11.10.09

mojo's back in town

perhaps I went a tad overboard with the buttons

pattern: February Baby Sweater, from the Knitter's Almanac
designer: Elizabeth Zimmermann
yarn: fingering weight Pigeonroof Studios in Venetian, handspun for me by Danielle
needles: Addi Turbos #2
modifications: instead of the gull stitch the pattern calls for, I used straight-up vanilla stockinette to better show-off the striations made by the handspun

If you're going to ease back into knitting after not knitting for months, it's good to start with a small and satisfying project. (Seriously, how sad is that? Months, people! I have not knit for months, and I don't know why. Or rather, I have an inkling why, and it has to do with performance anxiety and my own neurosis, but let's save that for another day... or better yet, for a therapist.) I love this wee sweater. I kinda wish I had enough handspun to knit one in my size because that would be fabulous.

In a way, this teeny sweater feels like a collaboration since several people had their hands in this in small (and one huge) ways. Thanks to Stacie for the buttons, to Diana for the inspiration to go with a bunch of different buttons and use the stockinette instead of the gull stitch pattern, and last but not least, to Danielle for spinning this yarn for me. For some reason, I thought I had blogged about our swap when it happened, but I guess I didn't. Back in February, I made this elephant for Danielle, and she in turn spun some yarn for me and made me an adorable little knitting pouch. Thanks again, Danielle! I had been wondering what to make with this lovely handspun, and this just seemed like the perfect project for it. I love it when knitting comes together like that!

12 comments:

Karen said...

Congrats on getting your knitting mojo back. Cute sweater - love love love the buttons choices!

Jodi said...

Super cute! The pattern really does show off the beautiful handspun quite nicely.

Elinor said...

Beautiful! And I love that it took a village to bring back your knitting mojo! Ha! Glad it's back!

grumperina said...

It's gorgeous, every little bit of it! Is this for a baby girl? It seemed quite gender-neutral to me until the flower buttons... Just curious :)

LEO said...

I had no idea this was your first knit in months! What a return!! It is absolutely adorable.

craftoholic said...

That's such a cute little jacket and the yarn looks yummy! Love the buttons too.
I'm glad you knitting mojo is back, your knits are always lovely - and don't you still have an awesome stash of sockyarn?? Time to get knittin' ;-)

Amanda said...

It's so cute the way you used the different kinds of buttons, Im totally stealing that idea, lol.

torirot said...

Perfect combination of yarn and buttons :-)

Salihan said...

This is one of the prettiest sweater I've seen in a long time! I love the colours of the handspun and all the cute buttons. SO adorable! Great to see that your knitting mojo is back. :) me@salihan.com

Siew said...

Oh how I love this. I'm imagining an adult sized one and wishing it were mine!

tiennie said...

That is too too sweet and adorable and I love the pattern and I love the buttons and I can't say enough about that gorgeous yarn and and and...!

Danielle said...

Super cute!!!