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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Two Days Early!!

It is finished! Dominic's Zig Zag sweater, which was begun too long ago to mention, is an FO.

Here is a picture of it on Amira's rocking chair. There will be a photo of Dominic in it, probably Monday.

So, here are the stats:

The pattern was in Little Badger Knitwear by Ros Badger. It was shown on a girl, in a rosy mauve cotton yarn, with side slits. I made it in Cross Country Green Naturespun Sport wool, and sewed up the entire side seam on each side.

Including the yarn used to sew seams, I used about four balls, and have about a third of the fourth ball left.

The only thing I didn't like about this pattern was that there is no four year old in the world with arms as short as the sleeves would be if you followed the instructions, let alone a six year old and had I known that before I finished the first sleeve, I would have done the decreases every ninth round rather than every seventh. Since I didn't want to rip out all that work, I ended up knitting about 36 rounds with the smaller needles to make up for the length.

There were two things I changed: One was how I started the top zig zag charts, the instructions would make you believe you are starting them on the right side, and that just didn't work out with how the bottom patterns worked and their instructions on moving to the charts. So, I just kind of flipped and fudged, and it worked out just fine. I also picked up the sts for the sleeves and knit them in the round down from the body of the sweater.

As for finishing and finesse, I made sure the seed st would match from front to back, starting it so it would sew up and line up nicely when it was flipped to make up the sweater and I did a three needle bind off on the shoulders rather than bind off and sew them together. Between that and knitting the sleeves down, I only had two seams to sew. There were 19 ends to weave in, even with spit splicing all but the first few joins. This, in contrast to the 136 on Elijah's sweater.

For the family members who read, and those friends who don't get to see the kids on a regular basis, here are the kids from two nights ago, sitting on each others' laps while we were gathering to say our nightly prayers.

Now that it's 1:00 a.m, I will sign off, satisfied that Zig Zag is finished in time for Dominic to wear it, before his birthday, and that it is finished period.

The sweater looks great! Good job, Ranee!

And the kids! Wow! So grown up and happy-looking.
Thank you, Ann!

The kids are growing so fast, I can't believe it. We figure if we keep having babies, there will always be at least one baby around. Then they will get married and start having babies, so we can pass the torch to them.
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