Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And so another year of knitting begins

One of my goals for my spare time on sabbatical was to change my Greenleaf Baby Hat from free to paid and to improve upon the pattern a bit. When Cathy of Twist: Yarn of Intrigue came up with a charity knitting project that involves baby hats, I knew it was time!

So I knit 2 new Greenleaf Hats, in finer yarn on smaller needles, and used 2 x 2 ribbing on one. Then I revised the pattern to include these options, made it into a pdf, and re-listed the pattern on Ravelry. Already several people have bought it at $1 a pop. If I had gotten $1 each for the 600+ people who have already knit it, I would be rich! Of course, they might not all have knit it if it hadn't been free, but still.

Also on my list of things to do is to start a new sweater for myself. Sweaters are so much more challenging and intimidating than other knits, because they not only have to end up a specific size, they have to look good on a body that offers some challenges. Mittens are never going to make my butt look big! But a sweater? It's months of work, and in the end it might look horrible, ya know?

So I've started one, in Cascade 220 heather yarn in a purple sort of color, but I still have some severe mental reservations. The designer claimed it would be flattering to all sorts of figures, but I am still wondering whether a band of garter stitch 2" wide, with its horizontal look, will look like a flashing red light around my tummy and butt. I tried it on and it seems to fit ok, but will I regret this? I think the vertical look of 2 x 2 rib would have been better. I am dabating whether to press on or start over. Sigh. What to do, what to do?

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