When my niece, Josie, was born a year ago this week, I had quit knitting. As much as I wanted to be a knitter, I didn’t have the stamina to follow through on any of the projects I had started, and would deep-six half-knitted sweaters into plastic tubs.
Then I discovered some great knitting blogs, and my desire to knit rekindled. Via blogging, I found the Interweave Knits magazine web site, which features a lot of free patterns. I found a Cabled Raglan Baby sweater pattern about four months ago, and I had to make it for Josie. I actually finished it in time for her first birthday this Thursday.
Even though the sweater has a ton of mistakes, I’m still proud of it. I got comfortable with some techniques I had never done before, like knitting in the front and back of a stitch to make an increase, and using double-pointed needles to knit the sleeves.
While accomplishing those techniques kept me motivated, what really got me to finish this sweater was the peace of mind I felt while knitting. Even when I sat in car outside Ethan’s karate studio with a cranky 4-year-old, once I started knitting I could forget all my worries and relax.
So there will be more baby sweaters in my future, and not just because my sister-in-law is due with a baby girl in October!
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