Wednesday, June 18, 2008

June meets February

I learned just a few weeks ago that my newly-married niece is expecting a baby girl in October. After only a moment's reflection, I knew what I wanted to cast on for her. Zimmerman's baby sweater on two needles (popularly known as the February baby sweater) has achieved icon status thanks to the many gorgeous versions produced by knitters everywhere.

Now it's my turn to give it a try. I decided it was high time I knit with the Dream in Color yarn I've been hearing so much about. I selected the Petal Shower colorway; the muted pinks and creams seem so perfect for a newborn.

Dream in Color

I'll confess, I'm always a little intimidated when starting a Zimmerman pattern. There seem to be a lot of unspoken (unwritten) directions that leave me wondering if I'm doing the right thing. Usually it turns out O.K., but I do have to add lots of notes to myself so certain details are not forgotten.

After a few false starts on the lace pattern, I decided to add stitch markers to save myself a lot of time and energy in finding my mistakes. After that, things seemed to go much more smoothly. Now I'm into the first sleeve and wondering how I'll be able to seam it to keep the lace intact. Guess I'll worry about that when the time comes!

February baby sweater

I'm happy with my progress so far. Now I just need to stay motivated and not allow the siren song of another project to call me away!


Anonymous said...

I never tire of looking at February Baby Sweaters. (Thanks for the props!) Yours is looking beautiful Leslie, and I absolutely love that yarn! Perfect for baby girl! :-)

Carole Knits said...

The colors of the yarn are really beautiful. That's going to be a gorgeous baby sweater.

Elizabeth said...

Mmm. It looks yummy enough to eat. Like strawberries and cream.

tiennie said...

It's going to be so adorable! I love that colorway.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Beautiful work! You really do the yarn and pattern justice.

Orinda5 said...

I felt the same way about EZ's "unwritten directions". However,your February sweater looks darling!
Thanks for the link.