OK, so I didn’t quite behave myself, like I promised myself I was going to. I haven’t spent the weekend powering through my Papaya Sweater. And I didn’t finish off any of my other hibernating projects, either.
But, I also didn’t go to the yarn store (though I was sorely tempted). So we’ll call it a win.
I did decide to start a new project. Something small, quick, satisfying and fun. Something that would get my knitting juices flowing again. And something that I could make entirely from my stash.
There’s one project that I can think of that fits those requirements.
A baby sweater.
Baby Sweaters are fun and complex, just like a grown-up sweater, but they’re tiny enough that I can get one finished pretty quickly. Plus, since it’s small, it was a good bet that I have enough spare yarn laying around that I could just pick up a skein and get to work.
And, wouldn’t you know it!? I found a perfect, unopened skein of Berroco Vintage (in Peppercorn) that was left over from a sweater I made for my father-in-law last year. It’s machine washable, soft and super tough- perfect for a baby sweater.Then I just had to figure out which sweater I should make. My usual “I’m bored with my knitting so I think I’ll make a baby sweater” sweater is Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket, but that usually looks better with thinner yarn. (Pro tip: If you have a handful of leftover balls of sock yarn, you can make a really cute, easy striped sweater using the BSJ pattern. I’ve probably made a dozen of them over the years.) My Berroco Vintage is a lovely squishy worsted, though, so I decided to do something else.
So, after cruising around Ravelry, I happened upon the Baby Sophisticate sweater, a really cute “little old man” cardigan with a great shawl collar. I made a couple of these before, years ago, for a friend’s twins, and they turned out really great. It’s an easy, satisfying pattern (and a good excuse to pull out the button collection).I’m ready to go, and very excited! I bet I’ll get this little guy done before you can say “procrastination.”
What do you knit “just for fun?”