Monday, March 3, 2014

Christmas Knit // Lu's "Fisherman"

In showing Ani's sweater dress this past month, I totally forgot about Lu's Christmas sweater. In the back of my mind I knew I hadn't shown it, but I think it got overshadowed in the THANK GOODNESS I'M DONE feeling I had once Ani's dress was off the needles. 

I had originally pinned this as a possible knit for Lu way back in 2012. Pinterest is really helpful for me in that way. It's the place where I put everything (and I'm stingy with pins and 'favorites') that I want to remember for future projects. Once I'm ready to tackle, I just scan through and aha! there it is. 

This sweater is called The Fisherman Pullover. I love that name. It's so perfect that I started it in a town with a fishing industry. It's not a free pattern, but I believe it was about $5 when I bought it. This is such a quick and easy knit, the charge was definitely worth it. I'd like to make another one in the future for a family member. 

This cozy sweater was knit with bulky yarn and was a really fun project. If you can't tell from the pictures, I'll let you in on a little secret: I knit this so fast, that I didn't even notice how long it was until I started the ribbing on the main body. All of a sudden I noticed I had knit close to 3 inches too long! I shrug it up on Lukka and he really doesn't mind the length. Since the arms had to match, they are quite long, too. Ah well, I just roll up the cuffs.   

The yarn I used was from and I believe it was the Brava Bulky Yarn in Brindle. I don't have any of the tags, and like always, I bought too much. I believe I have enough for another sweater! When the price of an entire (washable) wool sweater is less than $20, the work is worth the cost. I have found knitpicks to have great everyday prices and unbeatable sales for good, quality yarn. 

My kids still really enjoy wearing the clothes I make them, and that makes me happy. Both find the sweaters I make them to be incredibly warm, and so they are often tossed on when we're outside for a hike, or playing outside without a coat. I have some ideas for this year's knits, but I am rethinking the sweaters for 2014. I'd like to have them done by Christmas this year, at any rate!

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