Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A sweater for Sophia

Our friend's daughter moved to England to go to school - met a wonderful man in the town where she was living, fell in love, got married and now my friends have a grandchild (their first) in England, of all places. When I found out that Erin was coming home to visit with Sophia this month - I decided that I needed to make her (Sophia, that is) a sweater -

Inspired by this -
I rustled around in my (rapidly growing) stash of fiber and found some wonderfully soft Targhee hand painted roving by Mountain Colors in a colorway called Lupine (blues with green and purple) - Of course I had only purchased 8 ounces of it, and when I went back to look for more - no such luck - it was all gone. BUT, there was another colorway called Alpine - that was the same on the background colors (blues) with beautifully coordinating side colors (gold and turquoise) - so hey, why not - I'm not too savvy with Navajo plying to keep the colors straight, so, I was just planning on a regular two ply yarn anyhow. So I got 8 ounces of the Alpine and when I plied up the two , it looked like this:







Of course by now, I'm realizing that it would have been a heck of a lot easier to have just gone to Macy's and found an adorable little wool sweater that she could grow into. Erin and Sophia are here for their visit - they'll be here until the 24th - and that book does say "Weekend Crochet for Babies" - I'm hoping to get it done this weekend while we're in Eugene at Black Sheep...

And yes, I fell to the marketing - the one on the cover was so cute, that is the one I'm making - I'm going to look for buttons at Black Sheep on Friday (as well as checking out all the "tasty" fiber that will be there) and hopefully, I'll get to meet my friend Yvonne from LavenderSheep's Fiber Garden - I also know a little bit more about the kinds of fiber that I like to spin now - but it will be good to find some new things - and maybe try out some new wheels! Don't worry, I'll take pictures.

6 comments:

Leigh said...

What absolutely yummy colors! I'm with you on Navajo plying and I like your yarn exactly the way it is.

Donna said...

That plyed yarn looks wonderful! What a great idea. See you at Black Sheep!

vlb5757 said...

You did a great job! I hardly ever spin anymore, but now that I am not working anymore I will have more time. Maybe my spinning will improve! I am sure the jacket will be fabulous. I can't wait to see what kind of buttons you will get. How cute is that jacket?

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

You are very brave; I would be afraid to make a baby gift out of homespun for fear the new mother would throw it in the washer and felt it into a doll jacket! See you at BSG....

Kathy said...

What is it with kids these days? England, New Zealand...then they have babies so grandparent have to travel! Geez... (heeheehee)
I sure wish I was going to BSG. I could sure use a few hugs and need to give a few back. ;)
TTYS...

Lavendersheep said...

It was so nice to meet you in person at BSG. I am only sorry I was so over run with customers! It was a great show! I can't wait to go back next year!