Feb 23, 2006

Mea Culpa!

This handsome devil is my nephew Jake. He's giving us that wonderful sly look because he knows that this shot of him is going to force me to apologize to his mother for 2 years of harassment. Sorry Jess! Can you guess why? Yup, it's the sweater -it's still too big! It's a Debbie Bliss pattern (I love those) though I don't remember the name because I made it 2 and a half freaking years ago! See the rolled up sleeves and the way I nearly hits his knees? Holy shit - what was thinking? His sister Sam is 7 and I don't think it fits her yet either. I've been asking my sister for the past 2 years - "Is anyone wearing it yet?"

I only started knitting in the fall of 2002 so I was really still a newbie when I made this but still... I really have no excuse because I'd probably still make the same mistake. There's a reason for this. I have an insane fear of making things too small so I ALWAYS err on the side of caution and go big. Apparently WAY. TOO. BIG. I do this for myself, my kids... everyone. (I am such a complete dumbass sometimes. Even my Jaywalkers are a little too big.)

I still love the sweater and I was extremely proud of it when I finished it. It was fun to work since it was my first big cable project. I LOVE CABLES! For the first time everything lined up right and the seams looked so pretty. It's made out of Elann Den-m-Nit pure indigo cotton and I adored the yarn. I also loved the idea of seeing the way it wore. I envisioned the cables getting definition from the fading on the high points. I still can't wait to see it happen but I guess it'll be a while. I still have a lot of this yarn and I made a sleeveless top for Lindsey out of it which she wears with pride.

Ok, note to self... believe the fucking sizes indicated in the pattern! (and a gauge swatch would help too!)


margene said...

Oh yes...must swatch. It's the one thing you can't leave out. The sweater looks fabulous, however!

Anonymous said...

I think the sweater does fit, loosly... but not bad at all. It is a beauty, and he looks handsome!

Rabbitch said...

Dude, something to note is that Debbie Bliss has never actually met a child. Her six-month sweaters are about the right size for my five-year-old daughter.

This is not entirely your fault.