New Year’s Cardi

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Despite this cardigan not even being finished, let alone worn, on New Year’s eve or day, I am calling it the New Year’s cardi because that’s what I’ve been calling it in my head the whole time I was working on it.  Finishing it for the New Year was my goal, which I’ve accomplished, broadly speaking…

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It is the cutest thing I’ve ever knit, being modeled by the cutest little 4 month old I know.  The colors in this Chroma Lollipop yarn are just delicious and I am in love with the cardigan, even if it is single-ply, worsted spun, hand wash only; not the most suitable choice for a teething, nursing baby.  But it is soooo pretty.  At least by following Ariannette’s lead, I have superwash cuffs and collar, which might help preserve it a little longer.

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It is still in need of buttons, which you may notice, if you can see past the blinding adorableness of my child (…ahem) but I don’t let little things like that (or the fact that said cardi was still a teeny bit damp during these photos – c’mon, her hair was perfect and she was not hungry, tired or poopy – needs must!) stop me from a celebratory, all done photo shoot and blog post.

At least all those bloomin’ ends are woven in!

The weather is still bizarro 75 degrees and sunny here while the rest of the US is frozen solid, so just when she’ll actually be able to wear it remains to be seen.   Fingers crossed that happens before she grows out of it!

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More Rainbows

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I love me some rainbows!  I have an entire Rainbow-themed Pinterest board to browse when I need a little pick-me-up.  It’s as good as one of those SAD lights, I swear.  People do some amazing stuff with the old rainbow.

So when I saw Arianette’s P’tite coeur on Ravelry, I had to make one for the baby.  Exactly the same.  Well, except for the hearts; I went whole-hog with the stripes.  I ordered the Knit Picks Chroma worsted in Bare and Lollypop and cast on the 6-12 month size excitedly.  I thought I’d have it finished and waaaay too big for A when she was born.  What actually happened was that a sleeveless version was stuffed away before she was born, hidden out of sight, lest the beautiful rainbows shot guilt arrows into my heart.  I have dug it out now in a New Year’s resolution of finishing WIPs (ha!) and realized that if I don’t finish this bloody thing pretty bloody soon it won’t fit her.  My 98th percentile plus babe already looks like she will fill it out and then some.

Because I was so determined to make each stripe a different color of the rainbow, just like Arianette’s, I had to cut the Lollipop yarn repeatedly on the arms as the color grade was not moving fast enough on the puny 6-12 month size sleeves.  So now I have a bajillion ends to weave in and this is causing me no end of mither.

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Not only is it resulting in a sleeve that is practically double knit, with all the bulk, but every time I sit down to tackle it, one of my dear darlings needs something and I think I am averaging about two ends per day.  At this rate I may finish by 2015.  I should have stuck with my first instinct and left the bugger sleeveless; especially in this perma-75 degree weather we are having in SoCal.  Bring me Winter, Universe!  I am a knitter!