timing couldn’t have been better

I literally drew the yarn through from sewing the second sleeve just as the Seahawks ran out the clock on their last play of the game. I still had two stitches to go when the Steelers started celebrating, and because I wasn’t paying close attention, I thought I’d missed my own personal deadline, but it turned out I hadn’t! Thrilling, down-to-the-wire play.


There’s a bit of moire going on here.

Of course, it still needs to be blocked and buttons still need to be added. (Heck, bought.) But as you all are learning, it doesn’t take a completely finished object for me to start gloating over an FO. I call this sweater done. The baby isn’t due until April, after all, and I can’t give the sweater to the mom until after the little one is born (mom is Jewish), so I have plenty of time for these piddling details.

Pattern: Striped Top from Debbie Bliss’s Quick Baby Knits
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace in “Bud”
Skeins: 4 and then some of a 5th–5 skeins definitely necessary
Needles: 40″ circ Addi Turbos US 2 and 3 (per the pattern)
Started*: Thursday, February 2
Finished: Sunday, February 5
1) Obviously, I didn’t make mine striped.
2) I knit the piece in the round as much as possible in order to avoid much seaming.
3) Rather than cast off the arms, I left the stitches live and used a kitchener on them and the edge of the work in order to create a perfectly neat seam.

*I initially started it on Wednesday, Feb. 1, but I made the bottom part continuous, when it’s not supposed to join along the sides for about an inch, so I started over completely on Thursday.

6 Responses to timing couldn’t have been better

  1. Laura says:

    Wow! That’s amazing! It looks great, and I’m sure mommy-to-be will love it. Although by then, she’ll just be mommy, won’t she?

    I had thought to make some serious progress on Backyard Leaves during the Super Bowl (we watched it TIVO’d–after kids went to bed). But I was so tired it was painful, so I just went to sleep. Another day, another pattern repeat! :)

  2. Rachel says:

    Wow, very impressive on the quick knit. A couple questions: first, I assume you knit in the round up to the armholes and then knit back and forth, right? Second, there’s a kitchener stitch that joins live stitches to a knitted edge? Third, where did you get your instructions for two sleeves at a time in magic loop?

    I love the buttons you chose and can’t wait to see it all finished up. I hope eventually you’ll get a picture of the baby modeling it!

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