Old Tomten

Time passes quickly, doesn’t it? It is hard not to be weepy as I search out these old pictures and put them into this post. My babies aren’t babies. They’re actual people with thoughts and ideas and personalities and insight into the world. Life just flies by.

The dates for the pictures are below each one.

Just learning to walk. January 14, 2007 (original post)

tomten: unzipping
Still zipped (from the “Zipped, Unzipping, Unzipped” Series) September 11, 2007

handspun mittens
How big is Maggie? SOOO BIG. (post about the mittens) December 3, 2007

Tire Swing
Tire swinging. April 7, 2008

the sled is bigger than Maggie
Big snow, with Tomten (you can see the hood) under the coat for warmth. January 20, 2009

Still fits. January 9, 2010

What a sweater! It’s part of Maggie’s life, and a dear part of my memories. She hasn’t worn it much over the past year, but I’m pleased to see it still fits. It desperately needs some zipper attention. When I put the zipper in, more than two years ago, I had not yet developed my patience for finishing.  If I were to fix the zipper, I think I would take it all the way out and start over.  Do it right this time. Maybe even get a better zipper.

I wonder, will it fit in another year? I hope it will. Good old Tomten.

my boy

I have knit 6 sweaters for Jerry over the years.

Boy SweaterBoy Sweater, August 2006

Saddle Shouldered SweaterPirate Sweater, January 2007

WallasaurusWallasaurus, February-March 2007

Wonderful Wallaby VestWallaby Meets Vest, June 2007

skull cable vestSkull Cable Vest (he never wore it), November 2007

And, the sixth:

shirt yoke sweaterStriped Kid Sweater, July 2009

I’m feeling a fair amount of nostalgia looking back over these pictures. Jerry has grown up so much and it has happened in the blink of an eye. The sweaters are getting bigger and they take longer to knit, and I really can’t believe I have a 7 year old boy getting ready for second grade.

The pattern: Seamless Shirt-Yoke Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitting Without Tears. Ravelry lists this pattern as being from Knitting Workshop, but I used KWT, where it briefly appears.

The yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport. I have the urge to go buy tons and tons of this yarn. Knitting with it makes me want to only knit with it forever and ever (brief dalliances with yarns like Noro or Ultra Alpaca are expected, naturally). Unfortunately, due to low demand, my LYS has stopped stocking this yarn. I’m going to open a yarn store that stocks ONLY sport weight, woolen spun wool in a dizzying range of colors.

The gauge: 6 sts per inch. On a US 4 needle. The fabric is light – surprisingly light – for such a big sweater.

The pricetag: The whole sweater weighs 238 grams; less than 5 balls of yarn. At $3.50 per ball, you do the math. The cost of making this sweater is damn cheap, and the result is much nicer than anything you’d find in a store (the knitter says, humbly).

More pictures?

shirt yoke sweater

shirt yoke sweater

shirt yoke sweater

on to the next

fair isle pullover, sleeve 1

I’ve started another child’s seamless sweater, this time with yoke, but still for the same class at Gate City Yarns (Custom Pullover for your Kid). Beginning with a sleeve is an attempt to trick myself into thinking that the knitting is going quickly, but I think it doesn’t work.

I’m working from another Spun Out pattern. This time Spun Out 4 – Child’s Yoke Sweater, but this pattern has appeared many places, for adults or any size if you’re an EPSer. I’m going to use the original charts from EZ – it makes me feel connected to the past in a way that is very comforting.

I started the cuffs with a peak of each color that will appear in the yoke design. This is less of a “feature” and more of a way for me to see what the colors are like together. I like it.

The yarn – sigh – is Rowan Felted Tweed and it’s pure bliss. Rowan is usually out of my price range, but these large balls go a long way and the quality is worth the extra cost. And the colors!

This morning, on my List of things to do, I wrote “cast on sleeve 2” so I’m going to get to that right now. I also wrote “pattern” on my list, which refers to putting the finishing touches on the I Heart You sweater pattern. If you’re waiting around for that, you will be able to get it this week. And that’s a promise!