I cannot begin to describe the feeling I got on Christmas morning when my niece and goddaughter Becky* opened the package containing the tank
I knit for her, went to try it on, scrambled back out wearing it and gave me a tight hug while squealing, "Ooooooooooooh, thank yooooooouuuu!" That, my friends, is what makes all the knitting worthwhile, and then some.
I wanted to knit the tank's matching cardigan before I left to visit my family for the holidays, but I was so busy I didn't even get a chance to start it. I decided to take the yarn with me in the hopes I'd at least get to start it, and it's a good thing I did because jetlag-induced insomnia, powdered donettes and a gazillion cable channels made for excellent early morning knitting time. I got to watch all the films I've missed while cranking out some knits, and one of the things I finished was the cardigan:
The pattern (from Phildar's Pitchoun Spring 2003) originally called for the ensemble to be knit in white, and the front edges of the cardi were to be finished with flowered bands of hooks and eyes. These bands were available at Phildar boutiques in white only, so I decided to do away with them altogether and use eyelet buttonholes instead. I worked garter stitch bands on the edges of both front pieces and sewed on some matching pink flower-shaped buttons I found in my local mercerie
right before I left on my trip. The entire cardigan was knit, blocked, and finished while I was visiting my family. It was great fun to work on the cardi with the family looking on, and my niece flattered me by wearing it into the ground when I finished it. Of course, we took the customary skinnyrabbit.com action shots** of her wearing the things I knit for her:
My niece is such a sweetheart, she deserves an entry all to herself so updates on other knitting projects will follow later this week. I've missed my online knitting buds and it's great to be back!