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.