Thursday, January 27, 2011


Oh, my, it's been a long time since I've been here.

And another "Oh my": I was so proud of myself to finally have all of the January birthday sweaters completed in time, but "Oh my" these grandchildren are growing too fast.

Not a problem for this one. (Sorry it's a little whopper-jawed in the photo.) It fits her just right.
I guess I should warn those in her household, though, that it will not fit very long if it finds its way into the dryer.
Washing instructions are "Hand wash; Dry flat". (I do typically wash in the machine on delicate cycle, but do NOT put in the dryer.) Hope you're reading this Anna Maria!

Somehow, I knew when I looked at this sweater after it was all put together that it would not fit. Sure enough, it needs more length in both body and sleeves. Bless his heart, though, the recipient liked it well enough that he really didn't want me to take it back to fix it.

At my insistence, though, he let me have it. Luckily it's a "top-down" knit, so I took out the side seams to just above the ribbing and then could frog the bind off and ribbing rows and add to it, then redo the ribbing. (For those of you who are not familiar with the term "frog" it means to rip it out: "rip-it; rip it")
I must admit, it's a little cumbersome to knit with all the pieces sewn together, but that sure is better than taking the WHOLE THING apart!

The neck is too loose, but I think I can just make the seams on the neck ribbing a little deeper without even being noticed. (Since it's raglan sleeves, there are four seams in the neck ribbing.)
Well, I guess he'll have his birthday sweater in time for MY birthday next month! I'll keep you posted.

Oh, I do have a couple quilts to show you too, but I'll save that for another day.


Jan said...

Hi Mary Lynn :) Finally stopping by to get caught up w/you my dear. As always, your knitting is amazing and I am in awe that you can take it back to make it fit!!! Your property in Greece took my breath away ... it's absolutely gorgeous :) Love to you my friend.

Eileen said...

Hope you are able to fix it easily. I hate seaming anything in knitting.