Monday, January 23, 2006

Knit the vote

Today is election day in Canada and if you haven't yet done so, don't forget to make yourself heard. Somebody smart (I'm thinking Plato?) once said that the cost of not participating in a democracy is accepting to be ruled by your inferiors. Enough said!

I finished Julian's raglan sweater last night. It was a really quick knit and used up the stash of that yarn to within a few yards which is great because I can never bring myself to throw out any oddments that can still be made into a ball, no matter how small. But what to do with all those tiny balls? Well I'm glad I don't even have a tiny ball of this one left so my January stashbusting mission is accomplished!

I'm also really pleased that all the math in the pattern worked out great. I knit the sweater a little bigger than the babe so he could grow into it and it actually turned out exactly the way I was hoping it would. Plus top-down is such a great way to knit: you get to see a sweater as you go as as opposed to a rectangle (this is incredibly motivating), you can then tailor the fit as you go by trying it on, and best of all when you're done you're done because there is no seaming whatsoever! Yay!

And the little guy loves it too. It's very cushy and cozy and he loves wearing it (especially now that there are no needles hanging out of it). I'm thinking of duplicate stitching his initial on the front. I have a chart for it, but am not sure if I have a nice contrasting yarn in the same weight.

I'll have to do some digging to find out...


  1. That was quick!! The sweater looks really nice on Julian. He is such a cutie though, so I imagine you could put rags on him and it'd look good. Though the sweater itself looks great too. :)

  2. Anonymous4:17 p.m.

    anny, that is soooooooo cute! and he seems to really love it as well. isn't top-down knitting so rewarding? enjoy!

  3. Could that child BE any cuter? Oh yeah, the sweater is great too! lol

  4. Anonymous5:15 p.m.

    That great big smile is the cutest ever! It's very smart to knit bigger for kids, I made myself a sweater and it still fits a year later. Although he is 4 so he isn't doubling weight within months anymore. ;)

  5. That baby is too cute! Congrats on the sweater. I love projects like that.

  6. I've voted!

    That sweater is so cute, and the little fella is so adorable!!! What a little cutey!!!

    I think I'm going to have to try top down, especially if it goes quicker than the 'regular' way of doing up sweaters.

  7. Anonymous8:45 a.m.

    Allo Anny! quel bel enfant! il est à croquer!!! faut que tu saches que je te lis régulièrement, maintenant que je suis à la maison à attendre la venue prochaine de bébé no 2... j'apprécie vraiment ton blog, je le vérifie tous les jours!!! c'est comique de lire en ligne à propos de quelqu'un qu'on connait! et moi qui ne savait même pas que tu tricotais!! nous partageons des passions communes, faudra s'en reparler une fois de retour au bureau! dans ton dernier commentaire, tu demandes quoi faire avec tes "p'tits restants" de laine... ma recommendation, trouve une personne dans ta région (via le cercle des fermières, par exemple) qui fait du tissage sur métier... les différentes textures de laine font souvent des tissages intéressants avec des motifs absolument merveilleux...
    -Marie-Michèle Nadon

  8. Anonymous9:21 a.m.

    It's rude to ask people who they voted for.

    I won't ask it you voted Bloc even though I am very curious...

  9. I love both that jumper (ok, sweater, but I'm Australian, so it's a jumper!) and your babe. He looks so cute and looks like he's lovin' his jumper. I think I might tackle this project, the jumper that is!

    Here, it's compulsoray to vote, and if you don't you get fined. Which I think is a good way to go, then the responsibility is on the average punter to choose who they wish to govern them for the period and not just those who are politically minded.

  10. What a cutie! Love your new sweater and a big woohoo for stashbusting.

  11. Anonymous1:12 p.m.

    I didn't vote, the then I am American and live south of your border. Besides, this is now Feb 12 anyway!

    I happened to catch a link to your blog on and have been enjoying all the photos of your finished works. They are AMAZING! In fact, I downloaded the pattern to the pinwheel sweater thanks to your inpspired picture.

    I love knitting baby and child things as they go so quickly. I have lots of grown nieces and nephews who are starting families so I have lots to knit for.

    Truly, your creations are wonderful and photographed so beautifully.

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