Monday, July 23, 2007

Pea Pod Progress

I casted on the Pea Pod Baby Set on Thursday night. I chose to purchase the extra long straight needles instead of working with a circular. It's just a personal preference thing. This is only the second cardigan I've ever attempted so it's slow going while I figure out the pattern. It's written like a conversation with a few charts mixed in. Not exactly the precision I'm used to but I'm always up for a challenge. I've got about 3 inches done so far:

I'm using Knit Picks Shine Worsted yarn in the grass color. This yarn was recommended for this pattern by one of my fellow Knitting Help forum members since I didn't want to spend a fortune on Debbie Bliss yarn. It's not that I'm cheap - this is a baby cardigan and will only probably be worn a handful of times before it's outgrown - I'm practical.

While I'm on the topic of yarn, can I express my displeasure with the amount in each skein?

Pitiful! This is a brand new ball of 75 yards! The color is beautiful, the textured stitches are sowing up nicely, it's super soft - but only 75 yards! This means I'll have to sew in a ton of ends. Ugh. I wish they would make these in larger sizes - I had to buy 10 balls for this baby set (1 extra just in case). Gracie is lending her paw to show how little yarn there is.

Other than that I'm very satisfied with how this is knitting up so far. I did receive my blocking wires over the weekend and I hope to block out my lace scarf finally this afternoon with pictures to follow tomorrow!


Knitcrazy said...

I agree...

Its such a beautiful yarn.. what a shame they make such small skeins of it...
maybe we should write Knit Picks???

Angela said...

I'm sure they do it so that the yarn can be bought for smaller projects and you won't have a ton left over.

I'm just lazy and hate weaving in ends - or any finishing work actually!