Saturday, August 8, 2009

Summertime knitting for wintertime pleasure

My first class on making a garment. Naturally I started something for the oldest grandchild.
This sweater is called the Wonderful Wallaby, as you can see on the pattern. At this point I only had the hoodie left to knit. And while waiting for the next class I took a different class, and naturally it was to knit something for the next grandchild. But more about the Wonderful Wallaby, notice this pocket, it is what makes the whole thing so cute.
Mason didn't even care that it is 90 outside, he let us try it on for him. But they do say wool is also cooling. The Wallaby is only 50% wool, so it is machine washable. He is 18 months old, and the wallaby is a size 2. We determined he will be needing the next size well before the winter is over.
The warmth of the wallaby didn't keep Mason from going to his favorite place, the kitchen cabinets. This was his first time at the house in Rockwood and he needed to explore the place.
In the next class I learned to knit the "Surprise Jacket". It is called this because it looks like a mess while knitting, then you lay it out, and sew two short seams at the top of the sleeves and it is done. Just alot of increases and decreases throughout the whole pattern. Next time I make one of these I will photograph as I go so you can see it. The one below is now on Etsy, because it is too small for Noah. We determined it is a newborn through maybe 13 or 14 lbs. Noah weighs around 16 lbs, and it was just a little small. I also made one they said was for a one year old. We will see at what point it does fit Noah.

Just in case none of you have noticed, it is just about "FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!", and the radio is blasting it just that way. I have this sweater on my website and on Etsy, here, in hopes of a 'big orange fan' having a newborn in their family that they just have to have it for.

And then not to leave precious Noah out of this post just because his jacket didn't fit him, taken on Thursday, the day the orange and white did NOT fit him. As you can tell, he did not feel slighted in the least because the jacket his Granny knit for him did not fit, he is still beaming at me.
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15 comments:

Dorothy said...

You are so smart to knit such cute sweaters for your Grands! Love the pocket on the first one. I don't think Noah minds that his didn't fit! Cute kids!!!

Denise said...

Your grandsons are adorable Leedra and how lucky they are to have a grandma who can knit such beautiful things for them. I am so impressed with your knitting skills.

Jan said...

Man, those are a couple of handsome guys. They're going to be heartbreakers. Love your knitting.

Tina said...

These sweaters are wonderful..I love them and you did such a nice job of choosing colors..tee he, orange for you! Such cutie pictures of Noah and Maison..I can see what your inspiration is for such craftsmanship!!

Dawn said...

Beautiful! I love to knit, trouble is I go so fast it actually hurts my hands! I NEVER knit in acrylics either.

Mildred said...

What healthy, happy babies Leedra. Your knitting is so beautiful - I love those pockets!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your work looks lovely.I especially like the Wallaby sweater,very cute.As for Noah,oh my,what a cutie.
Blessings,Ruth

Pam said...

Mason looks so cute in his Wallaby sweater. He looks like he is having a grand time. Noah is so precious.

Rose said...

I don't know where to start...I guess I will start with the way the pictures go. That sweater is so cute, and I love the color....

And Mason could not be any cuter, and same goes for Noah. he looks like he is really growing.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Girlie, We're home from vacation and had a great time. I've enjoyed catching up on your blog. The daylilies are beautiful --as usual. Love that first one!!!!

AND--your Rockwood home is really looking nice. Jimmy surely is talented --to be able to make that kitchen look so good. When you sell it, you'll be able to 'make' a pretty penny on it I'm sure.

Your knitting is getting better and better. Sorry that Noah's sweater doesn't fit---but I'm sure that Grandma will make him another one. Love Mason's sweater--even with a hood. AMAZING, Leedra.

Sounds like life is going well. I have a new laptop and am sitting on the safe blogging while I watch the birds... life is GOOD. ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Bird Girl said...

How adorable that baby is in that sweater! YOu are really GOOD at that - wow!

Susie said...

Oh Leedra those babies are precious. I can't believe you knitted those cute things. You really are so talented!

Shelley said...

These sweaters are beautiful Leedra! You are multi-talented!!

CP said...

Oh, so cute! Love those little sweaters!

Clara....in TN said...

I wondered what you were knitting and now I know. I love both sweaters. You are doing great! I knit or crochet just about every day of my life.

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