Kickstart Cardi

You know that feeling when you spend the whole day excited that it’s Friday, making plans for how you will spend your weekend, only to find out at some point that it’s really only Thursday?

Or what if you were a little kid and you thought surely that family vacation to Disneyworld was happening this week, only to discover that it’s next month?  How long is a month when you’re 7?  It might as well be years.

That is sort of how I’m feeling today.  My due date was 4 days ago.  And if one more well-intentioned person tells me that babies come when they’re good and ready, to enjoy this quiet time together, or how they were 3 weeks late with their first baby, I’m going to lose it.  Ditto for the “have you tried eating ____? I had that the night before I went into labor and it did the trick!”  If I went into labor right now, I would have to say it was the leftover macaroni and cheese I had for lunch that did the trick, and that can’t possibly be true.  Right?

In any case, I started a baby sweater last weekend to help take the edge off all this waiting and anticipation business.  It certainly worked, as long as I was knitting.  It’s amazing how zoned out you can get when focusing on that simple task of looping yarn over needles.

  • Pattern: Super-Natural Stripes by fawn pea (Ravelled here)
  • Yarn: Bernat Cotton Tots (cream) one skein, Jamie’s Rainbow Yarn from Rhinebeck, 40 yards?
  • Needles: US 7/4.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm and maybe some size 6s as well
  • Mods: There were several.  The major two are that I only used two colors and made the sweater with short sleeves.  This wasn’t the plan, but as I was running low on the cream-colored yarn Sweetie suggested I just make the sleeves short.  Perfect solution, especially since this is a (mostly) cotton sweater.  I also added another color repeat at the cuffs of the sleeves and the hem of the sweater to use up more of the gorgeous angora/merino hand spun yarn. Then I bound off the button band with the larger needles; am sort of wishing I would have used the larger needles on the whole band as it pulls up a little bit.

I know what you’re thinking: she mixed a wool blend with cotton?!  Craft store cotton?  But something about these 2 yarns together with the pattern just worked.  All three are slightly rustic and imperfect, and I am really pleased with the finished effect.

Now I’m working on using up the rest of that fun pink and green yarn to make Tubey from Wooly Wormhead.  Any other suggestions for quick knits to help pass the time?

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9 thoughts on “Kickstart Cardi

  1. Very cute! And I hope the baby gets here soon! I haven’t had one myself so I don’t know what it’s like, but I can imagine it must be so hard waiting and waiting to meet the little person for the first time!

  2. oh i think the colours work well together! Lovely! And did you know eating spicy food works? Oh wait, I bet you’ve heard that one. he he

    I’d never dream of saying that kind of stuff. Geez, people mean well but it doesn’t help I’m sure.

  3. That sweater turned out so adorable! I tried one without the garter ridge stripes, but I really like the way yours turned out. I guess I’ll be queing this up again 🙂

    I’m sorry that peaceful baby is not here yet! There is NOTHING worse than going past your due date! It is the most frustrating thing! I feel your pain!

    Hang in there!!!

  4. Love the sweater, mixed cotton and wool or not! The colors are gorgeous.

    Hats! Baby hats use up scrap yarn marvelously and are good distractions.

  5. i know how you feel. i also had family calling almost everyday asking if the baby arrive yet… all i wanted to do is scream at them on the top of my lungs, “we will f-ing call you when it gets here!!! now stop calling me!”

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