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Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Sweaters for Little Girls
Maybe that should read "BUTTONS" for little girls.
I learned something new this year. I learned that the love of a sweater rest solely on the buttons. If the sweater doesn't even have buttons then it's so low on the love list that it almost doesn't even make it onto the list at all.
Have you guessed yet that I've made her a sweater that almost didn't even hit the list? Last year, thinking that because it was the most hideous color of pink, I made her a sweater without buttons. A regular everyday sweater.
This old picture doesn't even begin to show how obnoxious a pink it is. I think the fact that is was a horrificly bright pink was the only reason it even made the bottom of the list. Maybe if it had sparkle it might have gotten a bit higher on the list.
I had also made her this:
Which had buttons and has been worn more than the pink sweater. It's only slightly higher on the list. Why only slightly? It has only 3 buttons and the buttons themsleves aren't very cool. They're awfully plain. Almost painfully plain.
So what sweater gets all the love?
I made this one in 2004 from handspun. It has the most wonderful buttons GirlBeast has ever seen. Ladybug buttons. It is too small for her now. Can you see how short the arms are? She pulls them down to try and convince me that they're really not all that short. But I know.
Oh, and I was also informed that handspun ranks a sweater higher than if it were made from commercial yarn. That almost brought a tear to my eye. A child of 6 that knows and treasures the handspun above all else. So with that, I've decided she needs a new sweater this winter. And I'm smart enough to know that I'm not picking it out.
I let her loose on the fiber stock. This is what she chose:
Unfortunately I only have 12 ounces. I'm not sure I can squeeze 800 yards of DK/worsted from that. So I dyed another batch:
Which has too much blue in the mix. I knew it when I mixed the colors. But I liked it and thought she might go for something a little different. The first thing I heard was "Mama, it has too much blue." Of course it does. I knew that. So I threw in one more batch:
Which is too light and although there isn't a formal complaint explaining the exact problem, it isn't quite right.
So today we're going on a button hunt. Maybe if the buttons match something else....
Yeah, I know. The buttons she picks are going to tell me that I have to work some magic with the 12 ounces of rovings and somehow make that into 800 yards of yarn for the sweater. It should be interesting.