Archive for August 12th, 2008

Onion soup sustains. The process of making it is somewhat like the process of learning to love. It requires commitment, extraordinary effort, time and will make you cry.

Ronni Lundy

“The Seasoned Cook”  Esquire Mar 1984

Who knew that knitting was like making onion soup? Commitment, extraordinary effort, time, crying. Yep those are all elements of my adventure in knitting.

I thought it might be interesting to chronicle my struggle efforts to create a baby sweater from scratch. You know, take it from the commitment part right up to and through the crying jags. (Yes, I have read EZ’s book Knitting Without Tears and I still get frustrated to the point of tears.)

I must be honest here, I have serious reservations about documenting my day to day progress or non-progress. You see, if I completely knew what I was doing, I’d have no problem sharing the success and wisdom with you. However, this is the first time at trying my hand at designing a baby sweater. If failure, obstacles, or serious crying make you squeamish, you might want to turn your head and not read further. If,  however, you find pleasure in another’s suffering, by all means continue reading. This knitting adventure is for you.

First, I fell in love with what I hope will be the perfect yarn for the project. Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK weight 100% merino yarn in Wisteria. The color is gorgeous and the yarn is wonderfully soft.

Because of the gentle gradations of color through out the yarn I have decided to let the beauty of the yarn take center stage as opposed to stitch work like cables.

I am thinking the sweater will be for a girl size 6-12 months. A pullover, though I’d really like to make it a cardigan. If it is a pullover, I would like to have some sort of decorative hem around the bottom of the sweater and bottom 2 inches or so of sleeves.  I am thinking of small, open work (almost lace-like) decoration for the hems. At the moment I am casting around; looking through my knitting stitches books, surfing the net, thumbing through magazines to see if any particular open work or part of any open work hits me as right.  At the same time, I am also thinking of necklines and debating whether I want to include a bit of complementary color in apricot of the same yarn.

What I am most worried about right now are the measurements: sleeve width & length, armhole depth, chest circumference, neck opening, waist, etc. There are many resources on the web where I can find the answers and I need to do that and nail down the exact numbers. Once I have the exact numbers, then I can swatch for a gauge. Once I have the measurements and gauge I can get a better idea of what stitches will fit …. I hope.

It’s onion soup: commitment, effort, time, and crying.

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