It's been a month since my renewed commitment to the blog, and I'm crawling closer to caught-up. I'm not sure I'm going to be ready for 'regularly scheduled programming' by October, but I'm sure going to try. Actually, posting all the projects I finished during my hiatus helps to make me feel like less of a slouch for skipping out as long as I did; truthfully, I was pretty productive during that period(see here, here, here, here, here, and here).-and, there's more! Who knew? Thanks for bearing with me while I get back into the swing of things. I love reading all your kind comments and words of encouragement as I shimmy back into my groove.
Forging onward... MORE BABY KNITS! I know; it's getting a little ridiculous; I'm aware just unable to control myself. Little people are really cool and very easy to knit for.
I knew before I started knitting for Baby 'Mc' that he needed an aran-esque cardigan. After a bit of searching, I settled on Kate Oates' Gramps Cardigan. I knit to the specifications for the smallest size (6mos.) with Paton's Beehive Baby Sport. I intentionally used a finer gauge yarn than the pattern calls for hoping to achieve a sweater closer to sz.3mos. without having to do math; it worked-out pretty well.
The cabling up the front panels and sleeves is really simple to memorize and comes easily after the first repeat. In its entirety, this sweater is incredibly adorable, but my favorite feature is the short-row shawl collar. It's such a sophisticated element to add to a design for a person so small.
I was a bit terrified by the yarn during the making of this sweater, because it knits REALLY unevenly. Fortunately, it blocked beautifully leaving me with a fantastic feeling and looking fabric.