Monday, March 30, 2009

One Skein Baby Bolero



Here is the Baby Bolero from One Skein for my friend Amber's first baby. The baby's due in June, so I am ahead of the game. Yeah for me!

The yarn called for in the book, One Skein by Leigh Radford, was a Blue Sky Organic Cotton. I used Lion Brand Yarn's Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in the Pistachio colour instead. I couldn't resist using the 30% off with coupon for LBYs at Hancock Fabrics for the Martha Stewart Yarn Show tie-in from last Monday (03/23). The only real difference in the yarns is the amount on the skein. This sweater took one plus skeins of the LBY Nature's Choice Organic instead of just one of the Blue Sky Organic Cotton. I have used the Blue Sky yarn as well and it is a lovely yarn to work with.

I finally bought this book after I realized that I had taken it out of the library about nine times. I have already made five of the thirty projects contained therein. I realized it was silly to not own it, even though I have a self-imposed moratorium on buying books right now. Knitting Daily from Interweave Press had it on sale tho right around my birthday, so I took the opportunity to buy it and ran.

Here's the link to Interweave's Knitting Daily: http://www.knittingdaily.com. The email newsletter is a very useful one for me. There are also links to some great patterns. There are free ones as well as patterns for sale.

Making this sweater was a learning experience for me. I had never done a provisional cast on before. I really need to read up on these for the next time I try a provisional cast on as it was fiddley to pick the stitches off the cast on and onto the needles again.

I really liked making this sweet little sweater. The little motif at the back neck is an Arabic symbol of protection. Babies need all that they can get, of that I am certain.


8 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Really cute, and I love the color! And the little emblem on the back of the neck--nice touch!I read the Knitting Daily too, and have snagged some great patterns off their site. I think for anyone who enjoys knitting, they should check it out.
I also love www.knitty.com for the quirky things they have. I've knit some---many are way beyond my skills, or beyond my willingness to LEARN something new.... ;) I could probably learn most of it; I've just become lazy with age! HA!

sapphireblue said...

That's adorable! The symbol on the back is awesome. I have to remember to do that on my next project.

Leslie said...

Hey Anne, I get knitty's newsletter too. you are so right about some of the quirky stuff, but interesting none the less. I want to do the shawl that came a few weeks ago. Now to decide on the yarn for it.

Leslie said...

Hey grrly, you had a busy weekend, i saw. It is a lovely little sweater and I am sure that your library has the book if you don't.

Jane said...

It's lovely, and I love the color choice that you made...
Too many pink, blue and cream baby sweaters for me....
I love green!
I think you are ahead of me on the book though, I've only checked it out of the library three times!
Lutra

Leslie said...

I am with you there on the colour, and as we don't know the sex yet, it can work for either. This yarn in particular, doesn't come in a lot of colours, but I do have materials to make a pink one for the off chance someone else I know decides to have a girl and I know in advance. I am also making a sweater for me out of the same yarn in Macademia.

SleepyEyes said...

Very cute Bolero!! I love that book, too : )

Sandy said...

My daughter-in-law lives also in the Springs, on Cheyenne Mtn, and I tried to teach her to knit but failed because I have not knitted in so long and because I am left handed...crocheting has taken over for me. Is there any chance you would be willing to teach her how to knit? My son is a CV surgeon there and she has, even with two little ones, a good amount of alone time with his job. Thanks for your reply. Sandy Mehall in the hill country of TX at sandymehall@yahoo.com