The genius of others

Pattern: February baby sweater, from Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: Sundara Sport Merino (temporarily discontinued), in Lemon-Lime
Yardage: 225 yards, or exactly one skein
Needles: 3.5 mm, US size 4, random bamboo jobs I got on Ebay

This sweater is a product of two geniuses, neither of them me. One of the things I love most about Elizabeth Zimmermann’s patterns is that though the construction is positively genius, the execution is simple enough for just about any knitter to manage. It takes a devious mind to make something simultaneously so simple and so counterintuitive.

The yarn, though done little justice by my sad, sad camera, grown yet more temperamental with age, is also a product of genius. In real life, it positively glows. The variations are far more subtle than my camera was willing to capture, but I think it looks like a ripe Bartlett pear more than the lemon lime moniker it’s been hung with. It was smooth and pleasant to work with. I am finally beginning to understand that yarn snobs may have something of a point. The difference in quality between a finished product made with excellent yarn and one made with decent yarn is immeasurable. I’m not ready to go over to the Dark Side just yet – workhorse yarns have their place, and I love plain, basic wool, and even acrylic blends (gasp!) – but I do see more reason than I used to for using a high quality product in my knitting.

Thanks to the fabulousness (is that a word?) of yarn and pattern, this simple little sweater is one of my favorite knit products ever. Yay! And now I can send it on to the wee babby for whom it is intended.

You may have noticed that this sweater, unlike EZ’s original, has short sleeves. That’s because, with only one skein of yarn, I knew I was going to run out, so I saved the sleeves for last and knit them simultaneously from the center and outside of the skein. I think it’s still super cute, and will work well over a long sleeved tee to keep a wee one warm.

Hello. I am a washed out picture of a yoke.

So hooray for genius that is focused and specific!  Hooray for people who see potential in the domestic arts and can transform necessity into beauty!  Yay for babies and sweaters and beautiful colors!


8 Responses to “The genius of others”

  1. travellersyarn Says:

    Its lovely. A baby needs short sleeves in any event…

  2. Kelley Says:

    Wow! I love it! I think EZ would wholeheartedly agree about the short sleeves!

  3. knittingelephant Says:

    EZ would be proud of your ingenuity with the sleeves, I think! Very nice work–one lucky baby girl will be wearing this. I have to say I love the color, too–out of the ordinary color box for girls is always a good thing! 🙂

  4. orata Says:

    Lovely! I used the same reasoning about the short sleeves when I ran out of yarn, so I think it’s brilliant. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    Oh – how lovely. I really need to make one of these as I have always admired the pattern. I love the color.

  6. Kristen Says:

    Thank you all! It was such fun to knit.

  7. Feeding frenzy « Feather and Fan Says:

    […] gorgeous finished objects posted, with rave reviews of Sundara’s yarn, like Kristen’s February Baby Sweater and Emily’s Mossy socks–and of course the “celebrity endorsements” from […]

  8. Kids Designer Wear Says:

    Beautiful woolen wear for kids, I believe babies will feel free in short sleeves. It would look more love with its set of cap, socks etc..

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