After a couple of rough starts on the Wacky Wallaby and the Andes Wallaby, I have a finished Wallaby. I cast on late Tuesday night. I just wanted to cast on so I didn't have to do it in the airport. Wednesday I knit the ribbing and the pocket. Thursday left me with tons of knitting time. I'll explain more about that later.
Pattern: The Wonderful Wallaby. It's a little difficult to find. I know Yarn Barn usually has it in stock for those online shoppers. When I was a sales rep, I found that most LYS carried this pattern or at least knew about it!
Needles and Notions: US 7 & 8 (2) 24 inch circular, darning needle, markers
Yarn: 2, plus just a little of the 3 skein Dark Horse Fantasy yarn. This yarn is yum, yum, yummy.
Time: 5 days. Only one day with more than 4 hours of knitting. Possible to do in a good weekend of knitting.
Making It My Own: I purled across the stitches where I needed to pick up the pocket. Made it so much easier. I also knit the sleeves flat. Next time I'll knit them on two circular needles. I simply didn't have #7s with me. It was much easier to knit them flat, the seam was only 10 inches.
Fun Factor: This is only my second little person sweater. The first most likely was never worn. It was just weird. I enjoyed the process and will probably make one for my friend's children H and N. I think the little girl will adore one! She can put her Dog in the pocket.
Project Secret/What I Should Have Done: I think I should know children's sizes. I made the 4. This one is for a little girl that's slightly more than a year. I think she'll have to grow into it. Oh well.
Remember how I said Thursday provided a great deal of knitting time? I was scheduled to leave Syracuse at 4:25. I arrived at the airport at 4 to discover the flight was delayed an hour. Perfect, I'd still be able to make the Caps game. No such luck. That 4:25 departure was quickly moved into a "who the hell knows" departure time.
I was lucky to be seated next to this group. What a fun bunch! They are family and friends but really just a great group of people. I was quickly adopted into the family. They even provided me with a new name and I was all set to join them in the Bahamas. They jokingly said "too bad you don't have your passport or you could really come!" And as you know, I never leave home without it because you never know when you might want or need to leave the country. Unfortunately, no flights were available for me to join them. Next time!
Not only were these people outgoing, fun and obviously enjoy each other and meeting new people, they were knit-friendly. I could knit and talk to them. A couple of them knit or crochet. So it was no big deal. They would answer people asking what I was knitting. One commented that I must do it a lot because I don't have to look at it much. But it wasn't in that watch the freak way, just a matter-of-fact. They are on their way back to NY today from the Bahamas. I hope none of them had a $6,000 ham sandwich. To all the Family ~ Thanks for the fun and laughs! You really made my delay a pleasant one! Hugs, Carol.
I have the day off today. So I'm working on the Curlicue Coverlet for the February baby. Not having the yarn for my wrap or the second Wallaby is really helping me focus.