OK, I know you need no introduction to Robin Hood. He’s a classic figure in folklore. I am talking about my little Robin HOOD. You saw a sneak peek if you caught my previous post. After posting that, I couldn’t remember the post where I showed a full account of Robin, so this is it.
I was invited to a baby shower for our friend’s daughter. So immediately my mind goes to baby sweater. With no chance of knitting to gender I had to look for as generic a pattern as possible, but with wow factor. So off to one of my favorite books. I have made the cover sweater 3 times and Robin Hood once before.
I was at knitting the day I decided to choose a pattern, so it was convenient to pick up the yarn. I chose Hayfield Chunky with Wool. Unfortunately, I had to stay neutral in color. I wanted a deep orange color, a fall shade, but couldn’t find one, so beige it was.
I forget how quick Chunky knits up! 12 days from start to finish, with not a lot of hours spent knitting. The yarn is very pleasant to knit with. I am not a big fan of Acrylic, but this one doesn’t come off as plasticy. I do know the ease of care will be better for momma in the long run. I used just about 3 full skeins of yarn, and in eyeing the price of the yarn at WEBS right now, at $2.99 a skein, I think I just might get some red or navy to stash for future babies.
I finally had all pieces done, seamed, and now all I needed was buttons. I knew I wanted toggles, but the search proved difficult for the right color and size. I thought I scored with a set from La Mode, but they were definitely too large. So I ended up using a plain wooden toggle that didn’t really make my heart sing, but works in size and function.
I don’t know about you, but for me the buttons are just as vital as the yarn. Even when I sewed, buttons were never scrimped on. My buttons sometimes ended up costing more than my fabric! And that’s defiantly true sometimes with my buttons/yarn.
The time frame of this project was perfect. As soon as I finished it and blocked it, it was time for the Fair Open Class entries to be delivered. So off it went to be judged and hopefully awarded a ribbon. And it did! It won!
First place in Small Knitted Item. Unfortunately our knitting classes aren’t well represented, so they lump things into a few categories. This was 1 of two garments, the rest were hats. I feel so bad that these items compete against each other, those hat makers should have their own class to enter. Oh well, unless I become involved in the system, I can’t talk. I did judge the class in the past, but then I couldn’t enter my stuff!
Now the question is, do I mail off the ribbon with the gift? Grandma says to just send a photo of sweater with ribbon. LOL!