Friday, April 27, 2007

Shark baby!

Sharks sweater
Originally uploaded by spinnity.
Yesterday at work, I presented my colleague with this baby sweater knit from the fabulous custom-dyed yarn called Sharks!, by Claudia Hand Painted Yarn. This yarn was the brain-child of the very smart gals at Purlescence and it debuted at at Stiches West in February. I am not a fan of the San Jose Sharks, hockey or these colors, but I am *huge* on this concept -- hand-dyed yarn in a custom color that represents the San Jose area. "Sheer stinking genius" as they like to say during band rehearsal.

Seduced by the cleverness of the yarn, I bought 2 skeins of sock weight Sharks!, probably for me, me, me. I also grabbed 1 skein of the worsted weight, with no real plan, probably to make a hat or similar. But then it hit me... my colleague J. is having a baby in 2 weeks and it's playoffs season for the Sharks.. and she and her husband were choosing baby names at the Sharks games. Clearly, they MUST have a Sharks-colored sweater for their impending baby girl!

I turned immediately to "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts" and the delicious "Child's Placket Neck Pullover". I love seed stich for babies and I've wanted to knit this little sweater for some time now. I plunged right in and cast on Monday last week. I had a sneaking suspicion that a 1-yr old baby sweater would consume more than 1 skein of worsted, and I was right. I ran out Wednesday morning. Back to Purlescence for more of this pricey, super delicious yarn.

With my second skein of yarn, I knit up the sleevies on borrowed size 7 double points at Knitting Meetup (thanks, Lisa!), then set the whole thing aside in favor of a bit of spinning over the weekend.

Monday this week I got serious about the Shark Baby sweater again and finished up the raglan section, which is worked back & forth, and finished weaving in ends Wednesday night, in time to give this to J. on her last day at work. Phew!

I adore this yarn, adore the pattern and I'm very pleased with the outcome. I don't think I'll be able to bring myself to spend this much on a baby sweater again... maybe next time I'll try a nice vest for a two to three year old? With pockets?

I need to post a second photo with the sleeves spread out so you can see the fabulous shark shape made by the pooling. That was the icing on the cake.
I can't thank the Purlescence gals enough for this yarn. It was just a delight to knit with this custom colorway which is purely local and so likely to be welcome to gift recipients in the area. Loved it!


Blogger Nathania said...

Woot! It looks great, Spinnity! Congrats on a killer FO. I know the Sharks crazed parents will love it.

April 28, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger Emy said...

Just *adorable*..that baby's totally going to make it onto TV wearing that sweater. :)

April 28, 2007 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Jeni said...

That is the mostest cutest baby sweater! Ever.

April 28, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger no-blog-rachel said...

Very cool, and very cute!!

April 28, 2007 12:41 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Cute! Lucky baby. :)

April 28, 2007 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Jo said...

Love it love it love it - I wish I'd thought of that yarn!

April 30, 2007 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great sweater! I'm impressed you could whip it up so quickly--but then I think you can knit in your sleep. I'm halfway through one sock for Theodora. It is a summery yarn- self striping-mostly white with turquoise and a green and orange and a tad of navy. Mom

May 01, 2007 6:08 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Mary, the sweater is fantastic! The Purl girls are brilliant getting the Sharks color. And I was glad to help a knitter in need

May 01, 2007 8:33 PM  

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