Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Wonderful Wallaby

I'm a spinner! not a knitter......However both of my granddaughters have birthdays this spring so this is the opportunity to try to make, not one, but two, first time ever for me sweaters . Now these girls think that I'm a talented granny. I don't bother to tell them that most of the hand knitted stuff they get from me is purchased through Etsy. Pam has made a few things for them. I just need to finish the neck on this sweater and add the hood.

I'm sure the entire rest of the knitting world knows what a Wallaby is, but I didn't. When our Monday night knitting group decided to do the sweater or socks, of course, I chose the sweater. (You who know me, know about my 4 unmatched socks). AND, I bought yarn!!! Didn't think dear daughter, mother of grandgirls, would appreciate hand washing my hand spun alpaca. This yarn is the self striping Encore Colorspun. It kind of bothers me that it was made in Turkey because I am a made in the USA kind of woman. But it is fun to knit and is washable, Nikki.

I'm knitting Meredith's first because it is larger (think about my sock dilemma). Meredith will be 9 but is very, very tall so I'm making the child's large for her and probably the child's 8 for Elizabeth who will be 6. It's been great fun and I'm a little obsessive about finishing it.

The Wonderful Wallaby, A Hooded Sweater for all ages - Cottage Creations - copyright 1984

11 comments:

Knitted Gems said...

This wallaby is looking great. I love the yarn you chose for it ... and I'm sure your daughter will thank you for not using your wonderful alpaca.

Merily said...

Such pretty colors! (And it's looking lovely, too!)

woolies said...

I have made the wonderful wallaby - in wonderful blues - yours reminds me of it!
Even though my son grew out of it SO long ago, I'll keep it forever.
Beautiful job!!

kim said...

Meredith will love it. It's so pretty!

Jocelyn said...

It's beautiful! You give me courage - maybe I'll try a sweater one of these days. :)

Lisa said...

Ok, we need to talk about these unfinished socks. You need PAIRS lol. You are not going to finish them? Perhaps a friend would finish them for you? Send em over!

skiingweaver said...

It's beautiful, Maple! I'm another one-sock-knitter, lol. Also, I loathe seaming (I probably have at least four child-sized sweaters sitting around in pieces because I hate seaming so much), so the word "seamless" in this pattern really caught my eye... Thanks for the link, I didn't know about Wallabys either!

Froggy said...

This sweater is beautiful! That's my next big learning experience but I want to spin the yarn for it myself and I have no idea who to make one for. Maybe one of the nieces, their small but it would require use of non-handspun. Good luck Maple! Your doing wonderful.

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

Love the sweater....I did not know it was called a Wallaby either....you say you are not a knitter? It is beautiful.

4th Gen FiberArt said...

It's beautiful! She's going to love it!

Peggy said...

That sweater is adorable!!!! I am totally impressed.

Map