YIP.3.27 – Chevron Love Mitten Kit, originally uploaded by earthchick.
Have you seen Julia Vesper’s Chevron Love Mitten Kit? After drooling over some finished mittens, I knew I was going to want a kit of my own eventually. But I wasn’t prepared for the fact that one of the kits was going to be named Tiny Dancer. As soon as I saw that, I couldn’t make myself wait, it was click, click, and then boom, I had a kit. (in case you don’t know, “Tiny Dancer” is the online name of one of my sons; I came up with it when he was 18 months old and it still fits).
It will probably be awhile before I get to these mittens, but I love fondling these mini-skeins. The color are so delicious!
Meanwhile, as soon as the latest Knitty came out, I knew I had to set aside all current projects and cast on almost immediately for Steggie. My guys love dragons (we are planning a dragon-themed 5th birthday party – something Tiny Dancer decided nearly a year ago), so I am not calling these dinosaur sweaters but dragon ones.
I cast on as soon as my yarn arrived (KnitPicks Shine Worsted). Let me tell you, these sweaters are going to be true labors of love. Above all, I am a process knitter. I enjoy the end product, but the real joy is in the actual knitting. Well, there isn’t much joy in the knitting of this – a cotton blend (I’d much prefer to knit with wool, but I want them to be able to wear this in the spring and even summer), knit flat (ugh), and my first real go at intarsia (mistakes have been made). And of course there is the small fact that once done, I will have to make another one exactly like the first. I am done with the back and front and one sleeve of the first one, so that still leaves: a sleeve, a hood, seaming, a zipper, and then doing it all again!
I think Acorn (also approaching his fifth birthday) has that exact dragon. He prefers dinosaurs, though: my little pragmatist. Perhaps he too will require such a sweater. I can’t wait to see your boys in theirs.
The end product will SO be worth it! Do the boys know what you’re making, or will it be a surprise?
Great pick for a sweater pair! Maybe get a long circular and knit all the sleeves at one time, or both fronts or both hoods, or something that will help it not to feel like you’re starting completely over for #2.
So you are already predicting a case of SSS (second sweater syndrome.. the much rarer sister to SSS)! Good luck!
btw… she’s out of stock on her tiny dancer kits, so good call buying now or you would have regretted later. 🙂