an ending and a beginning


I finished C’s sweater earlier today:

C's sweater, finished!

I have to admit, it’s a little nervewracking, knitting a sweater for another knitter…I found myself worrying about my finishing skills in a way I never have before. The sweater still needs to be blocked, to relax the stitches a little bit, but other than that, it is finished. I’m a tiny bit nervous about the fit, since C and I are very different sizes, but I am trying to trust in the power of math, which I think C would appreciate, given that she’s a math professor!

It’s always a little bit sad, when I finish a project. I mean, it’s great to finish something, and to have turned hours of knitting into a wearable thing, but there’s this feeling of, “what now?” that creeps in when that project isn’t on the needles anymore. Thankfully, I’m pretty good at filling the hole that one project leaves in my heart…with another project:

babyStripes! swatch
So, I swatched for babyStripes!

What you see there was knit on size 1 needles, which gave me the feel I like, at a gauge of 9 sts/in. The corrugated ribbing is even more impossibly charming in micro-size, I think. Since babyStripes! is going to be a cardigan (pullovers + small babies seems like a bad idea to me), now I’m trying to decide between knitting in the round, and steeking, or knitting flat from front edge to front edge. Either way, stitches will be picked up for a corrugated-rib buttonband in the end. There are pluses and minuses to both, but more than anything I am worried about steeking with superwash yarns. What to do, what to do?