sweater in the back of the closet and casting on for something quicker and more fun, but after two days of not being able to settle on a new “quick and fun” project, I hunkered down and knit on through the finish. I’m glad I persevered.
However, I really wanted to make this sweater for my girl. I’ve spent the past seven years honing this skill and all I have to show for it are hats and scarves and a few shawls. I was ready to venture into the land of sweater knitting and use my creativity to bless my family in practical ways. Penguin and Junebug jumped on the “Knit Me a Sweater” bandwagon when they saw I was making one for Bluebird, so I have two more sweaters to make before winter sets in…and I’m obnoxiously excited about knitting them.
When I am knitting, I sometimes feel a little guilty for embarking on projects that take up so much of my time. Really, I could go to a clothing store and buy a sweater, which would take tons less of my time and cost me about the same amount of money. But there’s something about making something rather than buying it that fills me with a deep sense of satisfaction.
I figure that anything that helps to make me feel good about myself is definitely worth pursuing, so swathing my family is handknits isn’t a waste but an investment. Each day Bluebird wears this sweater I will feel proud of myself and she will feel loved because I let her pick the colors and then spent all that time making something for her. If it was a sweater from the store, that positive emotional boost would not happen.
This sweater is meant for wearing throughout the coming winter as we embark upon our first year of homeschooling in our new schoolroom in the basement. The coolness of the basement has been a blessing throughout this summer quarter, but will soon become a point of complaint as we move into the autumn and winter months. It is my hope that Bluebird will feel warmed by my efforts to craft this sweater for her, just as I hope someday that her heart will be warmed by my efforts to craft her education.