Well technically I’m not knitting the Tin Can Knits Flax anymore… because I’m finished!
I was going to give myself a year… A YEAR (!) to finish this Flax sweater in Sweet Georgia super wash worsted (color is English Ivy). Yarn was purchased from – where else? – Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville. I chose the 1 to 2 years size in the Flax because I figured 1) that would give me plenty of time to knit it and 2) it would give baby K plenty of growing room.
I cast on the first full day of our #bacation in the mountains a few weeks ago. I figured it would be a great sweater to teach myself how to knit a sweater, since the Tin Can Knits Simple Collection comes along with lots of blog posts on how-to’s on all the steps of the sweater, and there are TONS of projects already out there to take a look at on Ravelry. I was correct in that having all these resources made it MUCH easier to knit my first little sweater!
I casually knitted a bit each morning and each night, along with some solid car knitting, and once the shoulders were complete (it’s a top down in the round pattern), it was just steady stockinette stitching, and it went SO quickly!
I learned a bit of garment construction with this little sweater, and the basics of a top down sweater, and it turned out so cute I can barely stand it!
I seriously keep picking it up going, “I TURNED YARN INTO THISSSSS!!!!!” I feel like a knitting super hero. If sweater knitting is always this satisfying, consider me a sweater knitting soon-to-be addict. It may or may not help that it’s so little and adorable. I cannot believe in a few short weeks (12, give or take!) there will be a real live bebe living in my house and able to wear this sweater. Well, not immediately, but you get the gist.
Now I’m wrapping up some more little projects – a Rivoletto cowl with Maisie Daze Fleecery alpaca yarn from Cairo, Georgia (available at Fuzzy Goat!), some tiny pants for baby K (aka precious adorable knit diaper covers), and another little side project I just blocked, and then I’ve decided I’m going to start working on a sweater for myself! It will be my summer project and hopefully I’ll finish it up in time for next Fall. It took me ages to figure out which one I wanted to knit for myself, and I thought about knitting a Flax for my own self, but decided that would be boring. Plus it looks a bit frumpy on the mom in the pictures on Ravelry. Then I was leaning toward the Lila, thanks to this My First Sweater post over on Fringe Association, which is another top-down sweater with worsted weight yarn. The perk of this one is that I’d get to learn short rows – I always try to learn at least one new thing with each new project – so that was cool.
However, I always stress about knitting something too warm and then not being able to every really wear it here… so although I still really, really love the Lila, and I hope to knit it for myself later on down the road, I decided to pass when I ran across this post from @thecraftsessions on Instagram.
Now I am SO excited to knit this James sweater up. It’s sport weight, so it should drape beautifully and be a bit cooler for our warmer winters down here (or be perfect for layering when it’s colder than cool). Doesn’t the picture just make you want to knit the James? And go to the beach?
So that’s what’s next up in my queue. I can barely wait to pick out the yarn! I have a feeling with bebe K well on the way, this one might actually take me a year. What are you knitting?