Wednesday, April 6, 2011
A sweater by any other name...
I had been putting this off because it was such a large project, and it feels good to be done with it.
The body of the sweater is a simple shell stitch with a simple sc edging (I like things nice and open at the neck). I made it 'car coat' length which means it hits about mid-thigh instead of at the hip. Being tall and wide, that length works better for me.
The sleeves are a trip. I am fascinated by the colors and patterns, but I'm not sure I can wear the sweater for long periods because they get in the way of EVERYthing! Frankly, I don't know how Molly does it.
It's actually about the size of the 'caboodles' my daughters had at that age, and I love the daisy beads as a button. With a little bit of yarn leftover, I made a matching 'pocket purse' which is just big enough for a couple dollars and a lip balm. Perfect for the movies or a mall crawl.
The first and second from the left are Hobby Lobby brand yarns I have not worked with before. I'm happy with the weight of the yarn and the resulting fabric. I may have to try some larger projects with it now.
The last one is actually a spring colored nylon and not yarn at all (think thin nylon rope). Nylon wears like crazy but is not as soft. That makes it great for projects that need to take a beating like bags. I'm still experimenting.
I'm now working some baby cowboy boots and sneakers in hopes of being able to sell a few at Blueberry Deluxe. Blueberry is a unique boutique in downtown Phoenix that specializes in vintage items as well as 'one of a kind' items. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello to proprietress Jessica, who is a long time friend of my oldest Christy.
I am learning (again) that I enjoy crocheting for fun a lot more than crocheting something on a deadline... but we'll see what happens!