Posted by: Kate | March 1, 2008

More-Than-a-Weekend Project

I also finished a baby sweater last night, for the lovely Kim in Idaho, who is bravely planning on a second baby – 13 days! – despite one of those birth stories that other people whisper about as being apocryphal and unlikely. Go ahead and ask her about it, it’s not my story to tell.


So I thought this next baby could use a little good karma, not to mention this pattern just puts the word cute to shame. (I know, I know, by posting here I’m ruining the surprise… I think she’ll forgive me. I have a lot on my plate for the next few months, so I don’t dare procrastinate the little things. Like posting. And bathing.)


Details: It’s the Dale of Norway (Dalegarn? is that a different thing?) Ladybugs Pullover, in the yarn as specified for a 6-month size. HAH. Turns out that my gauge in Fair Isle (that’s, um, more than one color at a time, to the non-knitters in the neighborhood) is much looser than my gauge in stockinette, but I didn’t figure this out until the body was almost finished. So, fine, it’s a 2T sweater instead. Still cute.


Not doing cartwheels over the pattern itself; turns out I don’t much enjoy doing Fair Isle with long floats, don’t much enjoy sweater construction that involves steeking (it’s not the cutting itself that bothers me, I just don’t like the boxiness of the final outcome as much), don’t like a million ends to weave in. But I think the result is worth the effort, so even if I never make another one, I’m glad I made this one.

An inside view, for the scientists among us

Take care, Kim, and please have the boringest birth story ever this time around, OK, hon? Pretty please? Thanks.


  1. It’s beautiful! I’m off to read her story. I hope it doesn’t frighten me.

  2. Cute sweater

  3. That is one adorable sweater. Your talent amazes me.

  4. Wow. Kate, I can’t wait till it gets here…you are such an amazing friend (not to mention knitter). Thank you. Thank you. And thank you. 🙂


  5. I’m the lucky auntie of this hopefully boring baby and just wanted to say that could quite possibly be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

  6. Adorable doesn’t begin to describe this sweater. you are truly a good friend.

  7. the lady bugglies are beautiful! what a gorgeous sweater and a lucky friend.

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