Thursday, March 29, 2007

Baby Gift



I finally settled on a baby gift for my friends who are adopting. I made this cute little sweater (described as a knitted surplice) and am please with how it turned out. It's very soft, knit of an angorra-blend yarn that I've had in my stash so long I've lost the label. The pattern is from a 1950s Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Needlework I inherited from my mother. The book is literally falling apart, held together by duct tape.



This project also gave me an excuse to learn spool knitting. (Also called French knitting or corking). The original pattern called for pink ribbon for the ties, but I didn't have any pink ribbon and it's a 45-minute drive to any store that sells such a thing. Plus, I can't tie decent ribbon bows, and ribbon doesn't hold up well to washing, so I decided to knit I-cord on a knitting spool. It's very soft, and stays tied on a squirmy baby.

I didn't have any wooden spools, so my husband made this one for me out of a section of hickory ax handle with a hole drilled through it. Hickory is very hard wood and hammering those four little nails into it was a chore. I thought the process of making the chord was interesting, but wasn't certain what I'd ever use it for beyond ties or perhaps trim on a sweater. Anyone else do French knitting on a spool? What do you use it for?

9 Comments:

Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

What a gorgeous little sweater, Cindi! Lucky, lucky baby!

I am awed at you and your husband's ingenuity in solving the lack-of-pink-ribbon problem. I'm such a citified wimp: if I can't get what I need at the mall, I just throw in the towel and go on to the next project.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Kenyetta said...

That is so adorable! You did a wonderful job for a wonderful baby!

7:54 PM  
Blogger LauraP said...

Cindi - Pretty sweater, and I'll bet it's so soft. Love the spool knitting solution! Must try that. It has to be better than knitting i-cord on the needles.

8:18 PM  
Blogger georg said...

I use the ties for cat toys, hair ties (over the elastic!), replacement cord for sweats, and if done in a fingering weight can be shoelaces too.

I do lucet too, which is a 2-horn carved wood thing that works like the 4-prong spool. This is used for necklaces to hold award medallions in the SCA, armor ties, tying on sleeves, sock garters, and lots more.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Dallas Schulze said...

That's a darling little sweater. Lucky baby!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Thank you, everyone. I had fun doing this.
Funny thing, Georg, as I was tying my shoelaces today, I was thinking I could use the spool to make new ones.

10:32 PM  
Blogger Knitterary said...

Very darling sweater!

I make my I-cord on two needles and, other than applied I-cord edgings, I've used it mainly to replace drawstrings in backpacks and sweat pants. (Where DO all those drawstrings go????)

Theresa S.

12:21 AM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Oh, Cindi, that little surplice is beautiful! And so soft-looking. I'll bet Mommy will put that in the keeper chest when Baby outgrows it.

9:51 AM  
Blogger AuntieAnn said...

I bought an inexpensive little hand-cranked machine that cranks that icord out like nobody's business. There are a couple of posts about it on my blog, mostly about making it do worsted when it doesn't wanna (and wasn't really made for). I have used some as ties on a baby bib, and plan to make some for a handle on a tote bag I'm knitting. I'm at auntieannknits.blogspot.com if you want to see the machine.

8:54 PM  

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